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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.

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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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OFFICIAL: UK Approves Covid-19 Vaccine made by Pfizer/BioNTech

The United Kingdom has approved Covid-19 Vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and will start distributing from next week.

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The United Kingdom has approved Covid-19 Vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and will start distributing from next week. The approval by UK Regulatory authorities makes the country the first to approve the vaccine in the world.

The Vaccine is given in two shots (doses).

According to reports monitored by Nairametrics, the vaccine will be administered firstly to medical workers and home caregivers, frontline health workers, those aged 80 and above before being made available to the general public.

The vaccine was made by German company BioNTech in conjunction with US Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and is said to be 95% effective in preventing the disease. This is after it was tested on over 43, 000 people in the mandatory phase 3 trials.

The US Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing the vaccine and could also approve its usage later in the month.

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What they are saying

A UK government spokesperson said:

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.”

“I’m confident now, with the news today, that from spring — from Easter onwards — things are going to be better. We’re going to have a summer next year that everybody can enjoy.” Matt Hancock, UK health secretary.

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The United Kingdom is said to have ordered over 357 million doses from seven manufacturers.

More to follow…

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COVID-19: Nigeria, 4 others contribute 77.6% of cumulative confirmed cases in Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana have contributed 77.6% of cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The latest COVID-19 daily update report as of November 28th, 2020 shows that there are cumulative confirmed cases of 1,411,393 in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Out of the growing number, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana top the list with a total of 1,095,410 confirmed cases, representing 77.6% whilst the other 41 member-countries of the sub-region contributed 22.4%.

According to the report, South Africa tops the list with a cumulative confirmed case of 785,153 (55.6%), followed by Ethiopia 109,247 (7.7%), Kenya 82,605 (5.9%), Nigeria 67,330 (4.8%), and Ghana 51,075 (3.6%).

What you should know

  • There are 55 countries in Africa out of which 46 countries are from the sub-Saharan African region.
  • There are cumulative confirmed cases of 2,137,871 and deaths of 51,248, CFR(Case fatality rate) of 2.4%.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are cumulative confirmed cases of 1,411,393 and deaths of 31,342, CFR of 2.2%.

(READ MORE: ECOWAS COVID-19: Nigeria drops to 7th position in recovery rate)

  • The Sub-Saharan Africa cumulative confirmed cases and deaths represent 66% and 61.2% of entire Africa’s figure respectively.
  • Chad with 6.1% topped the list on CFR, followed by Liberia with 5.2% and Sao Tome & Principe 4.8% with the least coming from Eritrea 0%, followed by Burundi 0.1%.
  • 5 countries contributed to 84% of deaths in the region and they are South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Cameroon.
  • South Africa tops the list of cumulative deaths with 21,439 (68%), followed by Ethiopia 1,701 (5.4%), Kenya 1,445 (4.67%), Nigeria 1,173 (3.7%), and Cameroon 462 (1.5%).
  • The least in the cumulative confirmed case comes from Eritrea with 577 followed by Burundi 684 as well as in the least cumulative death of 0 for Eritrea and 1 for Burundi.

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Dangote Cement market capitalization increased by 28% to cross N3 trillion mark in November

Dangote Cement Plc increased market capitalization by 28% to N3.49 trillion at the close of trade on the 30th of November.

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The market capitalization of Dangote Cement Plc increased from N2.73 trillion at the open of trade on the 2nd of November 2020, to N3.49 trillion at the close of trade on the 30th of November.

Further checks revealed that the market capitalization of Dangote Cement Plc increased by 28.13% during the period under review.

The drive behind the gains

It is important to note that the increase in Dangote Cement’s market capitalization was driven by the renewed buying interests by investors in key Nigerian stocks with huge values and impressive fundamentals.

This hunt for value on the bourse led to a wild increase in the share price and also the market capitalization of key companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in the month of November.

(READ MORE: Dangote Cement gains ₦273 billion on NSE since release of its 2020 Q3 report)

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However, the renewed buying interest can be attributed to the strong performance which Dangote Cement displayed in the third quarter of 2020, despite the challenging macroeconomic environment.

Given the strategic positioning of the cement producer in the industry,

  • Dangote cement reached a record high EBITDA margin of 24% in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Group net profit of N82 billion, which is 135.1% higher than the profit reported by the Group in the third quarter of 2019.

This strong performance made analyst review their models, and also the Group’s valuation, this however triggered buying pressures in the shares of Dangote Cement, with its market capitalization increasing by 28.13% in the period under consideration.

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What you should know

  • Market capitalization is the aggregate valuation of a company based on its current share price and the total number of outstanding stocks.
  • Market capitalization tells how much investors value a company, and gives an idea of what a company is worth on the stock exchange, as well as investors’ perception of a company’s future prospects.

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