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Nigeria: Commercial Banking License to Boost Operational Efficiency and Stability – Nova Merchant Bank

Nova Merchant Bank made an announcement that acquiring a commercial banking license would assist the bank in streamlining its activities and stabilizing its operations.

The bank received approval from its shareholders during the sixth yearly general meeting held in Lagos on Wednesday to undertake full commercial banking operations. The shareholders expressed confidence in the bank’s ability to sustain and build upon its growth legacy.

According to Nova Merchant Bank, the decision to transition to a commercial bank will not only streamline its operations but also enhance financial stability and promote sustainable growth across its businesses. At the meeting, the bank’s board revealed comprehensive restructuring plans for the conversion from a merchant bank to a commercial bank.

Phillips Oduoza, Chairman of NOVA Merchant Bank, addressed the shareholders, expressing excitement about the bank’s prospects as it enters a new growth phase. The strategic move aligns with their vision of expanding operations and offering diverse services while maintaining exceptional customer service. The commercial banking license is expected to strengthen the bank’s revenue base, create value, boost earnings growth, and provide more customers across the nation access to NOVA Bank’s products and services.

Nath Ude, NOVA’s Managing Director, stated that with the new license, the bank is well-positioned to extend its comprehensive range of financial services throughout Nigeria and solidify its position as a leading player in the Nigerian banking industry. The shareholders’ overwhelming approval reflects their confidence in NOVA’s ability to thrive in the evolving financial landscape.

Ude reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to investing in new technologies and its robust digital platform to deliver exceptional service experiences to customers. Shareholders also ratified the bank’s outstanding performance for the full year ended December 31, 2022, with significant growth in total assets, profit before tax, and profit after tax.

In the stock market, positive sentiments in several blue-chip stocks boosted capitalization by N94 billion, leading to an increase in the market capitalization of listed equities and the All Share Index. Notably, UPL and Academy Press were among the top gainers, while Courtvellle Business Solutions and FTNCocoa were among the top losers. The volume of trades and investor activity also saw a substantial increase compared to the previous day.

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