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.
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.
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).”
Covid-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 30th of May 2020, 553 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria bringing the total confirmed cases recorded in the country to 9,855.
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to rise as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 9,855 confirmed cases.
On the 30th of May 2020, 553 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
To date, 9855 cases have been confirmed, 2856 cases have been discharged and 273 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory having carried out 60,825 tests.
Covid-19 Case Updates- May 30th 2020
- Total Number of Cases – 9,855
- Total Number Discharged – 2,856
- Total Deaths – 273
- Total Tests Carried out – 60,825
The 553 new cases are reported from 15 states – Lagos (378), FCT (52), Delta (23), Edo (22), Rivers (14), Ogun (13), Kaduna (12), Kano (9), Borno (7), Katsina (6), Jigawa (5), Oyo (5), Yobe (3), Plateau (3), Osun (1).
The latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 4755, followed by Kano (951), Abuja at 616, Katsina (364), Edo (284), Oyo (280), Borno (271), Jigawa (270), Ogun (259), Kaduna (244), Bauchi (236), Rivers (204), Gombe (156), Sokoto (116), Plateau (104).
Kwara State has recorded 87 cases, Delta (80), Zamfara (76), Nasarawa (62), Yobe (52), Akwa Ibom and Osun (45), Ebonyi (40), Adamawa (38), Imo (34), Kebbi (33), Niger (30), Ondo (25), Ekiti (20), Taraba and Enugu (18), Bayelsa (12), Anambra (11), Abia (10), Benue (7), while Kogi state has recorded 2 cases.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
|Date||Confirmed case||New cases||Total deaths||New deaths||Total recovery||Active cases||Critical cases|
|May 30, 2020||9855||553||273||12||2856||6726||7|
|May 29, 2020||9302||387||261||2||2697||6344||7|
|May 28, 2020||8915||182||259||5||2592||6064||7|
|May 27, 2020||8733||389||254||5||2501||5978||7|
|May 26, 2020||8344||276||249||16||2385||5710||7|
|May 25, 2020||8068||229||233||7||2311||5524||7|
|May 24, 2020||7839||313||226||5||2263||5360||7|
|May 23, 2020||7526||265||221||0||2174||5131||7|
|May 22, 2020||7261||245||221||10||2007||5033||7|
|May 21, 2020||7016||339||211||11||1907||4898||7|
|May 20, 2020||6677||284||200||8||1840||4637||7|
|May 19, 2020||6401||226||192||1||1734||4475||7|
|May 18, 2020||6175||216||191||9||1644||4340||7|
|May 17, 2020||5959||388||182||6||1594||4183||7|
|May 16, 2020||5621||176||176||5||1472||3973||7|
|May 15, 2020||5445||288||171||3||1320||3954||4|
|May 14, 2020||5162||193||168||3||1180||3815||4|
|May 13, 2020||4971||184||164||6||1070||3737||4|
|May 12, 2020||4787||146||158||6||959||3670||4|
|May 11, 2020||4641||242||152||10||902||3589||4|
|May 10, 2020||4399||248||142||17||778||3479||4|
|May 9, 2020||4151||239||127||11||745||3278||4|
|May 8, 2020||3912||386||118||10||679||3115||4|
|May 7, 2020||3526||381||108||4||601||2818||4|
|May 6, 2020||3145||195||104||5||534||2507||1|
|May 5, 2020||2950||148||99||5||481||2370||4|
|May 4, 2020||2802||245||94||6||417||2291||2|
|May 3, 2020||2558||170||88||2||400||2070||2|
|May 2, 2020||2388||220||86||17||351||1952||2|
|May 1, 2020||2170||238||69||10||351||1751||2|
|April 30, 2020||1932||204||59||7||317||1556||2|
|April 29, 2020||1728||196||52||7||307||1369||2|
|April 28, 2020||1532||195||45||4||255||1232||2|
|April 27, 2020||1337||64||41||0||255||994||2|
|April 26, 2020||1273||91||41||5||239||994||2|
|April 25, 2020||1182||87||36||3||222||925||2|
|April 24, 2020||1095||114||33||1||208||855||2|
|April 23, 2020||981||108||32||3||197||753||2|
|April 22, 2020||873||91||29||3||197||648||2|
|April 21, 2020||782||117||26||3||197||560||2|
|April 20, 2020||665||38||23||1||188||466||2|
|April 19, 2020||627||86||22||2||170||436||2|
|April 18, 2020||541||48||20||2||166||356||2|
|April 17, 2020||493||51||18||4||159||317||2|
|April 16, 2020||442||35||13||1||152||277||2|
|April 15, 2020||407||34||12||1||128||267||2|
|April 14, 2020||373||30||11||1||99||263||2|
|April 13, 2020||343||20||10||0||91||242||2|
|April 12, 2020||323||5||10||0||85||228||2|
|April 11, 2020||318||13||10||3||70||238||2|
|April 10, 2020||305||17||7||0||58||240||2|
|April 9, 2020||288||14||7||1||51||230||2|
|April 8, 2020||274||22||6||0||44||226||2|
|April 7, 2020||254||16||6||1||44||204||2|
|April 6, 2020||238||6||5||0||35||198||2|
|April 5, 2020||232||18||5||1||33||194||2|
|April 4, 2020||214||5||4||0||25||185||0|
|April 3, 2020||209||25||4||2||25||180||0|
|April 2, 2020||184||10||2||0||20||162||0|
|April 1, 2020||174||35||2||0||9||163||0|
|March 31, 2020||139||8||2||0||9||128||0|
|March 30, 2020||131||20||2||1||8||121||0|
|March 29, 2020||111||22||1||0||3||107||0|
|March 28, 2020||89||19||1||0||3||85||0|
|March 27, 2020||70||5||1||0||3||66||0|
|March 26, 2020||65||14||1||0||2||62||0|
|March 25, 2020||51||7||1||0||2||48||0|
|March 24, 2020||44||4||1||0||2||41||0|
|March 23, 2020||40||10||1||1||2||37||0|
|March 22, 2020||30||8||0||0||2||28||0|
|March 21, 2020||22||10||0||0||1||21||0|
|March 20, 2020||12||4||0||0||1||11||0|
|March 19, 2020||8||0||0||0||1||7||0|
|March 18, 2020||8||5||0||0||1||7||0|
|March 17, 2020||3||1||0||0||0||3||0|
|March 16, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 15, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 14, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 13, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 12, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 11, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 10, 2020||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 9, 2020||2||1||0||0||0||2||0|
|March 8, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 7, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 6, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 5, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 4, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 3, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 2, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|March 1, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|February 29, 2020||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|February 28, 2020||1||1||0||0||0||1||0|
KPMG, PwC, Accenture prepare to become Crypto auditors
Big Four firms and other leading brands are working with several crypto and blockchain firms on ways to combat interoperability, regulatory challenges and development of the technology.
No doubt, the Blockchain technology, along with the adoption of cryptocurrencies, is getting bigger. The business end of the market is expected to reach $21 billion over the next five years.
Expectedly, professional services giants are now taking a larger role in tackling new challenges in the market, the Big Four firms and other leading brands are working with several crypto and blockchain firms on ways to combat interoperability, regulatory challenges and development of the technology.
Henri Arslanian, PwC’s global crypto leader, told Cointelegraph that the Big Four firms majorly have a vital role in the advancement of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, saying:
“Although Bitcoin was designed with a trustless ideology, the reality is that the industry still requires trusted entities to catalyze the development of the ecosystem.”
Arslanian added that when he first joined PwC years back, few people took crypto seriously. However, he saw an increasing demand for crypto assets, with some businesses starting to accept Bitcoin payments from clients.
“Over the last couple of months, we’ve expanded our work. We recently closed the first-ever crypto fundraising deal at PwC, in which we led a $14 million Series A round for a Swiss-based crypto firm with Asian family offices. We are also the auditor for BC Group, a publicly listed crypto company in Hong Kong.”
BC Group CEO, Hugh Madden, also said that BC’s vision was to make use of crypto assets in Asia’s financial market. In turn, BC Group must set standards for compliance, security, and performance. Madden buttressed on the role of audits play by saying:
“Auditing, like regulatory clarity, provides confidence to all stakeholders that companies are operating transparently and adhering to expected industry standards. As the business of digital assets continues to grow and mature, and compliance and regulatory standards become more robust, auditors will continue to play a pivotal role.”
KPMG United States blockchain audit leader, Erich Braun, further contributed by saying that a business’s blockchain system should be developed with the intent to meet both accounting and operational needs to meet with accounting standards:
“SEC issuers will want to design blockchain technologies to support the entity’s internal control over financial reporting. Being able to prove how these technologies achieve their aims in a well-controlled environment is critical to a successful blockchain strategy. If the technology is not auditable, the immense benefits it brings, such as increasing efficiencies and cutting costs, may not be realized.”
Henri Arslanian, added in his closing remarks that the Big Four firms are indeed the most important players for the crypto asset space. He said:
“I believe the Big Four firms will serve as the bridge between the crypto ecosystem and the institutional world. It is good for both the crypto ecosystem and for professional services firms like ours as a new source of clients that we can help.”
What you need to know as banks rebrand CBN intervention funds to woo borrowers
CBN is releasing cheap funds to strategic sectors of the economy to hopefully restart the economy and possibly save the Nation from looming recession.
If like me you follow Nigerian Banks across social media networks, then like me you must have rebroadcasted some of their colorful advertising telling the world of their low-interest loans to fight COVID- 19, and hopefully restart the economy. One thing you must have noticed, however, during those rebroadcasts is how highlights of the advertisements- rates, tenor, and target industries- are the same no matter the brand.
Well, that is because the Banks are all advertising the same product; CBN’s intervention funds.
What does that mean?
CBN in a bid to reclaim the economic frontiers already lost to the COVID- 19 pandemics is releasing cheap funds to strategic sectors of the economy to hopefully restart the economy and possibly save the Nation from looming recession.
In April 14, 2020, a press release by the CBN Governor titled “Turning the COVID- 19 tragedy into an opportunity for a new Nigeria”, he highlighted a three-phase approach to tackling the pandemic to include an immediate, short term and medium term timelines of 0-3months, 0-12months and 0-3 years respectively. Critical to these phases are different aspects of the economy that need to be tackled in each phase. These key sectors include the health sector, manufacturing, and infrastructure, while others include agriculture and power.
To this end, the CBN has provided easily accessible loans to businesses in these sectors at below the market rate. These loans could either be overdrafts or long term loans that come with a moratorium, are accessible through the DMBs who assess the prospective borrower’s creditworthiness, and pass the same to the CBN for ratification and approval.
The intervention funds are placed in the following categories: Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF), Commercial Agric Credit Scheme (CACS), and the Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF) which funds the N100billion credit support intervention for the health sector.
All the loans are reasonably priced at 9% except for the health sector loans which are presently 5% and will revert to 9% in March of 2021.
Why the intervention?
Because the CBN believes that by accompanying these funds with the necessary policies and regulatory backings that they can revamp the Nigerian economy by fast-tracking the development of the Nigerian economy through these sectors. A move that will generate employment, diversify revenue base, provide input for the industrial sector and ultimately increase foreign exchange earnings.
This is what the CBN is all about.
What’s in it for the Banks?
Apart from the obvious- a spread on the loan amount, commissions on transactions, and other ancillary charges, the Banks are also playing their roles in working towards a better economy where we can all thrive.
So, when next you come across such advertisements… tell the next person. Let’s build a better economy together.