Access Bank Generates N61 Billion in H1 2020
Access Bank Plc reported interest income of N211.991 billion for the period ended June 2020, 2020, against the N226.125 billion recorded in the same period of 2019.
The bank disclosed in the financial statements released for on Thursday through the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Access bank’s interest income on financial assets declined from N46.772 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2019 to N34.732 billion in the period under review.
Interest expense rose from N117.750 billion recorded in the first half (H1) of 2019 to N120.515 billion in H1 2020.
Similarly, net impairment charge expanded from N4.879 billion in H1 2019 to N16.466 billion in the first half of 2020. Also, net interest income stood at N126.207 billion, below N155.146 billion posted in the same period of 2019.
Therefore, net interest income after impairment charges declined from N150.266 billion filed in H1 2019 to N109.742 billion in the period under review.
The lender’s net fee and commission income rose from N37.529 billion in H1 2019 to N40.592 billion. Largely due to the increase in fee and commission income from N41.858 billion in the corresponding period of 2019 to N51.775 billion.
Profit before tax grew from N72.965 billion in H1 2019 to N74.306 billion in H1 2020.
Profit after tax declined slightly from N61.874 billion achieved in H1 2019 to N61.034 billion due to the surged in income tax paid by the bank from N11.091 billion in H1 2019 to N13.271 billion in H1 2020.
The bank declared an interim dividend of 25 kobo for every share of 50 kobo. The bank explained that only shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on Thursday, 17th day of September 2020.
Access Bank said dividends will be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members as at Thursday, September 17, 2020 on Monday, September 28, 2020.
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.”
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.
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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