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Banks Advance N21.3tn Loans in 10 Months

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The total domestic credit from the banking sector to the economy dropped by 0.8 per cent to N21.3tn as of the end of October 2015, statistics obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria have revealed.

The CBN in its economic report for October stated that the drop in credit to the economy was a reflection of the 18.9 per cent decline in net claims on the Federal Government.

The report, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, said while the total credit to the private sector experienced an increase of 1.9 per cent to N19.07tn, the credit to the Federal Government dropped by 18.9 per cent to N2.26tn.

It attributed the decline in credit to the government to a drop in bank’s holding of the government securities particularly the Nigerian Treasury Bills which fell by 10.3 per cent during the period.

It said, “At N21.34tn, aggregate credit to the domestic economy, on month-on-month basis, fell by 0.8 per cent at the end of October 2015 in contrast to the 0.6 and four per cent growth at the end of the preceding month and the corresponding period of 2014, respectively.

“The development reflected the 18.9 per cent decline in net claims on the Federal Government, which more than offset 1.9 per cent growth in claims on the private sector.

“Over the level at end of December 2014, net domestic credit, however, grew by 10.8 per cent at the end of the review period, compared with the growth of 11.7 per cent at the end of the preceding month.

“The development reflected the increase in net claims on both the Federal Government and private sector.”

The report did not provide details of where lending was channelled in the private sector but noted that growth in the key monetary aggregate decelerated during the period.

The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, had while speaking after the recent Monetary Policy Committee meeting said the apex bank in November reduced the lending rate from 13 per cent to 11 per cent but stressed its objective of easing lending to the real sector of the economy had not been achieved.

He said the CBN would continue to adopt moral suasion to encourage the Deposit Money Banks to support financing for targeted lending to the real sector as well as agriculture, solid minerals and the Small and Medium Enterprises sectors of the economy.

He said, “The committee acknowledged the continuous liquidity surfeit in the system stemming partly from the recent growth-stimulating monetary policy measures, as well as the tendency of the banks to invest excess reserves in government securities, rather than extend credit to the needed sectors of the economy.

“To this end, the committee once again urged the deposit money banks to improve lending to the real sector, as part of their patriotic obligations to the country and enjoined the management of the bank to continue to explore ways of incentivising lending to employment and growth-generating sectors, particularly the SMEs.”

When asked if the CBN would consider forcing banks to lend to the real sector, the governor said inasmuch as the CBN would prefer that the DMBs increased their lending to the real sector, it would be practically impossible to force them to do so owing to the fact that banks were established to make profit.

He said, “Unfortunately, the DMBs are in business to make money and we cannot regulate their interest rate. And so it can be difficult to really force them to lend to a particular set of people.

“But what we can continue to do is to put in place policies that will encourage them to do so or we can continue to incentivise them by putting in place policies that will encourage them to do so.

“So it is a free market and we cannot really compel them as it is expected. We will continue to try.

“This is why at the last meeting, we reduced the Cash Reserve Requirement from 25 per cent to 20 per cent. And we then insisted that that liquidity that will be made available or that those banks can only enjoy the reduction if they introduce to the CBN projects that are targeted at the real sector such as manufacturing, agriculture and the SMEs.”

He said the apex bank remained optimistic that the banks would heed the advice and lend to the real sector.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market.

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FBN Holdings Boost First Bank CAR With N25 Billion Capital Injection

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First Bank Boosts CAR With N25 Billion Capital Injection

FBN Holdings Plc announced it has boosted the Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of its commercial banking subsidiary, First Bank of Nigeria Limited by N25 billion.

According to the statement released by the bank on the Nigerian Stock Exchange website, the capital injection represents part of the net proceeds of the company’s divestment from FBN Insurance Limited.

It noted that the capital injection upped the bank’s Capital Adequacy Ratio to 16.53 percent –before capitalising year to date profit– as at June 2020.

Oyewale Ariyibi, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, was quoted as saying “the divestment is in line with the Group’s medium to long term strategic objectives. The divestment has unlocked significant value embedded in the former subsidiary which is being leveraged to strengthen the core banking business for which the Group is renowned“.

Ariyibi further stated that the Company’s objective is to increase capital across the Group in order to drive business growth, enhance efficiency and improve overall shareholders’ value.

Uk Eke, the Group Managing Director, who commented on the company’s performance for the first half of 2020 said “The H1 2020 financial results are impressive and reconfirm our consistent focus on enhanced shareholder value. Despite the difficult operating environment, the results demonstrate our capacity to deliver exceptional services to our customers in these uncertain times. Looking ahead, we remain cautious, but confident that our business is fundamentally strong to surmount any future challenge towards delivering superior financial performance“.

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9mobile Joins MTN, Launches E-Sim Service 

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9mobile Launches E-Sim Service

Nigeria’s mobile network operators have joined the rest of the world in launching E-Sim, an embedded sim.

In July, MTN Nigeria set the ball rolling with the launching of its E-Sim trial. This was followed by 9mobile that launched its E-Sim earlier this month.

E-Sim is a form of an in-built sim that is embedded directly into a device without using a physical Sim.

Speaking on the new E-Sim, the Acting Director of Marketing, 9mobile, Layi Onafowokan, described the latest move as the most excellent experience that advanced technology provides.

According to him, the E-Sim is an in-built sim embedded in mobile devices in order to reduce the possibility of losing or damaging sim and eliminate the stress of dealing with the cutting of sim cards or finding adaptors.

It also enables multiple usage and adaptation of one subscriber profile across a broad range of mobile communication devices, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) apps including smart commuting, metering, tracking, and surveillance, rather than the restricted single-device use of the conventional SIM card.

Onafowokan said: “Customers can walk into any of our select 9mobile Experience Centres to request E-Sim activation. A QR code will be provided to scan and download E-Sim profile and perform the usual SIM registration.

He added that customers that activate E-Sim service will enjoy up to 7GB data-free while those who want to change to E-Sim will only do a SIM swap at approved centres.

E-Sim is compatible with Google Device like Pixel 3, 3 XL, 4, and Pixel 4 XL. Apple Device like Iphone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Xs, Xs Max and Iphone XR. Samsung S20 Series.

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Access Bank Enters Into Definitive Agreement With Cavmont Capital

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Access Bank Signs Definitive Agreement With Cavmont Bank Ltd

Following July 8, 2020 announcement, the Board of Access Bank Plc on Thursday said its subsidiary, Access Bank Limited (Zambia) has entered into a definitive agreement with Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia regarding the acquisition of Cavemont Bank Ltd.

In the statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the bank said the proposed acquisition will position Access Bank as one of the top 10 banks in Zambia and improve the bank’s momentum to advance its strategic objectives.

The bank said “This is a highly complementary transaction, combining ABZ’s wholesale and trade finance capabilities with Cavmonth Bank’s retail and commercial banking operations. Customers of the enlarged bank will benefit from greater security offered by what will be one of the most capitalised banks in Zambia with a more diversified product and service offering and a broader geographical footprint and infrastructure. The enlarged bank will be well-placed to participate in the long-term economic growth of Zambia, predicated on the country’s vast reserves of natural resources and fast-growing young population.

The transaction agreement showed Access Bank Zambia will acquire the entire issued share capital, assets and liabilities of Cavmonth Bank while Capricorn Group Limited, majority shareholder of Cavmonth Capital Holdings, will invest around $16.5 million or ZMW300 million of preference shares into Access Bank Zambia.

According to the bank, the transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Speaking on the transaction, Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, said “Access Bank is focused on building the scale needed to become a leading bank in its key operating markets through leveraging the right partnerships. This transaction underscores our approach and is another stepping stone towards delivering on our strategic aspirations of becoming the World’s Most Respected African Bank and Africa’s Gateway to the World. It will strengthen our presence in Zambia, while furthering our footprint for growth in the COMESA region, Africa’s largest free trade area.

“Over the years, we have worked hard to build a sustainable international bank of African origin that can expand the potential of businesses, support economic prosperity, facilitate trade and investment and extend the power of banking to millions of people who do not yet have the financial tools to achieve their dreams. This proposed transaction aligns with that strategy”.

Thinus Prinsloo, Managing Director of Capricorn Group, also said: “Access Bank is an African banking group with an impressive growth trajectory and geographic reach across Africa and internationally. This transaction is an excellent strategic fit with Cavmont Bank’s presence in Zambia and will strengthen the capital base from which to achieve long-term sustainable growth. Zambia is an economy with th potential that is poised for a robust recovery, and this combination best positions the combined bank to harness these opportunities“.

Peet van der Walt, the Managing Director of Cavmont Bank, explained that: “Cavmont Bank’s vision is to be a world-class bank, rated amongst the best in Zambia. This proposed merger with Access Bank Zambia accelerates our strategy and positions us as a top ten bank in the country. As a subsidiary of one of the largest banking groups in Africa, Access Bank Zambia has the scale, capabilities and ambition to enable the combined bank to pursue exciting strategic opportunities in Zambia.

“Our customers will benefit from greater security offered by one of the most capitalised banks in the country, increased scale in Zambia, access to a broader digital and retail offering, and a geographic network across the continent. We look forward to working closely with Access Bank to deliver the benefits of the merger to all the stakeholders.” Shareholders should note that the cautionary announcement dated July 8, 2020 is hereby withdrawn and shareholders are no longer required to exercise caution when dealing in the group’s shares in relation to the potential transaction.”

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