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What You need to know about Stanbic IBTC’s Shari’ah Fixed Income Fund (“SFIF”)

Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited is offering 10 million units of the Stanbic IBTC Shari’ah Fixed Income Fund (SFIF) through an Initial Public Offer (“IPO”) at a par value of N100 per unit.



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Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited is offering 10 million units of the Stanbic IBTC Shari’ah Fixed Income Fund (SFIF) through an Initial Public Offer (“IPO”) at a par value of N100 per unit. The offer opened on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 and closes on Wednesday, 26 June 2019. Minimum subscription amount is N5,000.00 only for 50 units at a subscription price of N100 per unit.

Knowing that not everyone interested in this fund will read the prospectus, analysts at Quantitative Financial Analytics have isolated a few of the important ingredients of the fund, which are presented here on a need-to-know basis.

Fund Type and Objectives: The SFIF is an open-end unit trust scheme that will invest in Shari’ah-compliant fixed income securities and products. “The Fund aims to provide investors with liquidity and competitive returns over short, medium and long terms, by investing in fixed income securities that are compliant with Islamic principles. The Fund is ideal for ethically minded investors with low-risk appetites, and a bias for Shari’ah compliant investments”.

Asset Allocation: As the name implies, the fund manager will invest between 30 – 100% of the subscription money realized from the IPO in Sukuk Bonds issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Nigerian State Governments, and other Shari’ah-compliant bonds issued by corporate organizations. About 0-70% of the money will be invested in Shari’ah-compliant fixed-term investments, while 0-50% will be invested in “Other Shari’ah income contracts as defined by Islamic principles”. The fund’s cash, if available, will be maintained in Shari’ah-compliant institutions and non-interest bank accounts. This fund offers an opportunity for those who wish to invest in FGN Sukuk bonds but cannot do so directly for any reason.

Fees and Expenses: The fund will charge an annual management fee of 1.5%, annual custodian fee of 0.05%, trustee fee of 0.0375%, and other charges totaling about 0.2% bringing its annual expense ratio to about 1.8%. There is no indication that the fund will charge a performance or incentive fee.

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Front Load Charges: The fund is a load fund, in that investors subscribing to the fund will pay some fees upfront. In page 9 of the 64 page prospectus, under the caption, “offer charges”, “the costs, charges and expenses of and incidental to the offer including fees payable to the Securities & Exchange Commission and professional parties, brokerage, printing and distribution expenses, estimated at about N21,830,750.00 (2.18% of the Offer size), will be borne by Unitholders and will be offset from the offer proceeds”. What this means is that out of the N1 billion that is expected to be realized from the IPO, N21.8 million will be used to defray IPO expenses with the remaining N978.2 million being invested for the subscribers. This makes the fund, a front load fund.

What is a load fund? In mutual fund investment parlance, a load is a sales commission or charge that investors pay when they buy or sell mutual funds. Some funds charge the fees upfront, at the point of entry or buying, others charge at the point of exit or sales. Yet some funds charge sales commission on a constant basis, usually at monthly intervals. Most mutual funds in Nigeria are front-load funds and the Stanbic IBTC Shari’ah Fixed Income fund is not an exception. As noted above, the front load on this fund is 2.18%. In a layman’s language, if you invest the required minimum of N5,000, 2.18% of that or N109 will be removed immediately and used to pay expenses while N4,891 will be invested for you. If this was a back-load fund, where such fees are charged at the point of exit, your entire N5,000 will be invested for you and the commission will be taken out whenever you redeem or withdraw your money.

Liquidity Gates: The fund does not seem to have any restriction on redemptions, as long as a notice of redemption is filed with the fund manager. Such requests are to be processed within 5 business days following receipt. However, in the case of partial redemptions, the remaining investment must meet the minimum requirement of N5,000, otherwise, the redemption will be considered a full redemption.

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Fund Manager: The investment manager to oversee the fund is Lanre Mohammed. “Mr. Mohammed is an Investment Manager and the Head of Alternative Investments at Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited. He has over 10 years’ experience in portfolio/investment management. Prior to joining SIAML, he was a Fund manager at Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited where he was responsible for overseeing the Stanbic IBTC RSA Fund with assets under management of circa N2,000,000,000,000. His responsibilities included investing the fund’s assets in equities, fixed income securities as well as alternative assets such as Private Equity and Infrastructure Funds. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bowen University (2006) and a Master of Science in Business and Management from the University of Essex, United Kingdom (2015).”

Uchenna Ndimele is the President of Quantitative Financial Analytics Ltd. and (both Quantitative Financial Analytics company website) is a leader in supplying mutual fund information, analysis, and commentary on African mutual funds. We provide reliable fund data; and ratings information that will add value to fund managers, the media, individual investors and investment clubs.

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N200 billion Unclaimed Dividend: Securities dealers reject FG’s plan to manage fund

ASHON has rejected plans by the Federal Government of Nigeria to manage the N200 million unclaimed dividends.



Some capital market experts, represented by the Chairman of the Association of Securities Dealing Houses of Nigeria, have rejected plans by the Federal Government of Nigeria to manage unclaimed dividends – which is projected to hit N200bn by the end of this year, according to a report by Punch.

The Chairman, Association of Securities Dealing Houses of Nigeria, Onyenwechukwu Ezeagu, explained that capital market regulators and operators had leveraged technology to put in place many initiatives to address the issue of unclaimed dividends. Some of these initiatives include de-materialization of shares, which entails upload of quoted companies share in the Central Securities Clearing System for ease of reconciliation, adoption of e-dividend and e-mandate, consolidation of multiple accounts, identity management engagements, and introduction of electronic Initial Public Offering.

(READ MORE: Nigeria needs $5billion for National Broadband Plan – Chairman, BISC)

What they are saying

Commenting on the recent development, Mr. Ezeagu said, “Generally, the incentives for savers and capital providers in the capital market is the expectation of dividends and capital appreciation.

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It is, therefore, our considered view that the proposed legislation, if passed, will be a great disincentive to savings, long-term capital mobilization, and serious disruption of the Nigerian economy, since it will take away the only expectation of investors in the market.”

Corroborating him, the President, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Mr. Olatunde Amolegbe, said the Securities and Exchange Commission would always ensure the transfer of unclaimed dividends to the capital reserves of the company for restricted utilization, such as capital expansion and issuance of bonus shares to the company’s shareholders.

What you should know

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Nairametrics had earlier reported that some law makers (Reps) raised alarm over N200 billion unclaimed dividends in 2020. In lieu of this perceived need, a proposal for the creation of an unclaimed dividend and utilized bank balance trust fund was emphasized in the 2020 Finance Bill — wherein, dividends declared and unclaimed would be warehoused and owed as a perpetual debt to shareholders.

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Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria infrastructure debt fund offers up to N20.2 billion

A leading Nigerian investment bank announced Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund Series 7 Offer of up to N20.24 Billion



Crises also create opportunities” –Chapel Hill Denham’s CEO on COVID-19

Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited and Chapel Hill Denham Management Limited announced the opening of Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund Series 7 Offer of up to N20.24 billion under the CHD NIDF’s N200 billion Issuance Programme.

READ: NSIA to invest $5 million in Chapel Hill Infrastructure Fund

What you should know

The proceeds from the offer will be applied towards infrastructure loans approved by the fund manager’s investment committee.

  • It also disclosed that African Development Bank (AfDB), following its announcement in October 2018 to invest in the NIDF, will be committing the Naira equivalent of USD$10 million to the series 7 offer.
  • AfDB’s commitment to the NIDF was on the back of a detailed due diligence and review process undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team of AfDB experts.

READ: Top 10 Stockbroking firms trade shares worth N138.1 billion in January 

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In the current volatile yield environment, the NIDF still remains a compelling investment outlet, both from a total return and cash yield perspective.

With net assets in excess of N58.6 billion, the Fund continues to deliver consistent and predictable returns, along with principal preservation to investors.

What this means

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The cash yield generated by the CHD NIDF has consistently been above the 10-yr FGN. Since its inception in June 2017, the fund has delivered a total return of 82.3% (assuming the cash distributions were reinvested). Total returns for the trailing twelve months (up to September 2020) was 12.4%.

READ: Nigerian mutual funds made an estimated N1.9 billion gain in 2018

Highlights of the Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund include:

  • Entity: Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund
  • Fund Manager: Chapel Hill Denham Management Limited
  • Structure: Close-ended Unit Trust, regulated by the Nigerian Securities & Exchange Commission. Compliant with PENCOM Investment Guidelines and SEC Rules on Infrastructure Funds.
  • Program: ₦200 Billion under which the Units will be issued from time to time
  • Series: 7 Offer
  • Size: Up to ₦20.24 billion
  • Offer: Price ₦109. 58 per unit
  • Offer: Units 184,740,440 units
  • Minimum Subscription: 100,000 units
  • Offer: Open Date November 16, 2020
  • Offer: Close Date December 9, 2020
  • Listing: FMDQ-OTC

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SEC says state governments have borrowed N900 billion from capital market

The SEC has disclosed that state governments have borrowed at least N900 billion from the Nigerian capital market in the last four decades.



Reps raise alarm over N200 billion unclaimed dividends in 2020, the Capital market, Lamido Yuguda assumes duty as new DG of Security and Exchange Commission

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has revealed that state governments in the country have borrowed at least N900 billion from the Nigerian capital market since 1978.

According to a report from Vanguard, this disclosure was made by the Director-General (DG) of SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda, at a webinar which was organized by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on ways sub-nationals can raise funds through the sale of state-owned enterprises.

READ: Nigeria’s total public debt stock increased by N2.381 trillion in 3 months

The SEC DG who was represented by the Executive Commissioner in charge of Legal and Enforcement, Mr. Reginald Karawusa, revealed that this amount was raised from the capital market through the issuance of debt since 1978.

While speaking on ‘Privatization in Nigeria and the Outlook for Sub-National Economic Development’, the theme of an event organized in partnership with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), he said a huge part of these funds were deployed to financing capital projects and some critical infrastructures for the development of their various states.

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READ: FG to disburse N97.3 billion to tech innovators, agric enterprises

He said, “Sub-national issuers in Nigeria have been able to access the debt capital market over the years since 1978, state governments in Nigeria have raised close to N900 billion through debt issuances. A significant part of these funds was deployed to finance capital projects across the country.’’

It must be noted that State governments raise long-term funds from the capital market through bond issuance. In the past, many states including Lagos, Ekiti, Delta, Edo State, Yobe, Osun among others, have raised funds from the market which were basically used for the execution of projects and development of infrastructures.

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READ: FG reveals amount spent on school feeding program during lockdown, denies spending N13.5bn monthly

The SEC boss, however, noted that a drop in allocation from the Federal Government due to significant decline in oil revenue, low level of internally generated revenue and so on, has negatively affected the ability of most of these states to pay salaries after servicing its debts. This has also affected the states’ ability to continue to borrow in a sustainable manner.

On the privatization of state-owned enterprises, Yuguda said, “Several enterprises are still owned and controlled by the government, both at the state and federal levels. A number of these entities have the capacities to generate cash flows and corporate profitability.’’

READ: Unclaimed dividend stands at N158.44 billion, over N100 billion from unclaimed shares

He noted that privatization is a way for governments to unlock economic potentials inherent in these state-owned enterprises.

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It must also be noted that raising these funds from the capital market which are needed badly for development, will be good for transparency, meet the financial obligation and good for funding of capital projects for development. Such improved infrastructure can help increase the internally generated revenue.

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