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Ikeja Hotel Plc is considering a capital raise

Ikeja Hotel Plc may soon be considering a capital raise. The company’s management disclosed this during a Facts Behind The Figure session.

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Ikeja Hotel Plc may be considering a capital raise sometime in the near future. The new management of the company disclosed this yesterday during a Facts Behind The Figure session held at the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The company recorded a revenue increase of 9.45% from N12.1 billion in 2017 to N13.2 billion in 2018. The earnings before interest and tax rose from N1.4 billion in 2018 to N1.9 billion in 2019 while profit after tax also rose by 83.12% from N603 million in 2017, to N1.1 billion in 2018.

While addressing stockbrokers, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Theophilus Eniola Netufo, linked the improved performance in profit to effective cost of management and planning which was established by the new management team.

Olumide Bolumole, Divisional Head, Listings Business, NSE presenting the replica of the gong to Theophilus Eniola Netufo, Chief Operating Officer, Ikeja Hotel Plc

Netufo expressed his optimism that the company’s growth will be retained because measures have been put in place to ensure that statutory obligation will be complied with.

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He also stated that Ikeja Hotels made enormous savings in the 2018 financial year, due to prompt payment of all required payments to the federal government and other agencies, improved marketing and cost reduction.

“We have zero tolerance for the default. All our reports are returned at the appropriate time. We don’t wait for any government agency to slam us with fine. In 2018, we did not pay a dime. No penalty. No fine”

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Speaking further, the COO disclosed that the firm would be seeking to raise capital to rehabilitate the 1st to 4th floor of the Sheraton Lagos, as well as the public area.

“The 5th and 6th floors were renovated in 2017. That has driven our revenue. The room rate is very high.

“We are looking for money to renovate the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor and the public area. We want to move now. We want to move as quickly as possible because many hotels are coming up, and we don’t want to be caught in the web. We want to position the hotel so we can stay competitive.

“We want to improve our banquet facilities. We see what’s happening in Lagos. (Federal Palace Hotel). We want to replicate the same thing.” 

Meanwhile, the company’s General Manager, Barry Curran, also provided some more details on the 2018 operating numbers.

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“Our room growth 18/17 was 12%. That’s a big number when you consider we are a mature business. Our food and beverage growth year on year was 11%. We had about 10%/11% growth in our topline growth for the year (2018).

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“Our compset (competitive set) includes all of the big hotels on the island and mainland. There are 7 hotels in our compset we measure ourselves against. We are one of the biggest hotels, with 340 rooms.   We did 58.4% occupancy over 12 months (in 2018). The average within our in compset was 51.5%.

“Even occupancy itself is not the best measure.  We use a metric called Revpa (Revenue per available room). Our revpa for the entire year grew by 30.2%. While our compset went –0.8%. The average length of stay in our hotel is 3.5 nights.” 

In response to a question from Nairametrics about whether the firm would take up an additional stake in Federal Palace Hotel (since Sun International is in the process of divesting), the company’s COO said that would be a board decision.

Other members of the company’s board that attended the event are- the Non-Executive Director, Dr. Alex Thomopulos, General Manager, Barry Curran, and the Company Secretary, Mrs. Chisom Umeofia.

Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - [email protected]

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COVID-19: Lufthansa resumes flights to Nigeria after 8 months suspension

After eight months of suspension due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Lufthansa Airline has resumed its flights to Nigeria.

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Lufthansa Airline has resumed its flights to Nigeria after eight months suspension due to Coronavirus pandemic. The first Lufthansa flight arrived in Lagos on Thursday, 03 December 2020.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the airline on Friday and seen by Nairametrics.

According to the airline, it is expected to do up to eight weekly departures scheduled from Lagos and Abuja Airports to Frankfurt. The German carrier also will offer up to five weekly departures from Lagos to Frankfurt and starting on 08 December also connect the capital Abuja with three weekly departures.

Adenike Macaulay, General Manager, Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea Lufthansa Group Airlines, said, “All intending travellers to Nigeria must have tested negative for Covid-19 as PCR test in the country of departure pre-boarding. The PCR test must be done within 120 hours before departure and preferably within 72 hours pre-boarding. International travellers will require a second test to be done in Nigeria, seven days after arrival.

“All long-haul flights depart from Nigeria in the evening as overnight flights, arriving in Lufthansa’s main hub Frankfurt in the early morning. This allows all passengers from Nigeria to get the full choice of connecting flights to European, American and Asian destinations, leaving all from the same terminal 1.

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‘’As we have received the final permission to reopen our flight operations, we are happy to be the first airline to reconnect Nigeria directly to the centre of Europe and onwards to all other continents. We offer a considerable number of flights to the US and Canada, allowing our Nigerian guests to have family members and friends again at reach throughout the world. Health and safety continue to be our top priority and we are committed to maintaining strict adherence to hygiene regulations for all our flights.”

What you need to know

Nairametrics had reported when Lufthansa notified its patrons of the suspension of all flights out of Nigeria from 23 March 2020 to 19 April 2020. This was disclosed in an email sent by the airline through its agency, Lufthansa City Centre TIFA Travels and seen by Nairametrics.

In the notification, the airline explained that the decision was due to the current global situation and to curb the spread of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. It read,

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“Lufthansa flights out of Nigeria are hereby suspended from 23 March 2020 until 19 April 2020. The last flights from Lagos, Abuja & Port Harcourt will operate on Sunday 22 March 2020, to resume on 20 April 2020 as currently planned.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, its offices were closed to walk-in customers until further notice, however, “we can be reached via telephone lines of our ticketing offices and reservation e-mails. We hope for your understanding as we would do our utmost best to ensure a quick response to your requests.”

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Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc projects N60.13 million profit in Q1 2021

Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has projected a Profit after Tax (PAT) of N60.13million in its 2021 Q1.

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Abbey Mortgage Bank announce the appointment of substantive Managing Director, and 5 Directors.

Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has projected a Profit after Tax (PAT) of N60.13million in its 2021 Q1.

According to the earnings forecast issued by the bank and seen by Nairametrics, it projected the 134.7% Q-o-Q rise from a loss of N173.49 million recorded in its most audited financial statement for Q3, 2020.

key highlights of its earnings forecast for Q1 2021 when compared with Q3 2020 figures include;

  • Pre-tax profit increased to N88.4 million, +151.5% Q-o-Q.
  • Interest income increased to approximately N515.9 million, +55.45% Q-o-Q.
  • Net operating income increased to N421.94 million, +79.9% Q-o-Q.
  • Interest expense increased to N208.06 million, +63.95% Q-o-Q.
  • Operating expenses declined to N333.52 million, -17.9% Q-o-Q.
  • Credit loss expense increased to N19.83 million, +100% Q-o-Q
  • Gross earnings of N649.83 million
  • Taxation of N28.3 million
  • Other income of N133.84 million.

Bottom line

Despite recording not too impressive results in its last financial statements, the firm is, however, optimistic going for Q1 2021 as reflected in its forecast.

This optimism might be premised on the news of a positive general economy by Q1 2021, which will trickle down to various sub-sectors of the economy.

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Nigeria needs $3trillion in 30 years to reduce infrastructure deficit – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that Nigeria will need $3trillion in the next 30 years to reduce its infrastructural deficit.

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The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria will need $3trillion in the next 30 years to reduce its infrastructural deficit.

He disclosed this while featuring at a webinar organized by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Osinbajo told the webinar that Nigeria needs to adopt new models of investments for infrastructural developments because relying on public expenditure alone is not sustainable.

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The seminar discussed the roles of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in developing Nigerian infrastructure. The Vice President said Nigeria still face a huge infrastructural deficit, despite government investment which is a roadblock to rapid economic growth.

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The Federal Government recognizes this fact, which is why we are considering other approaches to complement and boost financing for the development and maintenance of infrastructure in Nigeria.

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“It is clear that this deficit can only be made up by private investment. Private sector is 92 per cent of GDP, while the public sector is mere 8 per cent. So, the synergy between the public and private sector through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) is really the realistic solution.

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“The fact that only N2.49 trillion was appropriated for capital expenditure in 2020, reflects the importance of deliberate and pragmatic action to boost infrastructural spending.

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“It seems to me to be quite clear that the financial outlay and management capability required for infrastructural development and service delivery outstrip the financial and technical resources available to government.

“In other words, the traditional method of building infrastructure through budgetary allocations is inadequate and set to become harder because of increasingly limited fiscal space,” he said.

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He revealed that the FG has launched a series of PPP’s to enable Nigeria meet its infrastructure deficit needs, citing the roles of agencies like the BPE with PPP’s.

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The Federal Government has recently issued a circular on the administration of PPP projects in the country to provide the much-needed clarity.

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“The circular re-emphasises that the BPE shall be responsible for the concession of public enterprises and infrastructure already listed in the First and Second Schedules of the Public Enterprises Act.

“The circular equally stipulates that the BPE shall act on behalf of the Federal Government, as the counterparty on all infrastructure projects being developed on a PPP basis,” he said.

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He disclosed that the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) would continue to act as the regulatory agency for PPP transactions, with directives including inspections and monitoring PPP projects.

“It is expected that this new policy direction would provide clarity to stakeholders and foster the improvement of PPP programmes in the country.

“Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as the multilateral agencies and our development partners are urged to support the PPP policy objectives and institutional arrangements already put up by government,” he said.

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What you should know 

  • Nairametrics reported last month that Moody Investors Services revealed that Nigeria needs to spend about $3 trillion in over 30 years to bridge the infrastructural gap experienced in the country.
  • The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, revealed that the Federal Government needs at least N500 billion annually for the next 3 years to develop and fix its 35,000 kilometres road network, as work continues on 13,000 kilometres of the network.
  • Nairametrics also reported last month that the FG approved the establishment of an infrastructure company that will be wholly focused on critical infrastructural investments in the country.

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