MDBs publish 2020 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance; Eight MDBs committed $66 billion for climate finance in 2020, up from $61.6 billion; Of the total, 58 per cent was committed in low- and middle-income countries.
Climate finance committed by major multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a total of $66 billion last year from $61.6 billion in 2019, according to the 2020 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance, published today. Of this, 58 per cent – or $38 billion – was committed to low- and middle-income economies.
The total climate co-finance committed during 2020 alongside MDB resources was $85 billion. Together, MDB climate finance and climate co-finance totalled more than $151 billion. The amount of private direct mobilisation stood at $5.9 billion.
Accelerating the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient economies through climate finance is a key element of the MDBs’ effort to align their activities with the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2°C, with efforts to limit it to 1.5°C, along climate-resilient development pathways. In the past six years, the MDBs have jointly committed a total of $257 billion in climate finance, of which $186 billion was directed at low- and middle-income economies.
The annual report is a key indicator on the progress MDBs are making on accelerating the delivery of climate finance, for which demand is clearly going to grow over time. This year’s report marks the end of the reporting period tracking individual climate finance pledges since 2015; for most, 2021 will mark the start of a new increase in ambition. In 2019, at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, MDBs announced their expected joint annual climate action finance to 2025. These include at least $65 billion, with $50 billion of MDB climate finance for low-income and middle-income countries; an increase in adaptation finance to $18 billion; and private direct mobilisation of $40 billion.
“The MDBs will continue to improve their tracking and reporting of climate finance in the context of their commitments to ensure consistent financial flows to the countries’ long-term, low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathways, as established in Article 2.1 of the Paris Agreement,” says the 2020 report, which is the tenth in the series.
Of the 2020 total of $66 billion, $63 billion came from the MDBs’ own accounts and almost $3 billion from external resources channelled through and managed by MDBs. These included the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), Green Climate Fund (GCF) and climate-related funds under the Global Environment Facility (GEF), EU blending facilities and others.
“The African Development Bank’s share of climate change related investments has increased four-fold from 2016 to 2019 and is expected to reach 40% of the Bank’s total investment at the end of 2021,” said Mr. Al-Hamndou Dorsouma, Officer-In-Charge Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank. “We are on track to mobilize the target of $25 billion between 2020 and 2025 to support investments that address climate change and promote green growth,” he added.
The 2020 financing helped play a key role in supporting countries to embed green and climate-focused solutions as part of their recoveries from the impact of COVID-19. While these programmes affected MDBs’ normal lending operations and thus the delivery of their climate finance targets, seeing the total commitments for low- and middle-income countries dip from 2019’s $41.5 billion, the 2020 report says interventions and support from the MDBs laid a solid foundation for “building back better” for a greener, more resilient, post-Covid-19 future.
Nearly $50 billion (76 per cent) of total MDB climate finance in 2020 was associated with climate change mitigation investments that aim to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and slow down global warming. Of this, 50 per cent went to low- and middle-income economies. More than $16 billion (24 per cent) for climate change adaptation finance was invested in adaptation efforts to help countries build resilience to the mounting impacts of climate change, including worsening droughts and more extreme weather events, from flooding to rising sea levels. Of this, 83 per cent was directed for low- and middle-income economies.
Meyer Cost of Sales Dwarf Profit in the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021
Meyer Plc, one of Nigeria’s manufacturers and marketers of high-quality Paints, continue to struggle in the first nine months ended September 30, 2021.
In the company’s unaudited financial statements filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) and seen by Investors King on Friday, Meyer grew revenue by 34 percent from N566.511 million recorded in the first nine months of 2020 to N759.157 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
However, the company spent 66.48 percent of its revenue on sales. Cost of Sales stood at N504,702 in the period under review.
Therefore, gross profit inched slightly higher by 23.46 percent to N254.455 million, up from N206.097 million achieved in the first nine months of 2020.
Loss from operating activities moderated to -N51.694 million in the period under review from -N133.510 million posted in the corresponding period.
Profit before tax rose to N13.534 million in the first nine months of 2021, up from -N98.404 million filed in 2020 during the peak of the global pandemic. The company paid N4.060 million in taxes in the period under review.
Similarly, profit after tax improved from -N100.528 million recorded in the same period of 2020 to N9.474 million in 2021.
United Capital Reports 72 Percent Increase in Profit After Tax in 9 Months
United Capital has officially rebounded from COVID-19 negative impact following a strong financial statement report released on Friday, October 15, 2021.
The company grew revenue by 60 percent year on year from N7.07 billion recorded in the first nine months of 2020 to N11.33 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
Operating income also jumped by 64 percent to N11.08 billion in the period under review, up from N6.76 billion achieved in the corresponding period.
As expected, operating expenses grew with an increase in revenue to N4.24 billion in the nine months under review from N2.95 billion filed in the first nine months of 2020.
Profit before tax stood at N7.09 billion in the first nine months of 2021, representing an increase of 72 percent when compared to N4.12 billion posted in the same period of 2020.
Profit after tax responded positively as it jumped by the same 72 percent year-on-year to N5.97 billion from N3.46 billion recorded in 2020.
Earnings per share also grew by 72 percent year-on-year from 77 kobo in 2020 to 133 kobo in the period under review.
See other United Capital key Financial Highlights
- Total Assets: N400.75 billion, compared to N222.75 billion as at FY 2020 (80% year-to-date growth)
- Total Liabilities: N373.86 billion, compared to N198.32billion as at FY 2020 (89% year-to-date growth)
- Shareholders’ Fund: N26.89 billion, compared to N24.43 billion as at FY 2020 (10% year-to date growth)
Comparing 9M 2021 with 9M 2020, the following are worthy of note:
− Total Revenue: During the period under review, United Capital’s total revenue increased by 60% year-on-year driven largely by growth in fee and commission income (+112% year-on-year) and Investment Income (+43% year-on-year).
− Cost-to-Income ratio: The company continue to maintain improvement in operational efficiency as cost-to-income ratio for the period declined by 10.25 percentage points largely attributable to the impressive growth in revenue (+64% year-on-year) relative to operating expenses (+44%year-on-year).
− PBT Margin: United Capital recorded an improvement in Profitability margin during the period under review as PBT margin increased by 7.32 percentage points to 62.60% in 9M 2021 compared to 58.33% in 9M 2020 as PBT grew by 72% year-on-year during the period under review.
− PAT Margin: PAT margin also increased, gaining 7.47 percentage points to 52.65% in 9M 2021 compared to 49.00% in 9M 2020 as PAT increased by 72% year-on-year during the period.
− Total Assets: United Capital’s total assets during the period under review grew by 80% year to date on the account of 98% increase in cash and cash equivalents and 90% growth in financial asset investment
Commenting on the company’s performance the Group CEO, Mr. Peter Ashade, said “I am pleased to inform our stakeholders that United Capital ended the third quarter of the year with another outstanding performance. We delivered an increased revenue of 60% year-onyear, PBT growth of 72% year-on-year to N7.09b and total asset growth of 80% year-to-date.
“During the period under review, United Capital successfully listed three series commercial papers worth N19.72 billion on the FMDQ Securities Exchange. The CPs were issued under the company’s N50 billion commercial paper issuance program. This has further positioned us as a company to provide a wider range of wholesale financing solutions to our clients and complement funding base and support for all our businesses.
“Another remarkable point to note was the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s reclassification of United Capital shares from Low Price Stock Group to Medium Price Stock Group in August 2021 driven by steady growth in the company’s share price over the past months due to our consistent impressive performance over the years.
“I want to assure our stakeholders that we are optimistic on sustaining this exciting performance in the last quarter of the year and beyond. We remain focused on our transformation agenda and to continue to provide best-in-class solutions to all client segments. We are also committed to deliver superior returns as we seek to always delight our shareholders.”
B2B Domestic Payment Transaction Values to Exceed $54 Trillion by 2023; Returning to Pre-COVID Levels
A new study from Juniper Research has found that the transaction value of B2B domestic payments across payment methods will exceed $54 trillion in 2023, up from $49 trillion in 2021. The research predicts a growth of 10%; reflecting a slow recovery in business activity following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The research identified that while many businesses are now operating at pre-pandemic levels, the longer-term economic consequences of the pandemic are still restricting value growth. As such, leveraging payments automation to reduce manual work and boosting small business cashflow will be critical to recovery.
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Domestic Payment Methods Shifting as Digital Takes Hold
The new research, B2B Payments: Key Opportunities, Vendor Strategies & Market Forecasts 2021-2026, found that the need to automate B2B payments at scale is leading to a fundamental shift in the way payments are made. The research forecasts that the volume of B2B domestic cheque payments will fall by 30% globally between 2021 and 2023, with cash payments falling by 11% over the same period. The need to automate payments means a shift towards more easily automated payment types, such as card and instant payments.
Research author Nick Maynard explained: “The pandemic has accelerated the transition away from traditional payment types, with growth focused on instant payments and card payments. This transition will be important for automation, but will take some time, given the established nature of these processes.”
Instant Payments – Fastest-growing B2B Domestic Payment Method
The research found that by 2023, global instant payment transaction volumes in the B2B domestic channel will grow by 56%; the fastest of any single payment method. The research identified the launch of instant payment schemes that can carry additional remittance data as having significant potential for simplifying the complex B2B payments ecosystem. However, the report acknowledged the uneven state of instant payments scheme roll-outs as a critical limiting factor, with Europe moving much faster than North America.
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