Shareholders Applaud Access Holdco Plc Total N1.50 Dividend Payment

Shareholders of Access Holdings Plc on Wednesday at the company’s 1st Annual General Meeting applauded the Board and management total dividend payment of N1.50 Kobo.

The shareholders accolades on the company’s board, for the continued return on investment was further accentuated when members started receiving their dividend while still seated at the AGM.

It will be recall that the receipt of N1.30 Kobo dividend by investors in Access Holdings Share yesterday for 2022, bring total payment on ROI to N1.50, as 20 Kobo had earlier being paid as interim last year.

The trio of Mr. Nonah Awoh, Mrs Bisi Bakare and Sir Sunny Nwosu who expressed optimism in the company’s management positive projections in making it a global brand, said its consistency in giving returns on investment is commendable.

Speaking at the meeting, Mrs Bisi Bakare, the President, Pragmatic Shareholders Association of Nigeria, lauded the company for achieving gross earnings of over one trillion naira during the review period.

Bakare also commended the management for improved dividend payment in spite of the challenging operating environment.

Also speaking, Mr Sunny Nwosu, the founder, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria, commended the management for impressive performance achieved during the period under review.

Nwosu also lauded the management for holding a physical AGM unlike their contemporaries that settled for virtual.

He, however, urged the company to ensure improved dividend payment in the years ahead.

Earlier, the Group Chairman of the company, Mr Bababode Osunkoya, said that the total assets grew by 28.2 per cent to N15.0 trillion  from N11.7 trillion in 2021.

Osunkoya said deposits from customers grew by 33 per cent from N6.9 trillion in 2021 to N9.3 trillion in 2022.


He said in spite of the tough macroeconomic conditions, with inflation at over 20 per cent, the group aggressively drove down its cost-to-income ratio despite ongoing business expansion.

Osunkoya described 2022 as a year of unprecedented challenges for Access Holdings and for society more broadly.

“As a company, we continued to demonstrate our resilience, our ability and commitment to support customers, clients, and wider stakeholders in ever changing economic conditions.

“In January 2023, we began the implementation of another five-year strategy which we shared with the investment community and stakeholders.

“A key aspect of our intent over the next five years is to become a top-five financial services provider in Africa by 2027.

“We will build a large, diversified company, by consolidating our wholesale franchise and embedding ourselves firmly in the retail market.

“This strategy will be digitally led, customer-focused and supported by various collaborations with reputable fintech companies, to deliver a deeply entrenched retail footprint and payment business.

“This will all be supported with strong technological infrastructure and robust risk management framework,” he said.

The Group Chief Executive, Access Holdings, Dr Herbert Wigwe, assured the shareholders of robust dividends in the nearest future.

“As the institution has transitioned to a Holdings Company to capture the opportunities the African market provides, the Company’s ambitions will be supported by seven key enablers (Customer Experience, Digital and Technology, Data and Analytics, Risk, ESG, People and Culture and Brand and Communication).

“These enablers will ensure Access executes seamlessly, to become one of the top five financial services institution in the African Continent by the end of the strategic cycle in terms of revenues, asset base and on a balanced scorecard basis.

“The proven success of our business model gives us a strong foundation upon which we can build the best open financial services platform and set new ambitions, which we unveiled at our Investor Day in January 2023,” Wigwe said.

He said that the group was well positioned to be at the centre of financial flows on the continent – trade, expanding and deepening financial services and serving corporates with excellence – creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba