Africa Prudential Plc is a Nigerian financial services firm which currently has a market capitalisation of N9.1 billion. The company also has a total of 2 billion issued shares, even as it closed yesterday’s trading session at N4.55.

According to information contained in its full-year 2018 financial result, Africa Prudential Plc has unquoted securities valued at N4.8 billion. This represents roughly 50% of its entire market capitalization.

The unquoted equity relates to investments in the following entities: UBA Kenya, UBA Uganda, and UBA Mozambique. The company, however, did not give a breakdown of its interests in each entity.

UBA (the parent company of the bank) in question has an 81% stake in UBA Kenya, 74% stake in UBA Uganda, and an 85% stake in UBA Mozambique. It did not, however, provide a breakdown of shareholding for the subsidiaries.

Going forward

At some point in the future, the company may decide to sell off its stakes in the aforementioned banks, seeing as it may never get the opportunity to acquire controlling shares in them.

UBA Kenya commenced operations in 2009, UBA Uganda opened its doors in 2008 and UBA Mozambique was established in 2010.

Africa Prudential Plc was originally incorporated as UBA Registrars Limited on the 23rd of March 2006. The company subsequently changed its name to Africa Prudential Registrars Plc in August 2011 and was listed on the NSE in January 2013. To expand its business portfolio, the firm acquired UAC Registrars Limited in June 2013.

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The company changed its name to Africa Prudential Plc, following a special resolution passed by shareholders to reflect the firm’s expansion beyond registrar services.

Results for the 2018 financial year show gross earnings increased from N3.3 billion in 2017 to N4.4 billion in 2018. Profit before tax increased from N2 billion in 2017 to N2.3 billion in 2018. Profit after tax also rose from N1.7 billion in 2017 to N1.9 billion in 2018.

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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 onome.ohwovoriole@nairametrics.com

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