Tinubu Policies Help Access, Zenith, 3 Other Top Banks Shareholders Pocket Over N1.2trn in 9 Months

Tinubu Policies Help Access, Zenith, 3 Other Top Banks Shareholders Pocket Over N1.2trn in 9 Months

  • Shareholders of Nigeria's tier 1 banks enjoyed a bumper first nine months on the Nigerian Exchange
  • The gains mostly happened under President Bola Tinubu's administration following a series of new policies
  • On the whole, the banking sector recorded impressive gains, majorly thanks to the forex exchange policies

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President Bola Tinubu's administration's new policies have resulted in a financial windfall for Nigerian banks listed on the Nigerian Exchange.

Data obtained from NGX showed that in the first nine months of 2023, the banking index rose by 59.57%.

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Nigerian banks' shareholders share over N1.2trn in 9 months Photo credit: NGX
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The five tier-one banks, Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Access Holdings Plc and United Bank for Africa (UBA), grabbed the lion's share of the rally.

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Together, the shareholders of the five banks watched the value of their investments increase by N1.29 trillion.

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Breakdown of the bank's earnings

Zenith Bank Plc led the pack with a 31.04% increase in share price, PrimeBusiness reports.

GTCO Holdings Plc followed closely with a remarkable 49.78% gain, while FBN Holdings Plc saw a 50% surge in share price.

Access Holdings Plc experienced 85.29% price appreciation, and United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc stole the show with a 121.05% surge in share price.

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Legit.ng, in a previous report, revealed how banks reported substantial profits thanks to gains from exchange rate revaluation.

You may recall that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced an exchange rate unification policy, resulting in the depreciation of the Naira from the official rate of approximately N400 to over N700.

This depreciation of the Naira has benefited banks with investments abroad, leading to significant gains in forex.

For instance, GTBank, UBA, Fidelity Bank, and Zenith Bank alone reported a total forex gain of N774.46 billion as of the end of June 2023.

These impressive gains attracted stock investors to bank shares on the Nigerian Exchange, thereby driving up the prices.

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