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Sterling Bank Announces N8.2 Billion PAT



Sterling Bank
  • Sterling Bank Announces N8.2 Billion PAT

Sterling Bank Plc announced its financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

The bank grew its profit before tax by 29.5 percent to N8.5 billion, higher than the N6.5 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.

According to the lender, profit after tax climbed 39 percent from N5.9 billion to N8.2 billion during the period.

Similarly, earnings per share rose from 21 kobo to 28 kobo.

Speaking on the results, Mr. Moses Igbrude of Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria said the bank significant growth during a challenging period is commendable.

“Sterling Bank Plc must be commended on this performance. It is sign of good things to come for us shareholders of the bank. The management and board deserve our support,” Igbrude said.

Gross earnings rose by 21 percent from N94.6 billion to N114.6 billion in 2018. While customer deposits climbed from N685.0 billion in December 2017 to N723.2 billion by September 2018.

The bank’s net loans and advances grew by 10.7 percent from N598.0 in December 2017 to N662.0 billion in September 2018.

The bank reported total assets of N1.08 trillion, an increase of N106.2 billion from the N1.07 trillion achieved in December 2018.

Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc, said the commercial bank was able to sustain growth due to a series of strategic adjustments made to exceed customers’ expectations.

The 31.2 percent growth in non-interest income was largely driven by growth in trading and revenues from banking transactions, as the lender continues to enhance its digital banking platforms to aid its retail drive.

“Our strategic intent to be more customer-focused has continued to yield results; one of such recorded in the last quarter is the increase in the volume of transactions processed through our various electronic platforms since the start of the year. We achieved over one million monthly NIBBS Instant Payment transactions as at July 2018, a 73 per cent increase from the start of the year and expect to see continuing traction in this regard,” Suleiman said.

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Lagos Gov to Shut Down Third Mainland Bridge this Friday



Lagos Gov to Shut Down Third Mainland Bridge this Friday

The Lagos State Government will shut down the Third Mainland Bridge for 24 hours from midnight Friday, February 26th to midnight Saturday.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde who made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday, said the total closure of the bridge is to enable the contractors move the equipment used during the rehabilitation process off the bridge and allow both the Oworonshoki and Adeniji bound lanes open fully to traffic.

Oladeinde therefore, advised motorists approaching the bridge from Ogudu, Alapere and Gbagada to use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu and Yaba, as alternative routes, while Iyana Oworoshoki-bound traffic from Lagos-Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle and Yaba are to use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu and Ikorodu Road as alternative routes.

The Commissioner assured that traffic management personnel would be deployed along the affected routes to minimize and address any traffic impediments during the closure.

Commending Lagosians for their cooperation during the prolonged repair works of the Bridge, the Commissioner assured that the bridge is now safe for use by all and sundry.

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FSD Africa Partnership Aims to Safeguard and Leverage Investment for Small and Medium-sized African Businesses



 The four co-operation agreements signed between FSD Africa and the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) and Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Nigeria (PEVCA) will help to ensure local expertise and tailored delivery for regional and country mandates.

FSD Africa today announces the signing of co-operation agreements with AVCA, EAVCA, SAVCA and PEVCA to coincide with the launch of the Africa Private Equity and Private Debt Programme. The programme is a new initiative to support the development of private capital markets in Africa as a complement to public capital markets. It will work to improve the long-term financing options available for businesses across key sectors in Africa’s economy, including healthcare, climate and agriculture.

Access to long-term finance has continued to be a challenge for small and medium-sized businesses across the continent. The economic impact of COVID-19 has only exacerbated the strain on Africa’s formal public markets aiming to provide long-term finance options to businesses desperately in need of capital. This alongside increased risk averseness by lending institutions has left few options for SMEs to access long term financing, in many cases resulting in business closures and job losses.

Through the Africa Private Equity and Private Debt Programme FSD Africa aims to leverage various tools including grants, technical assistance, advocacy and investment capital to support the growth of private capital markets. The partnership aims to support growth in a way that is uniquely African in character, tailored to the local context and delivering long term financing options for SMEs.

FSD Africa, AVCA, EAVCA, SAVCA and PEVCA will work with policymakers, regulators, industry associations, institutional investors and other market operators to encourage and advocate for changes that promote increased flow of institutional capital into private capital markets. Through the programme FSD Africa and its partners will seek to create a knowledge sharing environment by working with regulators to put in place regulatory provisions and/or incentives, build capacity and understanding of relevant market stakeholders.

Mark Napier, CEO at FSD Africa, said:

“Supporting the development of private equity and private debt markets in Africa will provide a boost to small and medium-sized businesses and local economies. We believe this will be greatly welcomed in the short term, ensuring that more jobs are saved, but it will also provide long-term benefits and improve access to capital.  Globally, there has been a secular shift towards private capital markets and it is appropriate that, as part of our response to COVID-19, we pay enough attention to the development of private markets, allowing for more local capital to be channelled into essential sectors including health, agriculture and climate.”

Evans Osano, Director, Capital Markets at FSD Africa, said:

“By encouraging long-term investment capital to Africa’s private sector, real impact can be delivered, including creating and sustaining jobs, and increasing access to services like healthcare. We urge local investors, regulators, and other relevant individuals to come forward to be a part of this programme and look forward to working with them on this exciting next step.

Ify Ossi, Executive Secretary, PEVCA, said:

With the unprecedented economic shocks brought on by the pandemic, the case for mobilizing private capital in our clime has become more evident. In the face of the huge funding gap and growth lag facing sectors across Nigeria, long-term access to local financing coupled with structural adaptations, were necessary, are key to our economic growth and sustainability. Interventions that address industry gaps and challenges must be both private sector and policy driven guided by suitable strategic partnerships and alliances, among other factors. We are excited about PEVCA’s partnership with FSD Africa, particularly its pan African approach towards capital market development, and look forward to jointly facilitating solutions for our industry.

Tanya van Lill, CEO, SAVCA, said:

“SAVCA is looking forward to partner with FSD Africa on this initiative to support the development of private capital markets in Africa. This Programme has the potential to unlock much needed catalytic capital for businesses and industries that have the potential to not only create and preserve jobs, but also contribute to much needed economic growth given the impact of COVID-19.“

Eva Warigia, Executive Director, EAVCA, said:

“For the EAVCA, FSD Africa is a natural partner given their in-depth knowledge of local markets. We see this as a strategic partnership that will advance EAVCA’s commitment to increase local participation in financing private business- both mature and early stage- in East Africa by providing alternative sources of capital”.

Abi Mustapha-Maduakor, CEO, AVCA, said”

“In addition to facilitating greater inflow of private investment to the continent, advocacy is at the centre of our work at AVCA. This collaboration with FSD Africa is timely, and I look forward to working with our colleagues at EAVCA, SAVCA and PEVCA to support investors, businesses and governments in their efforts to strengthen Africa’s economy over the coming years.”

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Spotify to Launch in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Others in Few Days



Spotify to Launch in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Others in Few Days

Spotify, an audio streaming and media services provider, announced it will launch in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan and more than 80 other new markets in few days.

The company disclosed this in Tweet put out on its official Twitter handle @Spotify.

Launched in October 2008 by Spotify AB, a Swedish company, the audio streaming platform was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2018.

Spotify is presently available in 93 countries and has over 345 million active monthly users.

With the new markets in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, its active users could jump significantly compared to rivals, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Together these markets represent more than a billion people, with nearly half of them already using the internet,” said Chief Premium Business Officer Alex Norstrom. “Some of the places we’re going like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria have the fastest growing internet populations in the world.

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