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Access Bank to Pay N7.23b Interim Dividend

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Access Bank Plc will distribute N7.23 billion to its shareholders as interim dividend for the first half of this year as the commercial bank sustained modest growths in earnings. Shareholders will receive interim dividend per share of 25 kobo.

Access Bank had distributed N18.8 billion as cash dividend for the 2017 business year. Shareholders received a final dividend of 40 kobo, in addition to interim dividend of 25 kobo, bringing the total dividend per share for 2017 to 65 kobo.

Key extracts of the audited report and accounts for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018 showed that gross earnings rose from N246.58 billion in first half 2017 to N253.02 billion in first half 2018. Profit before tax stood at N45.84 billion in 2018 as against N52.05 billion in 2017. After taxes, net profit increased from N39.46 billion in first half 2017 compared with N39.63 billion in first half 2018. Earnings per share remained steady at N1.38.

The half-year report showed modest improvement on the first quarter performance of the commercial bank. In the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, Access Bank grew gross earnings by 19 per cent to N137.5 billion in first quarter 2018 compared with N116 billion recorded in first quarter 2017.

Interest income and non-interest income contributed 70 per cent and 30 per cent respectively to the top-line in first quarter 2018. The report showed a steady bottom-line performance. Pre and post tax profits stood at N27.44 billion and N22.12 billion respectively in first quarter 2018 compared with N27.6 billion and N22.41 billion posted respectively in corresponding period of 2017. Earnings per share stood at 77 kobo in first quarter 2018 as against 79 kobo in first quarter 2017.

Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe said the bank has started mplementation of key elements of its strategy that will drive growths in the months ahead.

“A vital part of this is the continued execution of our retail market penetration initiatives, as it remains a strong catalyst to the sustainability of non-funded income growth. In addition we remain focused on consolidating our market position in the corporate and commercial banking segment,” Wigwe said.

He outlined that the priority of the bank for the rest of the year will be to focus on its retail offerings as it continues to see the benefits of the initiatives intensify over the next few months.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) recently upgraded Access Bank to its premium board.

Shareholders of the bank recently authorised the board of directors of the bank to raise up to $1.5 billion or N459 billion in new debt issue. Shareholders passed a resolution increasing the size of the bank’s existing $1 billion debt issuance programme to $1.5 billion by the addition of $500 million.

The debt issuance programme will enable Access Bank to raise capital through the issuance of non-convertible loans, notes, bonds and any other instruments whether by wa of public offering, private placement, book building process reverse call inquiry or any other method or combination of methods.

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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Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth

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Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has pledged to adopt accommodative monetary policy stance in 2021 in order to support economic growth in the country.

Emefiele, said this on Friday, while speaking at a CBN/Bankers’ Committee’s initiative for economic growth, which is a one-day special summit on the economy by bank chief executive officers.

The theme of the summit is: “How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Recession.”

Nigeria’s economy recently came out of recession, according to the Gross Domestic Product report for fourth quarter 2020 released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Owing to the slump GDP growth of 0.11 per cent that lifted the economy out of recession, Emefiele said it was imperative that, “we do all we can in 2021 and beyond to ensure that we build on the positive momentum and strengthen our efforts at stimulating growth.”

He expressed optimism that with the discovery and deployment of vaccines worldwide, 2021 would be a year of massive global recovery and Nigeria must not be left out.

“The banks CEOs are here, whether by moral suasion or by force, they will have to participate in this journey. In order to drive and sustain this recovery therefore, we need to sustain the accommodative fiscal and monetary policy measures aimed at improving access to finance for households and businesses.

“Secondly, we must prevent a resurgence in Covid-19 related cases. Thirdly, we must ensure that a significant number of our population is significantly vaccinated and also improve foreign exchange inflows into our country,” he added.

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CIT Microfinance Bank Disburses Over N16bn Loans

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CIT Microfinance Bank Disburses Over N16bn Loans

CIT Microfinance Bank Limited says it has disbursed about N16bn loans since it commenced operations as part of its contributions to the financial sector and empowerment of businesses.

The Managing Director of the microfinance bank, Mr Kingsley Eremionkhale, disclosed this during the company’s 10th anniversary in Lagos recently.

He reiterated that the bank was committed to supporting the growth of small and medium-scale enterprises in the country.

“Since inception, we have disbursed loans worth about N16bn. Our operation is not just about profit-making, but we have impacted many lives, empowered many businesses, and done a lot in terms of our core mandate as a microfinance bank.”

While appreciating its customers who had been loyal to it for years, he said it was concerned about their business success.

The managing director said, “We are part of our customers’ businesses. We provide services beyond lending and savings products and we also give financial advisory services.”

He appreciated the customers who had stayed with the financial institution for many years.

The managing director noted that the MfB is a state-licensed bank operating in Lagos, and a subsidiary of Capitalfield Investment Group.

He also attributed the success of the MfB to the board of directors which it said had been supportive, the management team and its workforce in the past 10 years.

While saying that the bank could lay claims to exponential growth, he said the public should expect more from it.

He also said that it was driving its operations through its digital offerings and our e-channels, to improve its services to our customers.

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FMDQ Approves Valency Agro’s N5.12bn Commercial Paper

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FMDQ Approves Valency Agro’s N5.12bn Commercial Paper

FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited has announced the approval of the quotation of the Valency Agro Nigeria Limited N5.12bn Series 1 Commercial Paper under its N20bn CP Programme on its platform.

The Exchange said in fostering the development of the Nigerian debt capital markets, it had continued to avail its credible and efficient platform as well as tailor its listings and quotations services to suit the needs of issuers and registration members through innovative and uninterrupted service delivery.

It said in a statement on Thursday that the Valency Agro Nigeria CP debut issue came at a time when the Nigerian economy was bedeviled with soaring food prices, amidst compounding challenges of insecurity.

It said the agricultural sector and its attendant transformation agenda had never been more important in driving increased and sustainable production of agricultural products as well as the derived foreign earnings through exports.

The Exchange said the proceeds from the issue of the CP would be applied by Valency Agro towards meeting the mid-term working capital requirements of the various agricultural produce under its portfolio such as cashew, sesame, cocoa and in value addition prior to export.

The Executive Director, Valency Agro Nigeria Limited, Mr Sumit Jain, was quoted as saying, “We are thankful to our investors towards showing their faith in our agenda to grow the agriculture-focused business with a clear aim to maximise value addition and create employment opportunities in Nigeria.

“We would also like to commend the efforts made by FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited’s team to build the reach and FMDQ for their unconditional support for the industry”.

The Head, Capital Markets, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Mr Oluseun Olatidoye, said, “FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited is delighted with the successful debut of the N5.12bn Series 1 CP issued by Valency Agro Nigeria Limited. This reiterates our effort to enable underserved sectors access the debt markets, optimise their capital structure and further deepen the domestic capital markets.

“We are proud of the instrumental role FBNQuest Merchant Bank played in this transaction and appreciate the trust the management of Valency Agro placed in us to assist them. Our clients remain our priority, and we strongly believe their success is our success.”

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