As average lending rates across Universal Banks continue to drop in the country, albeit marginally, some banks appear to have far lower average lending rates compared to their peers.
In the past year, the country’s monetary policy rate, which informs the rate at which financial institutions lend to consumers and businesses, dropped from 14.5% in July 2020 to 13.5% in July 2021.
Average lending rates have also dropped during that period from 21.29% to 20.47%.
Even though the average across universal banks has dropped, some banks have significantly lower average lending rates than others.
Banks with the lowest rates
CalBank PLC and GT Bank had the first and second-lowest average lending rates according to the Bank of Ghana as of July 2021, at 15.97% and 16.97% respectively.
Bank of Africa, Access Bank and OmniBSIC round up the 5 banks with the lowest average lending rates, with 17.19%, 17.77% and 17.95% respectively.
Banks with the highest rates
Out of the 23 Universal Banks, FBNBank had the 5th highest average lending rate according to the Bank of Ghana as of July 2021, with a rate of 22.25%.
GCB Bank at the end of the same period had the 4th highest average lending rate with 22.80%, following by Absa Bank with the 3rd highest rate of 23.59%. Société Générale Ghana had the second-highest average lending rate, with 23.61%.
Agricultural Development Bank rounded up the list with the highest average lending rate at the end of July 2021 with a rate of 24.89% according to the Bank of Ghana.
According to the central bank, the publication of the Average Lending Rates list of Universal Banks is to help promote transparency in the pricing of loans granted by Universal Banks.
The cost of credit in Ghana, using the policy rate as an indirect benchmark according to International advisory firm Konfidants – is more than double the average cost for frontier intra-Africa exporters, impacting Ghana’s competitiveness against its leading peers.