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BUA Cement Grows Profit After Tax by 26.2% in Q1 2020

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  • BUA Cement Manufacturer Reports N19.8 billion in Q1 2020

BUA Cement Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading cement companies, on Monday reported a 25.1 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2020.

The cement manufacturer grew revenue from N43 billion reported in the first quarter of 2019 to N54 billion in Q1 2020. The company’s profit before tax expanded by 15.7 percent from N17.4 billion filed in the same quarter of 2019 to N20.1 billion.

This positive performance translated to a 26.1 percent increase in Profit After Tax (PAT). PAT rose from N15.7 billion in Q1 2019 to N19.8 billion in Q1 2020.

According to the unaudited financial results released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, earnings per share rose from 46 kobo in Q1 2019 to 58 in Q1 2020.

Commenting on the strong results, Yusuf Binji, the Managing Director/CEO of BUA Cement Plc, said positive performance amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a testimony to the company’s resilience. The performance was as a result of an increase in production capacity to 8 million metric tonnes in Q1 2020, up from the 5 million metric tonnes produced in 2019, he stated.

Binji said: “The turn of the year witnessed the achievement of yet another milestone, with the completion of listing requirements of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), emerging the third-most capitalised company on the exchange; with a market capitalisation of N1.2 trillion ($3.3 billion) and the de-listing of the shares of CCNN Plc. Subsequently, BUA Cement was included as a constituent of the MSCI frontier market index in February.

“Undoubtedly, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic will have broader ramifications to the world and indeed the world economy, even as governments institute measures to curtail further spread of the virus. Nationally, Nigeria has not been immune to the wave of the virus; with the government instituting safety measures whilst building capacity, in preparedness for possible high number of cases.

“In response to the global pandemic, we implemented our “COVID business continuity program”, built into our corporate governance framework. This minimises disruptions along the value chain; prioritises the safety of workers and customers; and assesses probable scenarios a prolonged lockdown would have on the business.

“Clearly, our strong-showing epitomises the effect of further growth in output but most importantly, a growing appreciation of the value and service offering we continue to afford customers in the market place: with sales revenue increasing by 25.1% (y/y) to N54 billion. We continue to anticipate changes to customer and market behaviour, aimed at further strengthening our value model, even as we continue our push into ‘new markets’.

“As the COVID-19 virus makes landfall, we believe the current measures in place, should help minimise plausible downside risks; nevertheless, poised to take advantage of an upturn in market activities,”Binji added.

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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Ecobank Nigeria Received N50 billion 10-Year Bilateral Subordinated Loan

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Ecobank Nigeria Received N50 billion 10-Year Bilateral Subordinated Loan

Ecobank Nigeria announced it has received N50 billion 10-year subordinated Loan.

Adenike Laoye, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Ecobank Nigeria, disclosed this in a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The statement read in part, “The bilateral funding provides stable medium-term liquidity to the balance sheet of Ecobank Nigeria and positively improved its balance sheet ratios, especially the capital adequacy ratio by circa 300 basis points.

The transaction proceeds would be deployed to support Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (“MSMEs”) and Small Corporates.

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Niger Insurance to Sell Property Worth N15bn in Recapitalisation Move

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Niger Insurance to Sell Property Worth N15bn in Recapitalisation Move

Niger Insurance Plc said it is working on a plan to sell off N15 billion worth of real estate and investment property to boost its cash flow and meet the liquidity requirements of the insurance industry.

Mr. Edwin Egbiti, the Managing Director of the company disclosed this during the company’s 2019 annual general meetings held virtually in Lagos recently.

He said, “Subsequent to the requisite approvals of the board on behalf of shareholders, a number of the company’s real estate and investment property valued at N15bn have been put on sale in order to improve liquidity/cash flows, ensure reserve adequacy and improve solvency margins.

“We are encouraged by the progress made so far, and confident that both capital restructuring and recapitalisation efforts will be successful in line with National Insurance Commission’s regulatory timelines.”

It added that Niger Insurance recognised that its people were the company’s most critical assets without whom its goals and plans would remain elusive.

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AMCON Takes Over Inducon Nigeria’s Assets Over N1.3 Billion Debt

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AMCON Takes Over Inducon Nigeria’s Assets Over N1.3 Billion Debt

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has taken over the assets of Dr. John Abebe, the Chief Promoter of Inducon Nigeria Limited over N1.3 billion debt.

According to a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications Department, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, and titled ‘N1.3bn debt: AMCON takes over assets of Inducon Nigeria Limited’ the decision followed the order of Honourable Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

In compliance with the enforcement order, AMCON at the weekend took effective possession of the property situate at Plot12, Block 108, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme, Lagos, through its debt recovery agent – Ogunsola Shonibare L.P.

“The court also ordered that the bank accounts of the company and its directors, Dr. John Abebe, Mr Olawole Fatimilehin and Ademola Buraimoh, be frozen pending the final determination of the suit.

The asset management corporation said the case of Dr. John Abebe and Inducon Nigeria Limited started shortly after the loan was procured by AMCON in 2011 during the first phase of Eligible Bank Asset purchases from the defunct FinBank, Now FCMB.

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