BrandArena: NOVA Merchant Bank Receives Shareholders' Approval for Full Commercial Banking License

Friday 21 July 2023

NOVA Merchant Bank Receives Shareholders' Approval for Full Commercial Banking License

The shareholders gave their unanimous approval during the company’s 6th Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Wednesday, where they agreed that the bank remains well-positioned to sustain and build upon its growth legacy.

At the meeting, the company’s Board of Directors took time to unveil their comprehensive restructuring plans on how the bank will transition from a merchant bank to a commercial banking license.

The Chairman, NOVA Merchant Bank, Mr. Phillips Oduoza, who addressed shareholders at the meeting, explained that the decision to transition will help the bank to further streamline its operations, bolster its financial stability, and foster sustainable growth across its businesses.  

He said, “I am excited about the prospects of NOVA as we embark on this new growth phase. This strategic move is in line with our vision of expanding operations and diversifying services while providing exceptional services to our valued customers.

Continuing, he said, “The Management of the Bank has firmly established a remarkable legacy of growth since its inception and has consistently demonstrated its ability to achieve substantial progress across various parameters and the commercial banking license will strengthen the Bank’s revenue base, entrench value creation, impact earnings growth and sustain higher returns for the shareholders while affording more banking customers across the nation the opportunity to enjoy the products and services of NOVA Bank.”

L-R: Emmanuel Onokpasa, Executive Director;  Nath Ude, MD/CEO;  Funmi Oyetunji, Independent Non-Executive Director; Gbemisola Laditan, Independent Non-Executive Director; Phillips Oduoza, Chairman; Funke Okoya, Executive Director; Nnadozie Ohaji, Company Secretary/Legal Counsel at the company's 6th Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Wednesday, July 19th, 2023. 

Expounding on this, NOVA’s Managing Director, Mr. Nath Ude, said, that with the new license, the bank is poised to extend its comprehensive range of financial services throughout Nigeria and cement its position as a leading player in the Nigerian banking industry.

“The resounding approval from the shareholders for the transition to a commercial bank reflects their confidence in NOVA’s ability to thrive in the evolving financial landscape. The Bank remains resolute in its pursuit of sustainable growth while continuing to provide its customers with innovative financial solutions. As we transition into a commercial bank, NOVA aims to expand its services and further enhance its position as a trusted provider of cutting-edge financial solutions in Nigeria,” the MD stated.

Ude restated the bank’s commitment to continue to invest in new technologies, including our robust digital platform, to create exceptional service experiences for its customers.

Shareholders also ratified the bank’s result for the full year ended December 31, 2022, where the bank recorded outstanding performance and significant growth across all its indicators on the back of innovative offerings and exceptional customer service.

Specifically, total assets grew by 14.6% to close 2022 at N279.9bn up from N244.2bn recorded the previous year; while profit before tax rose significantly by 107.9 per cent to close the year 2022 at  N3.50bn. Profit after tax also recorded a similar feat, as it jumped from N1.58bn in 2021 to N3.21bn in the year under consideration, representing an impressive growth of 102.9%.

NOVA Merchant Bank Limited is an investment-grade rated merchant bank in Nigeria that offers an integrated suite of financial solutions covering Financial Intermediation, Wholesale and Investment Banking, Asset and Securities Management, Trade Services, Cash Management, Transaction and Digital Banking. The bank will announce a new name to reflect this strategic change in its banking licence.

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