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Flour Mills Nigeria to merge five subsidiaries

Shareholders have approved a proposal to merge five of Flour Mills Plc’s subsidiaries with the holding company.

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Shareholders have approved a proposal to merge five of Flour Mills Plc’s subsidiaries with the holding company. This will be carried out under a Scheme of External Restructuring, the company said.

The resolution was reached on Wednesday, during a court-ordered meeting in Lagos. During the meeting, shareholders stressed the need that the restructuring exercise be carried out in a manner that is beneficial to the entire group.

A closer look at the approved proposal

In line with the approvals, all the assets previously belonging to the fertiliser arm of the Group, will now be transferred to Golden Fertiliser. In the same vein, Golden Fertiliser will take up all the pending court cases pertaining to the fertiliser arm of Flour Mills Plc.

“That all the assets, liabilities and undertakings of the fertiliser business of Flour Mills, including but not limited to real property, equipment and machinery, plant, fixtures and fittings, motor vehicles, businesses, intellectual property rights, licenses, permits, credits and allowances be transferred to Golden Fertiliser.

“That all legal proceedings, claims and litigation matters pertaining to the fertiliser business of Flour Mills either pending or contemplated by or against Flour Mills be continued by or against Golden Fertiliser after the Scheme is sanctioned by the Court.”

A move in the right direction?

For many shareholders, the decision to approve the merger is a move in the right direction. According to the National Coordinator of Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Mr Adebisi Adeniyi, the move will result in more profitability.

“We commend the Board and Management for the restructuring exercise, as we hope it will lead to higher profitability. We also hope it will not affect the existing employees and shareholding structure.”

The Chairman of Golden Fertilizer Company Limited, Paul Miyonmide Gbededo, also agreed. He assured that the shareholders’ approval to merge the five subsidiaries will guarantee maximum returns on their investments. He also added that the merger was needed to streamline operations and reduce administrative costs.

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“The enlarged FMN, upon completion of the restructuring would be able to eliminate transfer costs of materials, and operate at a higher level of efficiency, which will drive down costs, make product pricing more competitive, improve profitability and enhance the bottom line for the benefit of all stakeholders. 

“It will enable each of the value chain in FMN Group to target appropriate investors and markets attracted to the specific businesses. It will increase the capital allocation capacity and flexibility of the Flour Mills Group, as each group will be able to attract new capital targeted at the specific opportunities of the respective businesses.”

Flour Mills Nigeria Plc is a Nigerian company with diversified business operations cutting across such areas as food, fertiliser, and agricultural produce. It was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1979 and its stock is currently trading at N19.

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US government to ban WeChat and TikTok from app stores

Chinese-owned social media apps are facing a ban in the US over national security concerns.

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The United States government says it will ban the services of Chinese tech giants, WeChat and TikTok, from online mobile application stores in the U.S. It also plans to prohibit any funds transfer/payment services through the WeChat mobile application.

This was announced by the U.S Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, in a statement on Friday, following President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders (E.O.) 13942 and E.O. 13943, on the 6th of August.

“In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States,” said Wilbur Ross.

He added that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has proven it has the means and the motive to use Chinese tech apps, to threaten America’s national security foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S.

He said the following transactions will be prohibited from September 20th for WeChat and November 12th for TikTok

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  • Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates, through an online mobile application store in the U.S.
  • Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application, for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.

Mr. Ross said that with the Executive Order, the US government has taken a ‘significant action’ in fighting China’s malicious personal data breach on American citizens, and also promote democratic rule-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.

The U.S government announced that further prohibitive measures, relating to both companies may be announced in the future.

“Should the U.S. Government determine that WeChat’s or TikTok’s illicit behavior is being replicated by another app somehow outside the scope of these executive orders, the President has the authority to consider whether additional orders may be appropriate to address such activities.”

President Trump has given until November 12, to resolve the TikTok security concerns of the US. He added that the prohibitions may be lifted, if they are addressed.

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GMD, 2 Executive Directors buy 5 million additional units of Zenith Bank Plc shares

In three separate transactions, major stakeholders purchased 5 million units of Zenith Bank’s shares.

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Executive Director buys 2 million additional Units of Zenith Bank Plc Shares.

Zenith Bank Plc, Group Managing Director, Mr Ebenezer Onyeagwu, and two Executive Directors, Messrs. Dennis Olisa and Ahmed Umar Shuaib, have purchased an aggregate of 5 million units of additional Zenith Bank Plc shares.

This was disclosed by the bank, in a notification sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and seen by Nairametrics.

According to the notification, signed by the Company’s secretary, Michael Osilama Otu, the purchase was made in the bourse, over three transactions on the 16th and 17th of September, 2020.

As part of the regulatory requirements, the disclosure must be reported to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, especially when the trade is executed by a major shareholder or director of a listed firm.

Breakdown of the deal

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According to the details of the deal verified by Nairametrics, Mr. Dennis Olisa pulled the highest deal as he purchased 2,000,000 additional units of Zenith Bank Plc’s shares at an average of N17.18 per unit, totaling N34.36 million. Mr. Ahmed Umar Shuaib also purchased 2,000,000 additional units of the Bank’s share, at an average price of N16.99 worth N33.98 million. Completing the trio was, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu who purchased 1,000,000 additional units at an average of N17.05 worth N17.05 million.

This major purchase boosted the total number of trade deals (Volume) posted by the Bank in the NSE market, as the deals contributed about 11.61% of the Bank’s total deals between 16th and 17th of September, 2020.

(READ MORE: Zenith Bank rewards customers with massive giveaways in the “Zenith Beta Life” weekly promo)

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What this means

Based on the recently released H1 2020 Financial Results of Zenith Bank, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu had 45,500,000 direct shares as of June 30, 2020. Mr. Ahmed Umar Shuaib had 7,577,343 direct shares, while Mr. Dennis Olisa had 7,122,316 direct shares. All these remained unchanged from their reported shares in H1 2019.

With the addition of 1,000,000 shares, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu’s stake increased to 46,500,000, indicating an increase of 2.19%. Mr. Ahmed Shuaib’s shares also leaped by 26.39% to 9,577,343, while Mr. Deniss Olisa’s shares increased by 28.08% to 9,122,316 direct shares.

This deal may signify that the Bank’s insiders expect an increase in share price. It is a positive signal to outsiders, coming from top insiders who are abreast with latest information on the Bank’s prospects.

This can play a vital role in stimulating a bullish trend. Zenith Bank’s share price is currently trading at N16.70 on the NSE.

Conclusion

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Regardless of the impact of the pandemic on the income and revenue of banks, Zenith bank still remained one of the high-flying financial organizations in Nigeria. For example, the tier-1 bank’s gross earnings grew by 4.37% from N331.5 billion in H1 2019 to N346.1 billion in H1, 2020. Its Profit After Tax increased by 16.81% from N111.7 billion to N114.1 billion within the period under review. The aforementioned factors might have been the reason behind the recent bullish trend for its stock.

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FG apologizes, says Self-Certification directive is not for everyone

The Federal Government has made clarifications concerning earlier announced Self-Certification Forms.

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FG apologizes, says Self-Certification directive is not for everyone, FIRS introduces stamp duty on house rent and C of O transactions

The Nigerian government has backtracked on its earlier issued guidelines on the new banking Self-Certification Forms, saying the notice does not apply to everyone.

On Thursday, the Nigerian government ordered all persons holding accounts across financial institutions and insurance firms, to complete and submit self-certification forms to their respective financial institutions.

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It stated, “This is to notify the general public that all account holders in Financial Institutions (Banks, Insurance Companies, etc.) are required to obtain, complete, and submit Self – Certification Forms to their respective Financial Institutions. Persons holding accounts in different financial institutions are required to complete & submit the form to each one of the institutions. The forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures, in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.”

However, on Friday morning, after receiving expected backlash on social media, FG attempted a clarification stating, “We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons,” and that, “the FIRS will clarify Nigerians on the objectives of the directive.”

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READ: CBN automates trading system, introduces electronic form to facilitate exports 

The FIRS earlier today made a statement, that the guidelines are only for non-residents, and people paying tax in more than one country.

READ: Tax implication of IFRS adoption in Nigeria: key issues

“The Self Certification Form is basically to be administered on Reportable persons, holding accounts in Financial institutions, that are regarded as “Reportable Financial Institutions” under the CRS. Reportable persons are often non-residents and other persons, who have residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or Country.”

“The information that indicates an account holder is a resident for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction, is expected to be available to Financial Institutions during account opening processes, for the KYC and AML purpose.” the statement read.

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