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NB Assures Investors Of Sustained Dividends After Merger

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Executive Director, RSSDA, Mr. Noble Pepple  with the executives of RSSDA, during 2014 Annual Media Report of RSSDA recently.         Photo: Egberi A. Sampson

Executive Director, RSSDA, Mr. Noble Pepple with the executives of RSSDA, during 2014 Annual Media Report of RSSDA recently. Photo: Egberi A. Sampson

Chairman, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Chief Koawale Jamodu has said that an enlarged company would ensure enhanced dividend and value creation for stakeholders.
Jamodu made the statement when he introduced the new enlarged management of the company to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and dealing members in Lagos, on Monday.
He said that the board and management remained committed to operational efficiencies and value creation for all investors of the merged company.
The chairman said that “increased wealth creation for shareholders and other stakeholders will be achieved through major cost savings initiatives.
“This is expected to be achieved through major cost savings in the areas of interest expenses, distribution and administrative costs,” he said.
Jamodu said that the enlarged company had 11 breweries strategically located across the country with two malting plants and 19 brands.
He said the other benefits accruable from the merger were consolidation cost of supply and distribution networks of both companies due to improved efficiencies from integrated operations.
Jamodu said that products of both companies would be manufactured more efficiently through their combined operational capacities.
“The enlarged company is expected to extend market leadership, accelerate revenue growth and expand profit capacity,” Jamodu said.
He said that the visit was to commend stockbrokers and the exchange for their support during the company’s merger period.
Jamodu said that the enlarged company would add value to the exchange performance and comply with the post-listing requirement.
Mr Sam Ndata, doyen of stockbrokers, commended the company for the visit and for a successful merger.
Ndata said that the chairman was known for sound track record, adding: “We hope the company would not disappoint investors and stakeholders.”
He, however, called on the company to ensure strict adherence to the exchange post-listing requirement.
The Tide source  recalls that in December 2014 NB announced the conclusion of its merger with Consolidated Breweries Plc.
It said in a statement in Lagos that the merger was effective from Dec. 31, 2014.
It also said that the name of the enlarged company arising from the merger would be Nigerian Breweries Plc and that the company would remain quoted on the NSE.
The company said that process of operational integration of the two businesses would begin immediately in January 2015.

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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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