The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday March 22, 2021 released the names of the 47 approved International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs).
Below are the 47 CBN approved International Money Transfer Operators
1 AFTAB CURRENCY EXCHANGE LIMITED Pall Mall Court, 61-67 King Street, Manchester, M2 4PD, United Kingdom
2 AZIMO LIMITED 173 Upper Street London, NI IRG United Kingdom
3 BELYFTED LIMITED 44 Whalebone Lane South Dagenham, Essex RMB 1BB, United Kingdom
4 CAPEREMIT UK LIMITED 47 Stanley Road Stevenage Hertfordshire SG2 OEE United Kingdom
5 CASHPOT LIMITED 157, Deptford High Street SE8 3NU, London United Kingdom
6 CENTREXCARD LIMITED Unit 46, Dartford Business Park (Basepoint) Victoria Road, Dartford DA1 5FS, Kent, UK
7 CHIME INC. 239 East 5th Street Suite 4B New York, NY 10003 United States
8 COLONY CAPITAL LIMITED Plot 5 Chief Yesefu Abiodun Way Oniru, Victoria Island Lagos
9 CP EXPRESS LIMITED 346 Barking Road London, E13 8HL
10 DT&T CORPORATION LIMITED 3 Harbour Exchange Square London E14 9GE
11 eTRANZACT LIMITED 4th & 5th Floors, Fortune Tower 27/29 Adeyemo Alakija Street Victoria Island Lagos
12 FIEM GROUP LLC DBA PING EXPRESS 1327, Empire Central Drive St. 110-6 Dallas Texas
13 FIRST APPLE INC. 6492 Landover Road Suite A1 Landover MD20785 Cheverly, USA
14 FLUTTERWAVE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS LIMITED 8 Providence Street, Lekki Phase 1 Lagos
15 FORTIFIED FRONTS LIMITED in Partnership with e-2-e PAY LIMITED #15 Glover Road Ikoyi, Lagos
16 FUNDS & ELECTRONIC TRANSFER SOLUTION No. 15, Cameron Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
17 FUNTECH GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED Clarendon House 125 Shenley Road Borehamwood Heartshire WD6 1AG United Kingdom
18 GLOBAL CURRENCY TRAVEL & TOURS LIMITED 1280 Ashton Old Road Manchester, M11 1JJ United Kingdom
19 HOMESEND S.C.R.L Rue des Colonies 56, 6th Floor-B1000 Brussels Belgium
20 IDT PAYMENT SERVICES INC. 520 Broad Street USA
21 IMMUEUBLE WARI LIMITED 20 Rue Amadou Assane Ndoye 7 Etge BP 32 368 Dakar Dakar Senegal
22 INTERSWITCH LIMITED Plot 1648C Oko-Awo Close Victoria Island Lagos
23 MAKEBA INC. 85, Broad Street, 18th FI New York, NY 10004
24 MONEYGRAM Africa Re-Insurance Building 1679, Karimu Kotun Victoria Island, Lagos
25 NAIRA GRAM LLC operating in Nigeria as NGN GRAM LIMITED 24b Femi Okunnu Phase 2, Lekki Lagos State
26 NIGERIAN POSTAL SERVICE (NIPOST) P.M.B 12537, Garki Abuja
27 NOUVEAU MOBILE LIMITED c/o 31B Oyeleke Street Alausa Ikeja, Lagos
28 PAGATECH LIMITED 176 Herbert Macaulay Way Yaba, Lagos
29 PAYCOM NIGERIA LIMITED Plot 8, Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo Avenue Alausa, Lagos
30 PAYPAL INC. #2211 North First Street San Jose, CA95131 United States of America
31 REMIT HUB CAFÉ LIMITED 175 Chesterton Road Cambridge, CB4 1AF United Kingdom
32 REMITLY INC. 111 Third Avenue Suite 2100 Seattle, WA 98101 United States
33 RIA FINANCIAL 1 Allées Seydou Nourou TALL POINT E Dakar – Senegal
34 SHIFT FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED No.1 Goba Close (Suite 3), Off Monrovia Street Off Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja
35 SIMPLIFY INTERNATIONAL SYNERGY LIMITED No. 18, A-Close, 14 Road Gwarimpa, Abuja
36 SMALL WORLD FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP LIMITED Antonio Inesta Units 3&4 Sycamore Court Royal Oak Yard 168-170 Bermondsey Street
SE1 3TQ, London
37 TCF LIMITED 2A Osborne Road Pees Galleria, Suite 4 Ikoyi, Lagos
38 TRANS-FAST REMITTANCE LLC 44 Wall Street, Suit 400 New York, NY10005 USA
39 TRANSFERTO MOBILE FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED (THUNES) London Iron House London SE1 1UN United Kingdom
40 VENTURE GARDEN NIGERIA Plot E, Ziatech Road Oregun, Ikeja Lagos
41 VOLOPA FINANCIAL SERVICES (SCOTLAND) LIMITED Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 1 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1AL
42 VTNETWORK LIMITED No.5 Beckley Street, Off Adeyi Avenue Old Bodija, Ibadan Oyo State
43 WEBLINK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED The Enterprise Centre (Unit 1) Hastings Road, Bromley Kent BR2 8NA, London
44 WESTERN UNION 7
th Floor, Shore 13 1100 Boulevard Al Qods-Quartier Sidi Maarouf 20270 CasablancaMorocco
45 WORLDREMIT LIMITED 2nd Floor, 62 Buckingham Gate London SW1E 6AJ
46 XPRESS MONEY SERVICES LIMITED Office #426, 1 Olympic Way Wembley HA9 ONP London, UK
47 XPRESS PAYMENT SOLUTIONS LIMITED 23, Oba Akinjobi Way Ikeja GRA Lagos
Global Banking Sector Grows 40% Reviving Pandemic Losses in Just 12 Months
In 2020, the global banking sector took a hit following the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which was reflected in the overall market capitalization. However, with the ongoing global recovery, the banking industry has regained most of the losses incurred during the health crisis.
According to data acquired by Finbold, in just 12 months between Q2 2020 and Q2 2021, the global banking sector’s market cap has surged 39.62%, adding €2.1 trillion from €5.3 trillion to €7.4 trillion. On the path to recovery, the market cap slightly plunged in 2020 Q3 to €5.2 trillion before gaining 17.3% the next quarter.
Among the Western European banks, Spain’s BBVA bank recorded the highest total shareholder return rate at 19.7% between April 2021 – July 2021, followed by Société Générale from France at 13.8%, while Banco Santander, also from Spain, ranks third at 12.1%. United Kingdom’s Barclays is the worst performer with a TSR of -8%. Data on the global banking sector’s market cap is provided by Banking Hub.
How banking sector sustained growth
The registered market capitalization is supported by the large-scale reopening of economies due to the vaccine rollout. Additionally, the banks, especially from major economies like the United States and Europe, have reaped from policies meant to cushion the economy from the adverse effects of the pandemic. Notably, the decisions by most banks to retain a low-interest-rate environment has been beneficial to banks.
Worth noting is that during the pandemic, banks found themselves in a tight spot. Historically, the banking sector has been considered the custodian of the economy but the pandemic also plunged the banks into a crisis. The banking sector’s profits were adversely affected considering they are bound to the business cycle and interest rates.
At the same time, banks also put in place measures like approaching loans with caution due to uncertainty in repaying which directly impacted profits. However, banks were tapped to facilitate the distribution of stimulus packages boosting their capital reserves in return.
Worth pointing out is that institutions like the European Central Banks allowed banks to continue using their capital buffers flexibly with a planned extension until 2022. With such moves helping banks sustain growth, it eliminates the worry of straining capital buffers while the health crisis is still impacting the banks’ balance sheets.
Furthermore, the crisis highlighted the need for banks to keep huge reserves of capital that can be activated in the wake of economic turmoil. Although most banks have historically relied on assets for future cushion, a crisis like the coronavirus calls for more capital because selling assets in such an environment is challenging.
Besides the policies, the banking sector recovery was partly aided by existing operational risk management arrangements. The pandemic tested all financial market participants and most leading banks successfully invoked business continuity plans. The plans ensured that the financial markets continued to run smoothly and orderly.
The sector’s recovery has also been accelerated by other factors like the increased adoption of pre-pandemic trends like digitalization and sustainability. Digitization of operations has been backed by consumers who are willing to conduct transactions online. At the same time, the digital shift has presented a competitive factor in the sector, with institutions that had established online presence benefiting the most.
Notably, the recovery was at some point under threat during the third quarter of 2020 amid concerns of the pandemic’s second wave. However, the sector sustained the gains with the rollout of the vaccine. Furthermore, moving into 2021, the industry appears not to be bothered by the Delta variant.
The future of the banking sector
By sustaining the market capitalization for two consecutive quarters, it can be assumed that the banking sector response to the health crisis is bearing fruits. However, it is still early to determine if the recovery is sustainable.
The rally will be tested, especially when central banks eliminate all the policies meant to cushion the economy. However, in the long run, banks will have to tailor their operations towards changing consumer behaviour.
How Stanbic IBTC is Transforming Nigeria’s Trade Landscape
Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has reiterated its commitment to fostering international trade and help the nation actualise its economic growth and development goals.
The Bank said it will continue to fine-tune its three-pronged approach to facilitating trade activities for clients. These are the development of bespoke financial solutions to help boost trade for clients; sponsorship of relevant trade shows that bring together stakeholders in global trade, including exporters and importers; and organisation of seminars and workshops to provide clients and other stakeholders with industry insights and enlighten them on global trade opportunities.
“Our goal is to become the ‘go-to’ Bank as far as global trade is concerned, with emphasis on Africa-China trade. This approach is of immense value to our clients and will help us achieve our fundamental purpose, which is to drive Nigeria’s growth,” Chief Executive Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, Wole Adeniyi, said.
In line with this resolve, Stanbic IBTC organised a webinar on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The webinar themed: ‘AfCFTA State of Play: Understanding Potential and Maximising Opportunities for the Customer’, emphasised Stanbic IBTC’s readiness to leverage the trade opportunities of the AfCFTA agreement to unlock business opportunities for its clients in the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sector as well as its corporate clients.
In 2019, Stanbic IBTC launched its Africa China Agent Proposition (now called Africa China Trade Solutions – ACTS) to boost trade transactions between Africa (Nigeria) and Asia, especially China, and help customers consummate the best business deals without having to travel to China.
According to Stanbic IBTC, ACTS will give customers exclusive access to an array of exporters in China through an accredited agent, Zhejiang International Trading Supply Chain Co Ltd, also known as Guamao.
Stanbic IBTC has held various fora as part of its sensitisation drive on ACTS and the currency swap agreement between Nigeria and China. These fora provided insight on how best to help clients and businesses leverage the opportunity and assess the impact of the Chinese economy on trade in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
According to Wole, these workshops were geared towards deepening trade connections with the Chinese business community, thereby stimulating strong trade and business ties between Africa, with a special focus on Nigeria and China.
Stanbic IBTC Bank was a platinum sponsor of the 2021 Global Trade Review (GTR) West Africa Conference themed ‘Connecting the Region’s Trade Experts. The GTR West Africa Conference is an annual regional event for trade discussions and networking among leading practitioners in trade, export, and commodity finance to strategically explore the latest developments, strategies, and solutions needed to drive growth.
Experts have continued to commend Stanbic IBTC on this bold approach to educate its clients and investors about the benefits of AfCFTA, the Nigeria China currency swap deal, and the ACTS proposition, all geared towards helping clients unlock business opportunities.
Arise B.V., Equity Investor, Invests US$75 Million in Ecobank
A leading investor in financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, Arise B.V. has made US$75 million perpetual non-cumulative AT1 capital investment in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.
In a statement signed by Adenike Laoye, the Group Head of Corporate Communications, Ecobank, the fund will help optimise and improve ETI’s Tier 1 capital.
“This Basel III compliant instrument is the first AT1 instrument issued by ETI and a landmark transaction in the sub-Saharan Africa region. The investment will optimize and improve ETI’s Tier 1 capital by US$75 million,” the bank stated.
The latest investment showed Arise, an existing shareholder of Ecobank, has confidence in the bank’s future given the series of support and commitment the leading equity investor has provided to Ecobank in recent years.
Speaking on the new investment, Ade Ayeyemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of ETI, stated: “This investment by Arise is a testament to continued support and confidence from our shareholders; their commitment to, and belief in our strategy which we remain focused on executing to deliver value to our shareholders and excellence to our customers. Indeed, in addition to improving our double leverage ratio, it is also a good boost for the firm and its staff”.
Deepak Malik, Chief Executive Officer of Arise stated: “ETI is our primary banking investment in Francophone West Africa and Anglophone West Africa. We are very supportive of ETI’s growth ambitions and its ability to increase financial services to Agri, SMEs & retail customers. Our investment will also strengthen the balance sheet of ETI and provide additional risk capital”.
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