The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) boosted its revenue with N150 million from fines imposed on listed companies across the banking, manufacturing, and insurance sectors, among others, between 2018 and the first quarter of 2020. This is contained in the X-compliance report obtained by Nairametrics from the Stock Exchange.
The report disclosed that five firms were fined over N6.1 million for unauthorised publication of notice of board meetings, annual general meetings, and a notice of resignation of four directors.
About 25 other firms were asked to pay about N148 million fine for non-disclosure of material information, and failure to file their financial statements by the due date.
Why it matters: Every listed company is required to provide the Exchange with timely information to enable it efficiently perform its function of maintaining an orderly market.
In accordance with the provisions of Appendix III: General Undertaking (Equities), Rulebook of The Exchange, 2015 (Issuers’ Rules) and The Exchange’s Circular No. NSE/LARD/LRD/CIR3/17/05/12 on Publication of Announcements or Press Releases via The Issuers’ Portal, listed companies are required to obtain prior written approval from the Exchange before publications that affect shareholders’ interests are made in the media or via the Issuers’ Portal.
Details: For unauthorised publication, Access Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Prestige Assurance Plc, and First Aluminium Nigeria Plc were fined N2.205 million, N3.087 million, N496,125 and N476,280, respectively.
For non-disclosure of material information, Access Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, and First Aluminium Nigeria Plc were fined N4.410 million, N3.234 million, and N476,280, respectively. Access Bank and the defunct Diamond Bank were penalised for non-disclosure of resolutions passed at their board meetings, while First Aluminium was penalised for non-dispatch of the notice of its annual general meeting and annual reports to shareholders 21 days before the date of the meeting.
Failure to file financial statements: Anino International, Deap Capital Management, Grief Nigeria Plc, Union Bank Nigeria Plc, Afromedia Plc, Conoil Plc, Lasaco Assurance Plc, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Universal Insurance Plc, Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc, and others were fined. In this category, Anino International got the highest fine of N41.1 million as it failed to file its financial statements since 2015.
R.T Briscoe was fined N31.3 million for the delay in filing its 2018 audited financial statement, first and second quarter of 2019 financial statements.
Niger Insurance and Guinea Insurance were fined N19.8 million and N19.2 million, respectively, for failing to file their full-year 2018, first quarter 2019 and second quarter 2019 financial statements as at when due.
Royal Exchange, Thomas Wyatt and Lasaco Assurance were respectively fined N8.9 million, N4.9 million and N1.4 million, for failing to file their audited 2018 and first quarter 2019 financial statements, while Universal Insurance got a fine of N5 million for failing to audit 2018, first and second quarter 2019 financial statements.
NSE slammed N800,000, N200,000, N400,000 and N400,000 fines on Grief Nigeria, Union Bank, Afromedia and Conoil for the delay in filing their 2018 financial statements.
Flour Mills of Nigeria, Access Bank and Interlinked Technologies received respective penalties of N1.2 million, N700,000 and N200,000 for failing to file financial statements for the first quarter, second quarter and second quarter of 2019 respectively.
Meanwhile, some shareholders of the companies, who spoke with our analyst in separate interviews, praised the management of the Stock Exchange for being strict on its compliance exercise, as they called for the punishment of erring companies.
Conoil Plc declares dividend payment for FY 2019, announces AGM soon
The current share price of the oil marketing firm as of July 9, 2020, is N18.90 per share.
Oil marketing giant, Conoil Plc, has announced a final dividend payment of N2.00 per ordinary share of 50 kobo each for the period ended December 31, 2019.
The final dividend payment which will be paid to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at close of business on Monday, July 13, 2020, is, however, subject to the appropriate withholding tax deduction and the approval of the shareholders.
This information was contained in a notification that was sent by Conoil Plc to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday, July 9, 2020, and signed by its Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Conrad Eberemu after the release of the full-year audited financial statement for the year ended 2019.
The statement from Conoil says, ‘’A final dividend of 200 kobo per 50 kobo ordinary share, subject to appropriate withholding tax and approval will be paid to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on the Monday, 13th day of July 2020.’’
‘’The Register of Shareholders will be closed from Tuesday, 14th to Friday, 17th July 2020.’’
The corporate actions announcement by the oil firm also states that while the payment date will be on a date to be announced shortly, the dividends will be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members as at Monday, July 13, 2020, and who have completed the e-dividend registration with a mandate to the Registrar to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts.
The oil marketing company also noted that shareholders with dividend warrants and share certificates that have remained unclaimed, or yet to be presented for payment or returned for validation are advised to complete the e-dividend registration or contact the Registrar (Meristem Registrars and Probate Services Limited).
The company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at a venue and date to be announced shortly.
Conoil PLC, in its recently released audited financial statement for full-year 2019 announced a Profit after tax of N1.99 billion as of December 31, 2019. This represented an increase of 11% when compared to the N1.8 billion that was recorded for the corresponding period in 2018.
The profit after tax was recorded on a Revenue of N139.76 billion as of December 31, 2019. This also represents an increase of 14% when compared to the N122.21 billion that was achieved for December 31, 2018.
The Profit before tax as of December 31, 2019, was N2.78 billion as against the N2.57 billion achieved for the corresponding period in 2018.
The current share price of the oil marketing firm as of July 9, 2020, is N18.90 per share and the earnings per share is N2.77.
NSIA records total comprehensive income of N36.15 billion in 2019
The NSIA recorded an increase in total assets to N649.84 billion at the end of the financial year.
The Executive Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, announced in a virtual briefing to newsmen on Friday that the NSIA recorded a Total Comprehensive Income (TCI) of N36.1 5 billion in 2019.
She revealed that the 2019 income was less than the TCI for 2018, which was N44.34 billion. However, the NSIA recorded an increase in total assets to N649.84 billion at the end of the financial year, as opposed to that of 2018 which closed at N617.70 billion.
Ms Ojekwe-Onyejeli said that TCI income for 2019 included foreign exchange gains at N1.26 billion compared to N18.05 billion in 2018, noting that the gain in forex was due to changes in Nigeria’s official exchange rate from N305 to a dollar to N325.
“As of year-end 2019, NSIA’s core capital remained at 1.5 billion dollars.” She said. “The Authority continues to manage 3rd party funds on behalf of some government institutions. We currently manage funds for the Debt Management Office (DMO) and the Ministry of Finance.
“For DMO, the current value of Assets under Management (AuM) is 124.03 million dollars. For 2018, this fund stood at 122.60 million dollars in AuM.
“For the Nigeria Stabilisation Fund, managed on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, the Fund Balance was N33.365 billion. As of 2018, this balance increased to N20.814 billion.”
“However, the National Economic Council voted for an additional capital contribution of 250 million dollars in 2019, which was received on April 8,” she explained.
She added that the group’s strategy to invest in diversified products across the yield curve provided returns and that the Stabilisation Fund (SF), which had been fully invested by the end of 2019, returned 5.81%, outperforming its benchmark by 381 basis points.
She also stated that the Future Generations Fund (FGF), deployed by the NSIA across multiple global equities, hedge funds and other diversifiers, returned 6.45% at the end of 2019, outperforming its benchmark of 6.43%.
“As of year-end 2019, we had deployed over 90 percent of the capital in the Future Generations Fund,” she said.
Sterling Bank’s earnings to remain pressured but valuations still attractive
We project Pre-tax Profit of N9.0bn (down 15% y/y) and we estimate ROAE of 6.9% in 2020e (FY 2019; 9.8%).
Sterling Bank’s Q1 2020 numbers were largely impacted by the regulatory-induced fee cut on e-banking transactions resulting in a decline in Net Fee and Commission (down 16% y/y) and weak operating efficiency given the higher growth in OPEX (up 8% y/y) compared with the increase in operating income (up 3% y/y). Net Interest Margin (NIM) however improved to 7.7% in Q1 2020 (Q1 2019; 7.4%) on the back of lower funding cost (5.1% in Q1 2020 compared with 6.6% in Q1 2019).
Sterling bank’s NPL ratio declined to 2.0% in Q1 2020 from 8.9% in Q1 2019 following the declassification of exposures in stressed sectors. We do not expect asset quality issues to crystallise in the short term, as we expect the bulk of the loans in the Oil and gas upstream/midstream (c.27% of gross loan) to be restructured. We however expect earnings to weaken in 2020, due to low asset yields amidst weak loan creation and the downward adjustment in fees on e-banking transactions. We Project Pre-tax Profit of N9.0bn (down 15% y/y) and we estimate ROAE of 6.9% in 2020e (FY 2019; 9.8%).
Following the downward revision to our 2020 earnings forecast, we have revised our target price downwards to N1.67/s from N2.84/s previously. We however maintain our BUY recommendation due to attractive valuations (P/E; 3.7x and P/B; 0.3x) and the 34% upside from the last closing price of N1.25/s. We note that the steep decline in the stock price (down c.37% since the start of the year) presents an attractive entry point.
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