Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), parent company of the Ecobank Group that it expects to report materially lower profit for the year ended 2015, driven by a number of factors, which includes, the macroeconomic challenges faced by most African economies, lower crude oil prices, depreciating currencies, monetary and fiscal bottlenecks, due to global developments, negatively impacted expected revenue growth.
Thus, according to the statement sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the bank noted that revenue growth for 2015 will be below their target guidance.
Also, higher impairment losses on loans were recognised in the last quarter of 2015 across our loan portfolio. Key actions have been implemented to strengthen our credit risk management processes.
As a result, our revised growth targets communicated during our third quarter 2015 analysts and investor conference call for deposits and loans will not be achieved. We also expect our efficiency and asset quality metrics to be worse than targets. Based on the aforementioned, we expect our full year 2015 profit in US dollar terms to be lower than the nine-months to 2015 reported profit.
Ecobank plans to announce its audited financial results for full year 2015 in April and follow with an analysts and investor conference call to discuss the financial results. Ecobank remains confident in its diversified business model and the long-term prospects for growth in Africa and share equal confidence in our dedicated staff. We are positioning the company for long-term success to achieve sustainable good results. ETI continues to enjoy the support of its major shareholders.