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Banks Write Off N1.9trn in Bad Debts – Report

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Commercial Banks Write Off N1.9trn in Bad Debts

Agusto & Co, a credit rating agency, said banks have written off about N1.9 trillion bad loans from their books in the last four years.

In the report titled, “2020 Banking Industry Report” and released on Sunday, the credit rating agency linked the banks’ actions to weak macroeconomic fundamentals and the introduction of the International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS 9).

Agusto & Co, attributed the development to the global health pandemic that impacted the quality of assets and significantly exposed vulnerable sectors.

Still, the report noted that Deposit Money Banks and merchant banks continued to lend, even with the huge write-offs. It noted that the total credit to the economy expanded by N3.33 trillion to N18.90 trillion at the end of June 2020, up from N15.56 trillion achieved in May 2019. sector increased

Most of the loan goes to the productive sector of the economy. The report listed the manufacturing, consumer credit, general commerce, and information and communication and agriculture sectors as beneficiaries of improved credit facility.

The report said: “Our assessment of the industry’s financial condition is based on figures and information published in the approved annual reports of 19 commercial banks and five merchant banks as at 31 December 2019.

“These banks collectively accounted for an estimated 98 per cent of the industry’s total assets as at the same date and provide a good representation of the Industry.”

“In the last four years, following the 2015/2016 recession, the Nigerian banking industry has written off a minimum of N1.9 trillion of impaired loans from its loan portfolio. This volume of write-offs has been driven by the weak macroeconomic climate and the introduction of the IFRS 9 accounting standard in 2019. In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the Industry’s asset quality is further threatened given significant exposures to vulnerable sectors,” it said.

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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Deposit Money Banks Start Debiting Debtors’ Other Bank Accounts

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Banks Start Debiting Debtors’ Other Bank Accounts

Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) has commenced the implementation of the new Central Bank of Nigeria’s Global Standing Instruction directive that allows them to recover outstanding debts from debtors’ other bank accounts domiciled with other banks.

The initiative was in a move to reduce the size of the debt in the banking sector, according to Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.

Deposit Money Banks have commenced the implementation on August 1, 2020

Experts have said the implementation would differentiate real wealthy businessmen from debtors parading themselves as wealthy businessmen.

Peter Esele, a former President, Trade Union Congress, stated that the new rule was long overdue, adding that it was better late than never.

He said, “The financial system has been abused and it is baffling that one man would be owing six banks in the same country; it can’t happen anywhere else.

“What the CBN is doing now is that it is sanitising the industry and we now actually know who are the real businessmen and the real big men.

“Some men are wealthy from running banks down because a lot of the big men are running banks down.”

He added the central bank and the deposit money banks should start giving credit score.

Joseph Ajaero, the President, United Labour Congress, said, “Banks that are lending money to people should make sure that they have adequate collateral.

“Ordinarily, banks cannot on their own go to another bank and take the money that was kept in another bank; they are independent and should operate independently.”

He said deposit money banks ran into trouble because they were lending without collateral.

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Ardova Revenue Declines to N35.3bn in Q2 2020

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Ardova Posts Lower Profit After Tax in Q2 2020

Ardova Plc’s revenue declined from N40.227 billion filed in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 to N35.262 billion in the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday, the company gross profit expanded slightly from N2.519 billion in Q2, 2019 to N2.559 billion in Q2 2020.

Ardova, formerly known as Forte Oil, reported an operating profit of N787.407 million, up from N246.495 million decline reported in the corresponding period of 2019. While finance income depreciated from N4.254 billion in the Q2 of 2019 to N42.616 million.

Accordingly, profit before income tax dipped from N3.198 billion reported in the same period of 2019 to N591.087 million.

Similarly, profit after tax plunged from N2.126 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2019 to N514.923 million.

Earnings per share declined from N1.63 to 39 kobo in the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

The global pandemic that disrupted crude oil market eroded profits of oil companies and weighed on their entire operations, especially during the April-June quarter when oil prices dipped to their lowest on record.

Ardova was one of the numerous oil companies affected by the disruption in global commerce and economic activities.

The company’s total asset contracted from N47.089 billion to N45.341 billion in Q2 2020. While total liabilities declined from N30.856 billion in Q2 2019 to N28.165 billion in Q2 2020.

However, total equity expanded to N17.176 billion, up from N16.163 billion in the second quarter of 2019.

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UBA Denies N41bn Fraud Involving NITEL

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United Bank for Africa Denies N41bn Fraud Involving NITEL

United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Thursday denied the alleged N41 billion fraud linked to Mr. Tony Elumelu, its Chairman.

In the statement signed by Bili A. Odum, Company Secretary, UBA and released by the bank through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the lender said the allegation was misleading, untrue and malicious. It, therefore, stated that it would be disregarding the allegation in its entirety.

The statement reads “The attention of United Bank for Africa (UBA) has been drawn to false reports circulating in the media alleging that UBA and some of its principal officers have been indicted in a NGN41 Billion fraud involving NITEL in Liquidation.

“We would like to use this medium to inform the general public that the reports are untrue, misleading, malicious, libellous and should be disregarded in its entirety.”

“UBA has set in motion all appropriate legal actions to ensure that the misleading reports are retracted and the perpetrators held accountable for their actions.

“UBA is a reputable global brand and responsible corporate citizen, operating in multiple jurisdictions, and will continue to conduct its business in line with global best corporate governance practices, extant laws and regulations, as it has done in over 70 years of operations.”

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