Message from the CEO

Dear Business Partner,

We at UMB are excited that November is upon us and we remain positive that we will end this year, 2020 on a great note.

Many exciting things happened over the last month and I crave your indulgence to recap some of the highlights. We joined millions around the world to celebrate the Global Customer Service Week. And on this note, on my own behalf and that of Management and staff of UMB, we want to once again say thank you for your continued support of our business. We promise to grow with you so that together we can build our economy for posterity.

October also marked a significant period in the health calendar of the world as millions, including our staff commemorated Pink October to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer. Let me use this opportunity to encourage you to get screened regularly and to support this worthy cause even beyond October.

In line with our meticulous approach to deploying capital, controlling operating costs and risks in the business, we recently published our Third Quarter Financials, which saw an earning of GHs22.3million, representing a growth of 156% year-on-year basis. In spite of the global economic challenges, our impressive financial performance is partly attributed to the loyalty and trust that you have reposed in us as your preferred banking partner and for that we say thank you.

As the holiday season fast approaches, UMB understands the financial burden this season may bring. For this reason, we have deployed many financial interventions including the UMB Controller Loan for government workers on the CAGD payroll, to secure up to GHS150,000 within 48 hours at an affordable interest rate to cater for their essential personal needs. Salaried workers can also access up to 50% of their monthly salary in advance to handle life’s little emergencies and then pay back by month-end.

At UMB, we have invested heavily in our digital infrastructure and digital eco-system to safeguard your banking information and transactions and that is why we are PCI DSS and ISO 27001 Certified. While we encourage you to use any of our safe suite of digital banking platforms, kindly ensure to observe safety precautions such as; keeping your password or PIN a secret and ignoring unsolicited calls or messages asking you to perform a task. Please note that UMB is always available to offer any assistance you may need so if you are ever in doubt, kindly contact your Relationship Manager or call our 24-hour UMB Contact Centre on toll free 0800 100 880 or on 0302 633 988 or WhatsApp us on 0266 020 400 for assistance.

On this note I wish you a fruitful month. Please continue to patronise our products and services and share your feedback with us.

 

Sincerely,

UMB

Message from the CEO

Dear Business Partner,

We are very grateful for your continued business and loyalty to us all these years and as we join the millions around the world to mark the global celebration of Customer Service Week from October 5 to October 9, we simply want to say “Thank You” to you for being part of our wonderful UMB family. Throughout the period of the celebration, we will engage in activities across our branch network in a bid to deepen our relationship with you and enhance the excellent service delivery that you have come to know and love.

This is why in our quest to make your banking transactions seamless and stress free, we are happy to soon introduce our revamped internet banking platform for both retail and business customers. With this upgrade, you will now be able to safely and effortlessly do your mobile money transactions, airtime top up, inter-bank transfer of funds conveniently, wherever you may be. Once we launch the new platform, I encourage you to sign up and try out the new and improved internet-banking platform and share your feedback to help us continuously improve our digital banking services.

We assure you that we have made significant investments in our systems to ensure that every transaction on any of our platforms is safe and secured. With our ISO 27001 and PCI DSS certifications, your personal and banking information is secured especially when transacting on any of our suite of digital channels. While we do our part in protecting you from nefarious cyber activities, it is important to remember to safeguard your internet-enabled devices and login details always. Please avoid clicking on links or calling the numbers contained in suspicious text messages as cyber criminals could steal your sensitive information. In such instances, if you are ever in doubt, I encourage you to reach out to your dedicated Relationship Manager for advice or call our 24-hour Contact Centre on toll free 0800100880 or 0302633988 for swift assistance.

Once again, on behalf of management and staff, I will like to say thank you all for allowing UMB to be your Dream Team in providing excellent banking services. Let us stay safe together by continuing to observe all precautionary health and safety measures regarding COVID-19. I wish you a wonderful and fruitful month ahead.

God bless us all!

Sincerely,

Message from the CEO

Dear Business Partner,

As we ease into the ‘ember’ months of the year, it is a great time for a fresh start by focusing our energies on improving our productivity to end the third quarter well.

To recap the activities of the past month, I am happy to share that we successfully held our 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) with our Shareholders, to discuss our performance in the 2019 financial year, realign our business strategies and consolidate our gains by prioritizing your business needs. This way, we can ensure to record an even impressive financial performance than what we recently published for our half year financials.

On that note, I am happy to share with you that UMB obtained the internationally-recognised PCI-DSS Certification in addition to our ISO 27001 Certification. With this certification, we have demonstrated our commitment to the protection of cardholders’ privacy and banking information with every UMB banking transaction. I hereby encourage you to sign up for any of our instant UMB UnionPay and UMB Visa contactless debit cards for fast, secure and convenient access to your money anywhere in the world.

At UMB, we understand the financial burden in these uncertain times and as such we have rolled out financial interventions especially for government and public sector workers with the UMB Controller Loan product. Government workers can now access up to GHS150,000 in less than 48 hours to cater for everyday personal needs at a competitive interest rate and then pay back in 48 months with the UMB Controller Loan. The exciting part of this loan is that, you do not need to be a UMB account holder or require any form of collateral. If you qualify or know anyone who does, kindly visit or let them stopover at the nearest UMB branch to apply now.

Similarly, as part of the several interventions that we continue to offer customers in sustaining their businesses and its steady growth, our SME Banking Department organized the maiden virtual edition of the annual SME Clinic for over two hundred SME customers on the theme, “Running a Successful SME Business in a Disruptive Environment”. Participants were taken through a variety of topics on identifying opportunities and finding the right balance between risk and profit maximization to ensure business continuity and longevity. On this note, if you are an SME owner or hoping to kick-start a business, I welcome you to experience our unique service and product offering for SME’s at any of our three dedicated UMB Centre for Businesses across the country.

While we assure you of the highest safety standards within our branches and office premises, continue to use our safe and secure electronic banking platforms such as the UMB SpeedApp and our Internet Banking portal for your banking transactions whenever, wherever. If you must visit us at any of our thirty-six branches nationwide, kindly ensure to observe all our COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Alternatively, you can share your feedback on our products and services on WhatsApp number 0266020400 or call our 24-hour Contact Centre for support on toll free number 0800100880 or on 0302633988. You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube for up-to-date news and events.

I wish you a wonderful and fruitful September. God bless you and our homeland Ghana!

Sincerely,

 

Message from the CEO

Dear Business Partner,

I wish to extend my warmest welcome to you for the month of August. The significance of this month on our nation’s calendar is not lost on us as a truly indigenous bank.  It is a time for us to reflect on the sacrifices of our founding fathers and for us strive to emulate their deeds to build this nation for posterity. So in the famous words of John F. Kennedy, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.

Moving on, UMB as a customer-centric bank is always looking for better ways to provide you, our cherished customer, with superior products and services that are relevant and delight your banking experience. That said, we are continually improving our infrastructure and procedures to ensure efficiency in our service delivery to you.

The spread of coronavirus continues to adversely impact the operations of several businesses. Consequently, UMB’s total operating income declined by 6.5% year-on-year to GHS115.8m as at Half Year 2020. However, our unique operational efficiency strategies resulted in a 10.4% reduction in expenses, year-on-year. In effect, our Bank recorded a Profit After Tax of GHS16m, which represented a growth of 194% on a year-on-year basis. Customer deposits also increased by 31% year-on-year to GHS2.2bn while our Assets also trended upwards by 25% year-on-year to GHS3.3bn. These positive key indicators attest to the fact that UMB is a resilient bank even in the face of eventualities occasioned by a crisis.

As the world transitions to the new normal during this coronavirus pandemic, we continue to focus on serving you better by ensuring that you have access to safe and convenient banking during this period. For that reason, we encourage the use of our digital channels such as the UMB SpeedApp, ATMs and internet banking for all banking needs. While all our branches nationwide remain open to serving you in line with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, we assure you of the highest service standards at all our branches and offices.

In a related development, we have introduced the UMB Visa contactless cards that allow you to perform safe and secure payments at contactless-enabled POS devices. The “tap to pay” enhancement will limit the handling of cash, reduce the instances of card cloning or card swapping and so much more. As we embrace digital ways of banking, let us remain extra vigilant in order not to fall victim. Remember, UMB will never call you to request for your confidential banking information like usernames, PIN or passwords.

While we appreciate the adverse effects of this crisis, UMB seeks to continue supporting customers and to this end, we have introduced the UMB Controller Loan product for government workers to cater for personal everyday needs. If you qualify or you know anyone who does, I encourage you to visit the nearest UMB branch for more information and subsequently apply for the loan payable in up to 48 months at a competitive interest rate.

Whenever in doubt or you need any help concerning any of our innovative products and services, do not hesitate to call our 24-hour Contact Centre on toll free number 0800100880 or 0302633988 or WhatsApp us on 0266020400 for swift assistance.

UMB is here to partner you in all spheres of your life so reach out today and let us know how we can support your dreams. On that note, please stay safe and we look forward to doing business with you.

Sincerely,

Message from the CEO

Dear Business Partner,

I welcome you to another month that marks the beginning of the third quarter in our financial calendar as well as Ghana’s Republic Day commemoration on July 1st. On this day, I wish every Ghanaian a happy Republic Day and I salute our gallant forefathers who sacrificed to ensure that posterity could enjoy our current sovereignty.

Although COVID-19 has disrupted the business space, we at UMB are very committed to weathering the storms with you as your strategic business and financial partner. It is therefore in this regard that I am happy to share with you that we have been selected as one of the preferred banks to disburse soft loans to qualifying businesses under the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) Business Support Scheme under the auspices of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI). Apart from meeting with our SME clients to discuss challenges and find solutions amid the pandemic, we will be organizing our annual SME Clinics online to share information on various topical issues to support their businesses.

I hereby encourage you to call on your dedicated Relationship Manager or visit any of our branches nationwide to access this wonderful support, especially, businesses that have challenges in these trying times.

In line with our Bank’s digitization agenda and the desire to continuously exceed your expectations, I am happy to report that, we are working to implement updates to our bills payments, collections and transactions services with integration with the Ghana.gov platform, purchase of select airline tickets, automation of insurance claims and payments to Mobile Money, Bank accounts and ATM’s and ECG bills payments. These innovative developments, amongst many others, will greatly expand and enhance our service delivery across all our digital touchpoints.

In our bid to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, we are upholding the highest level of COVID-19 health and safety precautions at all our premises and branches; but in order to enjoy a more convenient experience, I will encourage you to use our digital channels such as the UMB SpeedApp for your banking needs whenever, wherever.

That said, I implore you to stay safe and stay home as much as you can. Let’s continue to fight COVID-19 together by adhering to the health and safety measures advocated by the health authorities and allied agencies.

To you, our valued customer, I want express my sincere appreciation for your continued business in these trying time. Our affable and knowledgeable employees are ever ready to assist you take advantage of our suite of superior banking products and services. Call our 24-hour Contact Centre on toll free number 0800100880 or 0302633988 or via WhatsApp on 0266020400.

On that note, I wish you and your family a wonderful month ahead and look forward to a continued relationship.

Sincerely,