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Diamond Bank Records N71.9bn Consolidated Income

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Diamond Bank says it recorded N5.9 billion as profit before tax, while profit after tax stood at N5.2 billion in 2009 financial year.  Its consolidated operating income also stood at N71.9 billion representing a growth of 50.6 per cent, an indication of the value driven customer segment services model of the bank.

Emeka Onwuka, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank, who said this last week at the bank’s 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos, said that despite the shrinking confidence amidst tightening liquidity and other market difficulties, customers showed greater faith and loyalty as deposit base rose by 11.2 per cent to close at N4.669 billion in the year under review.

According to him, the group’s risk asset grew by 16.5 per cent which was largely induced by the conversion of the bank’s foreign currency trade-related guarantees to local currency loans as the counterpart foreign banks could not renew the facilities to their liquidity crunch but total assets experienced a moderate growth to close at N682.1 billion.  This represents nine per cent increase when compared to 2007 and 2008 financial year.

He noted that the performances of the bank’s subsidiaries were seriously affected by the economic downturn, result in the subsidiaries were seriously affected by the economic downturn resulting in the subsidiaries altogether recording a loss of N2.44 billion.  A review of the performances of the consolidated entities show that three subsidiaries made significant losses before tax.  Diamond securities had N2.87 billion, Diamond Mortgages recorded N.39 billion while Diamond capital N.15 billon losses, he added.

He assured that the reason for the cleaning up of the bank’s books of account was to quickly put the immediate and significant negative impact of the economic downturn behind and prepare Diamond Bank Group for future growth and profitability, adding that the bank is conscious of the fact that the challenges ahead are still enormous as industry profitability may continue to be affected by assets deterioration.

His Royal Highness, Nnaemeka Alired, Obi of Onitsha and chairman of the bank also disclosed that despite the growth of the groups, operating income increased by 50.6 per cent to N71.9 billion during the financial year while the profit before tax declined by 63.6 per cent to N5.9 billion.

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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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