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Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc declares closed period, as directors meet July 23rd

The company reported a -78.9 decline in its Q1 profit after tax to N53.3 million.

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Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc. announces notice of board meeting, closed period

Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc announced earlier today that it will observe a closed period starting from Wednesday, July 8th, 2020. The closed period will last until 24 hours after the firm’s unaudited Q2 2020 financial statement is made public.

A press statement made available by Veritas Kapital also noted that its board of directors would meet virtually on the 2nd of July, to consider and approve the Q2 financial statement. The statement, which was signed by the Company Secretary Saratu Umar Garba, and sent to the NSE, said:

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“Notice is hereby given that a virtual meeting of the Board of Directors of Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (the Company) will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 by 11:00 a.m. to consider and approve the Second Quarter, 2020 unaudited Financial Statements.

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“Consequently, in compliance with the Rulebook of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (The Exchange), there will be a closed period commencing from Wednesday, July 8, 2020 until 24 hours after the Second Quarter, 2020 unaudited Financial Statements have been filed with The Exchange.

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“During the closed period, no director, person discharging managerial responsibility and adviser of the Issuer and their connected persons shall deal in the securities of the Issuer when the trading window is closed.”

Note that in December 2019, Veritas Kapital Assurance announced that shareholders approved plans by the company’s management to raise an additional N5 billion in a bid to increase its paid-up capital to N12 billion. This was ahead of NAICOM’s initial deadline for insurance companies to recapitalise latest by June 30th, 2020. After the deadline was initially extended by NAICOM, Verita’s CEO, Kenneth Egbaran, disclosed during an interview that the extended timeframe would help boost fund-raising opportunities. NAICOM has since extended the deadline yet again, and it remains unclear whether the company has been able to meet the recapitalisation requirement.

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Recall that Veritas Kapital last announced a closed period in April this year ahead of the release of its Q1 2020 financial statement. The unaudited financial statement, which was eventually released on May 4th, showed a gross premium written of N1 billion. Profit after tax for the Q1 period declined by -78.9 to N53.3 million, compared to N252.5 million in Q1 2019.

The company’s stock is trading at N0.20 on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Year-to-date, there has been no recorded price movement.

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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. 

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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.” 

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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. 

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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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