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FBN Holdings Dismisses Fake Report on N400 Billion Notes for Bola Tinubu

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FBN Holdings, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, has come out to dismiss a fake report circulating online that it released N400 billion new notes to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The unverifiable online platform that propagated the fake news had falsely accused the managing director of First Bank Nigeria, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings, of being the culprit in the alleged transaction. The platform then went ahead to use the name and photograph of Nnamdi Okonkwo, the Group Managing Director of FBN Holdings, to support its claim, even though he had no involvement in the matter.

In a statement titled “Malicious Publication – A Rebuttal,” FBN Holdings stated that the fake news was an attempt to damage the country’s banking system by dragging it into the murky waters of politics. The company called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the malicious story.

The statement also clarified that neither the Managing Director of the Bank nor the Group Managing Director of the Holding company, Nnamdi Okonkwo, had any involvement with the matters alleged in the fictitious news story. The bank emphasized that there is no order of arrest against any one of them, Investors King reports.

This fake news comes at a time when Nigerians are reeling under the weight of Naira scarcity following a currency redesign project of the apex bank. It is unfortunate that some unscrupulous individuals are using this challenging time to spread fake news that can further damage the country’s economy.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had also denied the fake report a few hours after it was published. It is essential for Nigerians to be vigilant and avoid falling for such fake news as it can cause unwarranted panic and confusion.

FBN Holdings’ response to the fake report is a clear indication that it takes its reputation seriously and will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone that attempts to tarnish it. It is important for individuals and organizations to be wary of the information they consume and share to avoid falling prey to fake news.

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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Demola Sogunle Increases Stake in Stanbic IBTC

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Dr. Demola Sogunle, the Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc has expanded his stake in the bank by 1,521,117 shares.

This was made known in a statement signed by Chidi Okezie, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and made available to investing public.

The bank chief acquired the shares between 21 March and 24 March 2023 at N37.05 a unit. Meaning, he paid a total sum of N56.357 million for the acquisition.

Sogunle held 3.41 million indirect shares before acquiring more shares in Stanbic IBTC as of December 31, 2022. In 2021, he held 2.41 million indirect shares, which he increased to 3.41 million last year.

Sogunle remained the second-largest shareholder in Stanbic IBTC after Ifeoma Esiri, who holds 40.38 million direct shares and 3.11 million indirect shares valued at N1.63 billion as of December 2022.

During the financial period of 2022, Stanbic IBTC reported a gross turnover of N287.53 million, surpassing the N206.64 million generated in the previous year. The financial institution also recorded growth in its net interest income, which increased to N113.11 billion in 2022 from N75.37 billion in 2021.

In addition, Stanbic IBTC closed the year with N80.81 billion in net profit, an improvement on the N56.96 billion profit after tax earned in the corresponding period of 2021.

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings’ Gross Earnings Reach a Decade High in 2022 With 131% Growth in Trading Revenue

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings reported its highest gross earnings in a decade, aided by a 131% growth in trading revenue in 2022, according to data released by the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX).

Gross earnings grew by 39.15% to N287.54 billion in 2022 compared to N206.64 billion in 2021, while trading revenue for the period surged to N34.69 billion in 2022 from N13.29 billion in 2021.

The growth in interest income was driven by an increase in the volume of risk assets and growth in average yield due to a higher interest rate environment, analysts at CSL Stockbrokers Limited said in a note.

The bank declared earnings per share of N603 per share in 2022 from N420 per share in 2021, and proposed a final dividend of N2.00 per ordinary share.

Further checks by Investors King showed that the bank’s interest expense rose by 34.62 percent to N39.55 billion in 2022 compared to N29.38 billion in 2021. This was driven by a significant increase of 124 percent in interest generated from savings accounts and a 62.36 percent increase in interest from borrowed funds.

The bank’s fees and commission revenue also grew by 8.77 percent to N96.07 billion in 2022, up from N88.32 billion in 2021. However, its fees and commission expenses decreased by 8.05 percent from N5.44 billion in 2021 to N5.01 billion in 2022.

Despite the profit growth, the bank’s activities are not generating cash as net cash flow from operating activities amounted to N-84.23 billion in 2022.

The bank’s return on equity for the full year period of 2022 increased by 470 basis points to 19.82 percent compared to 15.12 percent in 2021.

 

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Nigeria Raises Interest Rate by 50 Basis Points to 18%

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) led monetary policy committee has raised the nation’s borrowing cost by another 50 basis points following a 500 basis points increase in 2022 to 18%.

The committee attributed its decision to the rising inflation rate and the need to contain price development around expectations of subsidy removal and other energy sources.

“These in the view of members, provides a compelling argument for an upward adjustment of the policy rate, albeit, less aggressively. The Committee, however, noted that the naira redesign and cash withdrawal limit policies have resulted in a sizeable reduction in Currency-Outside-Banks, indicating an expected improvement in the potency of monetary policy tools,” the minutes stated.

Another factor considered was the drop in capital importation and the impact of exchange rate pressure on domestic price levels.

The committee, therefore, called for policies to attract both portfolio and foreign direct investment to Nigeria.

It maintained optimism that, the continued progress made with the RT200 FX programme, Naira-4-dollar and
other policies targeted at attracting diaspora remittances, would continue to help improve accretion to the external reserves and improve liquidity in the foreign exchange market.

Members, however, remained aware of the ongoing challenges associated with the limits imposed on cash withdrawals in the face of frequent downtime in bank electronic transaction channels. The Committee thus called on Other Depository Corporations, online payment platforms, and other stakeholders to ensure that the prevailing incidence of network failures is overcome in the immediate and short term.

This would ensure that the Naira Redesign and Cash Withdrawal Limit Policies lead to an improved in-road of the CBN Cashless program and efficiency of the transmission mechanism of monetary policy.

Members, therefore, agreed to raise Monetary Policy Rate by 50 basis points, with ten members voting to raise the MPR by 50 basis points while one member voted to raise the MPR by 25 basis points and one member voted to hold the MPR. All members voted to keep all other parameters constant.

 

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