The shares rose 4.1 percent to 9.1 naira at the 2:30 p.m. close in Lagos, the commercial capital, the strongest since March 15, 2011. The stock has advanced for seven days, the longest streak in two months.
The Lagos-based bank said yesterday net income in the six months through June climbed to 26.3 billion naira ($166 million) from 8.05 billion naira a year earlier, as revenue doubled to 108.7 billion naira.
“Access Bank’s first half results were encouraging and are currently ahead of our full year 2012 earnings expectations on some key metrics,” Muyiwa Oni and Rele Adesina, Lagos-based analysts at Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc (IBTCCB), wrote in e-mailed comments today.
Access Bank last year acquired Intercontinental Bank Plc, one of eight lenders bailed out by the central bank in 2009 after a debt crisis caused in part by loans to speculators in equities.
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