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Bitcoin Value Drops By 50% Since November Peak

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Bitcoin Value Drops By 50% Since November Peak

The value of Bitcoin has dropped below $31,000 (£25,140) – less than half of what it was at its peak last November, according to the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange.

The fall of the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market value comes as stock markets around the world have also tumbled in recent days.

On Monday, key European, Asian and US indexes slid lower again.

Investors are fleeing riskier assets for safe havens like the dollar.

On Monday, Japan’s Nikkei index dropped 2.5%, while London’s FTSE 100 closed down more than 2%. In the US, the Dow fell nearly 2%, the S&P 500 dropped 3.2% and Nasdaq lost 4.3%, deepening the falls in recent weeks.

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Uber was among the companies driving the declines.

Shares in the company dropped more than 11% on Monday after media outlets reported that chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi had warned staff that investors were becoming more cautious about investments. He said Uber would respond by cutting costs and slowing its hiring.

“It’s clear that the market is experiencing a seismic shift and we need to react accordingly,” he wrote in the letter.

“The average employee at Uber is barely over 30, which means you’ve spent your career in a long and unprecedented bull run. This next period will be different, and it will require a different approach.”

In times of market uncertainty traditional investors will often sell what they see as riskier assets – like digital currency – and move their money into safer investments.

Moves in cryptocurrency markets have increasingly followed wider trends, as professional investors, such as hedge funds and money managers, become more active in trading what was once the domain of individual investors and enthusiasts.

Bitcoin, which accounts for about a third of the cryptocurrency market with a total value of close to $570bn, has seen its price plunge more than 10% in the last day and more than 20% in the last week.

READ ALSO: Ukraine Becomes Latest Country To Legalize Bitcoin

Ethereum, the second biggest cryptocurrency in the world, has also fallen in value, down by more than 20% in the last week.

Volatile trading in digital assets has not been unusual in previous years, but much of 2022 had been relatively quiet for the cryptocurrency market.

Last week, central banks around the world, including the US, UK and Australia, raised interest rates as they attempt to tackle rising prices.

The US Federal Reserve raised its key lending rate by half a percentage point, marking its biggest rate hike in more than 20 years.

That has triggered more concerns among some investors that inflation and the higher cost of borrowing could have a major impact on global economic growth.

Investors are also worried about the impact of the war in Ukraine on the world economy.

READ ALSO: CAR Becomes First African Country To Adopt Bitcoin

Meanwhile, in the last year Bitcoin has become legal tender in two countries – El Salvador and the Central African Republic.

Since El Salvador said it would allow consumers to use the cryptocurrency in all transactions, alongside the US dollar, the International Monetary Fund has urged it to reverse its decision.

. BBC

 

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BREAKING: Disputed Oil Wells Belong To Rivers – Supreme Court

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BREAKING: Disputed Oil Wells Owned By Rivers - Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday declared that Rivers State owns the 17 oil wells being disputed with Imo State.

The ruling has ended the political arrangement on the sharing of revenue.

In its verdict delivered on Friday, the Supreme court decided that the oil wells located in Ndoni and Egbema communities belong to Rivers State.

There was previously a political arrangement put in place by the federal government for the revenue from the disputed wells to be shared equally between the two states.

However, when Emeka Ihedioha became governor in 2019, a presidential memo directed that all the revenue should go to Imo.

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The Rivers State government swiftly filed a suit against the presidential directive.
This ruling by the court has now put an end to the equal sharing of the revenue from the oil wells with everything now going to Rivers.

 

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Transcorp Delivers Solid Q1 Performance As Profit Leaps By 147%

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Transcorp President/Group Chief Executive Officer, Owen Omogiafo

Transnational Corporation Plc, (Transcorp Group) has reported significant and impressive returns in all its major financial indices for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Its unaudited results filed with the Nigeria Exchange Limited, showed that the conglomerate with interests in the power, hospitality, and energy sectors recorded a profit after tax of N5.0bn rising significantly by 147% up from N2.0bn recorded in March 2021; while profit before tax which stood at N2.5bn in March last year, gained 129% to N5.7bn in the same period under consideration.

A further look at the results showed that revenue increased by 28% from N24.4bn at the end of the first quarter of 2021; to N31.4bn as at March 2022, while operating income followed the same pattern as it grew by 45% to N10.0bn up from N6.9bn reported the previous year.

An increase in expenses such as inventories, prepayments, trade and other receivables, however, did not dampen the group’s total assets which rose to N417bn in the period under review, up from N416bn recorded at the end of the 2021 financial year; just shareholders’ funds also rose by 3% to N151.0bn, up from N146.3bn.

Transcorp’s President/Group Chief Executive Officer, Owen Omogiafo, who was excited at what she described as a great start to a rewarding year, expressed satisfaction with the performance for the first quarter 2022, and noted that the result is in line with the group’s strategy.

READ ALSO: Transcorp Group’s Profit After Tax Hits N27.9b

She stated: “This laudable performance was achieved as a result of the improved activities across all our businesses. We are excited with the results for the first quarter of 2022; delivering 28% rise in revenue and 129% rise in profit before tax; and we are confident in the strategic direction for the group as it underlines the success of our long-term objectives of diversifying revenues and accessing new business opportunities to deliver superior values to all our stakeholders.”

Omogiafo re-emphasised the brand’s commitment towards producing long-term value and sustainable impact, adding that already, this has been evident from the results churned out by the business in the full year 2021, and Q1 2022, despite the unstable operating environment, adding, “We will continue to work diligently as we remain well-positioned to provide significant value for our stakeholders.”

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) is a publicly quoted conglomerate, with a diversified shareholder base of over 300,000. Our portfolio comprises strategic investments in the power, hospitality, agribusiness and oil and gas sectors. Our notable businesses include Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Transcorp Hotels Calabar, Transcorp Power, TransAfam Limited and Transcorp Energy.

 

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UBA Posts 18% Growth In Earnings As Profit Hits N44.5b

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GMD/CEO Kennedy Uzoka

Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has released its unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31st, 2022, recording impressive growth across its income lines.

The bank’s result which was released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday showed that gross earnings rose by 18.3% from N155.4 billion in 2021 to N183.9 billion; while operating income which stood at N106.6 billion as at March 2021, grew by N18% to N125.9 billion in the year under consideration.

The results revealed that the bank’s total assets also rose by 4.1% to N8.9 trillion in the period under review, compared to N8.5 trillion recorded at the end of the 2021 financial year; while shareholders’ funds grew by 2.6% to N825.7bn from N804.8 billion in the same period.

Leveraging on the growth in both interest and non-interest income, the bank’s profit before tax rose to N44.5 billion as at March 2022, up from N40.6 billion a year earlier, while profit after tax stood at N41.5 billion. As always, UBA sustained its strong profitability recording an annualized 20.4% Return on Average Equity (RoAE).

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UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kennedy Uzoka, explained that despite the myriad of economic challenges on the global front which shaped the first three months of the year, the bank’s business model continued to show resilience.

These challenges among others, he noted include the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine that has resulted in a huge supply shock, pushing up commodity prices; and the hike in the interest rates in most advanced countries aimed at tackling spiralling inflation, sparking capital flow reversal from emerging and frontier markets.

“Notwithstanding these developments, we were able to leverage gains from our large customer base and vast geographical spread to bolster earnings. We recorded double-digit growth of 18 percent in our gross earnings to N183.9 billion, with our Nigerian operation raking in 65 percent of the revenue while our operations in other countries accounted for the remainder, showing the diversity in our operations,” Uzoka said.

The GMD pointed out that amid the “Great Resignation” wave that has seen a record number of employees across the globe quit their jobs, disrupting the performance of many businesses, UBA, in the last quarter of 2021, thoughtfully reviewed upwards, the salaries of its staff as part of broad measures to retain talents, adding, “We believe our staff is part of our success story with their welfare as a top priority.”

Emphasising the bank’s commitment to sustain value for its shareholders in the 2022 financial year, the GMD said, “With strategies in place to further increase revenue and drive cost lower, we are determined to achieve our Cost-to-Income ratio target of below 60.0% by year-end; and for 2022, we are committed to consolidating on the strong start, surpassing our goals and targets, as we look forward to delivering stronger returns to our esteemed shareholders.

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Breaking down the figures, UBA’s Group Chief Finance Officer(GCFO), Ugo Nwaghodoh, said, “Our Q1’22 financial numbers show we are off with a good start. Particularly, I am pleased with how we deployed our balance sheet in the period to grow revenues and increase our market share in a number of West African markets. Driven majorly by interest from customer loans and our investments in long-dated instruments, we grew interest income by an unprecedented quarterly rate of 15 percent to N125.1 billion.

“We drove down our annualized cost of funds by 11 basis points to 2.1%. This was achieved despite the uptick in the interest rate environment in the period,” the GCFO said.

He expressed confidence that the bank will meet and surpass its target for the remaining three quarters of the year, adding that “We remain well-capitalized and liquid to fulfil our growth strategy, take up opportunities in key sectors, whilst navigating impending macroeconomic headwinds.”

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-five (25) million customers, across 1,000 business offices and customer touchpoints in 20 African countries. With a presence in New York, London and Paris, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail, commercial and corporate banking, innovative cross-border payments and remittances, trade finance and ancillary banking services.

 

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