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Standard Bank Group celebrates 120 years in Mozambique

We’re celebrating 120 years in Mozambique with the opening of Standard Bank Mozambique’s new head office in Maputo.

The importance of this milestone is that Standard Bank Group has been in Mozambique through good and bad times. Through various political and economic transformations, we kept operating in the country and never left.

Rise of the middle class in sub-Saharan Africa

The powerful rise in household income in many of Africa's key frontier economies has allowed the formation and strengthening of a substantial middle class. Standard Bank Group’s economic analysts have been examining the growth of the middle class market in Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The team found that the number of middle-class households in these 11 sub-Saharan African countries are expected to boom in the next 16 years from today’s 15-million to over 40-million by 2030.

South African economy to remain ‘sluggish’ in 2014

Speaking today on Standard Bank Group’s financial results for the first half of 2014, our Chief Executive Ben Kruger said global growth in 2014 is expected to be influenced by developed market countries, while emerging markets are expected to struggle to match the growth rates achieved in 2013.

He made particular reference to the South African economy saying that the current “sluggishness” is expected to persist for the remainder of 2014. This will continue to leave South African consumers feeling less than confident.

Standard Bank Group shows good growth in the first half of 2014

Standard Bank Group’s financials for the first half of 2014 shows that its continued to grow. Our operations in Africa (excluding South Africa) has grown especially well from the red last year this time. We operate in 20 countries on the continent.

Overall, Standard Bank Group grew overall headline earnings 2% on first half of 2013 to R9 338-million thanks to the strong growth in our subsidiaries in the rest of Africa. Losses on loans was also managed well and dropped 1%, mostly because of lower credit losses from corporate clients.

CfC Stanbic in Kenya boosts profits

Standard Bank Group’s Kenyan operation, CfC Stanbic Holdings, recorded a 52% increase in profit after tax for the period ended June 2014. The earnings stood at Ksh3.4-billion (about US$3.8-million), up from the Ksh2.2-billion (US$2.5-million) posted over the same period last year.

The growth was as a result of improved revenues from trade finance in South Sudan, cost discipline, growth in loans and advances, a lower credit impairment charge as well as improved performance from SBG Securities.

Reporting gets the nod from EY

Standard Bank Group has taken second place in EY’s 2014 Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards for companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Liberty Holdings, of which Standard Bank Group is a majority shareholder, came in 8th.

The awards were hosted by EY (, an internationally recognised audit, tax and advisory firm, and are based on the evaluation of the top 100 JSE-listed companies. The awards recognise the “outstanding efforts of those companies that are the leaders in integrated reporting” to encourage the continued excellence in this field.

Looking to East Africa

We have a large presence in the East Africa region. In Uganda, Standard Bank Group owns the largest bank and in Kenya, we’re the eighth-biggest lender in a market of 43 commercial banks.

Kitili Mbathi, Chief Executive of Standard Bank Group’s East Africa operations, was at the US-Africa Leaders Summit this week and outlined some of our growth plans in the region and the challenges.

Read the interview with Bloomberg News:

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Momentum gathering in Power Africa initiative across Africa

The Power Africa Initiative is a project driven by US President Barack Obama that aims to double access to power in Africa. Power Africa aims to add more than 10,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generating capacity, and in the process electrifying at least 20-million new households and commercial entities with on-grid, mini-grid, and off-grid solutions.

Investors need not fear Africa

When asked yesterday at the US-Africa Business Forum what he would tell a potential (and cynical) investor in Africa, our Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala spoke of the increasing (positive) regulation in Africa.

He also spoke of the experience that Africa-based businesses offer to US investors. #USAfrica #AfricaSummit #USAfricaSummit

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Africa is open for business and partnerships

“Africa is now being taken seriously and is open for business and partnerships,” Standard Bank Group Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala told an audience yesterday at the first US-Africa Business Forum in Washington DC, USA.

The forum took place yesterday at the historic US Africa Leaders Summit. The business panel discussions and speeches by various global, American and African business and political leaders energetically grappled with expanding the new era for business in Africa; financing the Africa of tomorrow; and leading developments in infrastructure.

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