AKR Bank posts 40 percent profit despite Covid-19 challenges

Deposits at the Atwima Kwanwoma Rural Bank in the 2020 financial year increased by 40.1 percent from the 2019 figure. It stood at 205,389,993 Ghana cedis as against 146,582,226 Ghana cedis in the previous year.

Amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bank gave out loans of over 39 million cedis which is a 12 percent increase from the 2019 figure of 34 million cedis.

At the 38th Annual General Meeting held at Pakyi Number Two in the Ashanti Region; Dr Kantanka revealed the bank has put in measures to sustain the gains made in 2020.

Financial Performance
Investment portfolio also grew from 126,490, 164 Ghana cedis in the year 2019 to 179,956,837 Ghana cedis in the year 2020 representing an increase of 42.26 percent

The bank’s total loan portfolio stood at 39,109,169 cedis in the year under review as against 34, 919,716 Ghana cedis in 2019 an increase of 12 percent was recorded

Again, an increase was recorded in the Bank’s total asset from 188,723,038 Ghana cedis in 2019 to 252,545,551 cedis in 2020, representing a growth of 33.81 percent

At the end of the year 2020, the bank’s stated capital stood at 3,354,008 Ghana cedis.

As a requirement by the Bank of Ghana, all Rural and Community banks are to meet a minimum stated capital of 1million Ghana cedis and AKRB has it in excess of 200 percent.

“However, we wish to appeal to you to buy more shares since the Bank of Ghana may very soon increase the minimum requirement”.

The bank recorded an increase in its equity from 37,575,423 cedis in 2019 to 41,454,279 cedis in 2020 representing 10.32 percent growth.

The board did not recommend payment for the 2020 financial year based on the Bank of Ghana directive dated 12th April, 2021.

In line with a Bank of Ghana directive, the Atwima Kwanwoma Rural Bank is now a Public Limited Company.

Board Chairman, Patrick Owusu, explains the move is critical to enhance the operations of the business.

Meanwhile, long-serving officials and other deserving members of the bank were recognized and awarded for their contribution to the bank’s growth.

Future Outlook
The economic outlook is good in the short to medium term, contingent on an increase in demand for Ghana’s export, improved business confidence, and successful implementation of the Ghana COVID-19 Alleviation and Revitalization of Enterprise Support Program.

Growth is projected to increase to 4 percent in 2021 according to the African Development Bank. The Rural Banking sector remains well-positioned to continue with the core objective of financial intermediation to support the rural and urban poor communities in Ghana.

The bank operated under extremely difficult situations in the year under review and your bank was no exception. Regardless of the challenging global economy in the financial year, your bank put up impressive performance for the year under review in comparison to the 2019 financial year.