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Report shows Bank of Industry employees among best paid

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Data from the annual report of the Bank of Industry reveal a total of N6.79 billion was spent as staff salary for the period ended December 2016, compared to N5.5 billion the year before. As such, the bank increased its payroll by a whopping 23% even as the country facing a crushing recession.

The Bank of Industry is a Nigerian government-owned entity that offers development loans at concessionary interest rates to small and large-scale industries regarded as priority areas by the government.

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Staff compensation

According to its 2016 annual report, the bank had in its payroll about 335 employees, compared to 318 the year before. Based on this, the average salary per employee comes to a whopping N20 million in 2016 alone. This is one of the highest we have seen in the financial services industry and for government-owned entities.

A breakdown of their staff salary also reveals about 141 (42%) of the staff earn above N9 million while about 291 (86%) of the customers earn about N4 million and above.

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*As at 2015

When compared to some of Nigeria’s top commercial banks, the Bank of Industry appear miles ahead in terms of total staff salary cost per employee. However, it just falls short of CBN and NSIA which compensate better per employee. AMCON did not reveal its staff cost in 2016.

The employees of the bank also enjoyed about N1.2 billion in training and capacity building a figure that is 119% higher than what was reported the year before.

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Directors

The annual report also reveals the directors of the company incurred an emolument of about N107.7 million for the period under review, compared to N80.6 million the year before. Waheed Olagunju is the Bank’s acting CEO. The Bank just has about four executive directors and three non-executive directors.

BOI also claims that it does not have any executive compensation, however it does admit that it incurred about N794 million in Key management compensation compared to N607 million in 2015.

The Bank of Industry also reported its employees currently owe about N652.6 million in mortgage loans.

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Results

The employees of the bank also appear to justify their pay as the bank also reported a profit after tax of N14.5 billion for the period ended December 2015, representing a 67% drop in profits compared to the N44.6 billion profit posted a year earlier. It is important to add that the N44 billion profits made in 2015 was mostly due to an income fof N37.4 billion earned from the sale of its stake in WAMCO Nigeria Plc.

Bank of Industry’s annual report may have been much better in 2016 where it not for a spike in its operating expenses. The company reported an operating expense of N8.5 billion compared to N5.3 billion the year before suggesting a 60% increase. A closer look reveals an expense of N1.2 billion classified as “Business Development”, a significant increase from the N118 million incurred for the same expense line in 2015. We also observe a ,major increase in motor running and business travelling expense from N769 million to N1.49 billion in 2016.

What BOI does

The Bank’s mandate includes the provision of financial assistance for the establishment of large, medium and small projects as well as expansion, diversification and modernization of existing enterprises; and rehabilitation of ailing industries. The Bank also manages dedicated funds and through its subsidiaries, provides business advisory services, trusteeship, leasing, insurance brokerage, etc.

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Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training. He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy. You can contact him via [email protected]

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Lafarge Africa Plc. announces its board meeting and closed period for Q2 2020 

The notification which was duly signed by General Counsel & Company Secretary.

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Lafarge Africa Plc. notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public that he closed period will commence on Wednesday, 8th July 2020 until the unaudited financial statement for the second quarter ended 30th June 2020, is released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange. 

In a disclosure on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, it wrote: “We hereby notify the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public that a meeting of the Board of Directors of Lafarge Africa Plc has been scheduled to hold on Thursday, 23rd July 2020 to consider the second quarter financial results of the Company for the quarter ended 30th June 2020.”  

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The notification which was duly signed by General Counsel & Company Secretary, Mrs. Adewunmi Alode explained further stating that “Accordingly, no Director, employee, persons discharging managerial responsibility and Advisers of the Company and their connected persons may directly or indirectly deal in the shares of the Company in any manner during the closed period.” 

Over the past few months, it made a few board changes with the retirement of two of its Non-Executive Directors, as well as the appointment of three new DirectorsIt had also spun off its South African subsidiary, Lafarge South Africa Holdings (LSAH), last year. 

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Lafarge Africa’s Q1 2020 revenue was up 9.8% year-on-year to N63.7 billion, driven by higher Cement Sales (a figure up 11% year-on-year to N62.3 billion) which offset the weakness in Aggregate and Concrete (down 21% y/y to N1.4bn). Its EBITDA grew by 2.4% year-on-year to N19.3 billion as well. As at Tuesday the 7th of July, the share price of the company was N10.00 

 

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AXA Mansard Insurance Plc gives notice of Annual General Meeting 

The AGM will be live-streamed to enable shareholders and stakeholders participate.

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Insurance firm, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc., has given notice of its board of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.  

The announcement which was disclosed by Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in a corporate disclosure on July 7th, 2020 and signed by Company Secretary, Omowunmi Mabel Adewusi read, “Notice is hereby given that the twenty-eighth annual general meeting of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc. will hold at the Oriental Hotel, no. 3, Lekki Road, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.” 

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As noted, the purpose of the AGM is to transact the following business: 

  1. To receive the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, and the Reports of the Directors, Auditors and Statutory Audit Committee thereon 
  2. To authorise Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditors 
  3. To elect Directors and 
  4. To elect members of the Statutory Audit Committee.  

In order to ensure that all relevant stakeholders can be a part of the AGM, the company will also be streaming the AGM live. It noted that “This will enable shareholders and other stakeholders who will not be attending physically to follow the proceedings.” 

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The link for the live streaming of the Meeting will be made available on the Company’s website at www.axamansard.com. 

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Recall that a few months ago, in March, the company’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of John Dickson as the company’s new Non-Executive Director. A month earlier, it also disclosed its plan to sell its pension management subsidiary (AXA Mansard Pensions Ltd) and some undisclosed real estate investments. 

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Its unaudited financials for the period Q1 2020 reveal a growth across revenue and profit lines. Gross written premium grew by 21% from N17.4 billion earned in Q1 2019 to N21 billion in Q1 2020. Profit for the year for the group grew by a commendable 120% from N890 million in Q1 2019 to N1.9 billion in Q1 2020. 

As at Tuesday, the 7th of July when markets closed, the share price of the company was N1.59. The company’s EPS stood at 0.33 while its price to book ratio stood at 0.6082. 

 

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NSITF board to investigate suspended MD and others over financial misconduct

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The board of directors of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has revealed that it will investigate the activities of the suspended Managing Director, 3 Executive Directors, and 8 other senior management staff over financial breaches and gross misconduct.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the board of NSITF, Mr. Austin Enajemo-Isire, in a statement in Enugu on Sunday July 5, 2020.

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Enajemo-Isire said that the Managing Director and other top management staff of the organization would have the opportunity to clear themselves of any wrongdoing with the probe panel which was being set up.

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While reacting to claims that the suspension did not follow due process as President Muhammadu Buhari did not approve it, Enajemo-Isire said that the approval for the suspension of the affected staff had been conveyed to the Labour Minister in a correspondence referenced SGF. 47/511/T/99 of June 30, 2020.

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According to the Chairman, “The minister has conveyed this approval and directives to me for necessary action in terms of setting up a board-driven investigative panel.

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“This is to give the affected officers the opportunity to clear themselves of the financial and procurement breaches and acts of gross misconduct and other infractions that gave rise to their prima facie indictment.

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“It is in this light that I have decided to call a virtual meeting of the management board on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to consider the modalities for our action.”

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He, therefore, appealed to staffers of NSITF and their social partners to keep calm and exercise restraint.

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A few days ago, Nairametrics reported the suspension of the Managing Director and some senior management staff over corruption allegations. However, the management in its reaction debunked that claim and said that the President did not approve their suspension but that rather, it was the sole decision of the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, who they said was overreaching himself.

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