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Lasaco Assurance blames COVID-19, remote working for late filing of financial statement

The auditors working on the report gave reasons why they could not meet up with the deadline.

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Lasaco Assurance Plc announced, yesterday, that its inability to meet the deadline for filing its audited FY 2019 financial statement is because of the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a public disclosure that was signed by the Company Secretary, Gertrude Olutekunbi, as seen by Nairametrics, the auditors working on the report could not meet up with the deadline because they were working remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The statement further disclosed that the auditors were finally able to submit the audited financial statement on June 2nd, 2020. In the meantime, the financial report is expected to be filed with the NSE, latest by June 29th, after the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) must have given its approval.

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“Lasaco Assurance PLC (the Company), hereby informs The Nigerian Stock Exchange, distinguished shareholders and the general public, of the Company’s inability to submit its Audited Financial Statements (AFS) for the year ended 31st December 2019 within the stipulated period. 

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“This unavoidable state of affairs arose out of the necessity of working remotely during the Covid-19 lockdown period. The conclusion of the audit was thus affected, as the Auditors were only able to present the Audited Financial Statements on Wednesday 2nd June 2020,” part of the statement said.

It should, however, be noted that this is not the first time Lasaco Assurance Plc is missing the regulatory deadline for filing its financial statement. An earlier report by Nairametrics noted that the insurer was among the companies that were recently filed by the Nigerian bourse to the tune of N150 million for various regulatory breaches.

More so, the Compliance Status Indicator Code for Lasaco Assurance Plc says “MRF”. This simply means that the company is guilty of missing a regulatory filing deadline.

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Lasaco Assurance Plc is a Lagos-based financial services firm that offers insurance and brokerage services. The company has a market valuation of about N1.9 billion, according to information obtained from the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Its stock opened trading today on the Nigerian bourse at N0.26.

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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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Neimeth Pharmaceuticals to raise N5 billion in additional equity

The Board of Neimeth is set to raise N5 billion additional equity upon the approval by shareholders of the company at the AGM.

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The Board of Directors of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals has revealed plans to raise N5 billion in additional equity upon approval by shareholders of the company.
The information was contained in a press release published on the NSE and signed by the Company Secretary, Mrs. Florence Onhenekwe.

The disclosure is part of the resolutions reached at the Board of Directors meeting of 15th January 2021. At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that the company would raise additional equity to the tune of N5 billion.

In line with this development, a board resolution proposing to raise equity will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Company scheduled to hold on 9th March 2021.

What you should know

  • The Board of the Company is yet to disclose if the additional equity would be a rights issue or a private placement, as the details of the additional N5 billion equity set to be raised are yet to be finalized.
  • The fund will help the company’s management to execute key strategies that will reposition the company as a leader in the healthcare industry, with the hope to deliver better returns on investment to shareholders.
  • The additional equity financing will also increase Neimeth’s outstanding shares, which will dilute earnings and impact the Company’s stock value for existing shareholders.
  • The move has the potential to trigger a sell-off of the company shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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Cutix Plc forecasts N148 million profit in Q4 2021

Cutix Plc has projected that its revenue will double and profit will increase by 9% to N148 million.

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Cutix Plc has projected that in the fourth quarter of its financial year 2021, its revenue will double and profit will increase by 9% to N148 million.

These projections were made by the company in a recent earnings forecast issued by the Management, and signed by the Company’s CEO and CFO.

READ: Vitafoam shares gain 9.6%, as company reports N4.11 billion as profit in 2020

Key highlights of the earnings forecast for Q4 ended April 30, 2021

  • Revenue to increase to N1.66billion, 100% Q-o-Q.
  • Cost of Sales to increase to N1.16 billion, 70% Q-o-Q.
  • Distribution, Admin & Other expenses to increase to N232.89 million, 14%% Q-o-Q.
  • Other Income to remain unchanged at N2.50 million,
  • Finance Charges to increase slightly to N47.38 million, 3% Q-o-Q.
  • Operating income to increase to N227.83 million, 14% Q-o-Q.
  • Taxation is projected at N79.74 million.
  • While Profit attributable shareholders is projected at N148.10 million.

READ: Royal Exchange Plc forecasts N500.83 million PAT in Q1 2021

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The earnings forecast was made on the ground that the Nigerian economy will continue improve, as the country recovers from the impact of COVID-19. In this regard, revenue in the fourth quarter of 2021 will be slightly higher than the revenue projected in the third quarter of 2021.

READ: Okomu Oil Plc records 27.01% decline in 2020 Q3 revenues

However, the increase in the cost of sales driven by the input cost will pressure profitability to the tune of N148.10 million, which is 9% higher than the profit after tax made in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

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PZ Cussons proposes dividend payout of N397 million to the shareholders

The Board of Directors of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc has proposed the payment of N397 million to the shareholders of the company.

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The Board of Directors of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc has proposed the payment of N397.047 million to the shareholders of the company who currently hold the 3,970,477,045 fully paid ordinary shares of the company.

This disclosure was made public by the company in a notification issued and signed by the Company Secretary, Jacqueline Ezeokwelume, today the 7 January 2021.

She explained further that if the dividend of ten (10) Kobo per share recommended by Directors is approved by members at the Annual 72nd General Meeting, the dividend payments will be made on Monday, 1 February 2021.

What you should know

  • The Register of Members and Transfer Books of the Company will be closed from Monday, 11 January 2021 to Friday, 15 January 2021 (both dates inclusive) for the purpose of preparing an up-to-date Register of Members.
  • However, only shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members and Transfer Books at the close of business on 19th October 2020 will receive the dividend on Monday, 1 February 2021.

What they are saying

Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, MFR, the Chairman of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, in his address said:

  • “Fellow shareholders, the Board of Directors is recommending to the shareholders at this AGM, a dividend pay-out of N397,047,700 representing 10 Kobo per share (2019: 15 Kobo per share). If approved, the dividend will be paid to shareholders on Monday, 1 February 2021 after deducting the appropriate withholding tax.”

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