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Geregu Profit Dips by 11.44% in Nine Months

Geregu Power Plc profit after tax dipped by 11.44% in the nine months ended September 2022 to N10.029 billion, down from N11.33 billion filed in the same period of 2021.

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Billionaire Femi Otedola owned Power Generating Company, Geregu Power Plc profit after tax dipped by 11.44% in the nine months ended September 2022 to N10.029 billion, down from N11.33 billion filed in the same period of 2021.

Also, revenue declined by 28.17% from N54.301 billion realised in the corresponding period of 2021 to N39.003 billion.

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

Gross profit stood at N18.95 billion, representing a decline of 27.38% from N26.09 billion achieved in the same period of 2021.

Other income grew by 401.9% to N11.44 billion from N2.28 billion in 2021. However, the company managed to reduce administrative expenses by 73.3% to N2.93 billion in the period under review from N10.98 billion recorded in 2021.

Therefore, operating profit inched higher to N16.03 billion, a 6.05% from N15.114 billion posted in the same period of 2021.

Net finance income dropped from N2.125 billion in 2021 to -N2.071 billion in 2022, largely due to the surge in finance cost to N4.226 billion from N535.277 million recorded in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Geregu’s profit before tax moderated to N13.957 billion from N17.239 billion, a decline of 19.04%.

The company paid income tax of N3.928 billion in the period under review to take its total profit after tax to N10.02 billion.

A critical look into the company’s three-month period ended September 30, 2022, showed Geregu grew profit after tax by 379% to N1.146 billion when compared to N239.040 million in the third quarter (Q3) 2021.

The company received a tax credit of N350.314 million in Q3 2022, hence why profit jumped from N795.523 million declared as profit before tax for the quarter to N1.146 billion.

Two weeks ago, the company became the first power generating company to be listed on the Nigerian stock exchange market. Geregu listed 2.5 billion shares at N100 a unit to add N250 billion to the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) liquidity.

Geregu shares declined by 9.02% on Friday following the release of the financial statement. This puts the company’s market capitalisation at N264.790 billion.

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Nigerian Breweries Records $99 Million Foreign Exchange Loss, CEO Reveals

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Nigerian Breweries, a subsidiary of Heineken NV, has faced a setback as it disclosed a $99 million foreign exchange loss in its recent financial report.

The revelation was made by Hans Essaadi, the CEO of Nigerian Breweries Plc, during an investor call held in Lagos.

Essaadi attributed the loss to a myriad of economic challenges gripping Nigeria, including the drastic devaluation of the naira and cash scarcity resulting from the nation’s demonetization program.

He explained that the mainstream lager market witnessed a significant decline due to consumers’ inability to afford products like Goldberg after a hard day’s work.

The naira’s depreciation, losing approximately 70% of its value against the dollar since June, has exacerbated inflation to almost 30% in January.

These economic upheavals have placed immense strain on household incomes, especially in a nation where a significant portion of the population lives in extreme poverty.

Despite recording a 9% increase in revenue to 599.6 billion naira, Nigerian Breweries reported a staggering net loss of 106 billion naira for the fiscal year 2023, a stark contrast to the 13.18 billion naira profit from the previous year.

In response to the ongoing challenges, Nigerian Breweries aims to source more raw materials locally to mitigate foreign exchange risks.

The company has also implemented higher product prices effective February 19th to navigate through the turbulent economic landscape.

Despite the bleak financial report, Essaadi affirmed Nigerian Breweries’ commitment to weathering the storm, expressing confidence in the company’s portfolio, processes, and personnel to navigate the challenging market conditions ahead.

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Barclays Plc Shares Surge 6.9% on £10 Billion Shareholder Payout Announcement

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Shares of Barclays Plc surged by 6.9% following the announcement of a monumental £10 billion shareholder payout.

The British banking giant’s decision to return such a substantial sum to its investors marks a significant milestone in its financial strategy.

The announcement comes in the wake of Barclays’ robust performance, culminating in a return on tangible equity of 9% for the fiscal year 2023.

Demonstrating a forward-looking approach, the company aims to elevate this metric to above 12% by the year 2026, underlining its commitment to sustained growth and profitability.

Chief Executive Officer C.S. Venkatakrishnan expressed Barclays’ dedication to optimizing its operations and enhancing shareholder value.

By implementing rigorous cost-cutting measures, the company plans to reduce costs by £2 billion over the coming years.

The restructuring efforts extend to the reorganization of Barclays into five distinct divisions, each strategically positioned to cater to diverse client needs and optimize service delivery.

The surge in Barclays’ shares reflects investor confidence in the bank’s strategic direction and its ability to deliver on its promises.

The appointment of new leadership roles and the realignment of business divisions underscore Barclays’ proactive stance in adapting to evolving market dynamics and regulatory landscapes.

Barclays’ pledge to streamline operations, bolster returns, and prioritize shareholder interests positions it favorably within the competitive financial landscape.

The £10 billion shareholder payout announcement signals a pivotal moment for Barclays Plc, solidifying its status as a formidable player in the global banking arena and setting the stage for sustained growth and value creation in the years ahead.

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Capital One Financial Corp. to Acquire Discover Financial Services in $35 Billion Mega Deal

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Capital One Financial Corp. has announced its intention to acquire Discover Financial Services in a $35 billion deal.

This strategic acquisition positions Capital One as the largest credit card company in the United States by loan volume, intensifying competition with Wall Street’s prominent players.

Under the terms of the agreement, Capital One will purchase Discover at a premium, offering 1.0192 of its own shares for each Discover share—a 26.6% premium based on the closing price on February 16th.

Pending regulatory and shareholder approvals from both entities, the deal is anticipated to conclude in late 2024 or early 2025.

The merger between Capital One and Discover represents the most significant global consolidation this year, surpassing notable acquisitions in various sectors.

By combining forces, Capital One and Discover unite two esteemed consumer-finance brands, effectively eclipsing competitors such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. in US credit-card loan volume.

This acquisition not only amplifies Capital One’s market share but also grants the company a formidable position within the payment networks sphere.

Capital One’s CEO, Richard Fairbank, described the merger as a “singular opportunity” to establish a robust presence alongside the largest payment networks, underscoring the transformative potential of the deal.

Upon completion, Capital One shareholders will possess approximately 60% ownership of the consolidated entity, with Discover shareholders owning the remaining stake.

The acquisition is expected to yield significant synergies, generating $2.7 billion in pretax benefits.

The strategic rationale behind the acquisition underscores the increasing importance of scale and technological capabilities in the financial sector.

By leveraging Discover’s extensive network and Capital One’s expertise, the combined entity aims to drive innovation and enhance value for customers in an ever-evolving market landscape.

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