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Stanbic IBTC Charts Course for Real Estate Development

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Stanbic IBTC Asset Management, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, charted a new course for real estate investment in Nigeria. The financial institution was appointed to manage a real estate investment trust scheme, UPDC REIT, as confirmed by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in May 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (UPDC REIT) was listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) in year 2008. The fund manager, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management, was bestowed with the responsibility to implement the closed-ended fund’s investment strategy and other related activities.

 

 

 

 

Stanbic IBTC Charts Course for Real Estate Development

 

 

 

 

Since it took up management of the REIT, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management focused efforts on improving the operational and governance structure of the REIT to form the bedrock for improved performance. Likewise, investor relations was prioritised with the presentation of a ‘Fact Behind the Figures’ session on the NGX  in December 2021. These measures had been sustained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently the company announced the 2021 audited financial result for the UPDC REIT. The result showed that there were significant rooms for improvement in the largest REIT  in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fund Manager’s analysis highlighted two critical reasons for the decline recorded. One was the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial properties within the portfolio which contributed over 60% of the portfolio’s rental income, and the other was the effect of portfolio revaluation, in view of market realities, which resulted in a 19% decline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The REIT’s rental income in 2021 declined to NGN1.26 billion, compared with NGN1.57 billion generated in the previous year. The decline was underpinned by reduced occupancy level, which was due to remote working strategies adopted by many corporates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally,  due to delayed recovery of rental income from some tenants who struggled to bounce back from the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses, a NGN141 million impairment charge was booked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fair value loss of NGN5.04 billion was taken on the investment properties because the REIT’s properties were revaluated to fulfil regulatory requirements. Thus, the REIT recorded a loss before tax of NGN4.48 billion from the positive of NGN1.93 billion in the prior year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the spread of the pandemic waned, the Fund Manager was optimistic that outstanding rental fees would be recovered, and the demand for commercial office spaces would improve as more firms returned to work in office premises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanbic IBTC Asset Management offered copious reassurance to stakeholders. Oladele Sotubo, Chief Executive of the Asset Management Company,  stated in a commentary that, “as a Fund Manager, we have a responsibility to conduct due diligence in ensuring that the Fund which we now manage is accurately valued in line with regulatory requirements and in alignment with our expert knowledge of Funds management. With the improved liquidity on the stack and a significant discount presented by the current market price, a unique opportunity is presented to investors that seek to buy into the future of the REIT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In addition, we are exploring opportunities in alternative sectors which have shown economic resilience and become profitable in the last few years. Some of these sectors include retail purpose-built student accommodation, short lets, industrial properties, and so on. We expect that opportunistic acquisitions in these sectors would give room for short to medium term capital gains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I will summarise by saying that we are not too worried. Rather, we are excited at this opportunity to bring our experience and expertise to bear in returning the UPDC REIT to profitability while also contributing tangibly to the provision of sustainable housing and development of Nigeria’s real estate sector.”   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Dr Demola Sogunle, commented on the Financials saying, “as a forward-thinking organisation, we are not oblivious of the critical nature of this sector and the need for growth, hence our commitment to evolve the UPDC REIT such that investors can enjoy substantial returns on their investments. Now more than ever, we encourage Nigerians to invest in UPDC REIT, as those who invest at this time are more likely to benefit from significant medium to long term gains as the Fund performance improves and yield takes on an upward curve.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDC REIT is a close-ended property fund sponsored by UPDC Plc (UPDC) in 2013 via an issue of 3,000,000,000 units at NGN10 each and is listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanbic IBTC Asset Management is dedicated to developing customer assets and real estate investment trusts in Nigeria.

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Dangote Cement’s Past Consumer Promo Winners Recount Gains

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Dangote Cement’s Past Consumer Promo Winners Recount Gains

Dangote Cement Promo: Previous Seasons’ Winners Recount Gains

-Commend Dangote for transforming their lives

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

 

Dangote Cement’s Past Consumer Promo Winners Recount Gains

 

Past winners of the Dangote Cement consumer promo have commended the company’s Management for the positive economic and social impact of the promo on their livelihoods and wellbeing.

 

Some of the winners, who spoke on the impact of the cars and millions of Naira won during the previous seasons, described the promo as a big relief and a crucial palliative that lessened the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which had then shut down the whole world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 450 consumers had emerged either as instant millionaires or owners of brand new car prices, while others won hundreds of tricycles among other attractive prizes during Season 1 and Season 2 of the consumer promo.

 

The star winners across Nigeria who were presented with brand new saloon cars or one million naira as prizes commended the cement manufacturing giant and its Chairman, Aliko Dangote for transforming their lives for the better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the excited winners, who were contacted by telephone, recalled how they initially thought it was a dream until they were later presented with their various prizes in the full glare of the public. They said their winnings had enriched their lives and livelihoods and hailed the sincerity of Dangote Cement in handing over the cars to them.

 

A winner, Mr. Clement James of Marble Construction, Kaduna State who won a brand new car during the last Dangote Cement promo said the prize has enhanced the profitability of his business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to him, the car has assisted his company in marketing Dangote Cement products within and outside Kaduna. “We have been using the car to meet clients’ and customers’ needs in and around the state. This has further increased our customer base and boosted our profitability,” he stated.

 

James pointed out that the car gift showcased Dangote’s interest in human empowerment. “The truth is that the car gift has made people understand that Dangote is not only interested in making profits, but also highly interested in impacting the lives of both customers and consumers of its products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Before now, we only hear of how much Dangote contributes to empowerment and we had not experienced it personally. With the Dangote Cement promo, we were able to feel the impact directly. It now boosts the confidence of consumers on the company’s products,” he added.

 

Another past winner, Emmanuel Boye, Managing Director of Awuley Investment Limited, Abuja said the branded car prize his company won has become a source of advertisement for Dangote Cement and its products as people are now becoming more aware of these quality products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The prize has increased customers’ behavior in a positive way. The truth is that many people in our locality now have more confidence in us that we are selling high-quality cement products. The branded car has made customers to believe that we are not selling counterfeit re-bagged products because they have seen something to confirm that we are getting the product directly from the company’s factory. So, our sales volume has greatly improved in the past two years,” Boye added.

 

Apart from the car prizes, some other consumers especially those who won star prizes of a million naira each during the promo said they used the cash to expand their businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Nsikan Emmanuel from Calabar, Cross River State who was one of the one million Naira prize winners said, “The Dangote Cement sales promotion was a nice technique that attracted consumers to purchase more of Dangote Cement, and they have thus continued to patronise the product. Dangote is the top cement company in Nigeria that produces quality cement at an affordable price.”

 

Another winner, Yahaya Isah Abdullahi from Kano State, said he used his million naira cash prize to expand his business. According to him, he now buys more bags of cement for sale rather than depend on credit grants from distributors. Abdullahi said he has more capital to run his business, all thanks to Dangote Cement and its promo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Mr. Edet Udeme of Delta State who also won one million naira, he said he used part of the money to expand his business and another part to purchase a motorcycle for customer contact and product distribution.

 

He said the motorcycle has enhanced his mobility and enabled him to reach out to more consumers of Dangote Cement products. “I want to thank Dangote Cement for impacting the lives of consumers through the cement promo. It will be good to see more of such promos in the future,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking on the promos, Group Chief, Branding and Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Ltd, Mr. Anthony Chiejina explained that the company’s decision to launch the promos for the consumer aligns with its vision and mission to enhance the lives of the people by helping to provide their basic needs. “This strategy is in tandem with the quality of our exceptional products, in line with our brand promise”, he said.

 

According to Chiejina, “The timing of the promo, two years ago, was very strategic, as the world was feeling the pains of the COVID-19 pandemic and the management thought it was good to come to the aid of its loyal customers by rewarding them via the promo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When Dangote Cement came out with Bag of Goodies Season 2 themed Spell Dangote and Win a Million Naira promo in 2020, it had one thing in mind, which is to give back to the consumers of the product and impact as many lives as possible.

 

“Two years after the promo, the company can confidently attest to the fact that it has been able to contribute positively to the lives, wellbeing, and businesses of its consumers. The mega promo, which produced hundreds of winners across the country, assisted in mitigating the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumers and dealers of Dangote Cement,” Chiejina added.

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LIRS OPTIMIZES PAYMENT PROCEDURE ON eTAX FOR TAXPAYERS

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LIRS OPTIMIZES PAYMENT PROCEDURE ON eTAX FOR TAXPAYERS

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

LIRS OPTIMIZES PAYMENT PROCEDURE ON eTAX FOR TAXPAYERS

 

 

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) is currently optimizing its payment procedures for utmost efficiency and taxpayers’ convenience.

The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Ayodele Subair, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the Agency, as part of its digitalization process, is discontinuing all previously used bill references effective from August 1st, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

Consequently, according to the Chairman, only the Enterprise Tax Solutions (eTax), generated bill references will be acceptable for tax payments.

The eTax platform, (https://etax.lirs.net) which went live in October 2019, was launched by LIRS to engender seamless tax operations and reduce compliance costs to taxpayers. Since its launch, eTax has improved the effectiveness of tax administration in Lagos State.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Subair added that the eTax was built as a one-stop shop for all tax transactions, and it is in the same spirit that the generation of bill references, required for all tax payments is now exclusive to the eTax platform.

He reiterated that by the cutoff date of August 1st, 2022, eTax would become the only authorized channel to generate bill reference for tax payments and other tax-related transactions in Lagos State.

 

 

 

 

 

To generate a bill reference on e-Tax, taxpayers can use the 5 easy steps below:

1. Visit https://etax.lirs.net

2. Input your Payer ID and password to log in

3. Select revenue type, and upload schedule (For PAYE & Withholding Taxes)

4. Generate a bill reference

5. Make a payment on any of the multiple channels available, using the generated bill reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further assistance on eTax or other related enquiries, taxpayers are enjoined to call LIRS customer service hotline on 0700 2255 5477 or send email to etaxinfo@lirs.net.

Visit the website: https://lirs.gov.ng, Follow on Twitter:@lirsgovng, Facebook: @lirsgovng, Instagram: @lirsgovng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed:

Monsurat Amasa

Head, Corporate Communications

LIRS

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Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain

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Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

 

Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain

 

 

B2B platforms like Alerzo are changing the Nigerian retail market narrative by presenting the attractive investment opportunities therein to the world.

The federal government recently revealed the improving impact of e-commerce on the country’s economy, saying the current e-commerce spending in Nigeria has grown to $13billion per annum and expected to reach $75billion in revenue per annum by 2025.

 

 

 

 

Expressing passion about the growing investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain, which are capable of contributing significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the federal government also said e-commerce grew in Nigeria from 14% in 2019 to 17% in 2020.

Alerzo’s technology-based market penetration helps in reaching people beyond the urban settlements to rural areas and giving them access to extensive catalogue of products, in addition to free delivery. The leading e-commerce platform also facilitates development and financial inclusion through digital payment platforms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For instance, Alerzo, through AlerzoPay, is contributing to the development of dematerialized payment solutions which are key to the success of e-commerce and an important asset for Nigeria when it comes to development prospects.

By their business models, B2B e-commerce platforms are a chain of activities that open up economic opportunities such as job creation, financial inclusion and technology advancement, as Alerzo’s Chief Executive Officer, Adewale Opaleye, made known that Alerzo directly employs more than 3,000 people in its operational chain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B2B e-commerce platforms also allow local retailers to improve their businesses and become profitable and thus enable them to hire more staff to support their production and/or distribution activities.

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