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BRT operator, Primero lists N16.5 billion bond on the NSE

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Blue BRT Takeover: How Primero is transforming Nigeria’s transportation system, COVID-19

The Nigerian Stock Exchange has approved the Listing of Primero BRT Securitization SPV Plc’s N16,500,000,000 Series 1, 17% Fixed Rate Bonds Due 2026. The bond is listed under the N100,000,000,000 Medium Term Bond Program via Offer for Subscription. 

Dunn Loren Merrifield Advisory Partners; Greenwich Trust Limited; and SCM Capital Limited advised on the deal. 

The company aims to use the funds raised from the sale of the bonds to finance its operations. Primero Transport Services Limited provides transportation services for Lagosians under its Bus Rapid Transport scheme (BRT). The company set up a Special Purpose Vehicle “SPV” Primero BRT Securitization SPV Plc which raised the bonds on its behalf. By listing the bond on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, investors can buy and sell it at a market-determined price.  

Deep diveBlue BRT Takeover: How Primero is transforming Nigeria’s transportation system

Plans of listing: In a chat with Nairametrics earlier in the year, the CEO of the company Fola Tinubu revealed the company has gone from a monthly revenue of N50 million in 2015 to more than N600 million in 2017. The average income generated per month is currently estimated at N1 billion. Tinubu also revealed that plans were underway to list the company’s shares on the Nigeran Stock Exchange in 2 years’ time. 

“Do we want to be quoted on the Nigerian Stock Market? Yes. We will be going to the Nigerian Stock Exchange probably by the end of next year. This is because the rule is that you need to have been in operation for four years before you can go to the market so that people will know your track-record and see what you’ve done and how you’ve done it. So, by the third quarter of 2019, we will be preparing to go to the market. And hopefully, by the first quarter of 2021, we will be quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.” 

Primero Transport Services commenced operations in 2015 and has over 400 buses plying several routes in Lagos. The company informed Nairametrics of plans to increase its fleet of buses by 300 and to 2000 in Lagos in the next few years. It is also exploring plans to expand operations to other states in the country.  

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    FG to support MSME contribution to economy to boost development – Minister

    The Minister said that the FG has schemes aimed at improving the post-pandemic climate for SMEs in Nigeria.

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    FG releases new details on MSMEs support scheme, budgets N200 billion for loans, FG says 174,574 successfully register for N75 billion MSME survival fund in 48 hours

    The Federal Government declared that it is working with stakeholders to improve MSME participation in the economy through improving the business climate which will create jobs.

    This was disclosed by Amb. Mariam Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, at the 7th EMPRETEC Global Summit,  on Tuesday, themed “The Role of Entrepreneurship, MSME and EMPRETEC in post-COVID-19 Resurgence.”

    The Minister stated that the MSME sector of the economy is the growth engine of any economy which contributes to its development, job creation and export, amongst others.

    “An MSMEs survey indicates that Nigeria’s SMEs contribute nearly 50 percent of the country’s GDP and account for over 80 percent of employment. No doubt, the sector is pivotal to Nigeria’s growth, including reducing poverty and unemployment levels.

    It has, therefore, become more apparent that supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses by creating opportunities for MSMEs to thrive is essential for increasing productivity, creating jobs, and boosting our economy.

    This is why the Government is working with stakeholders across all sectors, to create the enabling environment for entrepreneurs and MSMEs to ensure that they grow now and into the future,” she stated.

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    The Minister said that the FG has schemes aimed at improving the post-pandemic climate for SMEs in Nigeria. She also disclosed that the FG launched the National Policy on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), a framework for the resolution of the challenges faced by the sector.

    The programmes launched by the FG includes the Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-take Schemes, operated by a Steering Committee in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

    “The Government of Nigeria had, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, initiated the MSMEs Clinics scheme as a strategy, aimed at providing support for the MSMEs in the country.

    At the clinics, operators in the MSMEs space are engaged by regulators and business advisory experts, on issues ranging from entrepreneurship, skill development, finance, quality & standards, and on how to facilitate and grow their businesses and enterprises,” she added.

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    What you should know 

    Nigeria’s unemployment rate as of the end of 2020 rose to 33.3% from 27.1% recorded as of Q2 2020, indicating that about 23,187,389 (23.2 million) Nigerians remain unemployed.

    A combination of both the unemployment and underemployment rate for the reference period gave a figure of 56.1%. This means that 33.3% of the labour force in Nigeria or 23,187,389 persons either did nothing or worked for less than 20 hours a week, making them unemployed by our definition in Nigeria.

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    Amazon to open its first African office in South Africa

    Amazon already launched its data centres for AWS in Cape Town but its eCommerce services had until now, not been available in Africa,

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    Amazon- More than 19,000 workers got the Covid-19 virus

    Amazon, US retail giant has announced that it would be opening its first African office in South Africa with a real estate investment of over R4 billion. This announcement is coming a week after Twitter choose to open its first African office in Ghana.

    Authorities in Cape Town noted that Amazon would be occupying a new development in River Club, a prime section of the city. This new development will create 5,239 jobs in the construction phase alone. Along with 19,000 indirect and induced jobs.

    The 15-hectare parcel of land will cost R4 billion and include two precincts. Authorities said the first precinct of 60,000sqm will occupy different layers of development; while the second section of 70,000 will hold Amazon headquarters in Africa.

    Cape town city officials noted that “US retail giant, Amazon, will be the anchor tenant, opening a base of operations on the African continent. The development is envisaged to take place in phases, with construction set to take place over three to five years.

    It is clear that this development offers many economic, social and environmental benefits for the area. We are committed to driving investment to revitalize the economy, which is slowly recovering following the impact of Covid-19.”

    What you should know

    Amazon already launched its data centres for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in cape town but its eCommerce services had until now, not been available in Africa.

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