BVI-domiciled Atlas Mara Limited, the sub-Saharan African financial services group, announced unaudited financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017. For the reported period, total net profit of the group was US$15.8 million, compared to US$4.0 million for the same period of 2016, and US$4.3 million net profit reported for the Q3 ended September 2017, compared to US$2.8 million for the third quarter of the previous year.
Total income of the BVI group increased by 6.7% largely driven by an increase of 56.2% in net interest income. Non-interest income decreased by 30.0% mainly due to declines in Botswana, Mozambique and Shared Services and Center. The increase in net interest income has been supported by the decrease in the Group’s cost of funds from 8.3% reported at September 2016 to 5.2% as at 30 September 2017.
Equity reported at the end of the period was US$757.5 million, an increase of US$231.4 million from 31 December 2016, mostly driven by the completion of the US$200 million strategic financing transaction and equity placing concluded during Q3. Book value per share was US$4.44 at 30 September 2017, compared to US$7.18 at 30 June 2017. Tangible book value per share was US$3.58 at 30 September 2017, compared to US$5.31 at 30 June 2017.