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Thursday, June 27, 2024

EFCC Chairman Orders Arrest Of His Men Who Broke Into Hotel Rooms In Lagos

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede has ordered the arrest of two officers of the Commission allegedly involved in the manhandling of a female staff of Regional Hotel, Ojo, Lagos.

The officers were sighted in a viral video assaulting the staff of the hotel in an early morning sting operation in Lagos. The operation yielded a sizable number of suspects who are still being profiled.

The EFCC’s boss has also ordered detailed investigations of the operation carried out at the hotel and assured that appropriate disciplinary measures would be taken against any of the officers found to be culpable.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Fidelity Bank Reaffirms Support for Digital Innovation in Africa

Leading financial institution -Fidelity Bank PLC -has restated its devotion to support the development of the African technology sector to actualize its potentials. This was revealed at the Africa Technology Expo (ATE 2024) which took place over the weekend.

Held at the Landmark Event Center, Victoria Lagos, the well-attended event provided an avenue for African businesses to display their creativity and gain opportunities in the competitive tech industry.

In her keynote speech at the event, Dr Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe,OON, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, stated that Fidelity Bank is rapidly implementing a digital-based retail-banking strategy by creating an SME business hub to facilitate networking and collaboration among startups, content creators and other digital entrepreneurs.

Sterling HoldCo Delivers To Shareholders


...Receives Commendations At Inaugural AGM

Lagos, Nigeria: Major shareholders of one of Nigeria’s leading financial conglomerates, Sterling Financial Holdings Company PLC., expressed their delight with the leadership and financial performance of the group at its recently held inaugural annual general meeting. The comments came as a result of the group’s continued abilities to post impressive growth numbers in its first full year of operations, despite a challenging macro-economic environment.

The holding company delivered a 36% increase in its assets size, growing to N 2.5 trillion, and a 26.6% rise in its earnings to deliver N 221 billion. Both figures represent a significant increase in the group’s performance as contained in its annual report and financial statements for the 2023 financial year. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Two U.S Astronauts are stranded in Space after Spacecraft breaks down

Two 🇺🇸 NASA astronauts have been stuck in space after riding a faulty Boeing capsule into orbit.

Crews on Earth are scrambling to diagnose the issue as Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams remain stranded at the (ISS) International Space Station.

The astronauts were originally scheduled to return to Earth on June 13 after spending no more than a week on the ISS.

But Boeing's Starliner spacecraft encountered numerous problems during the 25-hour flight, triggering a two-week extension to their stay.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Why investors will buy Fidelity Banks offers, by capital market stakeholders

Fidelity Bank Plc started its N127.1 billion combined rights and public offers to a rousing support from the investing public as key capital market stakeholders recalled the symbolic importance of Fidelity Banks impressive growths and investor-friendly disposition over the years.

From the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) to stockbrokers, investors and customers; the N127.1 billion combined rights and public offer received unreserved recommendations, with industry thought leaders citing the performance of Fidelity Bank in its core banking operations and as a quoted company at the stock market.

They said Fidelity Banks N127.1 billion combined rights and public offer was the right way for the nations banking recapitalisation exercise to start as the bank, which has the highest corporate governance rating and an average annual capital gain of more than 100 per cent at the stock market, has strong appeal to the investing public.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Federal High Court Nullifies Reappointment of Sanusi as Emir of Kano

A Federal High Court in Kano has set aside all steps taken by Kano state government to repeal the Kano Emirates Council Law.

The Kano House of Assembly had repealed the law after which Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf implemented it by dethroning Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as Emir of Kano.

Naomi Campbell reveals billionaire Umar Kamani is son's godfather

Naomi Campbell, 54, stunned the world in May 2021 when she announced she had welcomed a baby daughter - and she then revealed in June last year that she had welcomed a son. In a new interview with Bloomberg, the supermodel revealed that the PrettyLittleThing founder, Umar, 36, is the godfather to her young boy. The pair revealed in February that they were launching a talent agency in Dubai together. Speaking about their joint business venture to the publication, Naomi said.

Osimhen not banned from Super Eagles – NF

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has described as outright falsehood, reports that the football-governing body has slammed a ban on Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen from the team, for his social media outburst few days ago.

The federation issued the disclaimer in a statement on Wednesday.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi expressed amazement at the reports, saying the Federation has neither instructed a process nor has a process been concluded to ban the player from the National Team.

“The NFF hereby implores the media to join hands with the body to positively resolve issues and then focus on the big picture all the time, rather than needlessly escalate certain matters. There was no official communication from the NFF, yet some persons have gone to town to talk about a ban on Osimhen from the National Team. This is not good at all.

Africa needs to be competitive, says Chike-Obi, Fidelity Bank's Chairman

Africa needs to be competitive and efficient in its area of strength, according to Mustafa Chike-Obi, the Chairman of Fidelity Bank, who spoke with CNBC Africa's Kenneth Igbomor on the sidelines of the AFREXIMBANK Annual meetings in Nassau, the Bahamas. 

Chike-Obi emphasized the importance of focused and sharp leadership in harnessing the continent's strengths to achieve prosperity. He highlighted the need for Africa to identify areas of competitive advantage in producing goods and services efficiently to unlock its full potential. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Fidelity Bank: Here’s the perfect opportunity to grab your slice

By Iheanyi Nwachukwu

On Thursday June 20, Nigeria’s 6th largest bank, Fidelity Bank Plc will open its public offer and Rights Issue.

According to an article on the Businessday website and authored by Iheanyi Nwachukwu, the bank is raising a total of up to N127.100billion by way of a Rights Issue to existing shareholders and a Public Offer (the Combined Offer).

Under the Rights Issue, 3.2 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each will be offered in the ratio of 1 new ordinary share for every 10 ordinary shares held as of January 5, 2024, at N9.25 per share.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Union Bank Advocates for Environmental Restoration; Commemorates World Environment Day

 Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, has reemphasised the need to preserve and restore the global habitat through sustainable environmental practices. This clarion call was made during an event organised in partnership with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day.

The program, held on June 5th, 2024, at the Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos State, brought together various stakeholders, including environmental rights activists, international partner agencies, corporate institutions, government agencies, and students of select secondary schools, to deliberate and engage in activities marking World Environment Day.

Fidelity Bank public offer, rights issue to open Thursday June 20

Nigeria’s 6th largest bank, Fidelity Bank Plc will on Thursday, June 20, 2024 open its public offer and Rights Issue.

As part of this capital raising process, Fidelity Bank will same Thursday, June 20, 2024 at the NGX hold a Facts Behind the Offer presentation.

According to an article posted on the Businessday website and authored by Iheanyi Nwachukwu, 3.2 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each will be offered in the ratio of 1 new ordinary share for every 10 ordinary shares held as of 05 January 2024, at N9.25 per share under the Rights Issue,

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Fitch Upgrades Fidelity Bank’s Rating to ‘Positive’

Fintech Ratings has revised the outlook on Fidelity Bank PLC's LongTerm Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to Positive from Stable, while affirming the rating at 'B-'.

The credit rating agency has also affirmed Fidelity Bank’s National Long-Term Rating at 'A(nga)' with a Stable Outlook.

In a statement released on Friday, Fitch said that the outlook revision reflects its, “expectations that the bank's capitalisation will strengthen in the near term as a result of core capital issuances, including to meet the new paid-in capital requirement of N500 billion for banks with an international licence effective by end-1Q26.”

According to the statement: “Fidelity's IDRs are driven by its standalone creditworthiness, as expressed by its Viability Rating (VR) of 'b-'. The VR balances the concentration of operations in Nigeria's challenging operating environment, very high credit concentration and high Stage 2 loans against a growing franchise, sound profitability metrics, good capital buffers and reasonable foreign-currency (FC) liquidity coverage.

“Fidelity's National Ratings are driven by its standalone creditworthiness. They balance a growing franchise and good capital buffers against weaker profitability than higher rated peers.”

The rating agency said that Fidelity is Nigeria's sixth-largest bank, as it accounted for 5% of domestic banking system assets at end-2023, adding that strong balance-sheet growth in recent years has increased bank’s market shares and that it expects these to increase further but remain below those of the five largest banking groups.

On factors that could lead to negative rating action/downgrade, the agency said: “A sovereign downgrade could result in a downgrade of Fidelity's VR and Long-Term IDR if Fitch believes that the direct and indirect effects of a sovereign default would be likely to have a sufficiently large effect on capitalisation and foreign-currency liquidity to undermine the bank's viability. However, this is unlikely considering the Positive Outlook on Nigeria's Long-Term IDRs.”

Sterling Bank Implements Blockchain Solution for SPPG

Staring Bank, a leading financial institution committed to driving innovation and progress, has partnered with the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) to revolutionize credential verification through blockchain technology. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in enhancing the efficiency, security, and accessibility of academic credentials in Nigeria. 

Acknowledging the pressing need for an effective solution, Sterling Bank has taken the initiative to back the implementation of VX Technologies' innovative blockchain-based digital certification program. This initiative arose from the necessity for a transformative solution to address the difficulties faced by SPPG in managing and verifying academic credentials through paper-based systems.


Thursday, June 6, 2024

LP Crisis: Party Party renames Obidient directorate

Following a backlash over the naming and composition of the leadership structure of the “Obidient Directorate,” the leadership of the Labour Party (LP) has renamed the directorate.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, announced the party’s decision in a tarse statement in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the Obidient Directorate will now be known and referred to as the Directorate of Mobilisation and Integration.

Ifoh said, “Following the controversies arising from the creation of the Directorate of OBIDIENT Affairs, in the party, the Directorate is hereby renamed the Directorate of Mobilisation and Integration.

Fidelity Bank undertakes ₦29.6 billion rights issue, ₦97.5 billion public offer

 Fidelity Bank Plc (“Fidelity Bank” or the “Bank”) has concluded all necessary arrangements to raise a total of up to ₦127,100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Twenty-Seven Billion, One Hundred Million Naira) by way of a Rights Issue to existing shareholders and a Public Offer (the “Combined Offer”). The Combined Offer is a part of the Bank’s strategy to increase its share capital base in compliance with the revised minimum capital requirements for Nigerian commercial banks introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”) on 28 March 2024. Overall, the Bank expects that the capital raised would support the Bank’s efforts to drive sustained growth and diversification of its earnings base.

The Signing Ceremony with respect to the Combined Offer was held at the Board Room of the headquarters of Fidelity Bank in Lagos on Wednesday, 5 June 2024. The Bank's shareholders had already approved the Rights Issue and Public Offer at the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting held on Friday, 11 August 2023. Under the Rights Issue, 3,200,000,000 (Three Billion Two Hundred Million) ordinary shares of 50 kobo each will be offered in the ratio of 1 new ordinary share for every 10 ordinary shares held as of 05 January 2024, at ₦9.25 per share. For the Public Offer, 10,000,000,000 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each will be offered to the general investing public at ₦9.75 per share.

Stanbic IBTC Capital is the Lead Issuing House to the Combined Offer, whilst the Joint Issuing Houses include Iron Global Markets Limited, Cowry Asset Management Limited, Afrinvest Capital Limited, FSL Securities Limited, Futureview Financial Services Limited, Iroko Capital Market Advisory Limited, Kairos Capital Limited and Planet Capital Limited. The Acceptance and Application lists for the Rights Issue and Public Offer are expected to open on Thursday, 20 June 2024 and close on Monday, 29 July 2024.

At the Signing Ceremony, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank PLC, Dr. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, disclosed that the proceeds of the Combined Offer will be applied towards investment in IT infrastructure, business and regional expansion, and investment in product distribution channels.

The Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Capital, Oladele Sotubo, commended Fidelity Bank’s management team for their commitment towards executing the Combined Offer. He lauded their efforts for being at the forefront of achieving the CBN’s revised minimum capital requirements for Nigerian commercial banks. While thanking the Bank for trusting Stanbic IBTC Capital to lead and advise on this landmark transaction, Dele expressed confidence that the deal would encourage other corporates to tap into the equity capital markets to raise funding to meet their strategic business needs.

The rights circular for the issue, which contains a Provisional Allotment Letter and the Participation Form, will be mailed directly to shareholders of the Bank. Printed copies of the Public Offer Prospectus can be obtained at the offices of Fidelity Bank and the Issuing Houses during the Public Offer Application Period.

All existing shareholders and prospective investors are encouraged to read the Rights Circular and Prospectus and, where in doubt, consult your Stockbroker, Fund/Portfolio Manager, Accountant, Banker, Solicitor, or any other professional adviser for guidance before subscribing.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Fidelity Bank outperforms banks, stock market with 507% gain in 5 years

Investors in Fidelity Bank Plc have earned more than 507 per cent in capital gains over the past five years, ranking above all other major return benchmarks at the Nigerian stock market and the entire banking sector.

Trading reports at the Nigerian stock market for the five-year period between May 31, 2019 and May 31, 2024 showed that Fidelity Bank outperformed all key indices at the stock market.

Fidelity Banks share price rose by 507.14 per cent over the period, representing average annual capital gain of 101.43 per cent.  

CBN revokes Heritage Bank’s licence

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revoked the licence of Heritage Bank Plc with

immediate effect.

This is according to a statement from the Acting Director, Corporate Communications

at the CBN, Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali on Monday.

The statement read: 

“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in accordance with its mandate to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria and in the exercise of its powers under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Act (BOFIA) 2020, hereby revokes the licence of Heritage Bank Plc with immediate effect. The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation has been appointed as the liquidator of Heritage Bank, following the Banks and Other Financial Act 2020'.