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Industry Cabal, NACCIMA, reveals how it’s lobbying the CBN for N500 billion

The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) will be working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to make sure that the Agric sector benefits from the recently-announced N500 billion agricultural fund earmarked for them.

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The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), a Cabal that protects the interest of big businesses, will be working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to make sure that the Agric sector benefits from the recently-announced N500 billion agricultural fund earmarked for them.

Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, the Director General of NACCIMA, who disclosed this over the weekend in Lagos, noted that the NACCIMA’s involvement was to ensure that those involved in agricultural produce for export are captured in the fund’s accessibility. According to him;

“Recently, the CBN Governor unveiled a new roadmap for economic growth and development and I am happy to say that NACCIMA as the voice of Nigeria business has been invited to be part of the funds which have been announced as being earmarked for a few areas of exportables.

“With N500billion set aside by CBN, we want to strategically work with the CBN to see that Agriculture value chain in the country, and our Chamber members especially those on the Agriculture sector tap into the new programme to boost the food basket of the country.

“We have been pushing for our members to be more engaged with various initiatives and incentives that have been announced by the government. This is part of the things we are doing to expand the capacity of Agric value chain programmes and projects.”

Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni

Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni.

Small and medium scale farmers to benefit more: According to the director, the body is also working to make sure that its members are properly informed on what the project is all about, in order to enable them to access various government funding programmes that are available. He also noted that smallholder farmers and medium-scale farmers are the major targets of the programme.

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Meanwhile, he commented on the African Continental Trade Agreement (AfCTA), stating that “NACCIMA has thrown its weight behind the Government’s decision to sign and to leverage on the advantage of the trade to develop itself.”

According to Olukanni, Nigeria cannot afford to miss out on the opportunities presented by AfCTA, especially considering the fact that the country is a major player in the continent. He then went further to assert that AfCTA will supposedly help to make sure that locally manufactured goods are well considered in the country. It will also help to restore competition in the market, he also added.

He further argued that AfCTA will help put the government on its toes because the trade agreement will lead to the country closing the infrastructural gap that has been existing for decades.

Speaking more on the competitiveness that the AfCTA will bring into the market, Olukanni maintained that when proper trade policies are put in place and thoughtfully enforced, that the country has nothing to be afraid of. Instead, the country’s competitiveness will be encouraged.

[Read This: Nigeria’s labour union threatens to commence another strike; here’s why]

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Nestle declares N28.1 billion as final dividend for 2020

The Board of Nestle Nigeria Plc has announced the payment of N28.1 billion to its shareholders as the final dividend for 2020.

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Nestle declares N28.1 billion as final dividend for 2020

The Board of leading consumer goods company, Nestle Nigeria Plc, has announced the payment of N28.1 billion to its shareholders as the final dividend for the period ended 31st December 2020.

According to the announcement published by the company on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Nestle is expected to pay a final dividend of N35.50 per share for all the outstanding 792,656,252 ordinary shares of the company.

This brings the total dividend payout to qualifying shareholders to N28.14 billion.

The final dividend, however, will be paid electronically to shareholders on the 23rd of June, 2021, subject to appropriate withholding tax and approval at the Company’s Annual General Meeting.

Other key conditions outlined by the company for qualifying shareholders include:

  • Shareholders whose names appear on the registrar of members as of 21st of May, 2021 will be considered.
  • Qualifying Shareholders must have completed the e-dividend registration and must have mandated the Registrar (Greenwich Registrars) to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts.
  • In line with this, the register of shareholders will be closed from 24th of May to 28th May 2021, to enable the registrar to process the dividends of Nestle’s shareholders.

In case you missed it

  • Nestle paid an Interim dividend of N25 per share to shareholders towards the end of 2020.
  • It is important to note that the addition of this to the final dividend of N35.5, puts Nestle’s total dividend for 2020 at N60.5 per share. This is 13.57% lower than the total dividend payout for 2019 (N70 per share).

What you should know

  • Nestle declared in its audited financial statement for 2020, that it made a profit before income tax of N60.6 billion in 2020. Indicating a decline of 14.74%, when compared with 2019 figures.
  • The company’s earnings per share (EPS) during the period under review was N49.47, 14.16% lower than 2019 EPS.

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MTN Nigeria declares largest ever revenue by a listed Nigerian entity for FY 2020

The strong revenue growth was basically due to its data-led segment as sales from the segment expanded by an impressive 51.5% Year to Year.

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MTN Nigeria recently announced another ground-breaking full-year turnover in the financial year of 2020, the highest ever recorded by a Nigerian listed entity.

Specifically, the telecom giant’s revenue expanded by 15.1% year-to-year to N1.3 trillion in the review period. The strong revenue growth was basically due to its data-led segment as sales from the segment expanded by an impressive 51.5% Year to Year.

  • Voice sales rose relatively by 5.6% year to year as the global switch to data-enabled communication subsisted.
  • MTN Nigeria Plc also announced a N5.90/share final dividend on impressive growth in its free Cash Flow for the financial year of 2020.
  • Notably, MTNN’s 4G network now covers 60.1% of the population compared to 43.8% in 2019.
  • According to MTN Nigeria, the suspension of new SIM registration enforced in mid-December did not have a material effect on the voice segment, which managed a 10.6% YoY revenue growth in Q4’20 (vs 7.0% YoY in Q3’20).

READ: MTN Group set to sell-off its 20% shareholding in BICS for $121million

In contrast, data revenue growth notably moderated to 37.5% YoY in Q4’20 compared to 55.5% YoY in Q3’20.

In a research report released by CardinalStone, the most valuable telecom company’s margin was adversely affected by currency devaluation;

“Margins were adversely affected by the effect of naira devaluation and expenses associated with new sites’ roll-out to boost 4G network coverage in FY’20.

“On the former, we note that MTNN expanded the scope of its service agreement with IHS Holding Limited and changed the reference rate for converting USD tower expenses to NAFEX (vs CBN’s official rate previously). Thus, over the full-year period, the company’s operating margin contracted by 1.9 ppts YoY to 31.7%,” the report stated.

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The company’s margin was also negatively affected by the higher cost of borrowing and the ultra-low rates prevailing at Nigeria’s debt market;

“Net finance cost increased by 25.4% YoY on the impact of higher borrowings and lower interest on investment in government securities.

“Borrowings rose by over 26.3% to N521.2 billion in FY’20, after the company notably issued its N100 billion Commercial paper in June 2020. The effect of higher borrowings combined with a tax increase (a consequence of lower investment allowance and exempt income) to keep after-tax profit growth subdued at 0.9% YoY.”

That being said, in spite of its impressive growth in revenue the Stock was trailing by 3.28% trading at N174 per share.

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