Access Holdings shareholders back capital raising plan

Shareholders of Access Holdings Plc have endorsed the Group’s plan to establish a capital raising programme of up to $1.5 billion.

Shareholders gave their support in Lagos at the group’s 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held over the weekend 

Apart from approving a final dividend of N1.80 for the financial year, shareholders also supported the group’s initiative to raise up to N365 billion, specifically, through a Rights Issue of ordinary shares to its shareholders. 

The management said that the proceeds of the Rights Issue would be used to support on-going working capital needs,   including   organic   growth   funding   for   its   banking   and   other   non-banking subsidiaries.

At the meeting the shareholders ratified the appointments of Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Olusegun Ogbonnewo, and Ojinika Olaghere as Non-Executive Directors.

“The appointment of Aig-Imoukhuede as the Chairman of Access Holdings was commended by the shareholders, who pointed to his rich history of success with the institution, having transformed it into Nigeria’s biggest lender by market value alongside Mr Herbert Wigwe. 

“Aigboje’s leadership was instrumental in driving the institution’s growth during the 2004 recapitalisation of the banking industry led by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the leadership of its former Governor, Professor Charles Soludo. “We are thrilled  with  Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede’s   return to   the role  of Chairman.  “His proven track record, experience, and strategic insights position him as the ideal leader to steer Access Holdings towards meeting its lofty targets,” they added

Speaking on behalf of other shareholders, Chairman Emeritus of the Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Sir Sunny Nwosu said during his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, particularly during the recapitalisation directive by the CBN, he steered Access Bank to raise an impressive $2 billion in capital, and this demonstrates his capacity to, once again, lead Access Holdings towards successfully  achieving   the   objectives   of   our planned Capital Raise and Rights Issue targets.” 

In line with the Group’s strong financial performance, the payment of a final dividend of N1.80 kobo per every N0.50 Kobo ordinary share for the 2023 financial year was approved, marking a 28 per cent improvement from the corresponding period in 2022. The Group’s full-year results for the period ending December 31, 2023, showed an impressive 335 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to N729 billion from N167.68 billion in 2022.

The Group also experienced an 87 per cent surge in gross earnings to N2.59 trillion from N1.39 trillion in 2022 and reported a remarkable 306 per cent growth in profit after tax to N619.32 billion, from N152.20 billion in 2022.