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CBN to provide artisans with N220 billion collateral-free loans

CBN to disburse collateral-free credit facility to artisans.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced its plans to disburse N220 billion as loans to cooperative organisations under the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF). This was made known by CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor.

Okorafor said the loan is without collateral and the interest rate is only 9 percent. The N220 billion credit facility, according to Okorafor, is to encourage artisans, including people who are into vulcanising works, hairdressing and barbing among others, especially those who employers of labour.

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“If you empower this group of people, the economy will move faster because they will also employ others,” Okorafor said.

Why CBN is making the credit facility available to artisans

Business operators in Nigeria are often discouraged to apply for loan because they would not be able to access such in commercial banks, where they need to have a collateral.

In view of the mentioned challenge, the CBN made provision for the credit facility for them to access through their cooperative organisations.

The apex bank, had in August, through its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), approved a credit facility of N14.9 billion to the Northeast Commodity Association (NECAS). 27,000 farmers are to benefit from the scheme while 75,000 hectares of land would be cultivated in the four participating states.

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The credit facility was programmed to cover all the commodities that the Northeast region of the country have the comparative advantage of producing which include rice, maize, millet, sorghum and even small ruminants amongst others.

The inputs would be given to farmers in form of loans that are expected to be paid back in installments.

What the CBN Anchor Borrower’s Scheme is all about

The Anchor Borrower Scheme is an initiative of the CBN launched in 2017, with the aim of creating a link between anchor companies and small-scale farmers. Currently, more than 80 percent of farmers in Nigeria are smallholder farmers.

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Access Bank Plc reports profit of N40.9 billion for Q1 2020

Access Bank Plc recorded a profit after tax of N40.9 billion in the first quarter period ended March 31st, 2020, according to the company’s latest earnings report which was released earlier this afternoon.

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Access Bank Plc recorded a profit after tax of N40.9 billion in the first quarter period ended March 31st, 2020. This is according to the company’s financial statement for Q1 2020, which was released earlier this afternoon. Other key details about the company’s Q1 financial performance can be seen below.

Net Interest Income: Access Bank’s net interest income for the period under review stood at N72.2 billion. This indicates a 27% increase compared to N56.8 billion that was recorded in Q1 2019.

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Personnel and Operating Expenses: In Q1 2020, the tier-1 bank incurred a total cost of N19.6 billion in personnel expenses. This shows a 53.5% jump compared to N12.8 billion in Q1 2019. In the same vein, other operating expenses also jumped sharply to N63.5 billion, marking a 69.8% increase when compared to N37.4 in Q1 2019.

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Profit before tax & profit after tax: Access Bank’s profit before tax for Q1 2020 stood at N46.2 billion. This is 2.6% more than N45.1 billion reported in Q1 2019. On the other hand, profit after tax decreased slightly by 0.53% to N40.9, down from N41.1 billion.

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Note that Access Bank’s earnings per share (basic) for the period decreased to 121 kobo as against 139 kobo. Diluted earnings per share also decreased to 119 kobo in Q1 2020 as against 137 kobo in Q1 2019.

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You may download the full report right here.

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SumoBank rebrands to SumoTrust, introduces bank account numbers

An online savings platform, SumoBank has rebranded as it metamorphosed to SumoTrust to continue the race of digital savings App in Nigeria.

The firm, launched its operation as a digital savings and investment platform, has grown from 0 to serving about 4000 customers.

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SumoBank rebrands to SumoTrust, introduces bank account numbers

An online savings platform, SumoBank has rebranded as it metamorphosed to SumoTrust to continue the race of digital savings App in Nigeria.

The firm launched its operation as digital savings and investment platform, and has grown from 0 to serving about 4000 customers.

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The development was announced on the Sumobank blog on the 27th of December 2019 by the Chief Executive Officer, Igwe Chrisent.

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“In 6 months, we have grown from 0 to serving almost 4000 customers and to serve you better; we decided to carry out a product-service survey which will help us to do more.

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“Based on the feedback we got from our ‘Esteemed users’ on our Product and service survey; we’re happy to announce that our vision just got bigger and we’ve set out to give you the very best of platform for Savings, Investment, learning and more.

“Because our vision got broader and clearer, it is important to know that having ‘Bank’ attached to our name will not serve the product updates which will be effected in the coming months/years, so we decided to pick a new name.”

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Highlights of rebranding: The Change of name from SumoBank to SumoTrust also came with some updates on the SumoTrust savings App which include:

  • Addition of NUBAN ACCOUNT numbers which allow users to have their unique bank account numbers for transactions (deposits) in their SumoTrust account.
  • Group Saving feature which allows users to go on a savings mission with a group of friends, family, associations, challenges, etc to reach a savings goal. See image below:
  • The article also mentioned that their Learn feature (Motute) which will enable you to teach or learn anything from anywhere in the world will be ready and announced in a few months and will be released on Entrepreneur Platform. This means the Sumotrust’s partnership with Entrepreneur Platform will enable you to access the company’s course for free and get third party course at a discounted rate.

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From this, it is clear Sumobank (SumoTrust) is preparing to become another big company to come out of Nigeria or there’s something else we don’t know yet, whichever it is, Both names sound alike and non will be forgotten easily since they are all ‘Sumo’.

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Cornerstone Insurance in consolidation talk with two underwriting firms

Cornerstone Insurance Plc is planning to consolidate with some insurance companies ahead of the recapitalization deadline set by NAICOM. 

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Cornerstone Insurance Plc is in merger talks with some insurance companies ahead of the recapitalization deadline set by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) for the insurance sector.

The move is to strengthen its capital base. The Group Managing director of the company, Ganiyu Musa, said consolidation with other market players was more efficient compared to just seeking fundraising.

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Although Musa didn’t reveal the names of the insurance companies negotiating with Cornerstone Insurance, he said consolidation would place the firm in a stronger position, boost expertise, improve technical capacity and even strengthen the capital base of Cornerstone Insurance.

While the consolidation is expected to aid the company’s recapitalization process, Musa said the Cornerstone Insurance had already met the recapitalization request by NAICOM.

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According to him, the company has exceeded the N18 billion new minimum capital required by the insurance market regulator. Musa said the sale of its property and head office boosted the liquidity of the company, placing its finances in a better footing.

“The sale of our new property along Lekki axis has further increased the liquidity of the company to meet and surpass expectations. The company would have loved to keep the property for the long run, but we were challenged with the fact that real estate investment is not admissible in the ongoing recapitalisation.

“This necessitated the sale of the building for a handsome amount that covers the cost of the building project and still left with profit. At present, we are in a stronger financial position to scale through the exercise as our balance sheet is stronger and healthy,” he said. 

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[READ MORE: NAICOM boss makes case for recapitalisation, insists exercise will build a stronger insurance sector)

He added that, “The company came out from its loss position of N1.7 billion in 2017 to N1.8 billion profit in 2018, even as the 2019 profit outlook is showing sign of higher profit from that of the previous year, judging from its 2019 third-quarter report.”

While the insurance companies don’t have a choice but meet the deadline through fundraising and consolidation, the chairman of Mutual Benefit Assurance, Akin Ogunbiyi, said the company was against the planned recapitalisation scheme by NAICOM.

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The company has said it could survive the wave of the recapitalisation, it said its concern was for other players who might become victims to the plan. Mutual Benefit also condemned the handling of foreign acquisitions in the Nigerian market.

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