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Dangote Cement to earn $700m forex from terminals

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…As IFC, AMC set to sell 14.1% stake in Ecobank Transnational***

The Dangote Cement Plc on Monday said its cement terminals undergoing  construction in Lagos State and Onne in Rivers terminals, would annually rake in about $700 million in foreign exchange through cement exportation to sub-Saharan African countries when concluded.

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Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the company’s Chairman, who noted that the constructions were delayed by equipment suppliers, highlighted this while addressing shareholders at the 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company in Lagos.

He said that the company would be opening export facilities within the terminals to export clinker and cement to its existing facilities both in Cameroun and other African countries.

“Later in 2019, we will open export facilities in Lagos and Port Harcourt that will enable us export clinker initially to our grinding facility in Cameroun and then to new grinding plans we are building in West Africa.

“Not only will these generate useful foreign currency for Dangote Cement to support other expansion projects outside of Nigeria, they  will also help to increase the output of our Nigerian plants, ” Dangote said

He said that the company would be exporting cements through the terminals to Ghana, Cameroun, Sierra Leone and Congo, among others.

Dangote said  that the terminals would make Nigeria the biggest exporter of cement in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to him, the company’s capacity will increase on the completion of the terminals.

Dangote said that the project would help to improve job creation and increase prosperity of the country.

On the dividend, he said that the dividend payment represented 52.4 per cent increase over the  N10.50 per share paid in 2017.

Specifically, the company declared a total dividend of N272.6 billion, which translated to N16 per ordinary 50k share which was approved by shareholders at the meeting.

The dividend was higher by 52.4 per cent againat total dividend of N178.9 billion or N10.50 per share paid by the company for 2017 financial year.

Earlier, Mr Sunny Nwosu, Founder of Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria, lauded the company for impressive dividend declared in 2018.

Nwosu said that the company, made of quality board members, had good corporate governance record in all its operational areas, even outside the shores of Nigeria.

Dr Farouk Umar, Chairman of Association for Advancement of Rights of Nigerian Shareholders, commended the company for the impressive report in 2018 in spite of the economic situation.

Umar said that the shareholders were happy with the N16 dividend declared in 2018, adding that the trend should be sustained in future.

Mr Nona Awoh, another shareholder, urged the company to strengthen its capacity utilisation to increase its market share.

Awoh advised that the  company must map out new strategies to reduce its unclaimed dividend stock

The company, during the the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2018, reported total revenue of ₦901.2 billion against the ₦805.5 billion achieved in in 2017, an increase of 11.9 per cent.

Profit before tax stood at ₦300.8 billion, an increase of a 3.9 per cent over the ₦289.59 billion recorded in 2017.

Profit for the year stood at  N390.33 billion from the N204.25 billion achieved in 2017.

In another development, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and its Asset Management Company have reached advanced discussions to sell equity holding in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI).

The company said that IFC and the Asset Management Company (AMC) had entered into a share purchase agreement with Dutch investment firm, Arise BV for the sale of their circa 14.1 per cent stake in ETI.

The ETI Lome-based parent company of the Ecobank Group, announced a material information relating to its ownership structure in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

According  to the statement, completion of the transaction is expected in the coming months, subject to due diligence, internal and regulatory approvals.

It said that IFC and ETI had worked together since 1993 to broaden access to finance, enhance trade liquidity and strengthen Ecobank.

“Since 2009, IFC and the funds managed by the IFC Asset Management Company, through their investments, have been supporting Ecobank’s growth strategy across Africa in building a pre-eminent banking franchise,” it said.

Arise BV is a leading equity investor in financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a combined asset value in excess of 700 million dollars.

Its mandate is to capitalise and stimulate growth across all financial services sub-sectors  within sub-Saharan Africa.

 

 

 

 

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CBN Revokes Licenses Of 4,173 BDCs

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has announced the revocation of the operational licences of 4,173 Bureaux De Change (BDCs) for failure to observe some regulatory provisions.

According to a statement issued by CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mrs Hakama Sidi on Friday in Abuja, the move is an exercise of the powers conferred on it under the Bank
and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA).

Sidi said that the list of affected BDC operators was available on the Bank’s
website.

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She said that the affected institutions failed to observe at least one of the following regulatory provisions:

They are payment of all necessary fees, including licence renewal, within the stipulated period in line with the guidelines.

Others are the rendition of returns in line with the guidelines and compliance with directives and circulars of the CBN, particularly Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), and Counter-Proliferation Financing (CPF) regulations.

“The CBN is revising the regulatory and supervisory guidelines for BDC operations in Nigeria.

” Compliance with the new requirements will be mandatory for all
stakeholders in the sector when the revised guidelines become effective.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to take note and be guided accordingly,” she said. (NAN

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NGX: Stock Market Performance Indices Up By 0.33%

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Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

…Guinea Insurance leads the losers’ chart

The stock market on Tuesday maintained a bullish trend, bringing the benchmark indices up by 0.33 percent, to close at N39.349 trillion as against N39.219 trillion recorded on Monday.

Specifically, the market capitalisation gained N130 billion, representing 0.33 percent.

Also, the All-Share Index gained 327.35 points or 0.33 percent to stand at 71,907.26 as against 71,669.91

The increase was due to sustained buying interest in MTN Nigeria and Tier-one bank stocks; namely Guaranty Trust Company(GTCo) Access Holdings, among others.

As a result, the Year-to-Date (YTD) return rose to 40.30 percent.

On top stock traders, Julius Berger led by volume with N42.54 million, valued at N14.73 billion, while GTCo was the most traded stock by value with N84.92 billion units traded.

The gainers table was led by Infinity with 9.79 percent to close at N2.13 per share.

SCOA Nigeria Plc followed with a gain of 9.45 percent to close at N1.62, while Daar Communication rose by 8.82 percent to close at N0.37 per share.

Royal Exchange increased by 8.47 percent to close at N0.64, while Neimeth appreciated by 7.89 percent to close at N2.05 per share.

Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

On the other hand, Guinea Insurance led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 10 percent to close at N0.27 per share.

This was followed by Conoil with 9.83 percent to close at N78.00 per share.

Juli shed 9.72 percent to close at N0.65, Omatek closed at 8.75 percent, indicating a loss of N0.73, while Thomaswy lost 8.13 percent to close at N3.05.

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Reps Committee Issues Warrant Of Arrest On CBN Governor, Others

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has issued a warrant of arrest on the Central Bank Governor, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein, and 17 others for refusing to appear before it to answer questions on their operations.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Fred Agbedi (PDP-Bayelsa) at the committee’s hearing on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Agbedi said that the arrest warrant had become inevitable following the attitude of the invitees.

He said that the parliament worked with time and the CEOs had been invited four times but failed to respond.

He said that the CEOs should be brought to appear before the committee by the Inspector General of Police through a warrant of arrest after due diligence by the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the committee, Rep.    Micheal Irom (APC-Cross River)  said that the I-G should ensure the CEOs were brought before the committee on Dec. 14.

Earlier, the petitioner, Mr Fidelis Uzowanem, said that the petition was anchored on the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) report of 2021.

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He said that the report was a summary of the transactions in the oil and gas industry for 2021 which NEITI could to be challenged.

“We took up the challenge to examine the report and discovered that what NEITI put together is a report is only a consolidation of fraud that has been going on in the oil and gas industry.

“It dates back to 2016 because was have been following and we put up a petition to this committee to examine what has happened.

“The 2024 budget of 27.5 trillion that has been proposed can be confidently be funded from the recoverable amount that we identified in the NEITI report.

“It is basically a concealment of illegal transactions that took place in NNPCL, they have been in the sink with some oil companies where some companies that did not produce crude were paid cash core, an amount paid for crude oil production,” he said.
He added: “We also found that the cash core payment was used as a channel for laundering funds by NNPCL and we found out that NEITI was able to conceal it in its report.

“In 2021 NEITI reported that Total Exploration and Production Nigeria-Ltd was paid 168 million dollars but examination of submission by the company shows that it received 292 million dollars.

“In other words, 124 million dollars was laundered by NNPCL through Total because monies that have been officially paid to Total could not have been concealed if it were not meant for fraudulent purposes.

“Also for Chevron, the dollar payment NEITI puts forward in its report was 76 million dollars but document emanating from Chevron showed that they received as much as 267 million dollars.”

“In other words, 191 million was laundered under the cover of Chevron and NEITI concealed that; also, Nigeria Agip Company received 188 million dollars but none of it was reported by NEITI”.

Some of those to be arrested were the Chief Executive Officer, of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), of Ethiop Eastern Exploration and Production Company Ltd, as well as the CEO of Western Africa Exploration and Production.

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