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These companies will be paying dividends this week

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Corporate actions are decisions taken by a company’s board of directors or management, that could have impact on the firm itself or shareholders.

Examples of corporate actions include the payment of dividends, closing of shareholders’ registers, announcing qualification dates and Annual General Meeting (AGM) dates.

Here is a review of corporate actions that held last week, and those expected this week.

Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc

Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, the 20th of July, 2018.

NAHCO Aviance Plc

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO Aviance) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, the 20th of July, 2018.

The company announced a new investor, Godsmart Nigeria Limited, which is now the single largest individual shareholder. Godsmart has also brought forward two nominees to the company’s board, while representatives of the exiting shareholder have stepped down. An Executive Director of the firm, Folashade Ode, also resigned.

RAK Unity Petroleum Plc

Rak Unity Petroleum Plc had its qualification date on the 20th of July. Investors holding the company’s shares on that date were eligible for dividends.

ABC Transport Plc

ABC Transport last Friday announced that it had appointed two Executive Directors, Rex Okoro and Ifeanyi Izuka, and a non Executive Director, Bamidele Asijie, who represents Drolemac Farms Limited.

Unilever Plc

Unilever has released its results for the Half Year ending June 2018. Revenue increased from N42 billion in 2017 to N48 billion in 2018. Profit before tax increased from N4.8 billion in 2017 to N7.5 billion in 2018. Profit after tax also rose from N3.5 billion in 2017 to N5.5 billion in 2018.

Medview Airlines Plc

Medview Airlines has taken delivery of a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft for Hajj and international operations. The company also expects its other aircraft back from scheduled maintenance.

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Dangote Cement Plc

Dangote Cement released its results for the half year ended June 2018. Revenue increased from N412 billion in 2017 to N484 billion in 2018. Profit before tax also increased from N155 billion in 2017 to N185 billion in 2018. Profit after tax also grew from N109 billion in 2017 to N113 billion in 2018.

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI)

Ecobank released its results for the six months ended June 2018.

Gross Earnings dipped slightly from N386 billion in 2017 to N384 billion in 2018. Profit before tax however jumped from N46.2 billion in 2017 to N65 billion in 2018. Profit after tax (from continuing operations) also rose from N37.6 billion in 2017 to N51.3 billion in 2018.

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The bank also announced the appointment of Patrick Akinwuntan as its Managing Director Designate for Ecobank Nigeria. He replaces Charles Kie, who will be leaving the Ecobank Group.

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc  

Transcorp Plc released its 2nd quarter results for the period ended June 2018. Revenue increased from N34.1 billion in 2017 to N54 billion in 2018. Profit before tax jumped from N4.5 billion in 2017 to N11.9 billion in 2018. Profit after tax also surged from N4.1 billion in 2017 to N10.8 billion in 2018.

First Aluminium Plc

First Aluminium Plc held a board meeting on Thursday, 19th of July 2018, to discuss urgent issues pertaining to the company.

United Capital Plc

United Capital released its results for the half year ended June 2018. Gross earnings increased from N3.87 billion in 2017 to N3.88 billion in 2018. Profit before tax moved up slightly from N2.37 billion in 2017 to N2.38 billion in 2018. Profit after tax also increased from N1.9 billion in 2017 to N2.0 billion in 2018.

Corporate Actions for this week

Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc

Cement Company of Northern Nigeria will be holding its Annual General Meeting on the 26th of July 2018. The proposed dividend, if approved, will be paid the next day. The company has proposed a dividend of N1.25.

RAK Unity Petroleum Plc

Rak Unity Petroleum Plc will be closing its shareholders register from the 23rd to 27th of July 2018.

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Conoil Plc

Conoil will be paying a dividend of N2.00 on the 23rd of July 2018.

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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SEC accuse CMOs of frustrating e-dividend mandate process

The DG of SEC revealed that 4.01 million accounts still have incomplete KYC information as of April 8 despite the government’s efforts.

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Unclaimed dividends: SEC wades in, reduces processing time to 1 week for beneficiaries

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has faulted the activities of some Capital Market Operators (CMOs) which frustrates the e-dividend mandate process, leading to a rise in unclaimed dividends in the capital market.

This is as the unclaimed dividends in the capital market were estimated to have risen to over N200 billion.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this disclosure was made by the Director-General of SEC, Lamido Yuguda, while speaking at the 2021 first post-Capital Market Committee (CMC) virtual news conference.

READ: Why SEC should support democratization of sale of foreign securities

What the Director-General of SEC is saying

Yuguda, in his statement, said that the commission was aware that some CMOs were frustrating the e-dividend mandate process.

He said, “We implore all stakeholders to comply with all directives of the Commission in this regard, as defaulters would be sanctioned appropriately. We have observed that the growth in the number of mandated accounts has been on the decline for some time.

The capital market community has directed its e-Dividend Committee to engage with the Committee of Heads of Banking Operations to encourage better cooperation from banks as we tackle the challenges of unclaimed dividends.’’

READ: Shareholders move against FG’s establishment of unclaimed dividend trust fund

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The SEC boss reminded all CMOs that the commission’s directive on the update of investors’ Know Your Customer information was still in effect noting that the level of compliance had been low in spite of several engagements by the commission.

Yuguda revealed that 4.01 million accounts still have incomplete KYC information as of April 8 despite the government’s efforts.

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He said, “Despite several engagements, we realised that as of April 8, there were still 4,012,311 accounts with incomplete KYC information. This exercise is critical to deepening the participation of retail investors and we direct all CMOs to accord it the highest level of priority.’’

READ: SEC adjusts operations, introduces e-filing, other measures

In case you missed it

  • SEC had earlier urged all Capital Market Operators (CMOs) to update their investors’ Know Your Customer information due to the low level of compliance.
  • The CMOs were also warned by SEC to stop providing any form of support to unregistered entities operating unlawfully in the country within the capital market as that would not be condoned.

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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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