Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Access bank's exposure to margin loans

Access Bank disclosed its exposure to the margin lending that has been plaugeing the Nigerian stock market.

As at 30th September 2008, total stock-collateralised margin loans from Access bank to investors and brokers stood at N55.695bn ($476.0m). That is 8.6% of total
assets and 18.4% of total loans. The bank claims the value of collateral against these loans exceeded exposure, giving them a coverage ratio of 125%.

Makes you wonder what the systemic Nigerian exposure is when Access bank claim they are conservative. No wonder the maket has been falling. Could easily be $10bn on margin loans!

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