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Transcorp Grows Net Profit by 161% to N10.9b

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  • Transcorp Grows Net Profit by 161% to N10.9b

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) Plc recorded impressive growths in turnover and profitability in the first half with net profit rising by 161 per cent to about N10.9 billion.

Key extracts of the interim report and accounts of Transcorp for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018 showed that turnover rose from N34.17 billion in first half 2017 to N54.09 billion in first half 2018. Profit before tax jumped by 163.6 per cent to N11. 94 billion in first half 2018 as against N4.53 billion recorded in comparable period of 2017.

After tax, net profit grew by 161.2 per cent from N4.16 billion in 2017 to N10.88 billion in 2018. Earnings per share also leapt from 3.87 kobo in first half 2017 to 11.60 kobo in first half 2018.

The first half performance further reinforced Transcorp’s turnaround after the conglomerate recovered from a pre-tax loss of N5.93 billion in 2016 with a pre-tax profit of N12.31 billion in 2017. The audited report and accounts of Transcorp for the year ended December 31, 2017 showed that turnover rose by 35 per cent from N59.42 billion in 2016 to N80.28 billion in 2017. Gross profit increased by 21 per cent to N36.42 billion in 2017 compared with N30.17 billion in 2016. Operating profit increased by 25 per cent from N20.72 billion in 2016 to N26.03 billion in 2017.

Foreign exchange loss reduced to N4.55 billion in 2017 as against N18.7 billion in 2016 while net finance cost also improved from N26.64 billion to N13.73 billion. The company made provisions for N1.7 billion taxes in 2017 compared with tax credit of N4.80 billion received in 2016. With these, it reversed from a loss before tax of N5.93 billion in 2016 to profit before tax of N12.3 billion in 2017. After, taxes, net profit stood at N10.61 billion in 2017 as against net loss of N1.13 billion in 2016.

The balance sheet position of the conglomerate also improved in 2017 as total assets rose by 23 per cent to N285.52 billion in 2017 as against N232.16 billion in 2016. Shareholders’ funds rose by 11 per cent from N86.45 billion in 2016 to N95.71 billion in 2017.

Transcorp Plc Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adim Jibunoh said the conglomerate’s businesses are in good position to sustain growth going forward.

“We are confident of improved fundamentals going forward, as we increase our available generation capacity to above 800 megawatts by year-end taking advantage of improving gas situation. We equally expect to benefit from the upside of the new improved infrastructure upon completion of our upgrade project in Transcorp Hilton Abuja. The upgrade project is currently on track,” Jibunoh said.

Transcorp’s group strategic investments include power, hospitality, agribusiness and oil and gas sectors. The group’s notable businesses are Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja; Transcorp Hotels Calabar; Transcorp Power Plc, Teragro Commodities Limited and Transcorp Energy Limited.

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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MTN Nigeria Generates N1.35 Trillion in Revenue in 2020

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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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Nestle Nigeria Approves Final Dividend of N35.50k per 50 Kobo Ordinary Share for 2020

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Nestle Nigeria Approves Final Dividend of N35.50k per 50 Kobo Ordinary Share for 2020

Nestle Nigeria, a leading food and beverage company, has declared a final dividend of N35.50k per 50 kobo ordinary share for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The beverage company said N24.50k of the amount declared was from the after-tax profit of 2020 and N5 and N6 were from the after-tax retained earnings of the years ended December 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Nestle Nigeria stated that the amount declared is subject to appropriate withholding tax and approval at the Annual General Meeting of shareholders.

It also noted that payment will be made only to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on 21 May 2021.

Dividends will be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members as at 21 May 2021, and who have completed the e-dividend registration and mandated the Registrar to pay their dividends directly into their Bank accounts.

Shareholders who are yet to complete the e-dividend registration are advised to download the Registrar’s E-Dividend Mandate Activation Form, which is also available on their website: www.gtlregistrars.com, complete and submit to the Registrar or their respective Banks.

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Dennis Olisa Invests N53.6 Million in Zenith Bank

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Executive Director of Zenith Bank Plc Buys 2 Million Shares of Zenith Bank at N53.6 Million

Executive Director of Zenith Bank Plc, Dennis Olisa, has invested a combined N53.58 million in shares of Zenith Bank.

The leading financial institution stated in a disclosure statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday.

Olisa carried out the purchase in two different transactions on February 24, 2021 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos, Nigeria.

He purchased 1 million units of Zenith Bank at N26.60 each and another 1 million shares at N26.50 per share.

On aggregate, Olisa purchased 2 million shares of Zenith Bank at N26.79 per share or N53.58 million. See the details below.

Dennis Olisa was appointed as Zenith Bank’s executive director three years ago.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Olisa was the Chief Inspector at Zenith Bank Plc and served as its Director from March 3, 2017 until March 16, 2017.

He also served as General Manager and Heads of the Energy Oil & Gas Group at Zenith Bank Plc and served as its Deputy General Manager. He served as Head of Internal Control & Audit Group at Zenith Bank Plc

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