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Standard Chartered Group Posts $1.1b Profit in 2016



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  • Standard Chartered Group Posts $1.1b Profit in 2016

Standard Chartered Plc (Group), the parent company of Standard Chartered Bank of Nigeria, has posted a profit before tax of $1.1 billion, in 2016 financial year.

The result represents an increase of $300 million from $800 million in 2015, while the group’s operating expenses at $10 billion, showed a five per cent reduction from 2015 record and lower for the second year running.

However, the group’s Operating income of $13.8 billion showed an 11 per cent decline from 2015 record, but stable through each quarter of 2016, while cost efficiencies of over $1.2 billion created capacity to increase investment in the second half.

Despite loan impairment provision in the ongoing business of $2.4 billion, the bank also restructured charges worth $855 million related primarily to the liquidation portfolio and redundancy costs.

The Group Chief Executive Officer, Bill Winters, said: “We made good progress in 2016, cleaning up our balance sheet and fortifying our capital position. We are attacking our cost base, reinvesting significantly to strengthen our competitive advantages and continuing to enhance our financial crime controls.

“Our financial returns are not yet where they need to be and do not reflect the Group’s earnings potential. Having worked hard to secure our foundations we are now focused on realising that potential.”

He said the underlying basic earnings was per share of 3.4 cents, against negative 6.6 cents in 2015, while returns on Ordinary shareholders’ equity is 0.3 per cent against negative 0.4 per cent in 2015.

According to him, the bank strengthened capital and improved liquidity position, such that Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 13.6 per cent went up 100bps mainly due to reduced risk-weighted assets; $2 billion additional Tier 1 capital issued in August 2016; and a further $1 billion in January 2017.

There was also a loan-to-deposit ratio of 67.6 per cent, which also reflects a high level of funding from customer deposits, while no Ordinary Share dividend was declared for 2016 period.

The Regional Chief Executive Officer, Africa and Middle East, Sunil Kaushal, said: “Our results demonstrate the progress made in the execution of our strategy. We will continue to make investments through the cycle in controls, people and infrastructure to grow safely and capture the medium-term opportunity within the AME region.

“The environment remains challenging but we are getting on with our plan to improve our performance by putting our clients’ needs back at the heart of everything we do.”

He noted that the bank’s conscious decision to invest in sub-Saharan Africa, while continuing to consolidate and build on its differentiated position in the Middle East has made an important contribution to the overall performance.

Despite good growth in Africa impacted by foreign exchange fluctuations, Standard Chartered’s Africa and Middle East business recorded underlying profit before taxation of $431 million in 2016, compared to $188 million in 2015, due to lower impairments and reduced expenses.

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


NAIC Pays N1.7bn Claims to Farmers




The Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) said it paid a total of N1.7 billion claims to over 5,000 farmers in the past two years.

NAIC, which is the only federal government owned insurance company authorised to offer agric insurance services to farmers at subsidised rate, said a breakdown of the paid claims showed that it paid N856 million to insured farmers in 2019 and N848 million in 2020.

Commenting on the development, NAIC Managing Director, Mrs. Folashade Joseph, said the claims were paid to the farmers to cover losses incurred in the course of doing business.

Joseph, enjoined agricultural investors and lending institutions to continue to partner NAIC by taking agricultural insurance cover that will enable them remain firm in business despite unforeseen circumstances from weather conditions and other risks in order to realise the food security agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.

She said the above-mentioned amount was shared among five million farmers who suffered various setbacks in their farms as a result of natural course.

According to her, the NAIC Agric Insurance Scheme was launched in 1987 by federal government to restore the confidence and productivity of Nigerian farmers who suffered losses as a result of natural disaster such as flood, drought, pest and diseases.

The NAIC boss explained that the essence of the sensitisation campaign embarked by the corporation was to let the farmers know and understand exactly what NAIC does, the importance of insurance, and make them understand how insurance works, how they can access NAIC products and services, how to process their claims, as well as what insurance stands to do for them.

“Agribusiness is evolving fast and so many risks are being thrown up, many new participants are coming into the business of agriculture, and the risks are on the increase if you look at them across the value chain, there is no so many participants so we need to keep sensitising the farmers and let them know we are serving them, and we need to know from them how to serve them,” she explained.

Speaking further, she said, “our assurance to farmers is that when they are insured and they suffer losses covered by any of the policies they purchased, including natural disasters and whatever, they will get paid for their losses, and that is the purpose of insurance and setting up NAIC.

“Our motor is ‘Plowing the Farmer Back to Business, Plowing the Farmers into Prosperity’, and we settle claims.”

She said NAIC currently deals with thousands of farmers (Small, Medium, and Large scale farmers) across the country, adding that the corporation serves farmers with investment as little as N100, 000, and at the same time serves multinational farmers.

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UBA Organises Capacity Building Forum



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As part of its commitment to support the growth and sustainability of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSME) in the continent, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, is set to organise the next edition of its UBA Business Series.

The UBA Business Series which is a monthly event, is an MSME Workshop as well as a capacity building initiative of the bank where business leaders and professionals share well-researched insights on best practices for running successful businesses, especially in the face of the difficult operating environment that dominates the African business landscape.

Through this initiative, UBA has been assisting with essential tips to help businesses re-examine their models and strategies and ensure that they stay afloat and remain thriving, a statement from the bank explained.

The topic for the next edition of the series is, “Managing Performance for Business Growth,” and it will be held today, via Microsoft Teams.

At this session, the Managing Director, Secure ID Limited, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe, will be sharing useful tips and insights on the key strategies of performance management to boost business growth.

Akinkugbe is the founder of SecureID Nigeria, a MasterCard, VISA and Verve certified Smartcard Personalization Bureau and Digital Technology company. She currently serves as the Managing Director/CEO, Secure Card Manufacturing, – a Smartcard manufacturing plant producing high security identity cards and documents for the Banking, Telecoms and Public sectors across Africa and beyond.

UBA’s Head, SME Banking, Sampson Aneke said of Akinkugbe, “with her vast experience garnered over the years from various sectors, she will help business owners understand how performance management strategies can be effectively implemented to ensure business growth.”

He emphasised UBA’s commitment and deep passion for small businesses, which according to him, remains the engine of any developing economy adding, “We know small businesses are the backbone of the economy in every country. In many climes, businesses with fewer than 100 employees account for 98.2 per cent of all businesses. This no doubt captures the importance of SMEs to a thriving economy which is why UBA is committed to seeing them flourish.”

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CBN to Extend Credit Risk Management System to OFIs



In an effort to curb growing bad debt, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it will extend its Credit Risk Management System to Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) operating in Nigeria to protect them from bad debtors.

According to the apex bank, this is important following the successful implementation of the credit risk system in other lending institutions operating in Nigeria.

The bank disclosed this in a circular titled ‘Credit Risk Management System: Commencement of enrolment of all Development Finance Institutions, Microfinance Banks, Primary Mortgage Banks and Finance Companies’ and signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, on Monday.

In part, the circular read, “As part of efforts to promote a safe and sound financial system in Nigeria, the CBN introduced the CRMS to improve credit risk management in commercial, merchant and non-interest banks as well as to prevent predatory borrowers from undermining the banking system.

“With the successful implementation of the CRMS in deposit money banks, it has become expedient to commence the enrolment of Other Financial Institutions on the CTMS platform.

“Accordingly, all DFIs, MfBs, PMBs and FCs are required to report all credit facilities (principal and interest) to the CRMs and to update same on monthly basis.

“OFIs shall note the Bank Verification Numbers and Tax Identification Numbers are the only basis for regulatory renditions”.

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