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PFAs Invest N4.2bn Pension Funds in Infrastructure

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  • PFAs Invest N4.2bn Pension Funds in Infrastructure

Pension Fund Administrators have gradually increased the amount of funds invested in infrastructure under the Contributory Pension Scheme to N4.2bn.

Figures obtained from the National Pension Commission on Tuesday showed that this translated to 0.07 per cent of the total funds under the scheme, which rose to N6.49tn as of April this year.

According to PenCom, in May 2015, the operators invested N568m in infrastructure for the first time, and increased it to N1.82bn in September 2016.

Some operators who spoke with our correspondent said that investors had continued to mount pressure on them to part with the funds in their custody.

The operators, who noted that the funds were not lying idle, said they had been invested in different portfolios such as the FGN bonds, treasury bills, domestic ordinary shares, local money market securities, corporate debt securities, real estate properties, state government securities, foreign domestic shares and cash/other assets.

In May, PenCom reviewed the regulation of its investment guidelines and stated that the PFAs must offer the multi-fund structure for the Retirement Savings Account and that there would be a transition period of six months.

It stated, “The multi-fund structure shall comprise Fund I, Fund II, Fund III and Fund IV (retiree fund). Funds I, II, III and IV shall however differ among themselves, according to their overall exposure to variable income instruments.”

The commission said the exposure to variable income instruments was defined as the sum of the PFA’s investments in ordinary shares and participation units of open, close-ended and hybrid funds, real estate investment trust, infrastructure funds, and private equity funds.

Under the Pension Reform Act, the PFAs administer the funds, which are kept in the custody of the Pension Fund Custodians.

The Chairman, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria, Mr. Eguarehide Longe, said the pension fund was making notable impact on the society.

“The investment guidelines are broad and comprehensive enough to include assets that will make notable societal impact,” he said.

Longe explained that the PFAs could be more adventurous in the asset classes they reviewed, developed and invested in, adding that the CPS provided a positive opportunity over the long haul to improve the general wealth of the country.

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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Prestige Assurance Grows Profit by 25.17 Percent to N776.500 Million in H1 2021

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Prestige Assurance Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading insurance firms, grew profit after tax by 25.17 percent from N620.348 million recorded in the first quarter (H1) of 2020 to N776.500 million in the first half of 2021.

The insurance firm disclosed in its unaudited financial statement released on Tuesday and obtained by Investors King.

Gross premium written increased by 38.86 percent to N5.434 billion in H1 2021, up from N3.913 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2020.

Net premium income also grew by 34.82 percent from N1.916 billion in H1 2020 to N2.584 billion in H1 2021. While underwriting expenses expanded to N2.262 billion in the period under review, up by 51.43 percent when compared to N1.494 billion filed in the same period of 2020.

Similarly, interest income jumped by 59.40 percent from N232.924 million in H1 2020 to N371.279 million in H1 2021. Other investment income and other operating income appreciated by 30.96 percent and 83.74 percent from N145.803 million and N7.264 million in H1 2020 to N190.947 million and N13.347 million in H1 2021, respectively.

Profit before tax inched higher by 14.22 percent to N970.624 million in H1 2021 from N849.792 million in H1 2020.

Profit after tax rose by 25.17 percent to N776.500 million in the period under review.

Total assets expanded to N19.423 billion in the first half of 2021, representing 4.96 percent when compared to N18.505 billion.

Basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share grew by 25.17 percent each to N5.86 each.

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Coca-Cola Creates Its First Collection Of Brand-Inspired NFTs

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Coca-Cola has partnered with digital art and avatar company Tafi to launch its first collection of NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. NFTs are unique digital collectibles that exist on the blockchain and represent different types of files like images, audio, and video.

The collection, which Coca-Cola is offering to celebrate International Friendship Day on July 30, features an NFT “loot box” which contains digital wearables designed by Tafi.

Buyers can bid on the Coca-Cola Friendship Box, a digital version of a collectible vending machine, which comes with three one-of-a-kind digital assets: a custom Coca-Cola Bubble Jacket Wearable, which can be worn in virtual world Decentraland; The Sound Visualizer, which captures different audio cues like the pop of a bottle opening or the sound of the soda being poured over ice; and The Friendship Card, a digital design inspired by the company’s friendship-inspired trading cards released in the 1940s.

“Each NFT was created to celebrate elements that are core to the Coca-Cola brand reinterpreted for a virtual world in new and exciting ways,” said the president of the global Coca-Cola trademark, Selman Careaga. “We are excited to share our first NFTs with the metaverse where new friendships are being forced in new ways in new worlds.”

Besides the one-of-a-kind collectibles, the winning bidder will also have access to “additional unique and valuable surprises,” which will be unveiled when the loot box is digitally opened.

The sale, which will take place on popular NFT marketplace OpenSea, will open on July 30 and close on August 2. All bids must be placed with ETH.

All Coca-Cola proceeds from the auction will be donated to Special Olympics International, a global sports organization that provides children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, with year-round training and activities.

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PiggyVest Acquires Savi.ng To Expand Operations

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The Nigeria-based wealth management app giant, PiggyVest announced that it has acquired a smaller competitor Savi.ng.

Until the acquisition, Savi.ng was a wealth management app launched in 2018 that allowed users to save via various features like automated savings, fixed deposits, joint savings and PAYE.

According to the company, discussions to buy Savi.ng which started earlier this year has now been completed. However, the cost of acquisition was not disclosed.

Under the deal, all existing Savi.ng users will be automatically migrated to Piggyvest. Savi.ng was founded in 2018 by VFD Microfinance and currently has ten thousand plus downloads on Google Playstore. PiggyVest’s android app on the other hand has got one million-plus downloads.

Speaking on the acquisition, PiggyVest says it is in line with its vision of providing financial freedom for all. “It’s more of a team acquisition,” PiggyVest co-founder, Joshua Chibueze, explained to TechCabal over a call.

The team behind Savi are reputed to have solid expertise in finance and are savvy with financial tools. This talent quality prompted PiggyVest’s move to acquire the wealth management startup.

“Fintech is two things. Fin and tech. We believe we are as good at tech and customer acquisition so we need as many financial players as possible to consolidate what we are trying to do,” Chibueze adds.

The acquisition consolidates PiggyVest’s growth and capacity to dominate Nigeria’s hotly competitive savings and investment space. Last year, it paid back NGN90 billion ($220 million) to users which currently numbers up to 3 million.

The move also signals a positive trend for Africa’s local startup ecosystem – that it is possible to build for the sole purpose of selling to a larger player in the same sector.

Earlier this year, Piggyvest partnered uduX to help Nigerians invest in their favorite musicians. This shows how broadly the company is looking to expand its investment opportunities.

PiggyVest revealed that there are more acquisition announcements to come in the year.

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