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Insurance firms are reportedly selling off assets to meet NAICOM’s recapitalisation deadline

Some insurance firms in Nigeria have reportedly resorted to selling off their real estate assets, as the new recapitalisation deadline set by NAICOM draws nearer.

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Some insurance firms in Nigeria have reportedly resorted to selling off their real estate assets, as the new December 2020 recapitalisation deadline set by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) draws nearer.

As Nairametrics earlier reported, NAICOM is requiring that all the insurance companies offering Life, Non-Life, Composite and reinsurance packages, must increase their capital base from N2 billion, N3 billion, N5 billion and N10 billion to N8 billion, N10 billion, N18 billion and N20 billion, respectively.

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As expected, the development threw a lot of insurance companies into a frenzy, with many scampering to meet the deadline. Some have even resorted to raise capital through rights issues and commercial paper issuances.

And now, other insurance operatoes are exploring selling off their real estate properties in order to shore up capital and fulfil the financial requirement.

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It should be noted that NAICOM is not recognising real estate properties as capital in the recapitalisation process. This is why these insurance companies are having to sell off their properties in order to raise cash.

[READ MORE: NAICOM set to support firms unable to meet recap plan)

Unfortunately, they are facing some challenges in this regard. According to Daily Sun, saturation in the Nigerian real estate sector is making it difficult for some of the insurance companies to find potential buyers for their properties. Some of these insurance companies are AXA Mansard and Niger Insurance.

On the other hand, the Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Ganiyu Musa, disclosed that for a long time, his company resisted the idea of selling off its landed properties until it had no choice but to. According to him, the company has been able to realise billions of naira from the sale of some of its real estate assets. He said:

“Of course, our original intention was to hold it for the long term but shortly after we completed it, NAICOM then came up with the recapitalisation programme and unfortunately, one of the provisions of the exercise is that investments in properties would not be allowed as admissible asset.  

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“So, we are now in a situation where we have invested about N4 billion of our funds and the regulator is saying, ‘Oh sorry! This N4 billion will not count.’ We took the big decision to sell the property which we did at a very handsome price. 

“And just in one fell swoop, it resolved many issues. We now have a significant amount of liquidity, we do not have the headache of recapitalisation and we have done what the regulator wants, which is to convert any property to cash.”  

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Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs. He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor. Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan. If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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COVID-19: Russia produces first batch of its newly approved vaccine

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COVID-19: J&J starts vaccine trials on humans after success on monkeys

Russia announced on Saturday, August 15, 2020, that it has produced the first batch of its newly approved vaccine, Sputnik V, hours after the health ministry reported the start of its production.

The disclosure was made in a statement by the Russian Health Ministry and quoted by Russian news agencies.

This is coming some days after the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, announced the registration of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine in what could be described as a step ahead of other vaccine developments.

The announcement is seen as a propaganda coup for the Russian government against the west amid a global race to develop vaccines against the coronavirus disease.

The announcement of the vaccine registration by Putin was met with caution from scientists and the World Health Organization (WHO), who said that it still needed a rigorous safety review. Some of the scientists fear that with this fast regulatory approval, Russia may be putting national prestige ahead of safety.

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Putin had said the vaccine was safe and that one of his own daughters had been inoculated, although the final stage testing involving over 2,000 people just started this week. Such trials are considered very important before a vaccine can secure regulatory approval.

Russia has said the vaccine which is the first for the coronavirus disease to go into production, will be rolled out by the end of August.

The Gamaleya Research Institute, which developed the vaccine in collaboration with the Russian Defence Ministry, said that Russia would be producing about 5 million doses a month by December or January.

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Heineken scoops more Nigerian Breweries shares in insider disclosure

The company has about 8 billion shares outstanding with Heineken as the majority shareholder.

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Nigerian Breweries major shareholder, Heineken disclosed it purchased 274,542 units at an average price N35.76 per unit.

Insider disclosures are reported on the Nigerian Stock Exchange as a regulatory requirement especially when it informs a major shareholder or director of a company purchasing shares in the company they own.

In a related development, its chairman Chief Kolawole Babalola Jamodu also purchased 10,000 units at N37 per unit.

Nigeria Breweries closed at N36 per share on Friday trading at a price to earnings of 34x. The company has about 8 billion shares outstanding with Heineken as the majority shareholder.

What this means: Insider purchases are often an indication of how shareholders perceive the company’s valuation. It can also mean a lot of things from a possible capital raise to a strengthening of their existing holdings.

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Nigerian Breweries has struggled for growth over the last few years as consumers continue to experience a change to taste and preference for alcohol.

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Lagos announces additional tax incentives for businesses, individuals

Waiver of penalty for late payment of liabilities under PAYE that were due during the period when the state was under lockdown.

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LIRS further extends deadline for filing annual return by one month

The Lagos State Government has announced additional tax incentives and reliefs for businesses and individuals in the state, as part of measures aimed at reducing the burden on taxpayers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The disclosure was made in a public notice issued by the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) and signed by its Executive Chairman, Ayodele Subair.

The additional tax incentives are part of the several measures implemented by the LIRS to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on taxpayers in Lagos and ensure business continuity.

The government had earlier given 3 months extension of deadline for filing annual returns from March 31 to June 30, 2020.

The additional measures being implemented by the state government include:

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  • LIRS shall be allowing on a case by case basis, the payment of outstanding liabilities in instalments to ease cash flow challenges that may affect taxpayers.
  • Waiver of penalty for late payment of liabilities under PAYE that were due during the period when the state was under lockdown (March-May 2020).
  • Waiver of penalties due on late filing of 2020 annual tax returns (Form A).
  • Waiver of interest and penalty components of outstanding tax audit liabilities from 2009 to 2015 for entities that present and keep to a structured payment plan that terminates on or before December 31, 2020.
  • Grant of tax credits of 20% of cash and kind donations made for COVID-19 by resident individuals to Lagos State Government for the 2021 Year of Assessment only subject to a cap of 35% of tax due.
  • Increase of payment channels to make payment of taxes easier, simpler and more convenient for all.
  • Adopting of video conferencing as the default mode for conduct of Tax Audit Reconciliation Committee (TARC) meetings in consonance with social distancing advisories from Government and other relevant authorities.

The Lagos state government expressed hope that all residents of the state would take advantage of these palliatives and reciprocate the government’s kind gestures by discharging their civic responsibilities by promptly paying their taxes and levies to the state.

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