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Bank return on equity, in percent, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 24 countries was 21.61 percent. The highest value was in Zambia: 46.36 percent and the lowest value was in Lesotho: 7.23 percent. The indicator is available from 1999 to 2021. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: Bankscope
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Countries Return on equity, 2021 Global rank Available data
Zambia 46.36 1 2000 - 2021
Ghana 32.2 2 2006 - 2021
Burundi 29.01 3 2000 - 2021
Malawi 28.69 4 2000 - 2021
Egypt 27.97 5 2000 - 2021
Zimbabwe 26.5 6 2001 - 2021
Angola 26.2 7 2002 - 2021
Liberia 25.89 8 2015 - 2021
Mozambique 24.87 9 2002 - 2021
Rwanda 23.23 10 2002 - 2021
Tanzania 22.87 11 2005 - 2021
Kenya 21.83 12 2000 - 2021
Ivory Coast 21.01 13 2000 - 2021
Namibia 20.84 14 2006 - 2021
Botswana 20.07 15 2000 - 2021
South Africa 17.56 16 2000 - 2021
Cape Verde 16.49 17 2009 - 2021
Tunisia 16.47 18 2000 - 2021
Ethiopia 15.84 19 2000 - 2021
Uganda 15.1 20 2000 - 2021
Nigeria 12.63 21 2000 - 2021
Morocco 9.97 22 2000 - 2021
Mauritius 9.74 23 2000 - 2021
Lesotho 7.23 24 2001 - 2021



Definition: Commercial banks’ pre-tax income to yearly averaged equity. The numerator and denominator are first aggregated on the country level before division. Note that banks used in the calculation might differ between indicators. Calculated from underlying bank-by-bank unconsolidated data from Bankscope.
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