In a press release sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday, Fisdon healthcare denied any plans to merge/acquire May and Baker plc. Here are key highlights from the statement:
- The press release was due to inquiries from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)
- Fidson is not in any discussion directly or indirectly that may lead to a merger of the two companies.
- There is no discussion of any sort either contemplated or ongoing about acquiring May and Baker Plc
- The information going round is baseless and speculative.
Here is a copy of the press release.
Nairametrics had last week written in respect of the rumoured merger. Prior to this, shares in both companies had appreciated massively, as several investors may have bought shares to take advantage of any arbitrage opportunities. Year to date, Fidson shares are up 59.38% and May and Baker 55.32% respectively. Both out performing the NSE All Share Index which is up 5.93%
Fidson healthcare was founded in 1995, and listed its shares on the NSE in 2008. May and Baker was founded in Nigeria in September 1944. The company became publicly quoted, following its listing by introduction on the NSE on the 10th of November, 1994.
Dangote Sugar proposes N18.2 billion as final dividend for 2020
Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has proposed a sum of N18.2 billion as the final dividend for shareholders.
The Board of Directors of Nigeria, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has proposed a sum of N18.2 billion as the final dividend for shareholders for the period ended 31st December 2020.
This announcement was contained in the audited financial statement of the leading integrated sugar company.
In line with the statement of the Board of DSR, the approval of this proposed dividend at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting will see Dangote Sugar pay out a final dividend of N1.50 for each of the outstanding 12,146,878,241 ordinary shares of the company, held by its shareholders.
The proposed dividend is 36.36% higher than the final dividend of N1.1 per share (N13.36 billion) the sugar company paid its shareholders in 2019.
What you should know
- Dangote Sugar Refinery declared in its audited statement for the period ended 31st December 2020 that its profit for the year climbed to N29.8 billion, from N22.4 billion in 2019.
- According to these figures, DSR’s earnings per share for 2020 are pegged at N2.45. Hence, with a dividend of N1.50 per share, Dangote Sugar is set to payout 61.2% of its profits for 2020.
- At the close of trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange today, shares in Dangote Sugar Refinery declined by 0.83% to close lower at N17.85.
- At this price, the dividend yield of Dangote Sugar shares is 8.40%.
Nestle declares N28.1 billion as final dividend for 2020
The Board of Nestle Nigeria Plc has announced the payment of N28.1 billion to its shareholders as the final dividend for 2020.
The Board of leading consumer goods company, Nestle Nigeria Plc, has announced the payment of N28.1 billion to its shareholders as the final dividend for the period ended 31st December 2020.
According to the announcement published by the company on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Nestle is expected to pay a final dividend of N35.50 per share for all the outstanding 792,656,252 ordinary shares of the company.
This brings the total dividend payout to qualifying shareholders to N28.14 billion.
The final dividend, however, will be paid electronically to shareholders on the 23rd of June, 2021, subject to appropriate withholding tax and approval at the Company’s Annual General Meeting.
Other key conditions outlined by the company for qualifying shareholders include:
- Shareholders whose names appear on the registrar of members as of 21st of May, 2021 will be considered.
- Qualifying Shareholders must have completed the e-dividend registration and must have mandated the Registrar (Greenwich Registrars) to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts.
- In line with this, the register of shareholders will be closed from 24th of May to 28th May 2021, to enable the registrar to process the dividends of Nestle’s shareholders.
In case you missed it
- Nestle paid an Interim dividend of N25 per share to shareholders towards the end of 2020.
- It is important to note that the addition of this to the final dividend of N35.5, puts Nestle’s total dividend for 2020 at N60.5 per share. This is 13.57% lower than the total dividend payout for 2019 (N70 per share).
What you should know
- Nestle declared in its audited financial statement for 2020, that it made a profit before income tax of N60.6 billion in 2020. Indicating a decline of 14.74%, when compared with 2019 figures.
- The company’s earnings per share (EPS) during the period under review was N49.47, 14.16% lower than 2019 EPS.
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