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United Capital Records 44% Jump in Profit to N11.26 Billion in 2021

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United Capital Plc, a leading African financial and investment banking Group providing bespoke value-added service to its clients, grew profit after tax by 44 percent to N11.26 billion in the financial year ended December 31, 2021.

The company disclosed this in its audited financial statement released on Friday and obtained by Investors King.

Gross earnings rose by 40 percent to N18.07 billion in 2021, up from N12.87 billion filed in 2020. Operating income also expanded by 30 percent to N16.24 billion in the year under review. As expected, operating expenses inched higher to N5.94 billion.

Profit before tax jumped 53 percent from N7.95 billion in 2020 to N12.12 billion in 2021. Profit for the period rose from N7.81 billion in 2020 to N11.26 billion.

United Capital’s total assets surprisingly rose 104 percent year-on-year to N453.60 billion from N222.75 billion. However, total liabilities also more than double during the year under review. Rising to N423.05 billion from N198.32 billion, representing an increase of 113 percent.

Shareholders’ stood at N30.55 billion in 2021, a 25 percent increase when compared to N24.43 billion filed in 2021.

The company’s earnings per share rose 44 percent on a yearly basis to 188 kobo from 130 kobo.

Speaking on the audited financial results, Professor Chika Mordi, the Board Chairman stated: “We are proposing N1.50 dividend for every 50 kobo ordinary share, up 114% over 70 kobo dividend paid last year. This affirms our commitment to wealth creation for our shareholders”.

Commenting on the Group’s performance, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Ashade, had this to say: “Our strong performance was driven by exponential growth in business activities across all the market segments that we serve as we successfully navigated a volatile operating environment to create best-in-class solutions for our clients.

“United Capital is on a progressive path as witnessed in our strong earnings growth and superior value delivery to shareholders over the years, amongst other metrics that are reflective of high performing organisations.

“All stakeholders can be assured of our commitment to sustain our organisational growth trajectory well into the foreseeable future as we navigate the tough operating terrain. We will continue to pursue developmental activities and actively engage regulatory authorities, investors and relevant stakeholder groups towards deepening the capital market, strengthening the broader financial system and driving financial inclusion as a means of accelerating the economic development of our dear country and empowering its citizens”.

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ARISE IIP and Africa Finance Corporation Launch US$ 100M Capital Pool for African Entrepreneurs

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ARISE IIP, the pan-African developer and operator of world-class industrial parks, and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), the leading infrastructure solutions provider in Africa, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a dedicated US $100 million capital pool for African entrepreneurs who are establishing operations within any of the Arise IIP Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Africa. 

At the heart of this partnership is a shared vision to uplift African entrepreneurs by providing them with much needed financing and advisory services to catalyse growth.

AFC will also actively seek financing from Export Credit Agencies (ECAs), local and regional financial institutions to mobilise funding to support these companies.

This concerted effort underscores ARISE IIP and AFC’s commitment to fostering industrialisation, job creation and economic prosperity in Africa.

Under this partnership, AFC’s comprehensive suite of financial services will extend beyond financing to include financial advisory support for corporate finance, equipment financing and market entry including assisting with joint ventures and technical partnerships for sponsors that may require it, to ensure they are well-equipped to seize opportunities and thrive within the SEZs.

By tapping into AFC’s extensive network and expertise, ARISE IIP aims to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurship and drives sustainable economic development across the continent.

Gagan Gupta, CEO of ARISE IIP said about this partnership: “ARISE IIP is about empowerment. By empowering our customers, and ensuring they have the robust financial support needed to meet their operational objectives, this collaboration with Africa Finance Corporation, our long-lasting partner, takes us one step closer to realising our vision of an industrialised and prosperous Africa.

Samaila Zubairu, President & CEO of AFC said: This partnership marks a significant milestone in our commitment to offer strategic financial advisory and corporate finance services to firms focused on value capture and import substitution projects in Africa. By collaborating with our investee company Arise IIP and African entrepreneurs in our Special Economic Zones, we aim to foster an ecosystem that will increase trade, create jobs, and drive economic advancement on the continent.

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United Capital Plc Reports Stellar Growth with 65% Profit Increase, Announces Dividends

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United Capital Plc (NGX: UCAP) has unveiled its unaudited financial results for the period ending June 30, 2024.

The company reported a 38% increase in gross earnings year-on-year to N15.15 billion. Profit before tax soared by 63% to N9.06 billion while profit after tax surged by 65% to N7.74 billion.

Total assets rose by 27% in the first half to N1.19 trillion, and shareholders’ funds increased by 33% to N120.34 billion.

These robust results have prompted United Capital to declare an interim dividend of N0.90 per 50 kobo ordinary share, alongside a generous bonus share offering of “2 for 1.”

Peter Ashade, Group CEO, expressed satisfaction with the strong financial outcomes, highlighting the company’s commitment to creating wealth and delivering superior value to shareholders.

“This marks a historic moment with our first-ever interim dividend and bonus share announcement, demonstrating our dedication to stakeholder value,” Ashade stated.

The company remains confident about sustaining its growth trajectory throughout 2024, bolstered by nearly N1.3 trillion in funds under management.

United Capital continues to prioritize activities that enhance and preserve value for stakeholders, maintaining its competitive edge and profitability.

With a focus on trusts, mutual funds, and professionally managed investments, the group is strategically positioned to achieve its growth objectives, ensuring sustainable returns for all involved.

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Nigeria Plans 50% Windfall Tax on Banks’ Currency Profits

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Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has announced a one-time 50% tax on windfall profits that banks reaped from currency gains following last year’s naira devaluation.

This decision was part of the government’s strategy to navigate the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

The naira, which has depreciated by about 70% against the dollar since foreign exchange rules were relaxed in June 2023, allowed banks holding dollar assets to significantly boost their income.

However, the Central Bank of Nigeria had advised lenders to retain these profits as a buffer against potential future losses.

The proposed tax will apply to the 2023 financial year, with non-compliance resulting in hefty fines.

The move has already impacted the NGX Banking Index, which fell by 1.3% as of midday trading in Lagos. Notable declines were seen in FBN Holdings Plc and Zenith Bank Plc, dropping 3.2% and 2.5% respectively.

This initiative mirrors similar actions in Europe, where countries like Italy and Hungary have imposed taxes on banks to address what they view as excessive profits during periods of high inflation and interest rates.

European banks have criticized these measures, warning of potential impacts on economic growth due to constrained lending capabilities.

President Tinubu’s administration believes this tax will help manage Nigeria’s fiscal challenges while addressing social needs.

Lawmakers are expected to support the measure, alongside a proposal to increase government spending by 6.2 trillion naira ($3.8 billion).

While banks have benefited from currency revaluations, many customers, particularly manufacturers with dollar-denominated loans, faced significant losses as they struggled with the weaker naira.

The new tax policy highlights the government’s broader efforts to stabilize the economy and attract foreign investment, aiming to ensure a more equitable distribution of financial gains.

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