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United Capital PLC Holds 2021 AGM, Shareholders To Receive N4.2b Dividend

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United Capital PLC Holds 2021 AGM, Shareholders To Receive N4.2b Dividend

Following the release of its remarkable audited financial results for 2020, foremost pan-African financial services conglomerate, United Capital Plc, held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Lagoon Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos.

At the Annual General Meeting, which was held by proxy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company presented its financial performance for 2020 which shows a recorded revenue of N12.87Billion, N7.95Billion in Profit Before Tax and earnings per share of 130 Kobo. Shareholders in attendance commended the company for its transparency in the published financial statements, and its adherence to legal and ethical requirements as corroborated by the company’s auditors who were also present.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Chika Mordi, in his statement to shareholders noted that “Despite the macroeconomic pressure, United Capital Plc reported an outstanding financial performance in 2020. Total revenue was up 50% year on year to N12.87billion in 2020, from N8.59 billion earned in 2019. Profit Before Tax grew to N7.95billion in 2020, up 61% from N4.95billion in 2019, signifying solid growth in the overall profitability of the group. The group’s Return on Average Equity for the 2020 financial year stood at 35%, one of the highest among listed financial services institutions, highlighting strong value creation for our shareholders”.

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A pivotal moment at the meeting was the shareholders’ approval to pay a dividend of 70 kobo per share, totaling N4.2billion. The shareholders also approved the appointment of two new Independent Non-Executive Directors; Mr. Titus Oladipupo Fatokun and Hajiya Sutura Aisha Bello as directors of the company.

Speaking to the company’s outlook for the 2021 financial year, the Group CEO, Mr. Peter Ashade stated “Our financial performance, in what was a year of protracted disruptions, is a testament of our unwavering commitment to our clients’ needs, come what may. For us at United Capital, we are optimistic about the year 2021 as it presents greater opportunities for innovation, growth, and expansion beyond our current ecosystem”.
In addition to its outstanding financial performance, United Capital Plc recorded landmark achievements during the year. The company’s corporate ratings improved from BBB+ to A- with a stable short-term and long-term outlook reflective of an investment grade institution. Its flagship digital platform, InvestNow, recorded over N1billion in processed investors assets with its newly commissioned consumer finance business line disbursing 64,536 instant loans valued at N3.14billion, leveraging a 100% digital model.

Major contributors to the company’s overall performance are its subsidiary businesses – Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities and Trustees. This was highlighted in the company’s emergence as top 3 largest Fund Manager from 10th position in 2019 with its Mutual Fund Assets Under Management exceeding N162billion at the end of 2020 from N39billion as at year-end 2019. The company also served as the lead issuing house and trustee on various high-profile public and private securities issuances with a total value exceeding N400 billion in 2020 among others.
About United Capital:

United Capital Plc is a leading pan-African financial and investment services group, providing bespoke value-added service to its clients. United Capital Plc is positioned to play a strategic role in helping African governments, corporates, and individuals achieve their strategic objectives, through a robust suite of financial and investment service offerings by the group companies: Investment Banking, Asset Management, Trusteeship, Securities and Consumer Finance. The group is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Outage Looms As Electricity Workers Threaten To Shut Down National Grid

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Outage Looms As Electricity Workers Threaten To Shut Down National Grid

Nationwide outage may soon occur as the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has again threatened to shut down the national grid.

The electricity employees are disappointed that the two-week given to the Federal Government to resolve the crisis has elapsed.

While briefing reporters in Kaduna on Thursday, Comrade Dukat Ayuba, the zonal organizing secretary, North West of NUEE, explained that while negotiation was still on-going, the shutdown of the national grid was imminent.

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According to him, the so-called privatization of the sector was a scam, explaining that nine (9) years after, nothing has changed to improve its activities, especially to the consumers of electricity.

He added: “That was why we kicked against privitazing the distribution sector, because the investors don’t have the capacity and expertise. As committed Nigerians, we advised government against it. But the government was hell- bent on doing so.”

He noted that the investors were still operating with obsolete equipment dating back to 35, 40, and 50 years, stating that one would expect that with the coming of the investors, they would replace the obsolete equipment but nothing had been done.

He regretted that the nation still generates 5,000 megawatts of electricity, saying that it is the same 5,000 megawatts that they used to generate, with no benefit from privitazation.

He added that the company now generates megawatts with higher tariffs, bringing hardships to the homes of millions of Nigerians and that is what all Nigerians are experiencing at the moment.

According to Wisdom Nwachukwu, a member of Central Executive Committe, the federal government now wants to sell the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

He stated that they were going behind meeting with some stakeholders and that they would not allow that, as they were patriotic Nigerians that want the best for the country.

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Ado Gaya, the Vice President, North West, NUEE, while elaborating further, revealed that the 16 months remunerations demanded by the electricity workers are their legitimate earnings which involved 55,000 workers.

He explained that nine years after, the workers have not received a dime, regretting that many of the workers have died, while those who were laid off are suffering with their families receiving nothing to help them make a living.

 

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BREAKING: Nigeria’s Debt Hits N42.84 Trillion

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BREAKING: Nigeria's Debt Hits N42.84 Trillion

Nigeria’s total public debt stock is now N42.84 trillion ($103.31 billion), according to the Debt Management Office (DMO).

It was N41.60 trillion ($100.07 billion) in March.

According to a statement from DMO’s website on Tuesday, the total debt represents the domestic and external debt stocks of the federal government, the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It noted that while the foreign component of the debt remained at the same level of N16.61 trillion ($39.96 billion), the local component increased to N26.23 trillion ($63.24 billion).

The local component of the country’s borrowings was N24.98 trillion ($60.1 billion) as of March 30. The DMO said a larger percentage of the external debts were concessional and semi-concessional loans.

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“Over 58 per cent of the external debt stock are concessional and semi-concessional loans. They were obtained from multilateral lenders such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Afrexim and African Development Bank, and bilateral lenders including Germany, China, Japan, India and France,” explained the DMO.

It added that the total domestic debt stock increased from N24.98 trillion ($60.1 billion) in March to N26.23 trillion ($63.24 billion) in June, pointing out that it “is due to new borrowings by the FGN to part-finance the deficit in the 2022 Appropriation (Repeal and Enactment) Act, as well as new borrowings by state governments and the FCT.”

The DMO further mentioned that the total public debt-to-GDP ratio remained within limits, at 23.06 per cent, while debt-service-to-revenue was still high.

It, however, assured that President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime is committed to increasing revenue to reduce the amount that went into debt servicing.

“The debt-to-GDP as of June 30 was 23.06 per cent compared to the ratio of 23.27 as of March 30. It remains within Nigeria’s self-imposed limit of 40 per cent,” the DMO noted.

“While the federal government continues to implement revenue-generating initiatives in the non-oil sector and block leakages in the oil sector, debt service-to-revenue ratio remains high.”
(NAN)

 

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23 Million Jobs Lost Under Buhari – Abubakar Atiku

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Over 23 million Nigerians have lost their jobs since Muhammadu Buhari became the nation’s president, according to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, also lamented that Nigeria’s economy was “crawling” instead of growing, and Nigerians were miserable under Buhari’s rule.

“The Nigerian economy is crawling rather than growing,” the PDP standard-bearer stated.

The former vice president noted that per capita income, “a measure of citizens’ well-being, has progressively fallen since 2015 because of declining output and a fast-growing population.”

He added, “Nigerians are worse off today than they were in 2015.”

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“More Nigerians are poorer and more miserable today than in 2015,” Abubakar further stated.

“Basic commodities are now beyond the reach of the average Nigerian. A loaf of bread costs 100 per cent more today than it did in 2020.”

Abubakar, Nigeria’s vice president between 1999-2007, disclosed this while speaking on Tuesday at the Private Sector Economic Forum organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Lagos.

“Under the present administration, our people are not working. More than 23 million people are out of jobs,” Abubakar claimed. “In just five years between 2015 and 2020, the number of fully employed people dropped by 54 per cent, from 68 million to 31 million people.”

The opposition presidential candidate was once in the same party, APC, as Buhari.

On Friday, however, Buhari claimed the Nigerian economy was growing under his leadership despite the COVID-19 pandemic disruption, Russia-Ukraine war and internal crises besetting the country.

“In this period, challenges faced by the world have been many, including lockdowns as COVID-19 raged; disruptions to supply chains around the world, and sharp fluctuations in prices,” the Nigerian leader explained.

“Our economy continues to grow despite the adverse effects of rising interest rates, a stronger U.S. dollar and higher inflation across the world.”

 

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