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Regency Alliance announces AGM date, with focus on capital raise

National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) recently directed all insurance firms in the country to recapitalise.

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Regency Alliance Insurance Plc said it will hold its 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos on July 6th, 2020. The time is 11 am, and shareholders are advised to elect proxies to represent them so as to minimise the number of attendees, amid the virus scare.

Meanwhile, the main business that will be discussed during the AGM is the company’s bid to raise capital in order to increase its share capital from N6 billion to N11 billion. According to a statement that was signed by the Company Secretary, Anu Shobo, this will be done through various means, including the issuance of 10 billion additional ordinary shares of N0.50 each.

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During the AGM, shareholders would also be authorising the company’s directors to raise additional capital through a special placement, public offer, rights issue, or a combination of all three funding options. These funding bids could be conducted either within the country or outside of the country.

READ ALSO: Due to lack of ‘process’, NAICOM says no insurance firm has met recapitalisation requirement

“To authorise the increase of the authorised share capital of the Company from N6,000,000,000.00 to N11,000,000,000.00 by the creation of 10,000,000,000 additional ordinary shares of 50kobo each ranking pari-passu in all respect with the existing shares in the Company’s equity.

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“To authorise the Directors to raise additional capital for the Company up to the amount of the authorised share capital by way of special placement, public offer with or without a preferential allotment or rights issue or a combination of any of them within Nigeria or internationally and upon such terms and conditions that the Directors may deem fit in the interest of the Company subject to Regulatory compliance and approval,” the statement said in parts.

Also during the meeting, shareholders would be voting to grant power to the company’s directors to be able to allot additional shares, in the event that the company’s proposed public offer or rights issue is oversubscribed by investors, thereby raising excess capital. Such a move would, however, be subject to the necessary regulatory approval, the statement said.

It should be recalled that earlier this month, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) extended (till September next year) the deadline for the insurance companies in the country to recapitalise.

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NAICOM is requiring life insurance firms to meet a minimum paid-up capital of N8.0 billion, up from their previous paid-up capital of N2.0 billion. In the same vein, general insurance companies are required to raise their minimum paid-up capital to N10.0 billion from N3.0 billion.

Also, the regulatory capital for composite insurance was raised to N18.0 billion from N5.0 billion previously while reinsurance businesses are now required to have a minimum capital of N20.0 billion from a previous N10.0 billion.

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The recapitalisation programme was first announced in May 2019 and has since been extended more than twice. This is because many of the insurance companies have been struggling to meet these requirements. At the moment, only the top insurance firms have been able to meet the capital requirements. The deadline extension is, therefore, expected to help them comply.

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Lafarge Africa Plc. announces its board meeting and closed period for Q2 2020 

The notification which was duly signed by General Counsel & Company Secretary.

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Lafarge Africa Plc. notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public that he closed period will commence on Wednesday, 8th July 2020 until the unaudited financial statement for the second quarter ended 30th June 2020, is released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange. 

In a disclosure on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, it wrote: “We hereby notify the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public that a meeting of the Board of Directors of Lafarge Africa Plc has been scheduled to hold on Thursday, 23rd July 2020 to consider the second quarter financial results of the Company for the quarter ended 30th June 2020.”  

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The notification which was duly signed by General Counsel & Company Secretary, Mrs. Adewunmi Alode explained further stating that “Accordingly, no Director, employee, persons discharging managerial responsibility and Advisers of the Company and their connected persons may directly or indirectly deal in the shares of the Company in any manner during the closed period.” 

Over the past few months, it made a few board changes with the retirement of two of its Non-Executive Directors, as well as the appointment of three new DirectorsIt had also spun off its South African subsidiary, Lafarge South Africa Holdings (LSAH), last year. 

Lafarge Africa’s Q1 2020 revenue was up 9.8% year-on-year to N63.7 billion, driven by higher Cement Sales (a figure up 11% year-on-year to N62.3 billion) which offset the weakness in Aggregate and Concrete (down 21% y/y to N1.4bn). Its EBITDA grew by 2.4% year-on-year to N19.3 billion as well. As at Tuesday the 7th of July, the share price of the company was N10.00 

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AXA Mansard Insurance Plc gives notice of Annual General Meeting 

The AGM will be live-streamed to enable shareholders and stakeholders participate.

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Insurance firm, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc., has given notice of its board of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.  

The announcement which was disclosed by Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in a corporate disclosure on July 7th, 2020 and signed by Company Secretary, Omowunmi Mabel Adewusi read, “Notice is hereby given that the twenty-eighth annual general meeting of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc. will hold at the Oriental Hotel, no. 3, Lekki Road, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.” 

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As noted, the purpose of the AGM is to transact the following business: 

  1. To receive the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, and the Reports of the Directors, Auditors and Statutory Audit Committee thereon 
  2. To authorise Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditors 
  3. To elect Directors and 
  4. To elect members of the Statutory Audit Committee.  

In order to ensure that all relevant stakeholders can be a part of the AGM, the company will also be streaming the AGM live. It noted that “This will enable shareholders and other stakeholders who will not be attending physically to follow the proceedings.” 

The link for the live streaming of the Meeting will be made available on the Company’s website at www.axamansard.com. 

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Recall that a few months ago, in March, the company’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of John Dickson as the company’s new Non-Executive Director. A month earlier, it also disclosed its plan to sell its pension management subsidiary (AXA Mansard Pensions Ltd) and some undisclosed real estate investments. 

Its unaudited financials for the period Q1 2020 reveal a growth across revenue and profit lines. Gross written premium grew by 21% from N17.4 billion earned in Q1 2019 to N21 billion in Q1 2020. Profit for the year for the group grew by a commendable 120% from N890 million in Q1 2019 to N1.9 billion in Q1 2020. 

As at Tuesday, the 7th of July when markets closed, the share price of the company was N1.59. The company’s EPS stood at 0.33 while its price to book ratio stood at 0.6082. 

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NSITF board to investigate suspended MD and others over financial misconduct

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The board of directors of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has revealed that it will investigate the activities of the suspended Managing Director, 3 Executive Directors, and 8 other senior management staff over financial breaches and gross misconduct.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the board of NSITF, Mr. Austin Enajemo-Isire, in a statement in Enugu on Sunday July 5, 2020.

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Enajemo-Isire said that the Managing Director and other top management staff of the organization would have the opportunity to clear themselves of any wrongdoing with the probe panel which was being set up.

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While reacting to claims that the suspension did not follow due process as President Muhammadu Buhari did not approve it, Enajemo-Isire said that the approval for the suspension of the affected staff had been conveyed to the Labour Minister in a correspondence referenced SGF. 47/511/T/99 of June 30, 2020.

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According to the Chairman, “The minister has conveyed this approval and directives to me for necessary action in terms of setting up a board-driven investigative panel.

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“This is to give the affected officers the opportunity to clear themselves of the financial and procurement breaches and acts of gross misconduct and other infractions that gave rise to their prima facie indictment.

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“It is in this light that I have decided to call a virtual meeting of the management board on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to consider the modalities for our action.”

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He, therefore, appealed to staffers of NSITF and their social partners to keep calm and exercise restraint.

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A few days ago, Nairametrics reported the suspension of the Managing Director and some senior management staff over corruption allegations. However, the management in its reaction debunked that claim and said that the President did not approve their suspension but that rather, it was the sole decision of the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, who they said was overreaching himself.

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