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Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Atlas Mara Limited

Q3 Interim Management Statement for 2018

RNS Number : 7941K
ATLAS Mara Limited
18 December 2018
 

  18 December 2018

 

Atlas Mara Limited Unaudited 3rd Quarter Results - Nine Months Ended 30 September 2018 and full year 2018 earnings outlook

 

Atlas Mara Limited ("Atlas Mara" or the "Company" and, including its subsidiaries, the "Group"), the sub-Sahara African financial services group, today releases its results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2018.

 

Group highlights

·     Year to date net profit of $30.6 million for the period ended 30 September 2018, compared to $15.8 million for the period ended 30 September 2017.  Net profit was $2.0 million for the quarter ended 30 September 2018.

·     The Markets and Treasury business continued its growth with total revenue of $39 million year to date compared to $32 million for the comparative period in 2017, driven by a rise in certain interest rates coupled with a relatively stable cost of funds.

·    Expenses increased 8.3% year-on-year on a constant currency basis to $170.7 million, primarily due to the impact of local inflation in countries of operation, as well as to some increased expenditure on key IT solutions. 

·     Reported equity as at 30 September 2018 was $760.2 million, a decrease of $53.0 million from the reported equity of $813.2 million as at 31 December 2017 due mainly to the day 1 impact of IFRS 9 and the negative FX translation impact of converting investments into US dollars as reporting currency. Excluding the day 1 impact of IFRS 9, equity increased by $9.7 million. Including the impact of IFRS 9, book value per share was $4.39 at 30 September 2018 (30 September 2017: $4.44), and tangible book value per share was $3.53 at 30 September 2018 (30 September 2017: $3.58) on the same basis. 

BancABC Group and BPR (Rwanda)

·     Net interest income year to date was $100.2 million vs $117.9 million in the comparative period, driven by a 10.2% decline in interest income due to flat loan growth and lower interest margins, albeit partially mitigated by improved cost of funds. The decline in loan growth was the result of a more conservative approach towards growing risk-weighted assets in the current environment.

·     Non-interest revenue (NIR) improved by 8.9% year on year driven by increases in fees and commissions income and trading revenue in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.

·      A segmental summary is as follows:

·     The Southern Africa segment reported a year to date net profit of $19.7 million (2017: profit of $3.2 million). This improvement primarily reflects results from Botswana and Zimbabwe, where the Group continues to see consistent performance.  Mozambique and Zambia also improved compared to the prior year, albeit with muted asset growth.

·     The East Africa segment reported a loss of $3.3 million (2017: loss $1.9 million). This primarily reflects losses in Tanzania on the back of continued market pressures, partially offset by a profit from Rwanda.

Union Bank of Nigeria ("UBN")

·     Union Bank of Nigeria Plc ("UBN") contributed associate income of $4.8 million for the third quarter, compared to $2.8 million for the comparative quarter in 2017, and $41.4 million for the year to date ended 30 September 2018, reflecting Atlas Mara's c. 49% shareholding on an equity accounted basis.  UBN reported the following key results: 

·   Profit before tax up 14%

·   Gross earnings up 12%, driven by higher earning assets and a 46% growth in non-interest income

·   Interest income up 3%

·   Net operating income up 17%

·   Operating expenses up 18% driven mostly by a 28% increase in charges due to higher regulatory levies on Nigerian banks

·   Gross loans up 5%

·   Customer deposits up 10%, with a 37% increase in foreign currency deposits (excluding impact of devaluation) alongside a growing low-cost deposit book

·      As a result of UBN's strong performance, the West Africa segment, i.e. the Company's c. 49% stake in UBN, contributed a net profit of $22.2 million (2017: $11.6 million).

 

Subsequent Events

·     On December 13, 2018, ABC Holdings Limited ("ABCH"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, successfully completed the partial Initial Public Offering of BancABC Botswana on the Botswana Stock Exchange, selling 20.5% to institutional and retail investors, raising $28 million in gross proceeds at a multiple of 1.5x book value as at 30 June 2018.  The transaction strengthens the bank's local market connectivity by providing a broad base of more than 450 domestic shareholders, and serves to illustrate the value of the Group's underlying banking operations not currently reflected in the share price of the Company.

·     The Company also announces that the Board of Directors reinstated a previously authorised but lapsed share purchase program, granting authority for the Company to repurchase the Company's issued share capital up to an aggregate market value equivalent to $10 million.  Under the Share Buyback Program, the Company will seek to acquire its ordinary shares in the market by way of its nominated brokers on an ongoing basis.  The program will be conducted from time to time within the parameters prescribed by the Board of Directors and applicable regulations. 

·     Atlas Mara plans to host an Investor Day in 1Q 2019 to provide additional detail on its strategy for the Group, including its investment in UBN, managerial outlook for 2019, and certain growth initiatives.  The date, details, and further information will be announced in due course.

 

FY18 Outlook

 

The Company expects the prevailing challenges in the macroeconomic environment to continue through the fourth quarter of 2018, resulting in muted operational growth.  Management expects full-year results for 2018 to exceed the reported year to date profit of $30.6 million through 30 September 2018.

 

 

 

Contact Details

Investors

Kojo Dufu, +1 212 883 4330

Media

Teneo Blue Rubicon, +44 20 7420 3142

Anthony Silverman

 

About Atlas Mara

 

Atlas Mara Limited (LON: ATMA) is a financial services institution founded by Bob Diamond and listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Its vision is to create sub-Saharan Africa's premier financial services institution through organic and inorganic growth by combining the best of global institutional knowledge with extensive local insights.  With a presence in seven sub-Saharan countries, Atlas Mara aims to be a positive disruptive force in the markets in which we operate by leveraging technology to provide innovative and differentiated product offerings, deliver excellent customer service and accelerate financial inclusion. For more information, visit www.atlasmara.com.

 

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The terms "Atlas Mara", the "Company" or the "Group" refers to Atlas Mara Limited and its subsidiaries and associates.  This release covers the unaudited consolidated results for the Group for the nine months ended 30 September 2018. 

Unless otherwise stated, the financial information for the nine-month period ended 30 September 2018 is set out in this release on a basis consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards, as adopted by the EU (IFRS) and consistent with the Group accounting policies as disclosed in the 2017 annual report.

 

 

Summary of Results (Unaudited, unless otherwise noted)

 

Atlas Mara Limited

 

Reported

Reported

Constant Currency()

Audited Year End

Results

Comparative

 

 

30.09.18

30.09.17

Variance

31.12.17

 

 

$'m

$'m

%

$'m

Adjusted operating profit and reconciliation to IFRS profit

 

 

 

 

 

Total income

 

176

189

(6.2)

260.5

Loan impairment charge

 

(4.5)

(19.4)

76.6

(22.3)

Operating expenses

 

(170.9)

(157.2)

8.7

(213.5)

Share of profit of associates

 

22.1

11.5

92

17.8

Adjusted profit before tax

 

22.7

23.9

(5.3)

42.5

Adjusted profit attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

18.4

18.1

1.6

37

M&A transaction gains/(costs)

 

19.2

(0.4)

>100

20.6

Reorganisation/Restructuring costs

 

0.2

(2.7)

>100

(10.0)

Reported profit before tax

 

42.1

20.8

>100

53.1

Reported profit attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

30.6

15.8

>100

45.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of financial position

Loans and advances

 

1,261.5

1,303.2

1.3

1,330.0

Total Assets

 

3,145.7

2,954.4

11.1

3,140.4

Total Equity

 

760.2

757.5

3.3

813.2

Total Liabilities

 

2,385.5

2,196.9

13.8

2,327.2

Total Deposits

 

1,911.8

1,799.3

12.1

1,877.5

Number of Shares Outstanding

 

169,110,405

166,319,041

 

172,258,735

Key Performance measures

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest margin

 

3.2%

5.3%

 

4.6%

Credit loss ratio

 

0.5%

2.0%

 

1.7%

Adjusted cost to income ratio

 

97.1%

83.2%

 

82.0%

Reported cost to income ratio

 

97.0%

84.8%

 

85.8%

Adjusted return on equity

 

3.3%

3.2%

 

4.5%

Reported return on equity

 

5.5%

2.8%

 

5.6%

Adjusted return on assets

 

0.0%

0.8%

 

1.2%

Reported return on assets

 

1.3%

0.7%

 

1.4%

Loan to deposit ratio

 

66.0%

72.4%

 

70.8%

NPL ratio

 

11.9%

11.1%

 

11.8%

Book value per share ($)

 

4.39

4.44

 

4.77

 

 

 

Atlas Mara Limited

Consolidated summary statement of financial position

Quarterly

 

 

 

Period ended 30 September

 

Q4 2017

Q1 2018

Q2 2018

 

USD million

 

2018

2017

CC Var %

 

     457.0

302.9

339.6

 

Cash and short-term funds

 

343.8

497.6

   (27.4%)

 

       95.9

82.0

25.3

 

Financial assets at FVPL

 

18.8

           99.2

   (81.1%)

 

  1,330.0

   1,367.7

1,280.9

 

Loans & advances to customers

 

         1,261.5

      1,303.2

       1.3%

 

       355.0

429.5

509.6

 

Investments

 

            608.4

         330.9

     95.6%

 

       444.6

515.6

537.5

 

Investment in associates

 

            542.2

         306.1

     77.1%

 

       174.6

177.1

169.4

 

Intangible assets

 

           152.6

        171.9

     (7.8%)

 

     283.3

226.8

242.0

 

Other assets

 

      218.4

      245.5

   (5.1%)

 

3,140.4

3,101.6

3,104.3

 

Total assets

 

3,145.7

2 954.4

     11.1%

 

 1,877.5

1,853.9

1910.1

 

Customer deposits

 

       1,911.8

      1,799.3

12.1%

 

     346.2

350.5

358.1

 

Borrowed funds

 

           408.2

         341.1

25.5%

 

     103.5

70.9

59.9

 

Other liabilities

 

             65.5

          56.5

2.3%

 

    813.2

826.3

776.2

 

Capital and reserves

 

           760.2

         757.5

3.3%

 

3,140.4

3,101.6

3,104.3

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

3,145.7

2,954.4

11.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.8%

11.6%

12.9%

 

NPL ratio

 

11.9%

11.1%

 

 

70.8%

73.8%

67.1%

 

Loan: Deposit ratio

 

66.0%

72.4% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forward Looking Statement and Disclaimers

 

This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, issue, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, nor any solicitation of any offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, issue, subscribe for, sell, or otherwise dispose of any securities.

 

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which this announcement is released, published or distributed should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions.

 

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking statements which are based on Atlas Mara's expectations, intentions and projections regarding its future performance, anticipated events or trends and other matters that are not historical facts, including expectations regarding the future operating and financial performance of the Company. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

 

Given these risks and uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and the actual events or consequences may differ materially from those contained in or expressed by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of such statements and, except as required by applicable law or regulation, Atlas Mara expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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