Summary of the top business, economic and political news in Nigeria.
- Health minister Isaac Adewole said that the government would begin enforcement of parts of the National Tobacco Control Act (2015). In addition, the government was considering using tobacco tax and levies to fund the government’s Universal healthcare programme. Here is a summary of the sections that will be enforced. Link
- Power generation companies in the country on Wednesday said gas producers were cutting down supplies to thermal electricity generating plants as a result of the N200bn indebtedness to them by the Gencos. According to the power firms, this has impacted negatively on the state of electricity generation across those the country, as they called on the government to help prevail on the industry to clear the N600bn debt being owed the generation companies. Link
- The N701bn approved by the Federal Government to support power generation companies financially can now be accessed by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. For about two months after the fund was approved, the power generation companies complained that they could not access it from the NBET, as they claimed that they were not aware of how it was to be disbursed. Link
- Lagos State government yesterday confirmed approval from the Federal Government to reconstruct the Airport Road from Oshodi. Confirming the approval in a statement by the Secretary to State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode acknowledged the effort and intervention of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. It said Prof Osinbajo has granted permission to the state to start work on the project. Link
- The government of the Peoples’ Republic of China has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to tap into its $43.5 billion fund to enhance the nation’s economic growth. This is even as the Chinese government increased its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Fund by 100 billion Yuan ($14.5 billion), following the global acceptance of the Initiative. Link
- The Oyo State Government is to generate 1,000 mega watts from wastes following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with some power-generating firms. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the state government on Wednesday in Ibadan signed an MoU with Siemens International, MRF1 and West African Energy on conversion of waste to energy. Gov. Abiola Ajimobi said that the project would promote industrialisation and generate employment opportunities. Link
- Nigeria has commenced the implementation of the trade agreement it entered into with the Port of Miami, Florida, United States of America in 2001. The agreement was cemented by the visit of a business delegation from Miami-Dade County, USA, to Nigeria. Link
- Report reveals that as the number of private jet owners in Nigeria continues to decrease due to economic recession, the remaining 50 per cent who still own the luxury items now spend about N30 billion on maintenance annually. Link
- The Federal Government has inaugurated the newly-reconstituted Board of Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF). Inaugurating the Board in Abuja, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Fayemi Kayode, hinted that the approval for the reconstitution of the Board by President Muhammadu Buhari was a clear indication of the administration’s commitment to fixing the Nigerian Mining industry to become a key contributor to achieving national goals of diversifying the sovereign revenue base and creating jobs. Link
- Nigeria recorded the second biggest decline in oil export revenue among its peers in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries last year, amid persistent low oil prices and production disruptions. The country’s oil export revenue fell to $26bn last year from $37bn in 2015, the US Energy Information Administration said in its OPEC Revenues Fact Sheet. Link
- The Federal Government will not ban individuals or companies that export unprocessed solid minerals until it grows the sector to its full potential, an aide to the Mines and Steel Minister, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, has said. He said the Ministry had neither penciled any institution for proscription nor used any of its agencies to stop people from exporting unprocessed mineral resources Europe or other continents as claimed in some quarters. He said instead, the government was focusing on how to develop the sector by providing incentives to local and foreign investors, who want to build plants for processing solid minerals into other products in the country. Link
- The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) comprising the 36 governors of the Federation have expressed worries over the substandard quality of rice in Nigerian. They said that huge consignment of rice still finding its way into the market was imported into the country since 2014 when the immediate past administration issued a very liberal import license regime to its election financiers who were able to bring a substantial quantity of rice into the country using a waiver from the presidency at the time. Link
- The federal government has disclosed that between 2000 and 2015, Nigeria spent as much as N49 trillion importing raw materials and products. This was disclosed by the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, after the federal executive council meeting presided over by acting president, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, yesterday. Link
- Following the approval given to the Nigerian Stock Exchange(NSE) to commence move for the demutualisation of the exchange, a section of stakeholders in the nation’s capital market is canvassing that the eventual sale of its shares to the public should be done by way of public offer. Link
- The Federal Government is making a fresh loan application to increase its initial $500m Chinese loan to $774m for the completion of the East-West Road in Niger Delta. The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, disclosed this to State House correspondents yesterday after the Federal Executive Council meeting. Link
- The Director General, Kaduna State Interfaith Council, Mr Namadi Musa, says arbitrary increase in the price of goods and services during the Ramadan is anti Islam. Musa made this known in an interview in Kaduna on Thursday. “It is unfortunate that traders are using the Ramadan period to exploit people rather than help them.” Link
- The Senate has decried the loss of over $2.5bn to the flaring of estimated two billion standard cubic feet of flared gas annually. It said this accounted for about 19 per cent of the total volume of gas flared globally. Link
- Lagos, Abuja and other cities in Africa will attract more than 170 million people by 2025, the World Bank has predicted. Link
- The Board of Heirs Holdings has appointed Emmanuel Nnorom as its Group Chief Executive Officer. Mr Nnorom previously served as chief executive of Heirs Holdings’ affiliate Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc and will join the Heirs Holdings’ Board, reporting directly to the Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu. The appointment will take effect from 1 June 2017. Link
- Nestle Nigeria Plc and two persons have been dragged to court by the police for allegedly obtaining under false pretenses and promoting illegal lottery. The federal government through the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) of the Nigeria Police slammed a 10-count criminal charge on Nestle and the two persons at the Federal High Court in Lagos. Meanwhile, their arraignment which was earlier scheduled for May 30, 2017 and could not hold because the trial judge was indisposed, has been adjourned till July 6, 2017. Link
- Dangote Cement Plc has announced plans to commence production at its cement grinding plant in Congo in a matter of weeks this month. Link
- Fidelity Bank Plc says it is building a new crop of young and talented workforce through its graduate recruitment scheme. The new inductees, who passed out of the Fidelity Crest Academy after a rigorous three months training programme, were admitted into the bank’s workforce on Friday. Link
- Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has launched GTWorld, a mobile banking app designed to cater to all customers’ needs. The lender said the app was built on the back of its customer-focused digital strategy. It read in part, “The app features biometric authentication, such as facial recognition and fingerprint, which recognises a customer and adapts to how and when they want to bank.” Link
- Current economic downturn in Nigeria, particularly the disparity between the naira and other major currencies has pushed Accion Microfinance Bank Limited (AMfB’s) Profit before tax to N700 million from N838 million in 2015. The Chairman, Board of Directors, AMfB, Patrick Akinwuntan, said the implementation of its digital agenda would increase organisational productivity, reduce processing time and cost to carrying out transactions, and provide customers with better services in order to improve performance in the face of the challenges. Link
- First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced the launch of its refreshed website. According to a statement, the new website is adaptive, responsive and has a “multi-real estate billboard homepage with one-click access to information.” Link
- Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) plans to give out up to 20,000 new loans to small businesses within its first year of operation as part of efforts to help unlock credit to the economy. Link
- Shareholders of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria (GSK) Plc yesterday approved a dividend of 30 kobo per share recommended by the board of directors for the year ended December 31, 2016. The approval was given at the 46th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Lagos. Link
- As part of its contribution to reducing the housing stock in the country, a firm of estate developers, Landmark Corporate Reality Limited, has held a ground-breaking of its Queens Garden Estate in Isheri North 3 in Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ogun State. The new scheme, its promoters claim, is to be developed using the newest technology. Landmark promises to deliver 120 units of five-bedroom fully detached duplex; 128 units of four-bedrooms semi-detached spread houses across 10 hectares of lush and very green landscape, in 10 months. Link
- Huawei Technologies Co. Nigeria Limited has donated a skills acquisition and development centre to Lagos State government in support of the government’s drive to reduce unemployment and poverty in the state. Named: Funmilayo Mobolaji Johnson Skill Acquisition and Development Centre Eti-Osa, Lagos, the projected was inaugurated yesterday by Huawei and Fortis Projects Services. Link
- Following the permission for eligible customers to purchase electricity directly from the electricity generation companies (GenCos), the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has assured power producers of its capacity to transmit 6,000megawatts ((Mw) of electricity. The Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), Barr Joy Ogaji, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that the TCN has always recorded stranded 2,000Mw that is readily available for customers. Link
- The Oyo State Government is to generate 1,000 mega watts from wastes following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with some power-generating firms. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the state government on Wednesday in Ibadan signed an MoU with Siemens International, MRF1 and West African Energy on conversion of waste to energy. Link
- Indonesia, an emerging economy in South East Asia, has indicated interest to purchase more crude oil from the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said. The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Harry Purwanto, who stated this in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, explained that his country’s President, Joko Widodo, had instructed the national oil company, Pertamina, to direct its attention to Nigeria in its quest to meet the nation’s energy needs. Link
- The Technical Audit Committee set up to review projects in the Niger Delta between 2009 and 2015 has said 88 per cent of the N423 billion earmarked for its infrastructural development was misappropriated. The panel report indicated that only 60 per cent of the N700 billion appropriated for the oil-rich area during the tenures of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was expended. Link
- Kwara State government is set to commence a five-year tax relief regime for small business owners in the state. This follows a directive given by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to the State’s revenue service to put in motion the tax relief regime as part of the government’s effort to boost entrepreneurship and eradicate poverty in the State. Link
Nigeria’s pension asset under management hits N12.3trillion in December 2020
Nigeria’s pension asset under management hits N12.3trillion in December 2020.
Nigeria’s pension asset under management, as of December 2020, stands at N12.3trillion which represents a modest growth of 20% year-on-year and 0.003% month-on-month (no significant change), according to the monthly report by National Pension Commission (Pencom).
According to the report, total RSA funds increased by 20% year-on-year while the funds under both existing schemes and Closed Pension Fund Administrator (CPFA) as well, grew by 21% year-on-year.
Other Key highlights
- As of December 2019, investments in FGN Securities accounted for 72% of the total pensions assets fund, out of which 73% was invested in Bonds and 26% in Treasury Bills.
- As of December 2020, investments in FGN Securities accounted for 66% of the total pensions assets fund, out of which 84% was invested in Bonds and a paltry 8% in Treasury Bills, which is not unrelated to the subsisting very low yield of TB in the money market.
- The investments in FG Bonds represent 56% of the total pension assets fund under management. The renewed and increased investments in FG Bonds can be attributed to the attractiveness of the yields of FG bonds over the Treasury Bills.
- RSA Fund II and III accounted for 89% of the total RSA funds and 69% of the total pension assets under management as of December 2020, while others – Funds I, IV and V accounted for 31%
- All the RSA funds, including existing scheme and CPFA recorded year-on-year growth as follows: Existing scheme (13%), CPFA(28%), Fund I (49%), Fund II(19%), Fund III(21%), Fund IV(18%).
- As of December 2020, only N80.54million was invested under the newest RSA fund (Fund V) – specifically created for micro pensions.
What you should know
There are 4 pension fund types, with the newest recently introduced for the micro pension scheme.
The Multi-Fund structure is a framework that aims to align the age and risk profile of RSA holders, as follows:
- Fund I – This is an optional fund. Contributors must write formally to opt for this Fund.
- Fund II – This is the default fund for contributors aged 49 and below.
- Fund III – This is the default fund for contributors aged 50 and above.
- Fund IV – This is the Retiree Fund.
Best performing Mutual Funds in January 2021
According to data from the SEC, 49.2% of the 118 registered funds recorded positive growth in January 2021
Mutual funds are one of the fastest-growing asset classes in Nigeria, as data from the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), shows that 49.2% of the 118 registered funds recorded positive growth in January 2021.
A mutual fund is a type of financial vehicle made up of a pool of money collected from various investors, with the aim of investing them in securities like stocks, bonds, money market instruments, and other assets.
According to SEC, a total of 118 mutual funds were registered as of January 29, 2021, with a net asset value of N1.57 trillion across several fund types.
Nairametrics tracked the performance of these mutual funds by comparing the fund prices as of 31st December, 2020 with the fund prices as of the last trading day of January 2021.
Below were the top-performing mutual funds in the month of January 2021. We also highlighted their performance in terms of changes in net asset value and included profiles of the funds as described on their websites.
Lotus Capital Halal ETF – Lotus Capital Limited (Exchange Traded Fund)
The Lotus Halal Equity Exchange Traded Fund “LHE ETF” is an open-ended fund that tracks the performance of the NSE-Lotus Islamic Index (NSELII). It is designed to enable investors obtain market exposure to the securities of the constituent companies of the NSE-Lotus Islamic Index and to replicate the price and yield performance of the index.
December 31st, 2020
Fund Price – N12.73
January 29th, 2021
Fund Price – N13.66
Return – 7.31%
Ranking – Fifth
Commentary: This is an Exchange Traded Fund by Lotus Capital Limited, which grew by 7.31% in the month of January. The fund also grew significantly by 51.7% in the year 2020, indicating that the fund is a delight to its investors. Also, the net asset value stood at N655.04 million as of 29th January, 2021, indicating 6.76% growth compared to N613.59 million recorded as of 31st December, 2020.
Stanbic IBTC Aggressive Fund – Stanbic IBTC Asset Mgt. Limited (Equity Based Funds)
The Stanbic IBTC Aggressive Fund (SIAF), which was launched in June 2012, is an open-ended fund that invests a minimum of 60% of its portfolio in equities of companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and a maximum of 40% in fixed income securities. Notably, the expense ratio for the fund is 1.5%.
December 31st, 2020
Fund Price – N2,525.55
January 29th, 2021
Fund Price – N2,713.93
Return – 7.46%
Ranking – Fourth
Commentary: Stanbic IBTC Aggressive Fund is the second-best performing Equity-Based fund in the month of January, growing by 7.46% to stand at N2,713.93 as of 29th of January, 2021. The net asset value also grew by 7.43% to close at N340.8 million.
FSDH Dollar Fund – FSDH Asset Management Ltd. (Fixed Income Funds)
This is an open-ended mutual fund that invests in US Dollar denominated Fixed Income Securities issued by Nigerian Sovereign and Corporate Entities. The objective of the fund is to provide customers with the opportunity to invest in dollar-denominated instruments. Meanwhile, the minimum amount required to invest in the fund is $1,000.
December 31st, 2020
Fund Price – N415.1
January 29th, 2021
Fund Price – N447.7
Return – 7.85%
Ranking – Third
Commentary: The fixed income fund managed by FSDH Asset Management, recorded growth of 7.85% in January from N415.1 recorded as of the end of 2020 to stand at N447.7 at the end of January. The net asset value grew by 18.41% to close at N1.002 billion.
Paramount Equity Fund – Chapel Hill Denham Mgt. Limited (Equity-based Fund)
Paramount Equity Fund is Nigeria’s oldest mutual fund, which invests in a broad range of high-quality equities and fixed income securities. The fund aims to provide an investment vehicle that will enable unit holders to achieve consistent capital appreciation over a medium-to-long term.
December 31st, 2020
Fund Price – N16.27
January 29th, 2021
Fund Price – N17.56
Return – 7.93%
Ranking – Second
Commentary: This is an Equity Based Fund managed by Chapel Hill Denham Management, which grew by 7.93% in the month of January 2021 to stand at N17.56 as of 29th of January 2021, while the net asset value grew by 8.22% to stand at N598.19 million.
Vantage Dollar Fund – Investment One Funds Management (Fixed Income Fund)
Vantage Dollar Fund is an open-ended Unit Trust Scheme by Investment One Funds. The Fund seeks to provide investors with a bias for Dollar denominated securities an access to such securities, which ordinarily would be inaccessible to them by virtue of the minimum amount typically required to make such investments.
December 31st, 2020
Fund Price – N559.87
January 29th, 2021
Fund Price – N502.9
Return – 11.33%
Ranking – First
Commentary: This is the best performing mutual fund in the month of January 2021 and the only fund with a double-figure yield in the month under review. Vantage Dollar Fund grew by 11.33% to stand at N502.9 as of 29th of January 2021 while the net asset value also grew by 10.93%. This is quite an impressive performance as the fund primarily invests in Corporate and Sovereign Eurobonds.
The following funds make up the rest of the top 10 our list in ascending order:
AXA Mansard Equity Income Fund – AXA Mansard Investments Limited (Equity Based Fund)
Return – 6.69%
VETBANK ETF – Vetiva Fund Managers Limited (Exchange Traded Fund)
Return – 6.82%
PACAM Equity Fund – PAC Asset Management Limited (Equity Based Fund)
Return – 6.86%
Legacy Equity Fund – First City Asset Management (Equity Based Fund)
Return – 7.14%
VCG ETF – Vetiva Fund Managers Limited (Exchange Traded Fund)
Return – 7.16%
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