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AMCON Recovers N682bn Bad Debts in Six Years – CEO

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The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has recovered N681.5bn of non-performing loans in the last six years of its existence, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the corporation, Mr Ahmed Kuru, has said.

The recoveries, he said, were made from debtors in the form of cash, properties and shares.

AMCON was set up in 2010 to absorb banking sector-wide NPLs in exchange for government bonds, after the Central Bank of Nigeria rescued nine weak banks from collapse in 2009.

In a statement by the corporation on Monday, Kuru was quoted as saying this during an interaction conference of Federal High Court Judges held at the National Judicial Institute complex in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is, “The AMCON regime: A paradigm shift in debt recovery.”

Kuru said the recoveries were made possible through court-sanctioned settlements or outright judgment.

According to him, the judiciary is the most important stakeholder in the pursuit of its statutory mandate.

This, he said, was why AMCON would continue to seek the support of the judiciary all through its lifespan.

The AMCON boss said his assertion was based on the fact that when all other resolution strategy failed, AMCON resorted to the courts to exercise its special enforcement powers.

He said, “We understand the crucial role of the judiciary, which is why we always look forward to opportunities like this where we can share some of our unique experiences towards ensuring that justice is done in all of our cases based on a thorough understanding of the unique regime under which AMCON was established in 2010.”

The “bad bank” still has around N1.7tn worth of assets under litigations.

The Administrator, NJI, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, who spoke during the event, said the judiciary and all stakeholders in the financial industry were vital to the activities of the AMCON and its debt recovery efforts.

She said this while emphasising the importance of the corporation and its ability to correct the economic flaws of the past.

Bozimo said the call had become necessary because of the critical but difficult assignment of AMCON to recover huge debts as mandated by its establishment Act.

The legal expert informed that the Justice of Nigeria, Walter Samuel Onnoghen, gave approval for the interaction because of AMCON was an integral component of the financial safety net system.

Bozime, therefore, said that acknowledging Nigeria’s critical economic status; acquiring the intellectual competence of promoting the financial system stability and ring-fencing the integrity of the macro-economy from fragmentation, should be encouraged and supported by justices and justices of the Appellate courts.

The statement quoted her as saying, “My Lords, the relevant mechanisms and approaches inherent in complementing AMCON judicial and judiciously to accomplish its primary mandate in the area of liquidity support, assumption of troubled loans and compliments to businesses, should be encouraged and supported by all stakeholders. Hence, the roles of judicial officers in aiding AMCON to achieve its statutory objective are very key.”

The NJI boss said the institute in the future would collaborate with AMCON to ensure that all its judicial officers were exposed to the novel prescriptions in the AMCON Act.

She argued that this development was understandable considering that judges and justices must be effectively and constantly informed to enable them accomplish their tasks with desired precision and competence.

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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Additional Pension Fund Assets Invested in Banks in Third Quarter (Q3) of 2021

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The National Pension Commission has released a new report on pension fund assets, which has shown that investment in Local Money Market Securities had more pension fund assets invested in banks than in papers through Open Market Operations, as well as fixed deposits of banks in the third quarter of 2021.

The report from the NPC also showed that the total invested fund placed with banks as a percentage of the total pension fund assets sat at 17.10 percent, which translates to N2.22 trillion in September, rising from 13.15 percent or N1.66 trillion in June 2020.

It showed that investment in commercial papers which constitutes about 0.5 percent of investment in pension fund assets, went down to N0.68 trillion from N0.72 trillion (which constitutes 0.57 percent).

The report also addressed corporate debt securities, stating that the amount invested in the space went up by 1.82 percent to N0.97 trillion in Q3 from the N0.95 trillion which it had recorded in Q2.

Cash and other assets which are responsible for 0.46 percent (or N59.79 billion) of the total pension fund assets in September 2021 also fell from 0.59 percent (or N74 billion) in June 2021.

All funds invested in real estate properties as a section of the total pension fund assets went down to 1.18 percent (or N153.4 billion) from 1.24 percent (or 156.88 billion) in the period which was under review.

Cowry Research analysts discovered that the increased investment by the Pesnion Fund Administrators (PFA) in bank placements was mainly to take advantage of the relatively high yields in the short term without gaining much exposure to the risk that is inherent in the money market.

The Cowry analysts stated that the increased activities of pension managers in the equities market throughout Q3 2021 was on the platform of an improvement in the performance of corporate organizations as the Nigerian economy continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Verdant Capital Advises WIOCC on USD80 Million Equity Capital Raise

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Verdant Capital has advised WIOCC Holding Company Limited (or “WIOCC”) on an USD 80 million equity capital raise.  USD 75 million of equity was invested by CAPE IV, a fund managed by leading African private equity fund manager African Capital Alliance.  The balance was invested by management and an existing shareholder.

The equity raised has been supplemented by a debt capital raise.  The total capital raise of USD 200 million will be used to expand its connectivity within Africa and internationally, and through Open Access Data Centres (or “OADC”) – a newly created WIOCC Group company – to launch a network of pan-African data centres optimised to serve the needs of the cloud provider and wholesale community.

As well as introducing a strong new investor into the company, the capital will be used to support WIOCC’s expansion strategy across Africa and accelerate its investment in enhancing the continent’s digital infrastructure. Strategic investments in the new Equiano and 2Africa international subsea systems will augment and complement WIOCC’s existing core network infrastructure, cost-effectively adding multi-Terabits (Tbps) of capacity and significantly increasing its options for delivering the high-availability solutions demanded in markets across Africa. WIOCC’s terrestrial strategy, which includes deployment of metro and national networks in key locations, will be extended to include new countries and metropolitan areas, increasing its portfolio of end-to-end solutions for clients across Africa.

Part of the capital raise will be used in funding OADC, which is creating a transformational interconnected pan-African network of open-access, carrier-neutral data centres. First-phase locations will house key submarine cable landings in Lagos, Durban and Mogadishu, supporting the drive to land international submarine capacity directly into carrier-neutral data centres. Each will provide clients with bespoke colocation facilities and ultra-reliable, seamless connectivity directly into new international subsea systems, eliminating the costs and risks traditionally associated with terrestrial backhauling. Construction and fit-out is underway in Lagos and Durban, with both to be launched early in 2022, whilst the Mogadishu data centre will be ready before the end of 2022. Further phases of deployment will deliver more than 20 new data centres in strategic locations throughout the continent, focusing on major connectivity hubs in each country.

African Capital Alliance was attracted to the investment by the clear vision to develop high quality and synergistic assets and solutions to support its long-term client partnerships. The investments will further position WIOCC to take advantage of the accelerating migration of infrastructure and services into the cloud, driving demand for data transmission, storage and processing in wholesale, enterprise and consumer end-markets in Africa, and bringing forward realisation of WIOCC’s vision to make an enduring contribution to Africa’s communications.

The successful capital raise further strengthens Verdant Capital’s track record as a leading advisor on transactions for or involving pre-eminent private equity firms in Africa.

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Investment Opportunities in Africa in Full Display at IATF’s Investor Forum

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The Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021, which is currently taking place at the Durban International Conference Centre, will be hosting tomorrow, 18 November, its Investment Day. Organised under the theme “Unlocking Investment and Accelerating Deal Flow in Africa”, the Investor Forum is a full day dedicated to showcasing Africa’s investment potential and showcasing investment-ready projects. The Investment Forum will also feature sector specific parallel sessions on: Agriculture, Logistics, Technology and Tourism.

IATF is Africa’s biggest in-person B2B and B2G event of the year and seven Heads of Government attended the opening ceremony. The message was loud and clear that there is the political will and engagement to make the African Continental Free Trade Agreement a success and that at the heart of this is developing intra-African trade and investment.

IATF has featured three days of debates and discussions to help overcome the obstacles holding back trade such as the cost of moving goods and cross-border payments. Afreximbank has developed some specific products to help deal with these structural issues: the Afreximbank African Collaborative Transit Guarantee Scheme (AACTGS) and the Pan-African Payments and Settlements System (PAPSS). A full day of deliberations focusing specifically on the Automotive Sector and the Pharmaceuticals Industry to help grow domestic manufacturing is also taking place.

The Investor Day will focus on investment opportunities on the continent and unlocking cross-border investment by African national champions, focusing on some key sectors and learning from investors and companies who are committed and invested in the African continent.

Confirmed speakers include: Hon. Ms. Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, Global Economist, Kenewendo Advisory and Former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana; Mr. Amr Kamel, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Banking, Afreximbank; Dr. Acha Leke, Senior Partner and Chairman, McKinsey & Company, Africa; Mr. Akol Ayii, Founder and Chairman, Trinity Energy; Mr. Paulo Gomes, Chairman, Orango Investment Corporation; Ms. Ndiarka Mbodji, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kowry Energy; Mr. Abdou Souleye Diop, Managing Partner, Mazars.

“I have always been a believer in the development of national champions and for these national champions to be the locomotive of private sector investment across the continent. We’re seeing it but the examples are still too seldom. The pandemic has highlighted the necessity to become self-reliant and this will require cross-border collaboration,” said Omar Ben Yedder, Project Lead on the Investment Forum and Publisher of African Business magazine. “This Investment Forum is built on this same spirit of cooperation, bringing together projects from across the continent to present the investment potential in Africa,” he added.

To coincide with the dates of the event, the IATF 2021 Investment Forum team, in coordination with African Investment Promotion Agencies, is making available an IATF 2021 Project Book, a compilation of investment ready projects across multiple sectors. The IATF 2021 Project Book can be downloaded here.

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