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Top Five Tech Growth Sectors Forecast to Quadruple Over Next Few Years

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Five key tech sectors will enjoy a combined growth of more than 400% over the next five years, according to market reports.

These innovation pacesetters – nanotechnology, AI, Digital Twins, genomics and other biotech life sciences – attracted a combined $892.63 billion of investment in 2020, set to rocket to $2.44 trillion by 2025.

Paul Stannard, Chairman of the Vector Innovation Fund (VIF) – an international alternative investment vehicle for advancing enabling technologies globally – said:

“These top five tech growth sectors are the ones currently lighting up investment opportunities, and we have specifically aligned our investment pipeline to them. They hold the key to solving major global challenges relating to sustainability, healthcare, energy, food resources and equal and fair distribution of innovation worldwide.

“Most tech sectors are growing, but these game-changers attracting that $2+ trillion investment won’t be companies enhancing things that already exist, like simply making your TV screen sharper.

“We are backing tech companies that transform how we deal with healthcare and future pandemics, sustainable clean energy, food production and combine these opportunities with AI and machine learning.

“Our fund’s first key target is health tech, which has enjoyed record levels of investment in the wake of COVID, so we would focus on potential nanomedicine breakthroughs such as reversing degenerative diseases and cancers or creating a multi-vaccine to protect us from a range of diseases.

“And while funds like ours can supply management expertise, our target companies are also those showing the skill to commercialise and monetise their offering to a willing market.

“What we have seen with the pandemic as well as Climate Change is a global realisation that we must also accelerate investment in enabling technologies supporting environmental, social & corporate governance (ESG) and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) principles where impact can deliver better outcomes for everyone.”

The Top Five tech growth sectors highlighted by market reports are:

  1. Artificial Intelligence has the most far-reaching potential, and the market is forecast to grow 16-fold from $62.35 billion in 2020 to $997.77 billion by 2028 at a 40.2% CAGR,  being the catalyst for accelerating almost all tech sectors and has already shown how it can enhance food science, lower retail and banking costs, and develop medical advances such as remote patient monitoring and more intelligent clinical diagnosis.

AI is transforming future healthcare, food, energy, transport, construction, aviation, and many other sectors. Combining AI with nanotechnologies, for instance, allows platform technologies to re-invent the industries over this decade.

According to data gathered by StockApps.com, in the last quarter of 2020, there was a massive surge in investment in AI technology companies totalling $73.4 billion, which was a $15 billion increase on the start of 2020. In the first half of 2021, we have seen 4,080 investment deals in AI technology companies, according to the investment monitoring platform Pitchbook. The average investment deal flow value has increased nearly three-fold in 2020.

  1. Nanotechnology is set to grow its market from $54.2 billion in 2020 to $126.8 billion by 2027, which has enabled significant advances in medicine, electronics, environmental solutions, and materials, with the potential to improve drug delivery procedure and storage, and renewable energy. For example, COVID-19 accelerated both vaccine and virus testing and also drove specific developments such as nanotech material masks that filter out 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and particulates.

According to the investment monitoring platform, Pitchbook, in 2020, $5.56 billion was invested in nanotechnology companies. In the first half of 2021, there has already been $7.72 billion of investment in nanotechnology companies, from 775 deals, with the average deal size value increasing three-fold in just the last six months.

Paul Sheedy, a co-founder of the World Nano Foundation (WNF), said: “The COVID pandemic is fuelling an investment trend behind the nanoscale tech that is already being billed as the ‘COVID Decade’ and driven by the fear of human and economic devastation from another pandemic.

“And that risk is high: there are only ten clinically approved solutions to over 220 viruses known to affect humans, and we can expect at least two new viruses to spill from their natural hosts into humans annually, but nanotech and biotech can help counter this threat.”

  1. Biotechnology is the biggest and most mature market here, forecast to grow from $752.88 billion in 2020 to $2.44 trillion by 2028 at a 15.83% CAGR through significant effects on agriculture, improving the nutritional value and preservation of foods, minimising waste, and healthcare advances – the last being highlighted by the record-breaking speed of the Pfizer COVID vaccine development last year.

According to Nature magazine, global biotech funding in 2020 had its best year ever: 73 life science firms alone raised a collective $22 billion. Private fund-raising also mushroomed by 37% on the previous year – already a stellar year. This is being further fuelled with the COVID-19 mitigation market and the advent of a surge of investment in pandemic protection and preparedness using multi vaccines, autoimmune treatments and early intervention testing. Pitchbook has recorded 3,800 deals in biotechnology companies in the first half of 2021, totalling $34.48 billion in investment in these companies. Again, the average investment level is nearly three times what it was the previous year, and post valuations of invested biotech companies have doubled from 2020.

  1. Digital Twins are a new up and coming high growth tech sector, forecast to grow 15-fold from $3.1 billion in 2020 to $48.2 billion by 2026 at a 58% CAGR, with the technology already widely used in the construction, energy, healthcare, automotive, and aerospace sectors, and new fields opening up all the time.

According to Pitchbook, last year, there was $103.8 million of capital invested from just 53 investors into the Digital Twins technology start-ups. One company, Cityzenith, has added over 5000 new investors in the last 18 months, raising $10 million to date.

Cityzenith uses its Digital Twin SmartWorldProOS™ software platform to enable architects, planners, and energy providers to track, manage, and reduce emissions and energy waste from individual buildings, infrastructure, and even whole cities and has just reported major contract wins and seen its share price rocket 161% in early 2021. The company is partway through a $15 million Regulation A+ investment raise to scale up its international commercial opportunities.

The Digital Twin sector is an interesting space with tremendous growth opportunities for nimble, fast-moving start-ups who have the opportunity to compete with major conglomerates in this dynamic field such as Microsoft, Siemens, Phillips and Bentley.

  1. Genomics is a market set to grow from $20.1 billion in 2020 to $62.9 billion by 2028 through its key role in healthcare innovation and tailoring care to an individual patient while providing more data on diseases and human genetics. The World Health Organisation reports that gene sequencing was critical to the rapid development of COVID-19 tests and other tools used to manage the virus outbreak.

According to Pitchbook, investment capital in genomics companies has more than doubled in value per deal in 2021 over the previous year. So far in 2021, post-investment valuations have also more than doubled against the whole of 2020.

Paul Stannard added: “The accelerated innovation since the COVID-19 pandemic is astonishing – some experts say we witnessed ten years’ growth in the last 18 months of the outbreak – giving us a glimpse of even greater possibilities, especially when some of these pacesetters, such as nanotech, genomics and Digital Twins are able to advance, accelerate and complement each other.

“If it is backed by astute and enlightened investment, our future is looking bright!”

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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FirstBank Commemorates 2022 Customer Service Week

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced its commemoration of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week scheduled to be globally celebrated on 3 – 7 October 2022. 

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced its commemoration of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week scheduled to be globally celebrated on 3 – 7 October 2022. 

The event themed: “Celebrating Service” will be marked across its FBNBank subsidiaries in over half a dozen countries which include FBNBank UK, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Senegal, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank DRC and FBNBank Sierra Leone.

Customer Service Week is an international celebration that highlights the importance of customer service and staff who serve and support customers daily to deliver exceptional service to customers.

The Bank’s celebration of the 2022 Customer Service Week will include several activities considered integral to promoting a relaxed atmosphere whilst extending its participation to everyone, irrespective of where they are. The activities include virtual engagement of customers on its social media handles: firstbanknigeria on Instagram; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Facebook; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on LinkedIn and @FirstBankngr on Twitter. 

Others are a video booth and photo frame funfair, then a Virtual Party on the Friday of the weeklong event and a movie date for staff.

Through the last 128 years of its operations, FirstBank has played a leading role in utilizing its robust customer service network and digital banking architecture to support its customers – cutting across diverse cultures, tribes and races beyond the shores of Nigeria – in meeting their individual and business needs. The Bank achieves this through its innovative, interactive, self-service banking platforms like *894# Quick Banking mobile solution, FirstMobile banking application, Firstmonie Agents, FirstOnline internet banking, WhatsApp banking, and ATM amongst many others. The Bank’s electronic banking channels are constantly updated with new and exciting features to expose customers to exemplary services and experience to put them at an advantage in the industry.

According to Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank “for us at FirstBank, celebrating service, the theme of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week is a reflection of our brand mantra “You First”. This reiterates the essence of our existence since 1894, centred on putting You, our customers First as we continue to support individuals and businesses to impact the economy.

With our dynamic and vibrant human-led and digital-led customer services operations, we remain committed to rendering the gold standard of services to our customers and stakeholders regardless of where they may be across the globe” she concluded.

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NNPC Limited Declares N674 Billion Profit After Tax for 2021 FYE

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) declared a Profit After Tax of N674 billion for the 2021 financial year

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) declared a Profit After Tax of N674 billion for the 2021 financial year. This is the second time the government-owned oil company will declare a profit in 48 years.

NNPCL, Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, disclosed that the NNPCL as a corporation grew its profit after tax from N287 billion in 2020 to N674 billion in 2021. 

Kyari also announced that the corporation grew its assets from N15.86 trillion in 2020 to N16.3 trillion in 2021. 

Investors King noted that this is the second time NNPCL will declare a profit after tax in 48 years.

The company made its first profit after tax in 2020 when it declared a profit after tax of N287 billion.

The GCEO, Mele Kyari, while declaring 2021 profit in Abuja said the development came despite the challenging operating environment. 

Kyari said: “Today, I am happy to announce that the board of NNPC Limited has approved 2021 audited financial statements, and NNPCL has progressed to a new performance level, from N287b profit in 2020 to a N674b profit after tax in 2021, climbing higher by 134.8 per cent year-on-year profit growth.”

NNPCL recently acquired Oando’s OVH Energy with the aim to grow the profit and portfolio of the national oil company. 

The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has transitioned NNPCL to a profit-oriented company.

Likewise, Kyari also boasted that the rebranded NNPC Limited will soon become the most profitable company in Africa. 

Meanwhile, Kyari stated that the new company will not leave any stone unturned to increase its oil production. He further noted that efforts have already been paying off. 

Investors King earlier reported that NNPCL is set to open the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) which was shut down six months ago due to oil theft and vandalism.

The oil company aims to add about 400,000 barrels of crude to its output in the next few days.

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Delta State Domestic Debt Jumps by 100 Percent Within Three Months

Delta State’s debt profile rose from N163 billion in March 2022 to N378 billion in June 2022. 

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Within three months, Delta State’s debt profile rose from N163 billion in March 2022 to N378 billion in June 2022. 

Investors King learnt that Lagos, Delta and Ogun are the three states with the highest domestic debt figures in Nigeria. 

According to a report released by the Debt Management Office (DMO), Delta state recorded the biggest within the three months of March to June 2022. The report also indicated that many states have also borrowed within the months under review. 

A closer look shows that in March, the 36 States and the FCT had a domestic debt of N4.8 trillion. However, this has risen to N5.2 trillion as of the end of June 2022.

Delta State’s debt profile increased from N163 billion in March to N378 billion in June 2022. Lagos State has the highest debt profile of N797.3 billion. Figures show that Lagos State’s debt as of March 2022 was N780.4 billion.

Ogun on the other hand is owing a total of N241.7 billion. Although it stands among the top three most indebted States, its debt figure has marginally reduced from the N241.9 billion it was in March 2022.

River State has the fourth highest domestic debt of N225.5 billion. Although the oil-rich state has refused to update its debt profile since over a year ago. Imo State which has the fifth highest debt profile borrowed about N6 billion within the period under review.

Jigawa State has the lowest debt profile of N45.1 billion. However, the debt profile of the state also rose by over 3 Billion between March and June 2022. As of March, Jigawa’s domestic debt was N41.6 billion.

Other states with a relatively low debt profile, when compared to other states, include Ebonyi with N59.1billion, Kebbi State with N60.4billion, Ondo State with N62.2billion and Katsina State with N66.6billion.

Meanwhile, Investors King understands that the decrease in the Federal Allocation Account (FAAC) due to the non-remittance of NNPC Limited and the preparation for the 2023 general election are some of the factors fuelling the rise in domestic debt. 

Full List of the Domestic Debt as of June 2022 (Source: Debt Management Office )

Lagos            N797.3 B

Delta.            N378.8 B

Ogun.            N241.7 B

Rivers.           N225.5 B

Imo.               N210.3 B

A.Ibom.          N203.9 B

Cross River   N176.0 B

Oyo.              N159.9 B

Osun.            N150.0 B

Bayelsa.        N150.0 B

Plateau.         N144.6 B

Benue.           N143.5 B

Bauchi.          N129.0 B

Kano.             N125.0 B

Gombe.          N123.6 B

Others include 

Adamawa.    N120.6 B

Ekiti.              N119.5 B

Zamfara.       N115.7 B

Edo.               N112.1 B

Kwara.           N110.5 B

Abia.              N107.6 B

Borno.           N102.4 B

Yobe.             N96.6 B

Taraba.          N90.8 B

Kogi.              N90.5 B

Sokoto.          N89.9 B

Enugu.           N89.9 B

Niger.             N80.9.B

Kaduna.         N78.1 B

FCT.                N75.5 B

Nassaraw.      N72.9 B

Anambra.       N72.4 B

Katsina.          N66.6 B

Ondo.             N62.2 B

Kebbi.             N60.4 B

Ebonyi.           N59.1 B 

 

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