Stanchart says medium term economic outlook positive

Accra, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited says the macro-economic environment has generally improved towards the end of the first quarter following uncertainties in the beginning of the year.

It said though headwinds persist, the medium term outlook remains positive.

In a statement the Bank said the positive trend of its financial performance over the last year was mainly driven by focus on its strategy of recovering impaired assets.

Commenting on the first quarter results for 2017, the Bank said operating income increased by eighty per cent to G62 million compared to G52 million in March 2016.

Operating expenses, however, increased by 16 per cent to GH55 million compared to prior year of GH47 million largely on the back of inflation driven increase in cost.

Net impairment recovery on assets was G2million against a prior year charge of GH2million.

The cumulative effect of the above drivers resulted in profit before tax of G19 million, up 18 per cent from G01 million

The statement said the Bank’s balance sheet remained strong, liquid and well capitalised.

The Chief Financial Officer, Kweku Nimfah-Essuman, said: The Bank will continue to take initiatives that will deliver results and returns in line with investor and shareholder expectations.

On her part, the Chief Executive Officer, Mansa Nettey said: Our performance will continue to trend positively as improving market conditions are sustained. Our focus in 2017 remains one of preserving the right financial framework and creating shareholder value.

Source: Ghana News Agency