FBNQuest Merchant Bank, the investment banking and asset management subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc recently acted as Lead Financial Adviser & Issuing House on the Listing by Introduction of the entire issued and paid-up ordinary shares of Notore Chemical Industries Plc on the Main Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
Notore Chemical Industries, one of the leading fertilizer and agro-allied companies in Africa, listed on the NSE 1,612,066,200 ordinary shares with a N50kobo par value each at a price of N65.50 per share in order to promote better liquidity of its ordinary shares in the secondary market, as well as have a platform to access long term capital from a wide range of local and international investors when required. FBNQuest Securities acted as the Lead Stockbroker on the listing, alongside other Advisers.
The transaction adds to FBNQuest Merchant Bank’s impressive portfolio of clients it has supported, and once again highlights its capabilities in the successful execution of sizeable capital market and commercial debt transactions. Mr. Kayode Akinkugbe, Managing Director of FBNQuest Merchant Bank said: “We are proud of the instrumental role FBNQuest Merchant Bank played in this transaction, and appreciate the trust Notore placed in us to assist them. Our clients remain our priority, and we strongly believe their success is our success.
“As a leading institution for financing, investing, trading, and advisory, we understand the role we must play in supporting our clients across the private or public sector and continue to build our team of industry experts across oil & gas, power, infrastructure, services, diversified industries, and other emerging sectors of the economy to enable us support their goals and objectives.’
In the last 36 months, the Bank has raised in excess of N200 billion for clients through commercial papers and bonds. Most recently, this includes UACN Property Development Company’s N10.66billion Series 29-31 Commercial Papers and a ₦4.355billion Series 1 Senior Guaranteed Fixed Rate Bond; Mixta Nigeria’s N9.83 Billion Series 5 Commercial Paper, and Nigerian Breweries Plc’s N11.08billion series 13-15 Commercial Papers.
Also on the list of successful transactions are Municipality Waste Management Contractors’ N20.3billion Fixed Rate Medium Term Note; the Divestment of First Bank of Nigeria’s 100% equity interest in FBN Mortgages; and Dufil Prima Foods’ 5 year ₦10 billion Series 1 Fixed Rate Bond. In addition to these, the Bank has raised about US$500 million in equity from the public and private capital markets and also closed 6 M&A deals over the past three years.
A testament to the quality and consistency of execution is evident in the several international awards it has received, having won the prestigious African Banker Magazine’s Deal of the Year (Debt) award for the FGN’s $300m Diaspora Bond; The Banker Magazine’s Deal of the Year Africa in Islamic Finance for the FGN’s ₦100b 7-year Inaugural Sovereign Sukuk; as well as EMEA Finance Magazine’s Best M&A Deal Africa (Mid-Market) for the divestment of AMCON’s 100% Shareholding in Keystone Bank, Most Innovative Bond for the FGN’s $300m Diaspora Bond, and Best Social Development Bond for Mixta Real Estate’s ₦4.5b Senior Guaranteed Fixed Rate Bonds in 2018, to name a few.
As a member of the FBN Holdings group, FBNQuest Merchant Bank is positioned to provide complementary services to the Group’s expansive client base of retail, high net-worth and institutional customers, while also offering a broader choice in financing, investments and transaction execution. The group continues to ensure the delivery of innovative initiatives to enhance its positioning and deliver shareholder value.
COVID-19, VAT, FX scarcity adversely impacted our operations in 2020 – Nigerian Breweries boss says
NB Plc’s operations in 2020 were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, VAT increase and FX devaluation.
The management of Nigeria’s leading brewer, Nigerian Breweries Plc has revealed that its operations in 2020 were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, VAT increase, FX devaluation and scarcity of foreign exchange.
This statement was made by the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Mr Jordi Borrut Bel, at the company’s pre-AGM media briefing for the financial year-end 2020, which held in Lagos this week.
He noted that the increase in the brewer’s cost in 2020 was due to the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted the company’s operations, as well as the increase in VAT, devaluation and FX scarcity which has put pressure on input cost.
The Nigerian Breweries boss explained further that the increase in cost could not be fully attributed to currency devaluation and foreign exchange scarcity.
He explained that the increase in costs of goods sold, as reported in its audited financial results, could also be linked to the increase in the volume of goods sold, as the company’s sales volume in 2020 increased by almost the same percentage as the cost of goods sold.
To deal with this challenge going forward, he revealed that the company is focused on the supply chain, and will continue to seek out ways to mitigate any of the price increases coming from FX scarcity.
The company’s profitability in question?
An analysis of the company’s result revealed that despite the 4.3% increase in net revenue from N323.00 billion recorded in 2019, to a total of N337.01 billion in 2020, the company’s profit declined significantly by 53.3% to N7.53 billion.
Speaking on this, Jordi Borrut in his statement at the press briefing noted that the brewer’s business performance in 2020 was quite impressive especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession. Despite these challenges, the company maintained a strong and healthy balance sheet.
“There was a slight reduction in profitability but compared to the previous year, the business witnessed an improved growth in revenue. The significance of this is that the business became more stable and healthier,” he said.
What you should know
- Nigerian breweries, being the largest brewer in the country, maintained its stance in terms of generating profits year-on-year. The company emerged as the only brewer to record a profit of N7.37 billion from its operations in 2020, 54.3% lower than 2019 figures (N16.1 billion).
- From this, the leading brewer was able to pay shareholders a total dividend of N7.5 billion, translating to a dividend of 94 kobos per share – a dividend payout in which exceeds 100%.
- While Guinness and International Breweries made a loss of N12.6 billion and N24.9 billion respectively, this reality impacted their ability to pay their shareholders dividends in 2020.
Highest paid Nigerian bank MD/CEOs of 2020
Bank MD/CEOs in Nigeria earned a combined N1.5 billion in salaries in 2020.
The banking sector, especially commercial banks, is one of the most profitable sectors of the Nigerian Economy churning out profits of close to a trillion in 2020 alone. They are also one of the highest employers of labours in the country employing over 93,000 Nigerians.
Sitting at the helm of affairs is the Chief Executive/Managing Director, the highest-ranking executive in the organization saddled with the responsibility of making the best corporate decisions, oversight of the execution of the organisation’s corporate strategies and most importantly increasing the shareholders’ return. The buck basically stops on their table.
Thus, these enormous responsibilities also come with a considerable executive compensation for their service making them ostensibly the highest-ranking staff of the bank.
In typical Nairametrics fashion, we bring to you a list of the highest-ranking bank CEOs for 2020 based on their executive compensation (exec comps). The bank MD/CEOs under our review earned over N1.5 billion in salaries in 2020.
The data was sourced from the published audited accounts of the bank and verified by Nairametrics Research.
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