Nigeria’s Business Outlook Drops in October as Businesses Expect Borrowing, Inflation Rate to Surge
Businesses surveyed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the month of October expect the borrowing and inflation rates to increase in the country.
In its October 2020 Business Expectations Survey Report, the majority of 1,050 companies surveyed expressed pessimism on the macro fundamental of the nation.
The report noted that the business confidence index dropped in October but slightly better at 37.9 for the month of November.
“Respondents’ outlook on volume of total order, volume of business activity, average capacity utilisation and financial condition (working capital) were positive. However, their outlook on access to credit was negative in October 2020,” it said.
The central bank said it conducted the survey online between October 12 and 16 using a sample size of 1,050 businesses nationwide.
It said, “Respondent firms expect the naira to depreciate in the current month, but appreciate in the next month, next two months and next six months, as their confidence indices stood at -6.6, 8.4, 18.3 and 35.0 index points respectively.
“Respondent firms expect borrowing rates to rise in the current month, next month, next two months and the next six months with indices of 16.2, 13.5, 16.2 and 15.8 points respectively.”
According to the apex bank, the companies expect the average inflation rate to expand in the next six months to 13.30 while they predicted it would hit 13.55 percent in the next 12 months.
“Respondent firms expressed dissatisfaction with the management of inflation by the government, with a negative net satisfaction index of -24.2 in October 2020,” it said.
The central bank, however, said the companies surveyed were optimistic about the volume of business activities for the months of November and December, with 56.2 and 62.7, respectively.
SEC Gives Dangote Cement Waiver to File AFS Within 60 Days of Year-End
Dangote Cement Plc has received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not to file its fourth-quarter unaudited returns within thirty days of its period end.
The company disclosed in a statement signed by Edward Imoedemhe, Deputy Company Secretary.
However, the company must file its annual audited financial statements within sixty days of its year-end.
Dangote Cement, therefore, announced that it will file its Audited Financial Statements for the period ended December 31, 2021, on or before February 28, 2022.
The statement reads “Dangote Cement Plc (“DCP”) hereby announces that further to its request for a waiver, the Securities and Exchange Commission has granted approval for DCP not to file its Fourth Quarter Unaudited Returns within thirty days of its period end, but to file its Annual Audited Financial Statements within sixty days of its year end.
“In view of this, DCP will file its Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31 2021, on or before February 28 2022.”
Ardova Plc Commends Stanbic IBTC’s Support for LPG Storage Project
AP LPG terminal, a fully owned subsidiary of Ardova PLC, on Wednesday, 19 January 2022, performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a 20,000 metric tonne Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage terminal at the project site in Ijora, Lagos. The ceremony signified the official commencement of construction activities which is expected to be completed in December 2022.
Upon completion, the project will be the largest LPG storage facility in the nation and will ease some of the existing bottlenecks in the value chain for the supply of cleaner and more efficient energy for domestic use (cooking gas) in Nigeria, amongst other strategic benefits.
Olumide Adeosun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ardova PLC, expressed his appreciation to Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund for its commitment to the project and noted that the importance of having formidable partners for project development, planning, execution, and investment support cannot be overemphasised.
“We are pleased to have the support of the Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund for its pioneering role in a transformational project within the LPG value chain, which will undoubtedly accelerate the various energy transition initiatives currently underway at Ardova PLC. This support has helped us commence construction of this 20,000 metric tonne LPG storage terminal, which is expected to bring efficiency and reliability of LPG supply to Nigerian consumers as well as create long term value for our shareholders; and for this, we are thankful”.
He noted further that “Beyond the cleaner energy premise, approximately 600 direct jobs will be created during the construction of the project and there is a multiplier effect of about additional 1,400 indirect jobs that will be created during the construction period after which it settles to about 250-300 jobs once the project becomes operational.
Oladele Sotubo, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management, noted in his remark that “Across the globe, cleaner energy investments have continued to be the focus. Given the environmental sustainability benefits of this project, Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund’s investment philosophy is properly aligned, hence the support for the 20,000 metric tonne Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage facility terminal”.
A portion of the first Tranche of the N100 billion Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund, which closed in August 2021, was used to part finance the LPG storage terminal.
Sotubo went on to express his gratitude to Ardova for partnering with Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund and used the opportunity to also commend all the Tranche 1 investors, including institutional investors such as Trustfund Pensions, Veritas Glanvills Pensions, NPF Pensions, Fidelity Pensions, Crusader Sterling Pensions, Agip CPFA, Progress Trust CPFA, AIICO Insurance, and other High Networth Individuals (HNIs), for the confidence reposed in the fund. He pointed out the impact their investment is making in terms of solving some of Nigeria’s infrastructure bottlenecks, creating jobs while earning returns. “As an organisation, we remain committed to bridging Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit through the provision of investment capital needed to develop projects”, he added”.
The Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Chief Executive highlighted that the Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund remains dedicated to meeting the investment needs of its clients, providing them with the right investment vehicles, opportunities and professional investment services needed to achieve their financial objectives. He urged institutional investors such as pension fund administrators, insurance companies and asset managers to explore the unique opportunities of the Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund in meeting their long-term financial goals.
Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund remains committed to funding infrastructure projects with competitive return profiles, sustainable environmental practices, and the potential to positively impact the economy.
CBN Plans to Start E-invoice For Import, Export Operations Feb 1
The Central Bank of Nigeria has stated that it will begin the use of electronic invoices for import and export transactions in the country from February 1, 2022.
It noted that the electronic invoice will be submitted through the portal – Trade Monitoring System, a Nigeria single-window portal.
This was made known in a circular, on Friday signed by the CBN Director, Trade and Exchange Department, O. S. Nnaji, sent to all authorised dealers as well as made available on its official website for the general public.
With the title– ‘Guidelines on the introduction of e-valuation, e-invoicing for import and export in Nigeria,’ the circular stated that all import and export operations will now be done with an electronic invoice.
It noted that the e-invoice must be authenticated by an authorised dealer bank as part of the seller’s documentation for payment.
The CBN pointed out that the use of a hard copy final invoice will not be accepted from February 1 as it is now to be replaced with the electronic invoice.
Explaining the reason for the new regulation, it said the use of e-invoices is aimed at getting the exact value of import and export transactions in the country.
“This is to inform dealers and the general public that the introduction of e-valuator and e-invoice replaced the hard copy final invoice as part of the documentation required for all import and export transactions.
“This new regulation is primarily aimed at achieving accurate value from import and export items in and out of Nigeria.
“No importer/exporter may effect payment to the credit of any foreign supplier unless the electronic invoice has been authenticated by authorised dealer banks presented together with the relevant document for payments,” the circular read.
It also stated as part of the electronic invoice principles that products that are more than 2.5 percent around the vertical price would not be accepted nor allowed successful completion of Form M or Form NXP as the case may be.
Every importer or exporter of goods must ensure that the purchase/sale contract with a foreign supplier/buyer is in compliance with the guidelines of the new regulation.
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