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NSE Admits N6.3bn Wema Funding SPV Bond

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  • NSE Admits N6.3bn Wema Funding SPV Bond

The Nigerian Stock Exchange has announced the listing by introduction of N6,295,000,000 series 1, seven-year 18.50 per cent fixed rate bond due in 2023 under the N50bn Wema Funding SPV Plc debt issuance programme.

Commenting on the listing, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Oscar Onyema, said, “We are pleased to be listing the Wema Fund SPV bond, a further affirmation of our unique platform to help businesses access capital.

“Despite the challenging macro environment, this bold step by Wema Bank is indeed commendable as only businesses that continue to execute on their strategy will be at a vantage position to benefit when the economy rebounds.”

Speaking at the bond listing ceremony, the Managing Director of Wema Bank, Segun Oloketuyi, noted that the bank’s turnaround plan, which began in 2009, was in its growth phase, hence the raising of tier II capital to ensure availability of long-term capital to support growth.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Julius Berger Plc Pre-tax Profit Decline by 30.7 Percent in Q4, 2020

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Julius Berger Plc Pre-tax Profit Decline by 30.7 Percent in Q4, 2020

Julius Berger Plc posted a 30.65 percent decline in pre-tax profit to N5.12 billion for the final quarter of 2020.

In the financial statements released on Tuesday, the leading construction company, reported N74.04 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter, an increase of 2.43 percent when compared to N72.29 billion posted in the same period of 2019.

Julius Berger Key Financial Highlights Q4, 2020

  • Nigeria’s revenue expanded by 4.21 percent year-on-year to N72.30 billion.
  • While Europe & Asia revenue dipped by 40.07 percent year-on-year to N1.74 billion.
  • Similarly, revenue from building works depreciated by 56.37 percent to N10.72 billion.
  • However, revenue from civil works rose by 35.38 percent from the corresponding period to N55.8 billion.
  • Services added N7.54 billion revenue, representing an increase of 15.84 percent year-on-year.
  • Cost of sales grew by 13.19 percent year on year to N60.1 billion.
  • Julius Berger recorded other gains/losses of N83.89 million.
  • The construction company grew investment income to N142.79 million.
  • Finance costs jumped by a whopping 388.99 percent year-on-year to N1.79 billion.
  • Earnings Per Share rose by 19.76 percent year on year to N3.94.

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Board of UBA Approves Financial Statements, Dividend Payment for 2020

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Board of UBA Approves Financial Statements, Dividend Payment for 2020

The Board of United Bank for Africa Plc has approved the Group Audited Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements and final dividend for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The bank stated in a statement signed by Bili A. Odum, Group Company Secretary.

It said “Please refer to the announcement dated January 12, 2021 which notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public of the Board Meeting of United Bank for Africa Plc.

“Please be informed that the Board of United Bank for Africa Plc at its meeting which held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 considered and approved the Group Audited Consolidated & Separate Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 and payment of a final dividend, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“Further to the above, kindly be advised that the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public would be immediately notified upon approval of the Group Audited Consolidated & Separate Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 by the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

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Atlas Mara Denies Receiving Offers to Sell Stake in Union Bank of Nigeria

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Atlas Mara Denies Receiving Offers to Sell Stake in Union Bank of Nigeria

Atlas Mara Limited, the sub-Saharan African financial services group, on Monday, denied media reports that it has received offers from local banks looking to buy over Union Bank.

The Company said “While it is the Company’s practice to refrain from comment on market rumours or speculation, we believe it is important to note that Atlas Mara has not received any offers from any local Nigerian bank or other bank wishing to acquire the Company’s stake in Union Bank of Nigeria (“UBN”).

“As previously announced to the market in 2019, the Board of the Company has been exploring a wide range of strategic options with the assistance of external advisers. That process is still underway and the Company’s strategic objectives have not changed.

ThisDay, Premium Times and other leading online publications in Nigeria had claimed Atlas Mara, that own 50 percent stake in Union Bank of Nigeria has started receiving interests from interested local banks. A rumour that has now been debunked.

Also, speaking on the rumours, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc said the lender is not in the process of selling a 50 percent stake as claimed an online publication, Premium Times on January 23, 2021.

Union Bank said, “Please note that the unsubstantiated report is based on mere rumours and speculations.”

“The Nigerian Stock Exchange, other regulatory agencies and members of the public arehereby advised to disregard the publication in its entirety.”

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