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Thomas Cook’s bankruptcy threatens tourism 

British Travel Company and airline, Thomas Cook has shut down and declared bankrupt leaving 600,000 people stranded across the world.   

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British Travel Company and airline, Thomas Cook has shut down and declared bankrupt leaving 600,000 people stranded across the world.   

Reports have it that the company failed to meet a deadline to secure new funding and so had no choice but to collapse. 

Thomas Cook had been trying to avoid collapse after the Royal Bank of Scotland and a range of other banks demanded that Thomas Cook Group PLC find £200 million ($250 million) in funding by this upcoming week. 

The news was conveyed by Thomas Cook’s Chief Executive, Peter Fankhauser in a statement released early on Monday morning.  

Fankhauser said, “I would like to apologize to our millions of customers, and thousands of employees, suppliers, and partners who have supported us for many years. We are sorry to announce that Thomas Cook has ceased trading with immediate effect. 

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“This marks a deeply sad day for the company which pioneered package holidays and made travel possible for millions of people around the worldDespite huge efforts over several months, and further intense negotiations in recent days, we have not been able to secure a deal to save our business. I know that this outcome will be devastating to many people and cause a lot of anxiety, stress, and disruption.  

As at the time of the closure, around 600,000 Thomas Cook customers were reported to be traveling, some of whom were scheduled to fly to their destinations with the airline.  

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An operation was put in motion to solve the crisis on the ground by the British Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority under the code name “Operation Matterhorn,” where stranded passengers were assisted to get to their destinations.  

However, travelers, who had booked flights, could encounter up to 2 weeks delay in rebooking with another airline. Costs of the flights were expected to be covered by the ATOL or Air Travel Organiser’s License protection scheme, a fund which provides for repatriation of British travelers if an airline ceases to operate. 

Threat to tourism: The shutdown has left many people stranded, and at the same time, left fuel suppliers out of pocket. More so, Thomas Cook’s shutdown compelled the closure of its hundreds of travel agents across British high streets.   

In order to manage the lingering challenges, British regulator was said to have contacted hotels hosting Thomas Cook customers to tell them that they would be paid by the government through an insurance scheme. That was after some were briefly held in a hotel in Tunisia when staff asked for additional payments to be made.  

In Germany, a major customer market for Thomas Cook, insurance companies will coordinate the response. 

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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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NB Plc to raise additional N20 billion from its N100 billion Commercial Paper

Nigerian Breweries has announced the continuation of its N100 billion Commercial Paper (CP) Issuance Programme.

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dividend, Nigerian Breweries reports reduced profits for first three quarters of 2019 , Analysis: Nigeria Breweries, the glory days are gone, Nigerian Breweries to raise additional N20 billion from its N100 billion CP programme

Nigerian Breweries has announced the continuation of its N100 billion Commercial Paper (CP) Issuance Programme in a bid to raise up to N20 billion to support its short term funding needs. The company has launched Series 9 and 10 of the programme for this purpose.

This information was disclosed in a notification signed by the Company’s Secretary, Uaboi G. Agbebaku, and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The notification reads;

“[Nigerian Breweries Plc] is pleased to inform the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public of the continuation of its “CP” (Commercial Paper) programme with the launch of Series 9 and 10 of the programme.

“Series 9 of the Commercial Paper programme would be for a tenor of 180 days, while Series 10 would be for 270 days. However, the launch of the CP opens today 23rd October 2020.”

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What you should know

According to data obtained from Financial Market Dealers Quote (FMDQ), Nigerian Breweries has raised up to N90.12 billion since the start of the year.

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  • N52.76 billion was raised from Series 6 between February 12 to November 6, 2020.
  • N13.03 billion was raised from Series 7 from April 15 to October 14, 2020.
  • N24.33 billion was raised from Series 8 from April 15 to January 8, 2021.
  • The recent issuance of the Series 9 and 10 CP will bring the total funds raised to N110.12 billion.

Why it matters

  • The CP will help the company navigate through the recent impact of COVID-19 and other trade disruptions.
  • The programme will strengthen the balance sheet of the company, and enable the brewer to execute its plans while delivering value to customers and creating wealth for shareholders,
  • In like manner, the CP programme is expected to provide opportunities for non-equity investors to invest in the company and support its cost management initiatives.

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MTN shareholders have made approximately N1 trillion since April 2020

Shareholders of MTN Nigeria gained close to a trillion naira in less than 7 months.

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MTN Nigeria, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc. begins N100 billion commercial paper issuance today

MTN Nigeria shareholders have gained N986.58 billion since the first trading session in April 2020.

This was uncovered by calculating the difference in the telecommunication giant’s market capitalization of ₦1.832 trillion at the open of trade, for the first trading session in the month of April 2020, and the market capitalization of ₦2.646 trillion at the close of trade in the first trading session in the month of October.

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This gives a whopping N814 billion increase in market capitalization, and this with the dividend the company has paid to shareholders on two occasions between this time period, brings the total gains both realized and unrealized to approximately N1 trillion.

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Hence, the N814 billion increase in market capitalization translates to the joint gains MTN investors have made from the increase in the shares of the company, as the share price of the company has increased by 44.44% or ₦40.00 between April 1, 2020, and October 2, 2020, with the share price of increasing from ₦90.00 to ₦130.00.

However, the gains MTN NG investors have made from their investments in the telecommunication company, is not limited to the gains driven by the increase in the price of the shares.

READ: World Bank says Nigerian banks are at risk of being destabilised by COVID-19

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Recall that the company declared payment of dividends to its shareholders on two occasions, as investors/shareholders of the company, whose names appear in the Register of Members, as of the close of business on April 17, 2020 and August 14, 2020 were paid a cumulative dividend per share of ₦8.47, for all the outstanding shares of 20,354,513,050 held by the shareholders, and this translates to a total dividend payout of N171 billion by the company to its shareholders.

It is noteworthy that the realized and unrealized gains MTN investors have made from holding the shares over this period stands at N986.58 billion.

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LASACO Assurance Plc Chairman, Aderinola Disu resigns from the Board of Directors

Aderinola Disu resigned her position as a Director on the Board of LASACO Assurance.

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Lasaco Assurance Plc has announced the resignation of its former Chairman, Mrs. Aderinola Disu, as a Director on the Board. The resignation took effect from the 8th of September, 2020.

The following information is contained in a press release made available to the public, signed by the company Secretary, Gertrude Olutekunbi, and verified by Nairametrics.

The notification also revealed that, the aforementioned firm has received a provisional approval from the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to appoint two other directors.

READ: 3 bank directors resign from NESG in protest to CBN immunity letter

The two newly appointed directors are; Dr (Mrs.) Maria Olateju Phillips, and Prince Jamiu Adio Saka, both appointed to a Non-Executive Director role.

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Profile of the two newly appointed Directors

Chief (Mrs.) Teju Phillips, is a successful Chartered Accountant, who holds an ACCA from England and Wales. She is multilingual and has extensive experience in Management/Consultancy services, that spans across many years in both the public and private sectors. She has served as a Director in Keystone Bank; Director, Lagos State Lottery Board; Honorable Commissioner for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations in Lagos State; Managing Director of Alma Beach Estate Ltd (a subsidiary of Rims Merchant Bank Ltd); Managing Director, Maridot Ventures Ltd. among others.

READ: FIRS retires coordinating directors, appoints new ones

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Prince Jamiu Adio Saka, is an accomplished Insurance professional, having practiced in Canada and Nigeria. He brings to the board over 30 years of experience as a Broker.

Lasaco Assurance Plc, is a listed Nigerian firm that provides life and general insurance services, which includes motor, bond, contractors-all-risk, fire, burglary, aviation, marine, general accident, life, pension schemes, engineering, and oil and gas. The company has a market capitalization of about N2.05 billion and it share price currently trades at N0.28 kobo.

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