The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set a minimum capital requirement of N10 billion for Mortgage Guarantee Companies (MGCs) in the country.

Punch reports that the CBN said the licensing process for MGCs would consist of two stages: Approval in Principle (AIP) and Final Approval. The new regulation is an improvement upon the exposure draft on the operations of Mortgage Guarantee Companies, which was issued on October 17, 2018.

According to a circular titled ‘Regulations for the operations of mortgage guarantee companies in Nigeria’, distributed to all stakeholders in the mortgage sector, CBN said the new financial requirements might be varied as considered necessary.

CBN sets N10 billion minimum capital for Mortgage firms 

The apex bank made known that the new requirements were a minimum paid-up capital of N10 billion; non-refundable application of N100,000; a non-refundable licensing fee of N100 million and change of name fee of N50,000.

More details: The CBN stated that the MGCs must not engage in activities such as acceptance of demand; savings and time deposits; grant consumer, commercial or mortgage loans, among others. It also said that a MGC must maintain a capital adequacy ratio of more than 100%, determined by comparing the available solvency margin with the required solvency margin.

[READ MORE: CBN keeps MPR at 13.5%, holds other parameters]

What you should know: A Mortgage Guarantee Firm is a financial institution established to provide guarantees or partial guarantees to lenders against losses resulting from borrowers’ default on residential mortgage loans.

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The objective of MGCs, according to CBN is to “support mortgage originators such as Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBs) and commercial banks to increase mortgage lending by guaranteeing or partially guaranteeing against losses resulting from borrower defaults on their residential mortgages.”

They can also provide technical assistance to lenders on credit and business development-related activities to increase industry expertise, and other activities as may be prescribed by the CBN from time to time.

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