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Accion MFB Disburses N79.8bn Loans to Customers



  • Accion MFB Disburses N79.8bn Loans to Customers

Accion Microfinance Bank has disbursed a total of N79.8 billion as loans to micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSME) between 2007 and November 2017.

The bank which presently has its presence in some states across Nigeria, has also said it plans to expand aggressively by opening 80 new branches nationwide.

The Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director, Accion MFB Ms. Bunmi Lawson said this at the bank’s annual customers’ forum in Lagos yesterday.

She said: “From N217 million disbursed in 2007, we have disbursed a total of N17.5 billion from January to November 2017 to 53,238 customers.

“From inception of the bank to date, we have disbursed a total of N79.7 billion. The number of accounts opened also grew from 2,531 in 2007 to 294,018 in November 2017.

“We were also responsive to our customers in insurance claim settlements for outstanding loans from various incidents during the year as their loans were cleared by our insurance partners while additional benefits are still credited to their accounts to enable them cushion the effect of the unfortunate incidents.”

On other initiatives the bank would introduce in the coming year, she said: “To serve you better in 2018, we have embarked on initiatives which includes NIBBS instant payment, (NIP).”

This, according to Lawson would also solve the problem of transfer to and from other banks going forward.

In terms of digital banking, she said microfinance was partnering other Fintech companies to enable customers request and pay for loans via their phones, with the use of social media algorithms.

“Accion MFB Short Code (572) – We are in the process of launching Accion MFB Shortcode to replace Brighter 143. This is simply banking on the phone making you able to do banking transactions such as account balances, funds transfers, bills payments, etc, right on your hand held phones and Beta Solar, loans to acquire uninterrupted solar power in your homes.”

On his part, the incoming MD/CEO, Accion MFB, Mr. Taiwo Joda said: “Our mandate in 2018 is to surpass your expectations in 2018 and beyond with a lot of packages.

“These include opening of 80 more outlets (branches) in existing states and new ones, having footprint in the North and FCT and cover the whole federation by 2022. Introduce new products that would address specific needs of our customers, introduce digital Banking.”

He added: “We would continue to invest heavily in information technology infrastructure to ensure that all our service touch points are reliable; continue to implement loyalty rewards for our dear long-standing customers, show more concern to our customers in taking business decision in line with the smart campaign.”

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.

Banking Sector

Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc




The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Mr. Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an Executive Director of the Group.

His retirement was approved at a meeting of the Board of the Group on February 26, 2021. This has also been announced in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the financial institution.

The Chairman of FCMB Group Plc’s Board of Directors, Mr Oladipupo Jadesimi, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his valuable service and excellent support to the Board for many years.

FCMB Group Plc is a holding company divided along three business Groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); as well as Asset & Wealth Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).

The Group and its subsidiaries are leaders in their respective segments with strong fundamentals.

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Banking Sector

COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year




Central Bank Extends One-Year Moratorium by 12 Months

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the repayment of its discounted interest rate on intervention facility by another one-year following the expiration of the first 12 months moratorium approved on March 1, 2020.

The apex bank stated in a circular titled ‘Re: Regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of credit facilities of other financial institutions impacted by COVID-19’ and released on Wednesday to all financial institutions.

In the circular signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, the apex bank said the role-over of the moratorium on the facilities would be considered on a case by case basis.

The circular read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from nine per cent to five per cent per annum for one year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.

“Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.

“Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:

“The extension by another 12 months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities.

“The role-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.”

It would be recalled that the apex bank reduced the interest rate on its intervention facility from nine percent to five percent and approved a 12-month moratorium in March 2020 to ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses.

To further deepen economic recovery and stimulate growth, the apex bank has extended the one year-moratorium until February 28, 2022.

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MTN Nigeria Generates N1.35 Trillion in Revenue in 2020




MTN Nigeria Grows Revenue by 15.1 Percent from N1.169 Trillion in 2019 to N1.35 Trillion in 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and challenging business environment, MTN Nigeria realised N1.346 trillion in revenue in the financial year ended December 31, 2020.

The leading telecommunications giant grew revenue by 15.1 percent from N1.169 trillion posted in the same period of 2019.

Operating profit surprisingly jumped by 8.5 percent from N393.225 billion in 2019 to N426.713 billion in 2020.

This, the telecom giant attributed to the surge in finance costs due to increased borrowings from N413 billion in 2019 to N521 billion in 2020.

MTN Nigeria further stated that the increase in finance costs was the reason for the decline in growth of profit before tax to 2.6 percent.

MTN Nigeria grew profit before tax by 2.6 percent to N298.874 billion, up from N291.277 billion filed in the corresponding period of 2019.

The company posted N205.214 billion profit for the year, a 0.9 percent increase from N203.283 billion recorded in the 2019 financial year.

Share capital remained unchanged at N407 million. While Total equity increased by 22.3 percent from N145.857 billion in 2019 to N178.386 billion in 2020.

MTN Nigeria’s market price per share increased by 61.8 percent from N105 to N169.90.

While market capitalisation as at year-end also expanded by 61.8 percent to N3.458 trillion, up from N2.137 trillion.

The number of shares issued and fully paid as at year-end stood at 20.354 million.

MTN Nigeria margins were affected by Naira devaluations and capital expenditure due to the new 4G network coverage roll-out.

Margins were adversely affected by the effect of naira devaluation and expenses associated with new sites’ roll-out to boost 4G network coverage in FY’20.

“On the former, we note that MTNN expanded the scope of its service agreement with IHS Holding Limited and changed the reference rate for converting USD tower expenses to NAFEX (vs CBN’s official rate previously). Thus, over the full-year period, the company’s operating margin contracted by 1.9 ppts YoY to 31.7%,” CardinalStone stated in its latest report.

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