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Ekiti State secures UN and SHS Holdings partnerships to invest $2 billion to build 50,000 homes

The UN Office for Project Services and SHS will mobilize 3rd party investors to fund the initiative.

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The government of Ekiti State has announced it has partnered with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Sustainable Housing Solutions (SHS) Holdings to build 50,000 homes with renewable energy from 2020-2030 in Ekiti State.

The programme is part of the UNOPS Sustainable Infrastructure Impact Investment (S3I) initiative. “The agreement will help address the housing shortages in Ekiti State with a focus on sustainability and local economic development,” The UN said.

READ MORE: UAE firm partners DBillions to address housing shortages in Lagos

Speaking on the initiative, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi said, “We are very excited to partner with UNOPS and SHS to deliver affordable housing to the people of Ekiti.”

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“This is how our promise of developing Ekiti and improving the lives of the people can be achieved. This partnership has come at an important time, during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reminded us of the need to deliver quality social infrastructure to the people,” he added.

UNOPS and SHS will mobilize 3rd party investors to fund the initiative which is valued to cost $2 billion.

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The UNOPS S3I aims to build at least in million homes in multiple countries in 3 continents over the next decade.

 

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Access Bank acquires Zambian Cavmont Bank Ltd

The statement from Access Bank says that the deal is a highly complementary transaction.

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Access Bank Zambia, a subsidiary of Nigeria’s Access Bank Plc, has reached a ‘definitive agreement’ with Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc (CCHZ) to acquire Cavmont Bank Ltd.

The tier-1 bank announced this latest development regarding the merger talk which has been ongoing for a while, in a statement that was signed by its Company Secretary (Sunday Ekwochi) and issued to the Nigerian Stock Exchange earlier today.

According to the statement by Access Bank, the deal is a highly complementary transaction that is expected to combine Access Bank Zambia’s wholesale and trade finance capabilities with Cavmont Bank’s retail and commercial banking operations.

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The proposed transaction which, in the meantime is still subject to relevant shareholder and regulatory approvals, is also expected to better position Access Bank Zambia as one of the top 10 banks in the Southern African country.

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Customers from the enlarged bank will benefit from greater security offered by what will be one of the most capitalized banks in Zambia with a more diversified product and service offering and a broader geographical footprint and infrastructure.

Access Bank on its notification stated, ‘’Subsequent to our announcement on July 8, 2020, the Board of Access Bank Plc announces today that its subsidiary, Access Bank (Zambia) Limited, has entered into a definitive agreement with Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc (CCHZ) regarding proposed acquisition of Cavmont Bank Limited, a subsidiary of CCHZ and subsequent merger of Cavmont Bank’s operations into Access Bank Zambia. The proposed transaction, which remains subject to relevant shareholder and regulatory approvals, will position the enlarged Access Bank Zambia as one of the top 10 banks in Zambia and create the momentum to advance its strategic objectives.’’

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‘’Under the terms of the agreement, Access Bank Zambia will acquire the entire issued ordinary share capital, assets and liabilities of Cavmont Bank while Capricom Group Limited, the ultimate majority shareholder of CCHZ will invest at least ZMW300 million ($16.5 million) of preference shares into Access Bank Zambia. Capricorn will hold preference shares in the enlarged Access Bank Zambia for a period of five years, after which the preference shares will be acquired by Access Bank Plc.’’

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The statement also notes that the enlarged bank will be well placed to participate in the long-term economic growth of Zambia and will be predicated on the country’s vast reserves of natural resources and fast growing young population.

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The transaction is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2020.

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DEAL: Custodian Investment agrees to buy majority stake in UPDC

Custodian Investment announced on Monday to acquire a 51% stake in UPDC, a real estate company owned by UACN.

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DEAL: Custodian Investment agrees to buy majority stake in UPDC

Custodian Investment announced on Monday to acquire a 51% stake in UPDC, a real estate company owned by UACN. This is confirmed in a press release posted on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

UACN announced plans to spin off its investment in UPDC in 2019 after multiple years of losses and value accretion threatening to undermine the going concern status of the parent. Last June, UPDC announced it has raised N16 billion from the right issue as it prepared for its unbundling.

In separate press releases between Custodian and UACN, the duo agreed to a sale of 51% or 9, 465, 584, 668 ordinary shares of UPDC in a transaction that will occur in two phases.

Deal Details

  • An initial sale of 5.1% of UPDC will be sold to Custodian Investment
  • The second sale of 45.9% of UPDC will then be sold to Custodian Investment
  • The companies did not reveal timelines for the consummation of the deal
  • Due to this deal, UACN will stop its unbundling plans for UPDC
  • The deal is subject to regulatory approvals.
  • The purchase consideration was yet to be disclosed, however, UPDC has a market capitalization of N15 billion while Custodian has a Market Capitalization of N30 billion as at press time.

What they are saying

The CEO of Custodian, Wole Oshin and his counterpart in UACN, Folasope Aiyesimoju also commented on the transaction providing reasons for consummating the deal.

  • According to Wole Oshin of Custodian Investment, “The rationale for the Transaction is that Custodian and UAC share the view that their ambitions for capturing opportunity in the real estate industry will be better achieved working in partnership.”
  • Custodian also believes the transaction “will provide Custodian with a platform to capture arising real estate opportunities. It also immediately provides recurring cash flow visibility and attractive yields as a result of its direct exposure to Nigeria’s leading real estate investment trust (“UPDC REIT”) with a track record of profitability and annual dividend distribution which offers a good compliment for our product portfolio.”
  • According to Folasope Aiyesimoju, Group Managing Director of UAC, “UAC received a credible offer from Custodian. The terms of the offer compelled the Board to re-evaluate the planned approach to de-consolidate UPDC and influenced the Board’s decision to proceed with the sale of a portion of UAC’s interest in UPDC to Custodian, effectively putting an end to the UPDC Unbundling.”

What they stand to gain from this deal

The two companies also revealed what they stand to gain from this transaction. According to Custodian, it decided to acquire for the following reasons;

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  • The company claims it is attracted to the ‘recurring cashflow visibility from UPDC REIT citing the huge cash flow it hopes to enjoy from rental income
  • “The UPDC REIT is highly cash generative with recurring income streams. It has distributed an average of N1.4 billion p.a. over the last five years. Rental income from UPDC REIT is underpinned by leases with first-tier tenants. This presents a good match for our business.”
  • Custodian also mentions the N10 billion in assets for sale on the books of UPDC which it will focus on “realising”.
  • For UAC, while it will no longer be pursuing its deconsolidation strategy for UPDC, it will still retain part ownership of the company but will cease to have it as a subsidiary of UAC operating as a standalone.
  • UPDC will now be a subsidiary of Custodian Investment.

UPDC’s Challenges

  • UPDC reported a loss after tax of N15.8 billion in 2019 and has accumulated over N33 billion in losses since 2016.
  • However, its REIT business has faired better reporting a pre-tax profit of N816.5 million in the first half of 2020. It has consistently declared dividends.
  • UPDC collected about N956 million in cash distribution from UPDC Reit in 2019 alone.
  • UPDC has undergone several restructuring since Themis Capital acquired majority ownership in UACN in 2018. However, it was unable to stop the hemorrhaging of losses.

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Access Bank completes acquisition of Kenya’s Transnational Bank Plc.

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Access Bank Plc. completes its acquisition of Transnational Bank Plc., following its earlier announcement on October 28th 2019 as well as its receipt of full regulatory approvals and fulfilment of all conditions precedent to completion.  

The notice which was disclosed in a corporate disclosure on the Nigerian Stock Exchange read, “The Bank’s vision is to be the World’s Most Respected African Bank and our entry into the Kenyan market, a gateway in East Africa, not only brings us closer to that vision but enables our customers tap into our extensive global network that translates into immense business opportunities, robust and efficient digital solutions, competitive products and unrivalled customer experience.” 

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Mr. Herbert Wigwe, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the acquisition said, “We are excited to make an entry into the vibrant Kenyan market. We pledge to put our customers at the forefront of everything we do. Through the creation of a world class payment system, we will build and support our wholesale and retail customers using our strong customer insights to deliver beyond their expectations.” 

The company has been carrying out a myriad of expansionary projects in recent time. Just two weeks ago, Access Bank Zambia Limited announced that it was in advanced discussions with Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc. regarding a possible merger of Cavmont Bank Limited.  

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Access Bank Plc.recorded a profit after tax of N40.9 billion in the first quarter period ended March 31st, 2020. It had recorded an increase in Net interest income which was N72.2 billion in the period, indicating a 27% increase juxtaposed with the N56.8 billion that was recorded in Q1 2019.  

Its shares at market close today stood at N6.10, on the lower end of its 52-week range of N5.30 and N12.00. Its price to earnings ratio was 2.86 and price to book, 0.34.   

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