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Mutual Benefits Extends N2b Rights Issue Till Friday

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  • Mutual Benefits Extends N2b Rights Issue Till Friday

Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc has extended the application period for its N2 billion rights issue, providing shareholders with more opportunity to pick up their shares.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the extension from Friday, September 14, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018. The rights issue opened on Monday, August 6, 2018.

Mutual Benefits Assurance is offering four billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to its shareholders at 50 kobo per share. The rights issue was provisionally allotted on the basis of one new ordinary share of 50 kobo each for every two ordinary shares held as at the close of business on November 1, 2017.

The board of the insurance company has said the net proceeds of the rights issue would be used to deepen the capital base of the company and enhance its ability to create more wealth for shareholders.

Chairman, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi said the net proceeds of the rights issue would be used to finance the company’s growth plan, including provision of additional working capital and expansion of information and communication technologies to support the company enlarged operations.

He said the strategic goal of the company is to become the number one insurance firm in Nigeria in terms of growth and profitability.

He assured that new investments in technologies would help the company to eliminate delay in its processing and focus more on customer satisfaction.

At a meeting with shareholders, Ogunbiyi reassured them of the board and management’s commitment to sustainable growth, in line with its five-year strategic plan.

Last year, Mutual Benefits Assurance started the implementation of a five-year plan to reposition it.

The plan focused on four key areas of the group’s business, including deepening market penetration and customer acquisition, customer service delivery excellence, transformation of its people and culture and operational effectiveness.

Ogunbiyi noted that the 2017 business year showed the resilience of the company with 15.6 per cent growth in gross premium to N14.04 billion in 2017 from N12.14 billion in 2016, which placed the company among the top insurance firms. Net benefits and claims grew by 53.9 per cent while the company recovered from a loss of N1.35 billion in 2016 to a profit of N1.02 billion in 2017.

According to him, the significant growth in gross premium and better management of resources made 2017 a turnaround year for the company.

He pointed out that the company had demonstrated its commitment to shareholders through the payment of N160 million dividend for the 2017 financial year, assuring that the latest dividend would mark the beginning of consistent dividend payments.

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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Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc

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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.

For more information about FCMB Group Plc, please visit www.fcmbgroup.com.

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

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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

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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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