Equity Group Holdings, a leading financial institution in Kenya with operations in several other African countries, announced a 10% increase in pretax profit for the first quarter of 2023. The pre-tax profit reached 16.9 billion Kenyan shillings ($124 million), driven by the growth of its loan book.
Equity reported a significant rise in net loans, which increased by over 20% to 756.3 billion shillings compared to 623.6 billion shillings in the same period the previous year. This expansion in the loan portfolio contributed to the bank’s positive financial performance.
Additionally, Equity Group obtained regulatory approval to establish a general insurance business in Kenya, expanding its offerings beyond life assurance.
The bank’s total assets also experienced substantial growth, surging by 21% to 1.54 trillion shillings from 1.3 trillion shillings in the first quarter of 2022, indicating the bank’s strong overall performance and increasing market presence.