Despite an unpredictable operating environment, characterized by global price instability and a tightening of monetary policy by the Bank of Uganda to curb imported inflationary pressures, (@StanbicUg) Stanbic Uganda Holdings Limited (SUHL) reported a half-year profit-after-tax of UGX162 billion (just over $40 million) ending June 30, 2022.
This is up from UGX155 billion recorded during the same period last year, indicating a 4.7% improvement.
Speaking during the presentation of the SUHL 2022 half-year results, the Chief Executive, Andrew Mashanda, said, “Our performance was driven largely by our anchor subsidiary, Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited. Our new subsidiaries are continuing to deliver green shoots of hope for our strategic direction, in spite of the challenging operating environment.”
Besides Stanbic Bank, the other SUHL subsidiaries are Stanbic Properties, SBG Securities, FlyHub and Stanbic Business Incubator. Mashanda said, “SBG Securities remains a market leader in volumes and recently acquired clients of Equity Stockbrokers (Uganda) Limited following the closure of its operations in the country on June 30, 2022, while our real estate arm, Stanbic Properties continues to grow and has become a thought leader in the real estate industry.”
He said the subsidiaries had achieved operational synergy which is a very significant step towards the strategic intent of making SUHL a digital platform services business delivering superior value to both shareholders and customers.
Anne Juuko, the Stanbic Bank Chief Executive said the first six months of 2022 presented a complex combination of ‘Head’ and ‘Tail’ winds that substantively affected both the global and the local economy. She said effectively navigating these unprecedented times had been a challenge for various sectors in the economy, including the banking sector.
She said, “We at Stanbic, resolved to focus on delivering products and solutions that are attuned to these extraordinary times, keeping the customer at the center of all we do, and being relevant in the community in which we serve. This focused mission has allowed us to genuinely partner with our customers in accelerating the recovery of the economy.
Juuko said, “Against this background, Stanbic managed to deliver acceptable value for both customers and shareholders, recording 4.7% growth in Profit After Tax–from UGX158 billion to UGX165 billion– an 8.8% growth in Customer Deposits, from UGX5.7 trillion to UGX6.2 trillion and an increase from UGX 3.7 trillion to UGX3.8 trillion in Loans and Advances to customers. Our performance reflects targeted positioning for the progressive recovery of the economy, balanced credit risk appetite, prudent cost management and substantive investment in technology for innovation, notably Flexipay.”
The introduction of Flexipay was also the basis on which Stanbic recently gained recognition from the widely respected International Banker publication for the ‘Best Innovation in Retail Banking Award’.
Flexipay currently boasts over 275, 000 active wallets and 30, 000 merchants across the country. Juuko said the Bank’s relentless focus on being relevant to its customers in the first half of the year provided a robust platform for sustained and accelerated growth in the second half of 2022.
Stanbic Bank operates on the mandate that ‘Uganda is our home. We drive her growth’ and the Bank plays a key role in supporting the country’s national development agenda. Highlights from the latest results indicate lending to manufacturing reached UGX857 billion; agriculture, UGX323 billion and trade, UGX604 billion. Some 413 individuals and companies benefited from the training provided by the Stanbic Business Incubator and its regional hubs.