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UPDC seeks approval to list N15.96 billion worth rights issue 

UPDC has submitted an application to the NSE for the approval and listing of a Rights Issue of 15,961, 563, 260 ordinary shares.

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UPDC seeks approval to list N15.96 billion rights issue 

UACN Property Development Company Plc (UPDC) has through its Stockbroker, Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited, submitted an application to The Nigerian Stock Exchange for the approval and listing of a Rights Issue of N15.96 billion.

The rights issue is of Fifteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Sixty One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty-Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty (15,961, 563, 260) ordinary shares of Fifty Kobo (N0.50) each at One Naira (N1.00) per share, on the basis of forty-three (43) new ordinary shares for every seven (7) ordinary shares held.

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[READ MORE: Wapic Insurance seeks NSE’s approval to list 15.6 billion rights issue]

In a notification sent to dealing members of the stock market, the NSE disclosed that the Qualification Date for the rights issue was scheduled for Monday, September 30, 2019. 

Possible reasons: The proposed rights issue is believed to be raised as a means of repaying UPDC’s short term debt obligations.  

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It is of common knowledge that a rights issue is a way for companies to raise capital. In this regard, capital is raised when investors pay for the new shares that are being issued.  

Prior to this development, UAC Nigeria announced to spin off its shareholding in UPDC to its shareholders. Figures from UPDC’s FY 2018 results, however, show that UAC holds 64.16% or 1.6 billion of the 2.5 billion outstanding shares. 

What you should know: UPDC has been on the losing side for several years, despite efforts to turn it around.   

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Results for the half-year ended June 2019 show that the firm recorded a N1.2 billion loss. 2018 audited results show that the firm recorded a N15 billion loss. Auditors had expressed concern over the status of the firm.   

[READ ALSO: International Breweries seeks capital raise through rights issue]

The company has been losing despite the fact that it raised N5 billion through a rights issue in 2017 largely to deleverage its balance sheet. Parent company UAC, in 2017, also had to raise funds through a rights issue, with part of the proceeds used to take up its shares in the UPDC fundraise. 

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Real Estate and Construction

Nigerian Real Estate and COVID in 19 Slides

Validate investment cases and focus energies on property sectors that are more resistant to shocks.

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Nigeria is rapidly approaching an economic crisis as the COVID-19 global pandemic has put the world on lockdown and sent Brent crude oil prices to a 20-year low. Spurred by lower global demand and reliance on oil exports for 90% of its foreign exchange income, Nigeria’s economy and her fragile currency are being pushed to their breaking point.

In this report, we will focus on the impact this pandemic will have on the real estate market in Nigeria. So far, key themes include mass concessions, re-negotiation and restructuring activity, slowed decision making, stretched out project deliveries due to the lockdown and more. After outlining the potential property sector losers, hospitality and retail most especially, alongside potential winners (industrial and healthcare), we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual property sectors and the direction of rentals, capital markets and more.

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Within this uncertain environment, we recommend that market participants including asset owners, real estate service providers and others stress test their businesses at varying levels of reduced income, use the downtime for market research to validate investment cases and focus energies on property sectors that are more resistant to shocks.

Download the report through the link in the header.

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IMF appoints Ceda Ogada as new director and secretary of the fund 

Before joining the IMF, Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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The International Monetary fund (IMF) has announced the appointment of Mr. Ceda Ogada as the Secretary of the Fund and Director of the Secretary’s Department with effect from September 1, 2020, following the retirement of the former Secretary, Mr Jianhai Lin. 

This was disclosed in a press statement by IMF on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 

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While making the announcement, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said, Ceda has outstanding institutional knowledge, strategic and intellectual heft, and people leadership. His unparalleled ability to bring people together, combined with his profound appreciation of the Fund’s institutional history and legal principles, as well as a strong service orientation, will help the Fund to even more effectively serve our member countries in a very challenging economic environment.” 

Mr. Ogada joined the IMF’s Legal Department in 1999 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy General Counsel in 2014. During this time, he has worked on virtually all aspects of the Fund’s work, including advising on the governance of the Fund, on country operations, helping to develop Fund policies and implementation guidance, and providing technical assistance to member countries.  

According to the statement, ‘’Some of the key projects that he has worked on include the Fund’s enhanced policy to address governance and corruption issues, ensuring the adequacy of the Fund’s lending resources, reforms in lending policy such as the establishment of the Flexible Credit Line (FCL) and the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT), reviews on surveillance policy and capacity development strategy and transparency, archives and communications policies.’ 

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The new Secretary of the fund was heavily involved in the work on euro area crisis countries during the global financial crisis. Recently, he has led the Legal Department in promoting good governance and transparency in several countries, together with the use of emergency financing for the COVID-19 crisis. 

Before he joined IMF, Mr. Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a legal expert and also before that he was in private legal practice in the United States. He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College. Mr. Ogada is a citizen of Kenya. 

 

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Just in: Suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, finally released from detention

Magu’s lawyer confirmed his release from the custody of the DSS.

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The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has been released from police custody after about 10 days in detention.

According to a monitored report, this was confirmed by his lawyer, Tosin Ojaomo, who said that the EFCC boss is no longer under custody.

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The suspended EFCC boss was invited by the presidential probe panel headed by Ayo Salami, a retired President of the Appeal Court to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on July 6 over allegations bordering on corruption and financial misconduct.

He was later moved to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja where he has since been detained.

Just earlier today, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, asked Magu, to direct his bail application to the presidential probe panel.

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This was in response to a request by Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, Magu’s legal representative, who asked the IGP to grant bail to his client on self-recognisance after the suspended EFCC chief had spent four days in custody.

But in a letter dated July 14, 2020, and addressed to Mr Ojaomo, the IGP said the police force is not investigating and detaining Magu, so, it cannot grant the bail request.

It also advised the lawyer to redirect his request to the chairman of the presidential probe panel for appropriate action.

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