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Transcorp Hotels  Pays N717m To Shareholders At  Eighth AGM 

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Transcorp Hotels  Pays N717m To Shareholders At  Eighth AGM 
l-r:, Company Secretary, Mrs. Kofo Olokun-Olawoyin; Non-Executive Director, Mr. Alex Okoh; Non-Executive Director, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo; Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Nnorom; Managing Director/CEO Mrs. Dupe Olusola; Non-Executive Director, Mr. Alexander Adeyemi; Independent Non-Executive Director, Mrs. Bolanle Onagoruwa; and Non-Executive Director, Hon. Peter Elumelu, at the 8th Annual General Meeting of Transcorp Hotels Plc held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja on Monday

Transcorp Hotels Plc paid a total dividend of N717 million to its shareholders at its 8th Annual General Meeting held at Transcorp Hilton Abuja on Monday.

  The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Emmanuel Nnorom stated that the company closed the 2021 financial year strongly, with an impressive gross revenue of N22bn, surpassing its 2019’s pre-COVID revenue of N20bn.

“Our disciplined approach to financial management has continued to yield results as reflected in reduced finance cost during the year. During the year, Transcorp Hotels maintained its credit rating for the Company and the Bonds, as two prominent rating agencies affirmed the Company’s “Stable” outlook,” Mr. Nnorom said.

  “The pandemic changed the customer behaviour, arrival and departure patterns and the geographical business mix of the hotel. We harnessed all these and dominated the market as we outperformed the industry average and the N10bn revenue recorded in 2020,” the chairman added.

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 l-r: Non-Executive Director, Mr. Alex Okoh; Non-Executive Director,Hon. Peter Elumelu;  Non-Executive Director, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo; Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Dupe Olusola; Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Nnorom;  Company Secretary, Mrs. Kofo Olokun-Olawoyin;  Independent Non-Executive Director, Mrs. Bolanle Onagoruwa; and  Non-Executive Director, Mr. Alexander Adeyemi at the 8th Annual General Meeting of Transcorp Hotels Plc held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja on Monday

In her remarks, Managing Director/CEO Transcorp Hotels Plc. Mrs. Dupe Olusola noted that occupancy — proportion of hotel accommodation occupied — which started at 55% in January grew steadily to an all-time high of 80% in December 2021. Average Daily Rate (ADR) also grew from N69,000 in January 2021 to N83,000 in December 2021.

“We remained the superior choice for all, including numerous world leaders and dignitaries from around the world who we hosted in 2021. We continued to reinforce our position as the all-round industry leader with an increased focus on delivering excellent service quality, customer satisfaction and security,” Mrs. Olusola added.

  Reiterating the Chairman’s statement on revenue, the Managing Director/CEO noted that the Company closed the year 2021 with an impressive gross revenue of N22bn.

  “This great progress reflects the growth achieved in most of our business segments and the strengthening of our leisure business. We became more innovative in our leisure business segment as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic which was a key success factor for us in 2020. We pushed further in 2021 and grew revenues from this segment by 118% from N1.7b in 2020 to N3.7b at the end of 2021,” Mrs. Olusola said.

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

  She expressed optimism about the continued impressive performance of the Company despite the cautious stance from the industry.

  “Our key focus will be a continued investment in innovation that allows us to be dynamic and agile whilst delivering superior offerings and service to all our guests. We will continue to innovate and optimise all the facets of our business, from operational efficiency to guest engagement, and bolstering direct revenue. The good cost-saving habits and financial strengths that we cultivated during nearly two years of volatile market conditions will be enhanced,” Mrs. Olusola stressed.

  Also commenting on the results, Mrs. Oluwatobiloba Ojediran, Chief Finance Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc stressed that the company has continued its impressive performance despite the economic headwinds.

 “Gross profit grew 143 percent to N16.23 billion for the year ended December 31, 2021, as against N6.67 billion reported in 2020. We also recorded a 114 percent growth in revenue to N21.74 billion from N10.16 billion in 2020,” Mrs Ojediran said. 

  In his comments, a shareholder Chief Olatunde Okelana, while noting that Transcorp Hotels Plc’s flagship hotel Transcorp Hilton Abuja is the safest and most serene in Abuja, also added that one of the secrets to the success of Transcorp Hotels Plc is inclusiveness. “Look at the composition of the Board,” he stressed, highlighting that 50% of the Board members are women.

  The Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) listed hospitality giant has continued to set the pace in the industry, reinforcing its position as a leading hospitality brand. In the second half of 2021, the Company launched Aura by Transcorp Hotels, an online booking platform that allows people to book accommodation (hotels and apartments), order food and book diverse kinds of experiences, including tours. Transcorp Hotels has continued to strengthen its business and invest for the future. The Company is developing a world-class event center at the Transcorp Hilton premises in Abuja. It is also working on a Lifestyle Center/Hotel in Lagos, one expected to rival the best of its kind globally, even as it upgrades its property in Calabar to maintain the hospitality standards the brand is known for.

Transcorp Hotels Plc.  is one of Africa’s leading hospitality companies, committed to redefining hospitality standards. Transcorp Hotels is the hospitality subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp). The Company’s hotels include the award-winning Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar. It also owns Aura, an online platform for booking accommodation, food and memorable lifestyle experiences.

 

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Bitcoin Value Drops By 50% Since November Peak

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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.

READ ALSO: Why It Is Unsafe To Invest In Bitcoin Now – American Billionaire

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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Supreme Court Grants Rivers' Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

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.

READ  ALSO: Supreme Court Voids Buhari’s Executive Order 10

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 Delivers Solid Q1 Performance As Profit Leaps By 147%
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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