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What Q1 Company Results Reveal About Nigerian Economy

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About 44 Major Companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange have released First Quarter (Q1) 2016 results (See Fig Below), and Nairametrics has done some analysis to determine if there are any signals the results are flashing about the state of the Nigerian economy.

When we compared the firm’s results this quarter to the 2015 period it shows that combined profits (for all 44 firms) were down 11.1 % to N252.3 billion, from N283.9 billion in 2015.

This fall in profits was a little bit worse than expected a sign that Nigeria’s Q1 GDP may surprise to the downside.

Similarly Income tax expense for the firms fell by 12.97 % for the Q1, 2016 period to N35 billion from N40.2 billion.

This trend may make it harder for the Federal Government to achieve its goal of boosting non oil revenues especially taxes this year.

Digging deeper into the results shows that the major banks and Dangote Cement were the companies that reported any significant profits and paid majority of the taxes.

Dangote Cements Profits before taxes (PBT) of N54.53 billion was the biggest in the quarter, followed by Zenith Bank’s N32.1 billion, GTB with N30.67 billion, Access bank’s N22.5 billion and FBNH N22.05 billion to round up the top 5.

The poor state of the economy showed up in the construction and Cement industry as Lafarge Africa reported a quarterly loss, while Julius Berger, Dangote Cement and CCCN all reported lower profits this Q1, 2016 than in the earlier period.

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Most of the banks also recorded lower profits compared to a year ago.

The results also show that there are a lot of small Nigerian companies who need to be supported by the government (through making the business environment friendlier), to grow large and have scale so they can also pay more taxes to the state.

Only 12 of the 44 companies had income tax expenses that exceeded the N500 million ($2.5 million) mark.
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UBA Business Series to equip SMEs with Performance Management Strategies for Organisational Growth

UBA has been assisting with essential tips to help businesses ensure that they stay afloat and remain thriving.

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As part of its commitment to support the growth and sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSME) in the continent, Pan African financial Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, is set to organise the next edition of its UBA Business Series.

The UBA Business Series which is a monthly event, is an MSME Workshop as well as a capacity-building initiative of the bank where business leaders and professionals share well-researched insights on best practices for running successful businesses, especially in the face of the difficult operating environment that dominates the African business landscape.

Through this initiative, UBA has been assisting with essential tips to help businesses re-examine their models and strategies and ensure that they stay afloat and remain thriving.

The topic for the next edition of the series is ‘ Managing Performance for Business Growth,’ and it will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, via Microsoft Teams. At this session, the Managing Director, Secure ID Limited, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe, will be sharing useful tips and insights on the key strategies of performance management to boost business growth.

Akinkugbe is the founder of SecureID Nigeria, a MasterCard, VISA and Verve certified Smartcard Personalization Bureau and Digital Technology company. She currently serves as the Managing Director/CEO, Secure Card Manufacturing, – a Smartcard manufacturing plant producing high-security identity cards and documents for the Banking, Telecoms and Public sectors across Africa and beyond.

The capacity-building event is a virtual session which is open to all – including business owners and leaders – and will be held on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, at 2pm WAT. Interested participants can register via http://bit.ly/UBASMEWorkshopMarch2021

UBA’s Head, SME Banking, Sampson Aneke said of Akinkugbe, ‘with her vast experience garnered over the years from various sectors, she will help business owners understand how performance management strategies can be effectively implemented to ensure business growth’.

He emphasised UBA’s commitment and deep passion for small businesses, which according to him, remains the engine of any developing economy adding, “We know small businesses are the backbone of the economy in every country. In many climes, businesses with fewer than 100 employees account for 98.2% of all businesses. This no doubt captures the importance of SMEs to a thriving economy which is why UBA is committed to seeing them flourish.”

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BUA Cement pays N129 billion in dividend in 2 years

BUA Cement has paid shareholders a dividend of N129 billion in 2 years.

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BUA Cement pays N129 billion in 3 years

BUA Cement Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading cement producers has recommended a total dividend payout of about N70 billion from the profits made in 2020.

The company will be paying shareholders a dividend of N2.067 per share for all the outstanding 33,864,354,060 ordinary shares of the company.

According to the figures contained in the company’s audited financial statement for the period ended December 31st 2020, the cement giant has now paid about a total of N129.26 billion to shareholders since 2019.

Africa’s 6th richest billionaire, Abdulsamad Rabiu is the majority shareholder of the company, with an ownership stake running in excess of 90% of the outstanding shares of the cement company.

The billionaire owns this stake directly, and indirectly through Damnaz Cement Company Limited, BUA International Limited and BUA Cement Company Limited.

In line with this, we estimate that over 90% of the dividends paid out over the last 2 years were paid to the billionaire industrialist.

The company’s dividend policy

BUA Cement Plc has maintained a dividend payout of more than N1.75 per share in the last two years, and a dividend payout ratio that averages 97.3% over the last two years, with 2019 being the highest with about 98% in the dividend paid out of profits.

  • However, the defunct Cement Company of Nigeria (CCNN) that was acquired by BUA Cement, paid shareholders a dividend of N5.3 billion in 2019, which translates to a dividend of 40 kobo per share.
  • The dividend payout ratio for 2020 was 96.76%, meaning it retained a meagre 3.24% from the profits it earned during the year.
  • Total profits earned since 2019 is about N132.96 billion. Thus, over the last 2 years, it has paid out 97.2% of all its profits as dividends.
  • BUA Cement Plc is currently valued at about N2.46 trillion, this valuation is 34x (thirty-four times) the company’s earnings of N72.344 billion in 2020.
  • Despite paying out almost all its profits in the last 2 years, the cement manufacturer boasts strong retained earnings of N159.92 billion.

What you should know

  • Focusing on price appreciation, the shares of BUA Cement from the price of N35.30 per share on April 1st 2020, are worth about 106% more in recent times, as the market value of the shares of the leading cement maker is currently put at N72.70 per share.
  • BUA Cement’s topline revenue rose from N175.52 billion in 2019 to N209.44 billion in 2020, the company’s profits also increased from N60.61 billion to N72.34 billion between 2019 and 2020.
  • BUA Cement’s total installed production infrastructure of 8 million MTPA, in line with the cement maker’s strategic midterm expansion program is expected to expand to 20 million MTPA by the end of 2022.

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