- MTN Nigeria to List on Stock Exchange
Africa’s telecoms giant, MTN Group, yesterday said it would list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in the first half of this year.
This is coming on the heels of its recording very positive trade numbers in the 2018 fiscal year. MTN Group’s balance sheet showed total revenue of 37.971billion South African rand (equivalent of about N965.3billion), a statement from the firm indicated.
It said: “MTN plans to list by introduction on The Nigerian Stock Exchange during the first half of 2019 and is looking to simplify the capital structure ahead of this listing.
“The company’s listing on the Exchange will create a new telecoms asset class for investors and provide an opportunity for a wider group of Nigerians to participate in our investment story.
“This will be achieved via a listing by introduction and will be followed by a public offer once market conditions are conducive. Over time, and subject to market conditions, we anticipate that the participation of Nigerians in the ownership of the business will increase from around 20 per cent to 35 per cent.”
The telecom giant also announced a $1 billion divestment programme over the next three years that will slim down its operation and refocus it on high-growth markets on the continent and in the Middle East.
Shares in the company surged 15 per cent to 87.39 rand, on course for their biggest one-day rise in since 2008.
During the year under review, MTN Nigeria increased its mobile subscriber base by another six million people, bringing its tally to 58 million subscribers nationwide.
CEO, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, said: “In 2018 we rebuilt the base; adding another six million Nigerians to our network, giving a total of 58 million people access to worldwide communication services.
“This growth was built on our sustained focus on customer centric delivery – ensuring that customers get much more value for their money.
“This included the deployment of proactive interventions to improve customer experience, together with the enhancement of network quality and coverage, and the optimisation of our services portfolio.
“We also enabled an additional 8 million people to access the possibilities that the internet provides, bringing our total data subscriber base to 44 million, of which 18.7 million use more than five megabytes per month.
“We are now even better positioned to ensure that everyone can access the benefits of a modern connected life. We are excited to have been given the privilege to continue playing a role in facilitating this, and are grateful to our customers, our people, our partners and our regulator for making this possible.
“We understand how access to the opportunities enabled by the internet can open up new industries even in the remotest areas of our country.
“Thus, we will continue to focus on delivering social innovations like mobile electricity, financial services for all; and leveraging our technology as a vehicle to enable high-impact mobile solutions in education, health and agriculture in our communities – urban and rural.”
Nestle Nigeria Posts N11.852 Billion Profit in Q3 2021
Nestle Nigeria Plc, a publicly listed food and beverage specialty company headquartered in Lagos, has reported N90.151 billion in revenue for the third quarter (Q3) ended September 30, 2021. This represents an increase of 25.72 percent from N71.707 billion recorded in the third quarter of 2020.
In the company’s unaudited financial statements released on Monday, the cost of sales responded to the increase in revenue, rising by 30.04 percent from N42.52 billion filed in the corresponding period of 2020 to N55.29 billion in the quarter under review.
Accordingly, Gross profit inched higher from N29.187 billion in the same period of 2020 to N34.857 billion in Q3, 2021. While marketing and distribution and administrative expenses stood at N12.123 billion and N2.94 billion in Q3 2021 from N10.931 billion and N2.398 billion in the same quarter of 2020, respectively.
Results from operating activities grew from N15.857 billion in the corresponding period of 2020 to N15.857 billion in the third quarter of 2021.
Nestle Nigeria’s finance income jumped by 228.4 percent from N229.253 million in Q3 2020 to N752.943 million in Q3 2021. However, finance costs escalated by 240.35 percent to N2.34 billion in Q3 2021, up from N687.581 billion recorded in Q3 2020.
Profit before tax rose from N15.399 billion achieved in the third quarter of 2020 to N18.205 billion in the same period of 2021.
Nestle Nigeria paid N6.352 billion in income tax to post N11.853 billion profit after tax in the third quarter of 2021, a 17.2 percent increase from N10.113 billion filed in Q3 2021.
Stanbic IBTC Reiterates Strategic Youth Agenda
Determined to further strengthen the strategic position young Nigerians occupy in the country, Stanbic IBTC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has continued to promote various programmes to get Nigerian youths engaged and empowered for better productivity and participation in the development of the nation.
The Group aimed one of its initiatives, the ‘Youth Leadership Series’ (YLS), at deepening financial and entrepreneurial knowledge among Nigeria’s younger generations. The initiative, which was launched in 2018, is held in institutions of higher learning across the nation and brings together mentors from across various sectors of the economy to encourage and inspire the next generation.
Dr. Demola Sogunle, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, spoke of the initiative. He stated that through one of the organisation’s CSI pillars, ‘economic empowerment’, the YLS was birthed as an avenue to get young Nigerians engaged and empowered to become future business leaders.
He said that Nigerian youths required support, guidance, and empowerment to propel them to the pinnacle of their various fields, and added that innovative projects and tech disruptions championed by youths in virtually every sector have proved their ingenuity, skill, brilliance, and resourcefulness.
Sogunle further stated that since youths easily get distracted by different challenges, the organisation wanted to ensure that they were aptly and constantly guided, mentored, inspired, and motivated, not just to attain their goals but to actualise their full potentials.
This year’s event which held virtually attracted youths from across Nigeria and various parts of the world including the UK, USA and UAE. It featured an array of speakers – Debo Adebayo, better known as Mr. Macaroni and Ms. Ifedayo Agoro, the founder of Diary of a Naija Girl (DANG), an online lifestyle website, who spoke on ‘Winning with Social Media’; the duo of Olumide Soyombo, co-Founder, Bluechip Technologies and Tracy Batta, co-Founder, Smoothie Express who spoke on ‘Winning with Entrepreneurship’; while Akin Bamidele Akintola, Head of Equity Sales, Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers and Yanmo Omorogbe, co-founder of Bamboo Invest, an investment platform that allows Nigerians to invest in United States stocks, both spoke on ‘Winning with Investments’.
All speakers shared their entrepreneurial experiences, challenges, and success stories in these areas.
Speakers at previous editions of the YLS included Kechi Okwuchi, a survivor of the ill-fated Sosoliso plane crash of December 2005, who later went on to bag a First Class Degree from the University of Thomas Houston, Texas and emerged a finalist at America’s Got Talent; Member Feese, survivor of the United Nations Building bomb blast in Abuja and Cobhams Asuquo, renowned music producer, who was born blind.
Also, Stanbic IBTC Bank, in collaboration with Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI), and Covenant University, Ota and in alignment with the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, engaged Nigerian youths on better understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their role in its attainment.
The organisation also said that some needs of youths have been catered to with the Stanbic IBTC BluEdge Youth Account, targeted to help students and youths cultivate a savings culture very early in life.
United Capital Launches 150 Billion Naira Infrastructure Fund
United Capital Plc today announced the launch of its 150 Billion Naira Infrastructure Fund.
The United Capital Infrastructure Fund (UCIF) is a Naira-denominated fund that aims to provide long-term financing for the delivery of critical infrastructure in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The statement further said that the fund has been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a close-ended fund.
The infrastructure deficit in Nigeria is growing at an alarming rate with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) estimating that the Federal Government would need about US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit.
This infrastructural deficit is a major constraint to the economic development of Nigeria and the United Capital fund is set to address this deficit by financing infrastructure assets that cut across sectors such as power and renewable energy, transportation, agribusiness and industrial infrastructure, healthcare, technology, mass housing, urban and social infrastructure.
Stanbic IBTC also launched a N100 Billion infrastructure fund earlier in the year in an attempt to close the infrastructural gap in the country.
According to United Capital, the Infrastructure Fund would be managed by United Capital Asset Management Limited (“UCAML”), its only sponsor. The Fund has retained Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) as the independent Financial Advisor, to provide additional layers of best practice of corporate governance which enhances the project appraisal and due diligence activities of the Fund Management team.
Speaking at the launching, Mr. Peter Ashade, the Group Chief Executive Officer of United Capital Plc stated that “the journey to launch the Fund has taken almost two years, during which period extensive preparatory studies and appraisals were carried out to establish the business case for the Fund, as well as to define a model and governance framework that would provide investors that have an appetite for long-term financing products (such as pension funds and insurance companies), with sufficient confidence of the attractiveness of UCIF, as an investment opportunity.”
United Capital Plc is a financial services group with activities that include Investment Banking, Asset Management, Trustees, Securities Trading, Wealth Management and Consumer Finance. The Group is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with operations and presence in West Africa.
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