May 27, 2024

EFG Holding Creates Record Revenue Of EGP 14.7Bln

Revenue Growth Reported by the Three Verticals Underpinned the Group’s Net Profit After Tax and Minority Interest, Up 39% Y-o-Y to Reach EGP 2.5bln
Karim Awad, Group CEO EFG Holding. Image courtesy: EFG Holding

EFG Holding, a financial institution with a universal bank in Egypt and the leading investment bank in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), announced recently its results for the full year ended 2023. Industry sources added further that the group had booked its highest-ever recorded revenues of EGP 14.7 billion, displaying a 34% Year-on-Year growth, fueled by the stellar performance of its Investment Bank’s (EFG Hermes) sell-side and buy-side, Valu, and its commercial bank arm, aiBANK.  

Industry sources affirmed that EFG Holding’s operating expenses rose 35% Y-o-Y on higher employee expenses and other G&A, particularly at EFG Hermes, followed by aiBANK, and higher provisions and ECL across EFG Finance’s lines of business and aiBANK.

Industry sources further confirmed that in terms of profitability, the Group’s net operating profit surged 32% Y-o-Y to EGP 4.9 billion. Meanwhile, net profit rose 47% Y-o-Y to EGP 3.2 billion in FY23, powered primarily by Brokerage, Asset Management, Valu, and aiBANK’s growth in profitability. Meanwhile, the Group’s net profit after tax and minority interest came in at EGP 2.5 billion, up 39% Y-o-Y, and the Group’s total assets stood at EGP 121.9 billion at the end of December 2023.

On the investment bank side of the house, EFG Hermes had a robust year, with its revenues surging 32% Y-o-Y to EGP 8.1 billion in FY23, driven primarily by its core operations, the sell-side, and the buy-side. Sell-side revenues grew 51% to EGP 3.8 billion, lifted by Brokerage revenues. While Investment Banking revenues were essentially flat Y-o-Y, inching down 2% Y-o-Y, Brokerage revenues shot up 73% Y-o-Y, underpinned mainly by Brokerage Egypt’s strong executions. 

Industry sources further added that the buy-side’s revenues leaped 75% Y-o-Y to close the year at EGP 1.3 billion; mainly driven by robust growth in the Asset Management business, with the Asset Management revenues surpassing the EGP 1.0 billion mark in FY23 versus EGP 553 million in FY22, powered by higher incentive and management fees booked by FIM Partners and higher incentive fees booked by Egypt’s Asset Management. Meanwhile, Private Equity revenues increased 44% Y-o-Y to EGP 246 million in FY23 on higher management fees.

Karim Awad, Group CEO of EFG Holding, reflected on the Group’s performance, stating, “The exceptional performance of EFG Holding in 2023 stands as a testament to our team’s unwavering dedication in navigating challenging economic conditions, our steadfast commitment to excellence, and our strategic foresight. With our unprecedented revenues and impressive profitability, we continue to set the standard in the financial industry in the MENA region, providing value and fostering growth across our diverse range of services. The record-breaking financial results, driven by the remarkable contributions of EFG Hermes and aiBANK, underscores the strength of our strategic vision that revolutionized our business model years ago, as well as our enduring commitment to delivering excellence to our clients, shareholders, and communities. Our dedication to innovation and sustainable growth remains resolute.”

The Investment Bank’s net profit after tax and minority interest increased 20% to record EGP 1.6 billion compared to EGP 1.3 billion in FY22. 
Revenues at EFG Finance, the Group’s Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI) platform, rose 17% Y-o-Y to reach EGP 3.0 billion in FY23, underpinned by Valu, which drove the NBFI’s top and bottom line in FY23, with its revenues spiraling up 78% Y-o-Y to EGP 1.2 billion in FY23. Operating expenses rose 17% Y-o-Y to EGP 2.3 billion, driven primarily by higher Provisions & ECL. 
This was followed by EFG Corp-Solutions reporting higher revenues, with revenues from the Leasing side of the business rising 23% Y-o-Y to EGP 363 million and the Factoring side adding 45% Y-o-Y to EGP 120 million. Meanwhile, Tanmeyah’s revenues declined 14% Y-o-Y to EGP 1.3 billion, while Fatura reported higher revenues, up 45% Y-o-Y, as Fatura’s acquisition was completed in June 2022. Furthermore, net profit after tax and minority interest rose 51% Y-o-Y to EGP 349 million on strong growth in profits reported by Valu.
aiBANK experienced a robust year, as the Bank saw its revenues soar 61% Y-o-Y to EGP 3.6 billion in FY23, driven by higher net interest income on the back of loan book growth. Moreover, Fees & commissions increased more than three times, largely on higher trade finance activities. The Bank’s net profit after tax more than doubled, up 117% Y-o-Y to EGP 1.1 billion (of which the Group’s share is EGP 591 million) in FY23, displaying the Bank’s robust growth in operations. 

Awad concluded by stating “With Egypt’s market taking a pivotal turn following the recent floatation, EFG Holding looks ahead with optimism towards our future endeavors. Our robust balance sheet has been strategically hedged to withstand the fluctuations in the EGP, while our expanding regional operations consistently yield considerable USD revenues annually. These factors, combined with the promising growth trajectories of Valu, aiBANK, and Tanmeyah, instill in us a growing sense of confidence in the resilience and efficacy of the business model we have diligently built. We are increasingly assured of our ability to not only weather challenges but also to drive sustained profitability and create value for shareholders, clients, and communities.”




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