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UNILEVER Nigeria Targets N3bn Net Profit In Q3,

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Board of Unilver Nigeria Plc has estimated that distributable earnings of the conglomerate would be about N3 billion by the third quarter, placing it in good stead to sustain significant growth that has characterized its reports in recent years.

In the latest window on operations of the conglomerate, directors at the weekend indicated that it could record post-tax profit of N2.87 billion on total sales of about N32.75 billion during the nine-month period ending September 30,2009.

The latest forecasts build on earlier projections indicating that net profit after tax could be about N2.01 billion by the six-month period ended June 30, 2009, indicating earnings per share of some 53 Kobo. The conglomerate had estimated that total sales would be about N20.93 billion during the six-month period while higher profit margin expected to push pre-tax project to N2.95 billion, about two-third of pre-tax earnings for the whole of 2008.

The latest forecasts indicate possible earnings per share of 76 kobo, putting the company closer to its three digit dividend target.

Unilever Nigeria’s cash payout rate was about 99 percent for the 2008 business year having paid 68 kobo to shareholders out of the year’s earnings per share of 69 kobo.

Apostle Hayford Alile, Chairman, Unilever Nigeria Plc, has said the conglomerate might round up cash payouts to three-digit value this business year as shareholders as it consolidates business growth.

He said the Unilever Nigeria would strive to sustain its progressive cash payout trend and possibly move from current two-digit rate to three digits this business year.

Following impressive performance in 2008, unilever Nigeria had distributed about N2.6 billion to shareholders, representing a dividend per share of 68 kobo. The cash payout per share of 68 kobo represented an increase of 172 percent on 25 kobo paid for 2007.

Alile said the company would translate envisaged growths in 2009 into higher dividends for shareholders.

According to him, Unilever Nigeria as well-positioned to sustain its impressive growth trend irrespective of the challenging trading environment.

He said the company would continue to focus on market growth in its leading categories while ensuring smart material cost management that enables the company to provide Nigerian Consumers with brands that offer a good value-for-money proposition.

Audited report and accounts for the year ended December 31, 2008 showed that turnover rose from N33.99 billion in 2007 to N37.38 billion in 2008. Pre-tax profit rose by 106 percent from N2.0 billion in 2007 to N4.1 billion in 2008. Profit after tax grew by 141 percent to N2.6 billion in 2008compared with N1.1 billion in 2007.

The report showed that the intrinsic profit-making capacity of the company doubled in 2008 with pretax profit margin rising from 5.8 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2008. Alile assured that the conglomerate was poised to sustain its upwardly growth pattern as it continues to improve underlying margins, distribution and administrative expenses.

Interim report and accounts of Unilever Nigeria for the three months ended march 31, 2009 showed single-digit growths in sales and profit. The report showed that turnover rose by 8.1 percent to N10.43 billion in first quarter 2009 as against N965 billion recorded in comparable period of 2008. Profit before tax inched up by 3.73 percent from N1.58 billion in first quarter 2008 in N1.64 billion in first quarter 2009. Profit after tax also rose marginally by 4.37 percent to N1.12 billion in 2009 as against N1.08 billion in recorded in corresponding period of 2008.

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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian  Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.

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