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Annual year results: Stanbic Uganda records Shs412b in profit

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Stanbic Uganda has announced a profit after tax of Shs412 billion for the period ending December 2023 representing 15.2 percent growth from Shs357 billion earned the previous year.

SUHL Chief Executive Francis Karuhanga attributed the strong growth of the franchise to sustained exceptional performance by its anchor business Stanbic Bank across its retail, business, and investment banking portfolios.

“Despite the operating challenge in 2023, our business demonstrated resilience and sustained double digit growth with Return on Equity of 22.5 percent and shareholder returns increasing to Shs1.9 trillion in 2023 from Shs1.78 trillion in 2022. As a result, we shall increase our dividend pay-out to 68 percent for financial year 2023, from 66 percent the previous year subject to regulatory approvals,” said Karuhanga.

Anne Juuko, Chief Executive Officer Stanbic Bank Uganda said given the prevalent high interest rates in 2023, the bank had to devise innovative approaches, as we have done over the last four years to ease the burden of borrowing on clients especially smallholder farmers, women owned businesses, civil servants, and government of Uganda which enabled them to access credit under friendly and flexible terms.

“For instance, in 2023, we boldly extended the repayment tenure of existing personal loans to up to seven years, from five and created the much needed legroom for top-up lending which enabled access to money to finance pressing needs such as school, medical and household expenses. As a result, our consumer loan book grew by Shs369 billion in 2023 from Shs309 billion the previous year 2022,” said Juuko.

Driving Uganda’s growth

In 2023, Stanbic disbursed over Shs160 billion in affordable loans to farmers, women owned businesses, through the SACCO lending and capacity building programme, and Stanbic4Her.

Through Stanbic4Her alone, loans worth nearly Shs80 billion were disbursed at 15.5% while over 50, 000 women have undergone capacity building training. Meanwhile, over two million members attached to 6000 SACCOs accessed affordable credit at 10 percent to the tune of Shs85 billion indirectly impacting 10 million Ugandans.

FlexiPay which is Stanbic Uganda’s response to the rising popularity of digital wallets in the industry saw good growth in users with wallets increasing from 390, 000 to over 840, 000 generating a transaction value of Shs464 billion in 2023.

Stanbic Uganda’s revenues increased to Shs1.19 trillion in 2023 with operating costs accounting for Shs584 billion. Of the expenses, Stanbic says Shs169 billion was paid to local suppliers, more than the Shs137 billion paid the previous year. “We remain committed to supporting economic growth by giving business to local suppliers. Out of the 672 registered suppliers, at least 520 of them are local vendors; this has increased from 394 the previous year,” said Karuhanga.

Karuhanga said, in terms of paying taxes, Stanbic paid Shs354 billion, having increased from Shs272 billion. “We are proud to be among the country’s top ten largest taxpayers. The banking subsidiary alone paid Shs314 billion in taxes,” he said.

Through the Stanbic Business Incubator, over 900 local businesses received capacity building training to enhance their efficiency in management, market competitiveness, bidding processes, tax management and recordkeeping. The Stanbic Business Incubator was also honoured by the Uganda National Oil Company as the best local content partner in appreciation of its contribution to supporting local enterprises to participate in the oil and gas economy.

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