This Corporate News Compilation for the week ended December 9th, 2017 is brought to you by Bluechip Technology Ltd Nigeria.
- Interswitch Financial Inclusion Services (IFIS), the owners of Quickteller Paypoint announced that they have now reached the milestone of 10,000 activated agent mark. This makes them the second largest agent network in Nigeria. The CBN has also mandated the company to increase its agent network to 150,000 by 2020. Will this model not be obsolete by 2020? Just saying
- TSTv is in the news again; the embattled Pay TV competitor has now claimed it be rolling out its new decoders from the week starting December 11. Recall, the company has moved its roll out data severally after the initial October 1 date. According to the company’s PR Officer, Ernest Esssien, disclosed that they “are almost done with our test transmission and we are just putting some finishing touches and hopefully by the grace of God, between now and next week the decoders will be out for sale.” By the way, they insist that prices will remain at the initial N5k. Anyone care to share experience on the promo decoders? I hear it’s been improving.
- Nokia announced last week that it had selected MTN to help drive its drive transformation from network-to customer-centric operations. Not to be mistaken for mobile phones, it’s a solution that helps service providers have a complete view of customer satisfaction, revenue, and device and network performance. It also helps provide holistic view of service behaviour and performance.
- Reports from our sources indicate, the producers of the ubiquitous Tecno phone, Transsion Holdings will pay about $5 million to acquire Micro-Station, the Computer Village, Ikeja-based mobile phone retail chain store. This is after their alleged failed bid for Slot. This is apparently aimed at getting a foot hold of the Nigerian retail phone distribution market, where Slot has been dominant.
- Network service provider Airtel, will be rolling out their 4G LTE network this December to 3 states which includes Lagos, Abuja and Rivers States before other states will follow. You may recall that in November, Airtel had awarded a three-year contract to Ericsson. The program involves the upgrade and expansion of network elements on Airtel’s Nigeria operations, including switching, radio, network management, data, charging, and consumer-services platforms and systems and also modernizes and expands its packet core network. MTN launched its own 4G LTE last year.
- An update on Aero Contractors; The AMCON run airlines informed investors last week that they have shortlisted an initial 19 investors to invest in the airline. The CEO of the Airline, Capt. Ado Sanusi also said it will be eventually shortlisted to 6 and then to 3, the preferred bidder, second preferred bidder and the standby bidder. Sometimes I wonder how long drawn and costly this process can be. I may be paranoid but it at times looks deliberate.
- Medview commenced flight operations to Dubai, UAE last week. The announced this to investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week. Coincidentally, Nigeria also signed a BASA with UAE last week.
- Well they say, everyone likes a good story. So Kellogg opened its new plant last week said to be worth about N6 billion. Stanbic IBTC not about to be left out of this story disclosed that it was the sole arranger and lender to Kellogg Tolaram. In other words, Stanbic financed this deal on its own and is set to reap fully from the benefits, assuming the loans don’t go bad.
- Are you Diary farmer or know someone who is one? FrieslandCampina WAMCO, for the first time, will bring certified dairy farmers from the Netherlands to train and advice Nigerian farmers on best dairy farming practices. We understand that the Dutch farmers are expected to engage local pastoralists on dairy farming practices like animal health and welfare, farm record keeping, feeding and watering, calf-rearing, milking hygiene, cow fertility, hoof care, housing and barn design.
- If you ask me next year will be the beginning of the Spirit War in Nigeria. As more local consumers move towards spirits, brands are noticing and shifting strategy. Last week, Edrington, an international spirits company based in Scotland announced a partnership with Premium Spirits Nigeria to sell its brand of Scottish whiskey in Nigeria. ICYDK, Premium Spirits is owned by Nigerians Bottling Company (Coca-Cola). Erdington sells the The Macallan, The Famous Grouse and Highland Park spirit brands. Guinness (Diageo), Nigerian Breweries and William Grant’s Glenfiddich.
- Sticking with Nigerian Bottling Company, they launched three new variants of its popular Five Alive Fruit Juice in Lagos last Tuesday. They claim the new variants “contain natural and local fruits such as pineapple, apple, mango, passion fruit and orange.” They claim with this variant, there is no limit to how many bottles you can drink.
- In a major surprise to Beer watchers in Nigeria, the country’s largest brewer, Nigeria Breweries launched the Stella Beer. Stella Beer brand is owned by Belgium’s Stella Artois. However, the world’s largest brewer AB InBev, is a major shareholder in Stella Artois and also manufacturers the beer. Why is this important? AB InBev is an indirect shareholder in Nigeria’s International Breweries and perhaps the most potent competitor to Nigeria Breweries dominance in the beer market. You have to respect NB strategy in the local market. They now own two of one of the world’s most popular beer brands in the country, Heineken and Stellar. Stellar is a Pilsner and a type of Pale Larger beer.
- Following the conclusion of the FIFA world cup draws, all is now set for marketing, advertising and sponsorship deals to start kicking in. Last week, the FIFA “announced” the appointment of Nigeria’s Pencilland Travels and Tours Ltd (Flyforvalue) as the Exclusive Travel Agent for 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament for the country. The contract allows the company to bundle the match tickets with other ancillary services like hotel bookings, tours and many more. Apparently, the right was secured from Integral Sponsorship & Experiential Marketing Ltd, the FIFA authorised agent for selling hospitality package in Nigeria. A bit of background of Pencilland, the company CEO, Kemi Soname is said to be a very close ally of Senator Remi Tinubu, the wife of BAT. She is also the wife of former LG Chairman for Ikosi-Isheri LG. ICYDK Mr. Soname, is the current Marketing committee chairman of the Nigerian football league and a board member of the NFL. He is also the owner of Remo Stars and two years ago bought a Portuguise second division club. He also owns Bet9ja.
- The competition and maybe bad blood between BUA and Dangote are well known, if you believe some of the press releases that the former often places in some Newspapers. Last two weeks, he accused the Dangote Group of colluding with the Ministry of Mines and Steel in Edo State to send militia to attack its cement plant in Okpella. However, the Edo State Government responded insisting that it stopped BUA from mining the minerals because it was doing so illegally. We surely haven’t seen the last of this….
- The Chairman of Innoson Group made its boldest statement yet about his plans to takeover Nigeria’s car market. He said the company will next month commence the manufacturing of affordable and quality vehicles in Nigeria by 2018. The car, he said will be big size, which will have air conditioning, automatic gear and other comforts that will make it easier for all. It will also come at an enticing price point of N3 million. Nigeria’s car market is still open for the taking with just 11.6 million cars according to the NBS. In fact, Nigeria has just 59 cars per 1000 persons compared to the likes of South Africa with 150.
- Still on cars, the leading mini bus in South Africa since 2013, Beijin Automobile Works’ (BAW) Pilot is about to Launch in Nigeria. The car which they call “Pilot” will sell for about N15 million and will compete directly with Toyota’s Hiace which goes for around N28m. They also claim that they have adapted it to suit Nigeria’s motoring environment. They have actually started assembling the cars for ABC Transport. BAW is apparently a Fortune 500 company. This auto market is up for grabs.
- Still on cars, this time Tricycle, a company has developed what is perhaps Nigeria’s first Tricycle networking app. The APP is called Matattu and was launched in Lagos last week. Samuel Ajiboyede, the co-founder of the service, speaking at the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria, TOOAN, said the partnership between Matattu and the tricycle operators would bring about a seamless business operation in the state. I did a background check on this Samuel Ajiboyede and I was quite impressed. He seems to have invested in several startups and is a serial entrepreneur. Will be interesting to see how this pans out.
- Edo State was in the news again last week after the State Governor commissioned a glass factory in Utesi Benin City. The factory is Rongsheng Glass Nigeria and is Chinese owned. It is quite interesting and admirable to see how strategic Chinese investments have been in Nigeria. They are basically investing in sectors that are integral to whatever industrial revolution potential that we may have. It’s no wonder, Obaseki asked the company to build schools as well as a Chinese Cultural Centre to teach the Chinese language and culture to strengthen cultural ties with their host community.
- Unilever finally opened its 10 million Euro factory in Agbara last week. The factory will manufacture the company’s product Blue Band and is said to be very energy efficient. It uses about 50% less energy compared to other manufacturing processes that utilise heat exchangers. The factory actually started production in September.
- So last week, Forte Oil released its first retail product for the Power sector. The product which it called Green Energy’ solution will retail for about N700k and has a capacity of 1.5kva. It is fully powered by Solar. It comes with an in house unit and solar panels. I mentioned last week that it looks like the solution to Nigeria’s power situation is the Bore Hole syndrome which now seems to be taking shape. Every man for himself power solution.
- Back to China, we learnt last week that Sinopec, China’s state owned oil firm is about to sell some of its assets in a deal worth about $1 billion. Sinopec has investments in Nigeria via Switzerland’s Addax.
- Still on the Chinese, reports from Enugu indicates that Chinese biggest bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, ICBC, has approved $42.5 million loan for a multi housing development scheme, HELIU residences in Enugu. The loans will apparently be funneled via Access Bank and comes at an interest rate of 4% with an 8 year repayment period.
MTN shareholders have made approximately N1 trillion since April 2020
Shareholders of MTN Nigeria gained close to a trillion naira in less than 7 months.
MTN Nigeria shareholders have gained N986.58 billion since the first trading session in April 2020.
This was uncovered by calculating the difference in the telecommunication giant’s market capitalization of ₦1.832 trillion at the open of trade, for the first trading session in the month of April 2020, and the market capitalization of ₦2.646 trillion at the close of trade in the first trading session in the month of October.
This gives a whopping N814 billion increase in market capitalization, and this with the dividend the company has paid to shareholders on two occasions between this time period, brings the total gains both realized and unrealized to approximately N1 trillion.
Hence, the N814 billion increase in market capitalization translates to the joint gains MTN investors have made from the increase in the shares of the company, as the share price of the company has increased by 44.44% or ₦40.00 between April 1, 2020, and October 2, 2020, with the share price of increasing from ₦90.00 to ₦130.00.
However, the gains MTN NG investors have made from their investments in the telecommunication company, is not limited to the gains driven by the increase in the price of the shares.
Recall that the company declared payment of dividends to its shareholders on two occasions, as investors/shareholders of the company, whose names appear in the Register of Members, as of the close of business on April 17, 2020 and August 14, 2020 were paid a cumulative dividend per share of ₦8.47, for all the outstanding shares of 20,354,513,050 held by the shareholders, and this translates to a total dividend payout of N171 billion by the company to its shareholders.
It is noteworthy that the realized and unrealized gains MTN investors have made from holding the shares over this period stands at N986.58 billion.
LASACO Assurance Plc Chairman, Aderinola Disu resigns from the Board of Directors
Aderinola Disu resigned her position as a Director on the Board of LASACO Assurance.
Lasaco Assurance Plc has announced the resignation of its former Chairman, Mrs. Aderinola Disu, as a Director on the Board. The resignation took effect from the 8th of September, 2020.
The following information is contained in a press release made available to the public, signed by the company Secretary, Gertrude Olutekunbi, and verified by Nairametrics.
The notification also revealed that, the aforementioned firm has received a provisional approval from the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to appoint two other directors.
The two newly appointed directors are; Dr (Mrs.) Maria Olateju Phillips, and Prince Jamiu Adio Saka, both appointed to a Non-Executive Director role.
Profile of the two newly appointed Directors
Chief (Mrs.) Teju Phillips, is a successful Chartered Accountant, who holds an ACCA from England and Wales. She is multilingual and has extensive experience in Management/Consultancy services, that spans across many years in both the public and private sectors. She has served as a Director in Keystone Bank; Director, Lagos State Lottery Board; Honorable Commissioner for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations in Lagos State; Managing Director of Alma Beach Estate Ltd (a subsidiary of Rims Merchant Bank Ltd); Managing Director, Maridot Ventures Ltd. among others.
Prince Jamiu Adio Saka, is an accomplished Insurance professional, having practiced in Canada and Nigeria. He brings to the board over 30 years of experience as a Broker.
Lasaco Assurance Plc, is a listed Nigerian firm that provides life and general insurance services, which includes motor, bond, contractors-all-risk, fire, burglary, aviation, marine, general accident, life, pension schemes, engineering, and oil and gas. The company has a market capitalization of about N2.05 billion and it share price currently trades at N0.28 kobo.
MTN: Data subscriptions triggered surge in Q2 2020 Revenues
Data revenues jumped from N56.7 billion to N79.9 billion in the period under review.
Analysis of the MTN’s results shows that revenues surged, due to increased data usage, aided by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN), reported revenues of N638.1 billion in H1 2020, relative to N566.9 billion recorded in the same period in 2019 – a 12.5% increase.
MTN Plc is Nigeria’s premier provider of connectivity, communication, and collaboration solutions. From the very first phone call, made at Maritime House Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria on May 16th, 2001, MTN Plc has been facilitating connections in Nigeria.
The COVID-19 related lockdown affected businesses worldwide, including businesses in Nigeria. This resulted in most business activities being conducted virtually, in a bid to salvage businesses from collapsing. With social distancing rule, came an increased utilization of online mediums for meetings, weddings, social interactions, and everything that couldn’t be done physically. Consequently, people consumed more data compared with the pre-COVID-19 periods.
According to the latest data available on the NCC website, MTN Plc’s market share of internet subscribers is 42.54%. Its revenue-generating segments include Voice, Data, SMS, Interconnect and Roaming, Handset and Accessories, Digital, Value Added Service, and Other revenues. Aside from SMS, revenues from the other seven segments increased in H1 2020 compared with the previous period last year.
Data revenues jumped from N56.7 billion to N79.9 billion in the period under review. The number of port-out subscribers almost doubles port-in subscribers in the period under consideration, so this does not confound the analysis conducted, which revealed that COVID-19 lockdown boosted data revenues.
The Earnings Per Share (EPS) of the company declined by 4.70% in H1 2020 from N4.89 to N4.66 compared with the same period last year. A 4.68% decline in distributable profit to N94.88 billion in H1 2020, relative to N99.54 billion contributed to this decline in H1 2019.
MTN Plc’s shares were listed on the floor of the NSE on 16th May 2019. The shares currently trade at N129 per unit. The highest price for a unit of share in 52 weeks was N132 and the lowest N90. A total of 51,885,740 units was sold in the last seven days trades. Shares outstanding is 20,354,513,050 units and its market capitalization is N2.63 trillion.
Airtel Africa Plc operates in the same sub-sector as MTN Nigeria Plc – Telecommunications Services. Airtel Africa Plc’s share price is N380. The highest price for a unit of share in 52 weeks was N380 and the lowest N298.90. A total of 15,972 units was sold in the last seven days trades. Shares outstanding is 3,758,151,504 units and its market capitalization is N1,428,097.57 trillion.
On the 30th of September 2020, Telecompaper reported that MTN has added MusicTime playlists to its Ayoba app. MTN’s Ayoba platform and MusicTime announced a partnership deal to bring free music to Ayoba app users. MusicTime in Ayoba is now live in Nigeria and some other African countries, including South Africa and Ghana. The app offers users free access to ten playlists with twenty songs each.
Ayoba is an instant messaging app powered by MTN. With Ayoba, it is possible to chat with anyone, regardless of whether they have the Ayoba app or not. Users who do not have the app, but receive an SMS from an Ayoba user, will be able to respond via SMS, and it will display within the Ayoba user’s chat in the app. Ayoba is available on Android devices (iOS to come later).