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CAP Shareholders Approve N1.26 Billion Dividend Amidst Record Growth



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At the 59th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP), shareholders approved a final dividend of N1.55 kobo per 50 kobo ordinary share, bringing the total dividend declared for the 2023 financial year to a significant N1.26 billion.

The AGM, held recently in Lagos, highlighted the company’s financial performance and strategic initiatives that have driven its success.

Reviewing the company’s performance, CAP reported a 24% increase in revenue to N23.9 billion, up from N19.2 billion in 2022.

Board Chairman Mr. Folasope Aiyesimoju attributed the growth to the dedicated efforts of the team, loyal customers, and resilient business strategies.

He noted that the company’s gross profit rose by 18% to N9 billion, while profit before tax increased by 10% to N3.8 billion.

CAP’s Managing Director, Mrs. Bolarin Okunowo, addressed the shareholders, highlighting the company’s financial achievements despite challenging economic conditions.

“Our exceptional results in 2023 underscore our resilience and adaptability in navigating macroeconomic headwinds. These achievements are a testament to the strength of our team and business model,” she said.

The profit for the year saw a 6% increase to N2.5 billion with earnings per share rising to 309 kobo.

Looking ahead, Mrs. Okunowo outlined CAP’s strategic plans for future growth.

She said “We plan to aggressively increase our retail footprint in Nigeria while deepening our strategic partnerships and alliances. Our focus will be on expanding our market share across the decorative and industrial coatings segments.”

Mrs. Okunowo said the company is committed to delivering high-quality products and leveraging technology to drive growth and profitability.

“The positive macroeconomic outlook for 2024 provides a platform for CAP to expand its horizons and embrace growth.”

Shareholders at the AGM expressed satisfaction with the company’s performance and the board’s strategic direction. They commended the distribution of dividends and the commitment to sustaining shareholder value.

The meeting concluded with the re-election of Mr. Folasope Aiyesimoju and Dr. Vitus Ezinwa as Directors retiring by rotation, and the approval of Mr. Debola Badejo as a new Director.

With renewed optimism and confidence in its strategic direction, CAP remains committed to creating long-term value for stakeholders through innovation, operational excellence, and a customer-centric approach.

The company looks forward to another year of remarkable achievements and sustained growth.

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Zenith Bank Delivers on Promise of Shareholders Value With Record Dividend Payout of N125.59 Billion



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Shareholders of Zenith Bank Plc, at the 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday, 8 May 2024, approved the proposed final dividend payment of NGN3.50 per share, bringing the total dividend for the 2023 financial year to NGN4.00 per share, with a total value of NGN125.59 billion, which is the highest dividend payout by any bank.

In his opening statement at the Annual General Meeting, Dr. Jim Ovia, CFR, Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, thanked the shareholders for their unflinching support and loyalty to the Zenith brand which has been instrumental to the bank’s consistent superior performance.

The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, thanked the Founder and Chairman, Jim Ovia, CFR, for his mentorship, which has been instrumental to his success in the last five years as CEO, and for providing the pedestal for the bank’s continued superior performance.

In his words, “As I prepare to pass the baton to Dame (Dr) Adaora Umeoji, OON, I am confident in the bank’s trajectory under her leadership. I would like to express my profound gratitude to our Founder and Chairman, Dr Jim Ovia, CFR, and to the board, shareholders, customers, and staff for their steadfast support throughout my tenure. I earnestly request that you extend the same level of support to my successor. It has been a remarkable journey, and I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together. As I commence the mandatory regulatory cooling-off period, I am filled with optimism for Zenith Bank’s future, assured that we are on the path to even greater success.”

Speaking on the dividend payout, Mrs. Bisi Bakare, National Coordinator of the Pragmatic Shareholders Association of Nigeria, expressed her delight in the exceptional performance of the bank, as evidenced by the numerous awards received during the 2023 financial year.

She remarked, “We shareholders are very pleased today to receive a final dividend of N3.50 kobo from Zenith Bank. Following an interim dividend of 50 kobo paid last December, the total dividend for the 2023 Annual General Meeting amounts to N4.00— the highest in the banking sector to date. We truly appreciate this and are optimistic that the transition to a Holding Company will bring even greater returns. Zenith Bank’s numerous accolades this year clearly position it as the leading bank in the country. We anticipate that the 2024 AGM, marking the first year as a Holding Company, will be even more promising for Zenith.”

At the AGM, Dr. Faruk Umar, President of the Association of the Rights of Nigerian Shareholders (AARNS), expressed his gratitude to the Chairman for facilitating a seamless succession plan.

He stated, “The bank has performed exceptionally well, particularly in terms of succession planning. It’s encouraging to see the new Managing Director promoted from within, reinforcing our belief in the bank’s leadership development. This internal promotion strategy motivates our staff, giving them confidence that they can aspire to the highest levels within the bank.”

Chief Timothy Adesiyan, President of the Shareholders Solidarity Association of Nigeria, praised the Chairman and Management of Zenith Bank for their consistent delivery of value to shareholders.

He noted, “The bank’s rapid growth can be attributed to the diligent oversight by our Founder, who is also a core investor and actively monitors all operations. This growth is further supported by our adherence to strict corporate governance principles. The bank’s performance metrics are clearly delineated and managed by dedicated committees, ensuring accountability and responsiveness. As a stakeholder, I am very pleased with their performance and attentive response to any concerns raised.”

In spite of challenging macroeconomic conditions coupled with economic headwinds, Zenith Bank Group achieved a remarkable triple-digit growth of 125% in gross earnings, from NGN945.6 billion in the previous year to NGN2.132 trillion in 2023.

This was driven by a 112% YoY growth in interest income and a 141% YoY growth in non-interest income. Customer deposits grew by 69%, reflecting the bank’s market leadership and customers’ trust. Operating expenses grew by 32% YoY. Total assets rose by 66%, largely due to growth in total deposits and the revaluation of foreign currency deposits

In 2024, Zenith Bank Group plans to expand its reach following its restructuring into a holding company structure, adding new verticals to its businesses and pursuing growth in all chosen markets, locally and internationally.

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performance has continued to earn the brand numerous awards, including being recognised as Best Bank in Nigeria, for the fourth time in five years, from 2020 to 2022 and in 2024, in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards; the Best Bank for Digital Solutions in Nigeria in the Euromoney Awards 2023, being listed in the World Finance Top 100 Global Companies in 2023; being recognised as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital, for the 14th consecutive year, in the 2023 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking published by The Banker Magazine; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023, in the World Finance Banking Awards; Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2022 and 2023; Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020 and 2022; Best in Corporate Governance’ Financial Services’ Africa, for four successive years from 2020 to 2023, by the Ethical Boardroom; Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria in the International Banker 2023 Banking Awards; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation in Retail Banking, Nigeria in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards.

Also, the bank emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021; Bank of the Year 2023 and Retail Bank of the Year for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

Similarly, Zenith Bank was named Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020, Bank of the Year 2021 by Champion Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2022 by New Telegraph Newspaper, and Most Responsible Organisation in Africa 2021 by SERAS

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Zenith Bank to Pay N109.88bn Dividends to Shareholders for 2023



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Zenith Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, is set to distribute dividends totaling N109.88 billion to its shareholders for the 2023 financial year.

The announcement was made as part of the bank’s annual report filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Monday.

The dividends amount to N4.00 per share. This includes a final dividend of N3.50 per share and an interim dividend of N0.50 per share paid earlier in the year.

The proposed dividends are subject to approval by shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) and are payable from the retained earnings accounts as of December 31, 2023.

Throughout the fiscal year, Zenith Bank’s gross earnings surged by 125.50 percent to N2.13 trillion compared to N945 billion in the previous year.

The increase in gross earnings contributed to the bank’s impressive profit after tax, which increased to N676.91 billion, an increase from N223.91 billion recorded in 2022.

This positive performance was driven by the increase in interest and similar income, which rose to N1.14 trillion from N540 billion.

However, the bank experienced a decline in net income on fees and commission, dropping to N109.31 billion from N132.79 billion in 2022, indicating a 17.68 percent decrease.

This decline was attributed to an increase in fees and commission expenses, which grew to N68.21 billion from N24.42 billion in the previous year.

Also, Zenith Bank disclosed various operational expenses incurred during the year, including insurance premiums paid to Zenith General Insurance Limited and Prudential Zenith, as well as payments for information technology services rendered by Cyberspace Network.


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SEC Steps Up Efforts to Reduce Unclaimed Dividends in Capital Market



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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has intensified its efforts through a series of strategic initiatives and investor clinics across various regions.

The latest endeavor took place in Yobe State, where the SEC, in collaboration with the Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company, organized a three-day investors clinic.

Mr. Danladi Mohammed, the Head of the SEC Zonal Office in Kano, disclosed that the initiative aimed to address concerns related to unclaimed dividends and enlighten investors on crucial matters such as e-dividend and dematerialization of shares certificates.

The clinic also served as a platform to handle inquiries and complaints from shareholders in Yobe State and its environs.

Unclaimed dividends in the Nigerian capital market reached a staggering N190 billion by August 2023, prompting regulatory authorities to take decisive action.

The SEC views reducing unclaimed dividends as a key objective outlined in the Capital Market Development Master Plan 2015 to 2025.

The initiative aligns with the SEC’s commitment to fostering investor confidence and ensuring market integrity.

It reflects the Commission’s dedication to fulfilling its mandate of regulating and developing the Nigerian capital market to meet international standards.

The SEC’s Director-General, Lamido Yuguda, emphasized the importance of investor education and engagement in addressing the challenge of unclaimed dividends.

Through investor clinics and proactive measures, the SEC aims to empower investors to claim what rightfully belongs to them and enhance transparency and efficiency in the capital market ecosystem.

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