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Access Bank Falls to 3-Month Low After Downgrade: Lagos Mover

April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Access Bank Plc, Nigeria’s fourth-biggest bank by market value, fell to the lowest in more than three months after it was downgraded by FBN Capital Ltd.

The lender retreated 7.5 percent to 9.17 naira by the close in Lagos, the commercial capital, the lowest since Dec. 31. FBN Capital lowered Access Bank to underperform from neutral and the 12-month target price was reduced to 8.30 naira per share.

First-quarter results were below expectations and have weakened chances of the bank meeting return-on-equity forecasts for this year, Bunmi Asaolu, an analyst at Lagos-based FBN Capital, said in e-mailed report today.

Access Bank’s profit in the three months through March declined 27 percent to 9.21 billion naira, the lender said yesterday. Revenue dropped to 52.7 billion naira from 53.1 billion naira.

The stock has gained by 1.3 percent this year, compared with the 19 percent advance by the 10-member Bloomberg Nigerian Stock Exchange Banking Index and 22 percent rise in the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emele Onu in Lagos at eonu1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vernon Wessels at vwessels@bloomberg.net

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