FBN, GTBank, Zenith make top 500 global ranking

By The Rainbow

Three Nigerian banks led by First Bank of Nigeria Limited have been ranked among the top 500 banks in the world.

The annual ranking by the Banker Magazine, Financial Times Group and Brand Finance in the United Kingdom adjudged First Bank for the third consecutive year as Nigeria's number one banking brand in the 2014 'Top 500 Banking Brands' global ranking.

Guaranty Trust bank came in at number two, followed closely by Zenith Bank.

The three banks, which have established themselves as the top tier banking brands in Nigeria, were the only Nigerian banks that made it to the top Global 500 this year.

A statement by Country Representative, Nigeria, The Banker, Mr. Kunle Ogedengbe, First Bank which was also ranked number one banking brand in 2012 and 2013, came top amongst the Nigerian banks. It was ranked 382 in the world from 414 last year. The brand value of the bank also increased to $228 million from $201 million from the preceding year. GTBank was also ranked 422 from 415 while Zenith Bank was ranked 453 from 454 last year.

Brand Finance is the world's leading brand valuation consultancy which advises branded organisations on how to maximise their value through the effective management of their brands and intangible assets.

The Top 500 Banking Brands report said that though there are numerous ways of calculating brand value, Brand Finance which complied the ranking used royalty relief method that values the brand based on what would be paid to use the brand if it were owned by a third party. It explained that the method is recognied by courts and tax authorities. 'The valuations of the brand take into account brand-specific financial and revenue data, model the market to identify market demand and the position of individual banks in the context of all other market competitors, establish the royalty rate for each bank, calculate the discount rate specific to each bank (taking account of its size, geographical presence, reputation, gearing and brand rating) and discount future royalty stream to a net present value, that is, the brand value.

Editor of the magazine, Mr. Paul Wallace, also explained that the brand value of Nigerian banks increased by three per cent to $593 million.

According to him, this makes  Nigeria to be among the Top 50 countries of the world by total brand value.

The top 10 banking brands in the world remained in America, Europe and Asia. The 2014 number one banking brand in the world was Wells Fargo (USA) which was second last year. It was followed by HSBC (UK) Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase (all from USA), ICBC (China), BNP Paribas (France), Santander (Spain), China Construction Bank and Agricultural Bank of China.