Dangote Sugar pays N21 billion in dividend, N121 billion on asset acquisition


SEC affirms plans to unveil framework soon

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has increased dividend pay out to shareholders for the 2017 financial year by 192 per cent to N21 billion, translating to 175 kobo per share from N7.2 billion or 60 kobo per share in 2016, in line with its resolve to deliver decent returns on investments.

Speaking at the company’s yearly general meeting in Lagos at the weekend, the Chairman of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said the company achieved a group turnover of N204.42 billion, showing 20.4 per cent increase over the comparative period of 2016.

“With Profit Before Tax of N53.6 billion, showing 173 per cent increase over the 2016 and profit after tax of N39.7 billion, the board has recommended to shareholders for approval, at this meeting, the payment of a final dividend of N15 billion, being 125 kobo for the year ended December 31,2017.“The board had earlier approved the payment of an interim dividend of N6 billion, being 50 kobo per share. This brings the total dividends for the year under review to N21 billion,” he said.

Speaking on the company’s backward integration project, Dangote said the firm has spent N121 billion on equipment, land acquisition, compensation to land owners, consultancy and related services.According to him,  despite the major setbacks like flood, community relations issues and most recently, clashes between host communities and Fulani herdsmen that hampered  progress, Savannah Sugar remained the only company producing sugar from own grown sugarcane in the country with over N30 billion spent to date.“Negotiations with the government and local communities in Kwara and Niger states on land acquisition processes are ongoing, in line with the backward integration sites,” he said.

The Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Abdullahi Sule, said the company would continue to pursue its target to achieve 1.08 metric tonnes of refined sugar yearly in six years and eventually, 1.5 million metric tonnes in 10 years.According to Sule, the focus of the company remains leveraging on its strengths to maximise every opportunity to generate sales, increase its market share and create sustainable value for all stakeholders.

“Though the business terrain remains very challenging, we remain resilient in the face of the situation and are focused on increasing our market share and customer base as well as the creation of sustainable value for our stakeholders.“Our priority in the current year is the achievement of our Sugar for Nigeria Project goals and sustenance of our leadership position by improving efficiency and growing our markets,” he said.


Firm offers debt, equity funds for businesses

FRAGG Investment is an impact investment management and advisory company that specialises in the management of funds targeting investments in the impact and climate domains.The company, with focus in the West African region, seeks to help companies raise new capital as debt and equity investments, as well as support business growth.

Presently, FRAGG Investment is making available a minimum of N175 million for investment in companies and projects in the impact sectors like microfinance institutions, SME banks, Finance Houses, and commercial banks, agriculture, healthcare, affordable housing and climate finance.Such companies and projects are now invited to apply for a round of support and funding from a wide range of offshore investors.

“Using a triple-bottom line approach, our main target is investing in and mobilising funds for high-growth companies in Nigeria and West Africa that promote social and environmental impact.Our goal is to make a strong financial return for investors while supporting companies that are contributing to a better world”, the Managing Director, Franklin Odoemenam, said.The timeframe for the application and selection process of interested participants is between July 6, 2018 and August 7, 2018, through http://www.fraginvest.com and accelerator@fraginvest.com.

Nigerian bourse restructures market operations

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyema

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has unveiled the review of the entire equity market structure, due to take effect July 2, 2018, targeted at creating a level playing field for all market participants and enable investors deploy broader trading strategies, best execution and gain benefit from enhanced market depth.The Exchange also plans to review the NSE 30, and the six sectoral indices of the bourse, which are NSE Consumer Goods, NSE Banking, NSE Insurance, NSE Industrial, NSE Oil and Gas and NSE Lotus Islamic Indices.

According to a statement by the NSE, the composition of these indices after the review will witness the entry/re-entry, as well as exit of some major companies.The changes to the market structure, according to the NSE, include opening and closing auctions, to be followed by imbalance sessions, where bids exceed offers and vice versa, to allow market participants enter their imbalance orders arising from the auction sessions.

NSE explained that expansion of participants in the auction period to enhance fairness, competitiveness of the price setting mechanism, introduction of the size test condition in price determination during the auction period and changes to the market price volatility mechanism such that daily Limit up Limit down price band is currently based on a single reference price to allow for a symmetric up and down limit of 10 per cent throughout the trading day.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NSE, Oscar Onyema, said: “The review of the equities market structure was carried out to support our hybrid market model which offers the benefits of best execution and tighter spreads to investors.“Moreover, it provides potential for cheaper cost of capital to issuers in our market. This Market Structure is in line with our 2018 to 2021 corporate strategy aimed at boosting retail investor participation.

The Nigerian bourse began publishing the NSE 30 Index in February 2009 with index values available from January 1, 2007 and on July 1, 2008, the NSE developed four sectoral indices with a base value of 1,000 points, designed to provide investable benchmarks to capture the performance of specific sectors.

The sectoral indices comprise the top fifteen most capitalized and liquid companies in the Insurance and Consumer Goods sectors, top ten most capitalised and liquid companies in the Banking and Industrial Goods sector and the top seven most capitalized and liquid companies in the Oil & Gas sector.In July 2012, the Nigerian bourse launched The NSE Lotus Islamic index (NSE LII) which consists of companies whose business practices are in conformity with Shari’ah investment principles, with the aim of increasing the breadth of the market and creating an important benchmark for investments as the alternative ethical and non-interest investment space widened.

The companies that appear on the Islamic Index have been thoroughly screened by Lotus Capital Halal Investment, in accordance with a methodology approved by an internationally recognized Shari’ah Advisory Board comprising of renowned Islamic scholars.The price indices, which were developed using the market capitalization methodology, are reviewed and rebalanced on a bi-annual basis – on the first business day in January and in July

Stock market investors’ lose 2.74 per cent in four trading days

Analysts predict further losses on bargain hunting
At the end of yesterday’s transactions on the equity sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the NSE All-share index and market capitalization depreciated by 2.74 per cent to close the week at 37,862.53 and N13.716 trillion respectively.

Similarly, all other indices finished lower with the exception of the NSE Insurance Index that appreciated by 3.55 per cent, while the NSE ASeM Index closed flat.Meanwhile, a total turnover of 1.097 billion shares worth N15.471 billion were recorded  in 16,288 deals by investors on the floor of the Exchange in contrast to a total of 1.738 billion shares valued at N18.462 billion that was exchanged hands in 14,790 deals during the preceding week.

The drop in tutnover may, however be attributed to the one day holiday declared on Monday June 18th,  2018 to commemorate the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations.Specifically, the financial services industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 816.547 million shares valued at N9.425 billion traded in 9,263 deals; thus contributing 74.44% to the total equity turnover volume .

The consumer goods industry followed with 76.361 million shares worth N2.992 billion in 2,545 deals. The third place was occupied by the oil and gas industry with a turnover of 51.600 million shares worth N594.590 million in 1,744 deals.Trading in the top three equities namely – United Bank for Africa Plc, Zenith International Bank Plc and FBN Holdings Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 325.580 million shares worth N4.854 billion in 3,381 deals, contributing 29.68% to the total equity turnover volume.

Analysts at vetiva Reseatch said: “Sentiment this week was largely bearish, characterized by huge losses in select large caps. Though there is still some room for further losses, we foresee bargain hunting at week open as investors take position on depressed stocks.”

Further breakdown of last weeks trading showed that  a total of 61 units of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) valued at N899.80 executed in seven deals last week, compared with a total of 62,392 units valued at N1.004 million that was transacted last week in 13 deals.

A total of 370 units of Federal Government valued at N371,261.96 were traded this week in 3 deals, compared with a total of 9,850 units valued at N9.999 million transacted last week in 10 deals.

25 equities appreciated in price during the week, lower than 40 in the previous week. 44 equities depreciated in price, higher than 28 equities of the previous week, while 100 equities remained unchanged lower than 101  equities recorded in the preceding week.

Coronation Merchant Bank’s N15 billion commercial paper gets 180% subscription

Coronation.jpgL-R: Onome Komolafe, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Coronation Merchant Bank; Abubakar Jimoh, Managing Director (MD) / Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Coronation Merchant Bank; Aigbovbioise Aig-Imoukhuede, Head, Coronation Capital Markets and Onayimi Aiwerioghene, Head, Enterprise Management, Coronation Merchant Bank

Risks chief emerges RIMAN president

Coronation Merchant Bank Limited has recorded a very strong performance in its inaugural Commercial Paper issuance worth N15 billion, with a 180 per cent subscription level.The N15 billion offer, which is the first tranche, under its N100 billion Commercial Paper programme, received a total of about N28 billion commitments from both institutional and high net-worth investors, an indication of trust and confidence in the bank’s operations.

The issuance comprised of two series of 180 and 270-days, with 180-day paper issued at a discount rate of 12.6 per cent and a yield of 13.43 per cent, while the 270-day paper was issued at 12.69 per cent discount rate and a yield of 14 per cent.The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Coronation Merchant Bank, Abu Jimoh, said: “We are pleased at the outcome of this exercise. The Commercial Paper issuance, which represents our very first in the market, has enabled us to achieve our objective of effective balance sheet management that is geared towards providing capital to various sectors of the economy.

“The positive results recorded by our commercial paper is a testament to the strength of the Bank’s credit in the capital markets. It is both gratifying and humbling to note this level of investor confidence in the Bank”.

The Group Head of Investment Banking at Coronation Merchant Bank, Abiodun Sanusi, added: “We started our investment banking business in 2016 and in less than three years, we have contributed immensely to the development of the capital market, both on the equity side and the debt capital side.“Today, we have differentiated ourselves as a formidable player in the capital market having raised in excess of NGN300 billion for various companies in multiple sectors of the economy. The success of this issuance further demonstrates the market’s confidence in the Coronation Merchant Bank Story.”

According to the bank, its emergence was to fill the gap in a long-underserved market segment, seeking to address the need for long term capital across key sectors of the economy.The Group offers investment and corporate banking, private banking/wealth management and global markets/treasury services to its diverse clients. It also offers securities trading/brokerage, asset management and trustees services through its subsidiaries; Coronation Securities Limited, Coronation Asset Management Limited respectively.

Meanwhile, the Chief Risk Officer of the bank, Magnus Nnoka, has been elected President of the Risk Managers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN)at the 18th yearly international conference and general meeting of the association, which took place in Lagos. Now in its 18th year, RIMAN has been at the fore front of promoting best practices and advocacy in risk management and related disciplines in Nigeria.

The organisation provides distinct and value-added services through its pool of industry experts and seasoned professionals and also sets national standard in professional designation with the Certified Risk Manager certification through the association’s on-going structured examination programme and Mandatory Continuing Professional Education.In his acceptance speech, he stated that RIMAN, under his leadership, will remain committed to spearheading risk management advocacy and capacity building activities beyond the financial services sector.

He promised to lead a team that would sustain a risk-aware business environment and working closely with various regulatory agencies and stakeholders.While recognising the enormous task of leading the association in the current global and national risk environment, he believes that the strong risk culture existing at Coronation Merchant Bank, a leading investment bank in Nigeria and the pool of experienced professionals at RIMAN, would serve as strong pillars in carrying out the tasks of the office.Prior to his election  as President of RIMAN, Magnus has been on the Executive Council of the association for over a decade and served at various times as Second Vice President and First Vice President.

He has also chaired prominent governance committees like the training and membership. Nnoka brings to the association’s presidency a very rich experience in the banking sector, spanning over two decades and cutting across banks and core areas of Treasury, Branch Management/Operations and Enterprise Risk Management

Interbank lending falls as govt redeems N444 billion T-Bills


I&E Window transacts $900m, as reserves stagnate at $47.6 billion
There was near excess in the quantity of money in circulation last week, save for the increased mop up exercise by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), following the repayments of N66.7 billion and N377.6 billion worth of Treasury Bills (T-Bills) and Open Market Operations.

The movement in system liquidity during the week had risen in two of the four trading days, resulting to 3.7 per cent rise in the quantity of money in circulation to N842 billion compared to N812.1 billion in the preceding week.Consequently, the two most popular traded instruments among banks- Open Buy Back and the Overnight rates, trended southwards by 0.7 percentage points (ppts) and 0.5ppts to 2.8 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively.

During the rollover of the instruments, investors showed apathy for short tenored bills, as they asked for higher rates, causing an under-allotment to reduce cost for government, which subsequently left a sizable quantity of money in circulation till the weekend.Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said this week, despite the absence of maturing bills, except N183.3 billion worth of OMO maturities, the apex bank will sustain its trend of liquidity mop ups and money market rates could trend higher.

Similarly, at the foreign exchange market, the naira remained stable, defying the influence of speculations ahead of the biannual meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, at the weekend, which increased oil production by one million barrels per day.

The decision, which is expected to influence global oil price, would further affect Nigeria’s external reserves that have remained stagnant in weeks at $47.6 billion, as crude oil accounts for a large proportion of the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.

Specifically, the reserves have stagnated in the last three weeks, with an earlier back and forth movement, as reports showed that Nigerian crude oil cargoes from the June programme took long before they were cleared, as demand was not strong enough and differentials were too high to spark much buying of July barrels.During the week, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) continued its weekly intervention, offering $210 million through the Wholesale SMIS window to maintain stability, as well as sustain liquidity in the foreign exchange market.

Consequently, the CBN spot rate appreciated five kobo when measured week-on-week to N305.80 per dollar from N305.85 per dollar in the previous week, while at the parallel market, the naira traded flat for the second consecutive week at N362 per dollar.

In the same vein, the local unit, at the Investors and Exporters’ (I&E) forex Window, appreciated seven kobo week-on-week to N361/$ from N361.07/$ in the previous week.On the activity level, transactions improved by 15.1 per cent at the autonomous window, as investors exchanged about $900 million against $800 million recorded the previous week.

Chevron dissociates self from job recruitment exercise



An official of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Esimaje Brikinn, has dissociated the company from an ongoing job recruitment exercise being circulated on social media.

In a statement on Friday, the company, the operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, said it is aware of the circulation of “false recruitment information posted by unscrupulous persons and organisations in the name of CNL in several media and online channels, advertising job positions in CNL”.

Mr Brikinn, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of CNL, said the fraudulent job offers had reportedly been sent through emails, text messages and phone calls by individuals purporting to be staff or representatives of CNL, with the intent to defraud their victims.

“CNL hereby dissociates itself from such false job recruitment information and offers of employment contracts published in any newspaper, website, email, poster, handbill or any other medium. CNL did not make or authorise such publications,” Mr Brikinn said.

“Members of the public are hereby notified that Chevron Nigeria Limited does not, and will not require applicants to make any payments towards processing any job application.

“Recruitment advertisements requesting candidates to pay money, at any point during the recruitment process, are not from CNL.”

The official also said CNL does not solicit job applications or initiate recruitment processes through emails, posters, handbills, text messages, social media or phone calls.

Mr. Brikinn advised job seekers to always check the company’s website at: http:/www.careers.chevron.com and the national newspapers for job advertisements from Chevron Nigeria Limited.

Mr Brikinn added that CNL would not respond to enquiries about fraudulent advertisements and job offers.