Cairo, 08 April 2020: – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today in Cairo released its audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, showing strong and consistent growth, with total comprehensive income of $324.2 million.

The results, which reflected a net income of $313.3 million, 14.3 percent increase over the 2018 performance of $275.9 million, were achieved mainly due to higher operating income of $622.5 million compared to $489.8 million in 2018.

Afreximbank’s total assets grew by 7.6 percent from $13.42 billion on 31 December 2018 to $14.44 billion as at 31 December 2019, explained mainly by the solid growth in net loans and advances.

The financial statements show a 29.7 percent growth in gross income, which reached $1.1 billion in 2019 compared to $813.9 million in 2018, putting the Bank above the $1 billion mark for the first time.

Bank President, Prof. Benedict Oramah, expressed satisfaction with the results, noting that the performance exceeded strategic plan targets despite a global operating environment characterized by economic uncertainties. 

He said that the Bank had “continued to deliver the objectives of its current five-year strategic plan, dubbed IMPACT 2021, by prioritizing initiatives aimed at promoting and financing intra-African trade”. Addressing concerns about COVID-19, whose emergence early in 2020 has raised concerns about a global recession, he said that Afreximbank was taking necessary steps to manage the impact, particularly on the loans and advances from customers that may be impacted, adding, “Afreximbank is making arrangements to support its member countries in need”.

Highlights of the results are shown below:

Financial Metrics2019($ million)2018($ million)
Gross Income1,059816.2
Net Interest & similar Income524.9403.8
Operating Income622.5489.8
Operating Expenses108.187.6
Profit for the Year315.3275.9
Total Assets14,439.613,419.4
Loans and advances12,029.511,134.4
 Dec. 2019Dec. 2018
ProfitabilityReturn on average assets (ROAA)Return on average equity (ROAE) 2.3%11.8% 2.2%11.8%
Operating Efficiency Net interest marginCost -to -income ratio 3.7%17.4% 3.7%17.9%
Asset QualityNon-performing loans ratio (NPL) Loan loss coverage ratio 2.8% 118% 2.9% 132%
Liquidity and capital adequacyCash/Total assetsCapital Adequacy ratio (Basel II) 15.4%23% 14.3%25%