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




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.

Fidelity Bank is offering a rights issue of 3.2 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N9.25 per share. The bank is also simultaneously offering 10 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to the general investing public at N9.75 per share.

The acceptance and application lists for the rights issue and public offer, which opened on Thursday, June 20, 2024, are scheduled to close on Monday, July 29, 2024. The rights issue has been pre-allotted on the basis of one new ordinary share for every 10 existing ordinary shares held as at the close of business on Friday, January 05, 2024.

The Doyen of Stockbrokers, the oldest practicing stockbroker, Alhaji Rasheed Yussuff, said Fidelity Bank has good records going for it with its history of impressive growth and profitability and dividend payments.

According to him, the bank is known to the market as a good investment, with evident records of impressive returns and corporate responsibility.

Yussuff, who was already a leading stockbroker and managing director of Trust Yields Securities Limited in 2004-2005 when Fidelity Bank launched its initial public offering (IPO) and listed its shares at the stock market, said the bank has been hitting all positive records that should encourage investors to buy more into it.

Referencing the banks impressive returns, Yussuff, who has more than five decades in the capital market and was principal dealing clerk for ICON Limited/ICON Stockbrokers in 1976, particularly noted that Fidelity Bank has been paying good dividends.

Chairman, Association of Securities Dealing Houses of Nigeria (ASHON), Mr Sam Onukwue, who recalled the founding days of Fidelity Bank in 1987, said he had watched Fidelity Bank sustained commendable growth trajectory over the years.

He said the bank has shown exceptional growth and resilience, rising from being a private merchant in 1987 to becoming one of the largest, publicly quoted commercial banks in Nigeria. Fidelity Bank is one of the seven Nigerian banks with international banking licences.

Onukwue, who is also managing director of Mega Equities Limited, said Fidelity Banks history of performance underlines the strength of its management, noting that the bank has proven to be able to keep investors trust.

Chairman, Nigerian Exchange (NGX), Mr. Ahonsi Unuigbe said the combined offer marked a pivotal moment for the bank and the financial services sector.

This is a testament to Fidelity Banks unwavering commitment to strengthening its own capital base and ensuring sustainable growth through amazing roles played by all of the professional parties to this transaction, Unuigbe, an investment banker and former director at Standard Bank, said.

He said the new banking recapitalisation is aimed at bolstering the resilience and stability of the nations financial institutions.

According to him, the ongoing recapitalisation has set robust minimum capital requirements that will ensure Nigerian banks are not only more solvent, but also capable of supporting the growth and development of the economy.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Exchange (NGX), Mr. Jude Chiemeka, commended Fidelity Bank for its performance and willingness to avail the investing public of every relevant information.

He assured that the NGX remains committed to supporting companies like Fidelity Bank in its quests to deepen the capital markets and fostering an environment conducive to sustainable growth and innovation.

Founder, KAM Holding, Dr Kamoru Yusuf, said Fidelity Bank has shown to be an exceptional bank with focus on the development of Nigerian economy and companies.

He said investing in Fidelity Bank will be an investment in the growth of Nigerian economy and companies like KAM Holding, the nations largest wholly indigenous metal and steel production company.

Yusuf, whose group has metamorphosed into a global business conglomerate operating in three countries across two continents, confirmed that KAM Holding has benefited immensely from financial supports from Fidelity Bank.

Yusuf, who was physically present at a session at the NGX to present facts behind the offer to the investing public, underlined the relationship between increased capital for a business-focussed bank like Fidelity Bank and the overall development of the Nigerian economy.

Addressing the investing public at the NGX, Managing Director, Fidelity Bank Plc, Dr Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, reiterated the commitment of the bank to delivering impressive returns to shareholders and supporting the growth of the Nigerian economy.

She explained that the new capital raising by Fidelity Bank was driven by its proactive business expansion plan having secured shareholders approval to raise new equity funds as early as August 2023. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)s directive on new minimum capital was released in March 2024.

The offer will increase our capacity to support our customers and their businesses. In summary, this capital raise will help our customers to grow, their businesses to thrive, and their economy to prosper, Onyeali-Ikpe said.

She assured that with its groundswell of supports from enthusiastic shareholders, customers and stakeholders, the bank is on course to achieving the N500 billion new minimum capital base, which will clearly confirm the bank, beyond any doubt, as one of the biggest banks in Nigeria.

Onyeali-Ikpe noted that being the first bank to launch offer out of the many banks in Nigeria after the CBN directive, Fidelity Bank has shown again to be a pace-setter.

According to her, Fidelity Bank seeks the CBN recapitalization directive as a significant opportunity for a stronger and more resilient banking industry.

We have embraced the challenge as a catalyst to propel us, towards a long-term vision of becoming a market leader across every product that we offer and segment that we sell, not just in Nigeria, but as an international bank, Onyeali-Ikpe said.

She said the proceeds from the N127.10 billion capital raising exercise would be instrumental in achieving its strategic growth plan.

She highlighted that the funds, firstly, would be deployed to drive, business growth and regional expansion.

We will strategically expand our footprints within and outside Nigeria to serve as a broader customer base and to unlock new market opportunities.

Secondly, we will have what we call technological transformation. We are committed to leveraging proprietary technology to improve operational efficiency and deliver exceptional customer service.

Thirdly, we intend to diversify and grow. By investing in information technology (IT) infrastructure and product distribution channels, we will aim to diversify our earnings base through digitalization and business expansion, Onyeali-Ikpe said.

She said the management recognised the importance of investors and are committed to delivering value to them as well.
Our track record of accelerated growth and consistent dividend payment is a testament to this, Onyeali-Ikpe said.

A recent review had shown that Fidelity Bank outperformed all major market indices for measuring returns at the Nigerian stock market, with the banks average annual return over the past five years twice the average return by the overall market and almost four times of average return in the banking sector.

A review of official trading reports at the Nigerian stock market showed that investors in Fidelity Bank have earned more than 507 per cent in capital gains over the past five years, between May 31, 2019 and May 31, 2024
Fidelity Banks share price rose by 507.14 per cent over the period, representing average annual capital gain of 101.43 per cent. This significantly exceeds all other major return benchmarks, including the banking sector.

With 507 per cent capital gain in five years and average annual gain of more than 100 per cent, the return analysis implies that investment in Fidelity Bank is more attractive than other class of assets, including fixed-income securities such as government and corporate bonds; real estate investment and mutual funds among others.

These returns underscore Fidelity Banks immense value as a stock for all times, helping investors to hedge against inflation while preserving significant long-term value.

The high divisible nature of shares investment and high free float of Fidelity Bank, which makes the banks shares easily available, underline the bank as a most attractive investment option for all cadres of investors- small, medium and high networth; retail and institutional investors.

The All Share Index (ASI) – the common, value-based index that tracks all share prices at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX), which is widely regarded as Nigerias benchmark for equities market, recorded a five-year return of 219.61 per cent, an average annual return of 43.9 per cent.

Contrary to the significantly above average performance of Fidelity Bank, the NGX Banking Index-which tracks the banking sector, doubled by 120.53 per cent over the five-year period, representing average annual return of 24.11 per cent, more than 77 percentage points below Fidelity Banks average return.

Two other major price indices- the NGX 30 Index and NGX Main Board Index, recorded five-year cumulative return of 185.73 per cent and 265.6 per cent respectively, representing average annual gain of 37.15 per cent and 53.1 per cent respectively.

The NGX 30 Index tracks share prices of the 30 largest companies at the stock market while the NGX Main Board Index represents the largest and most diversified group of listed companies at the stock exchange. Fidelity Bank is quoted on the main board, like most other major banks and companies at the stock market.

The average annual return of 101.43 per cent underlines that Fidelity Bank provides substantial return for investors, even where such investors had borrowed money at the ruling interest rate and the invested fund was adjusted for impact of inflation rate.

Nigerias inflation rate peaked at a high of 33.69 per cent in April 2024 while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) recently increased the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), otherwise known as benchmark interest rate, to 26.25 per cent.
Fidelity Banks share price, which closed May 31, 2019 at N1.68 per share, rose successively to N10.20 per share by the end of May 2024.

The ASI had, during the period, rose from its opening index of 31,069.37 points to close weekend at 99,300.38 points. The NGX Banking Index rose from 361.57 points to 797.37 points. The NGX 30 Index, which opened the period at 1,286.68 points, closed the period at 3,676.44 points. The NGX Main Board Index appreciated from 1,267.54 points to close weekend at 4,634.31 points.


Q2 Media Performance Review: Banking, Insurance, and Telecom CEOs in Focus



Q2 Media Performance Review: Banking, Insurance, and Telecom CEOs in Focus

Q2 Media Performance Review: Banking, Insurance, and Telecom CEOs in Focus

In spite of the challenging economic conditions and their adverse effects on businesses nationwide, Nigeria’s commercial banking, insurance, and telecommunications sectors have consistently maintained robust media relations, marketing strategies, and public awareness initiatives. Their success has been bolstered by the impressive data shared with the media in the second quarter, which has helped sustain positive public perception and confidence in these industries. An independent analysis of the media performance and prominence of the CEOs of Nigerian Commercial Banks, Insurance Companies and Telecommunication Providers for the second quarter was conducted by the leading Media Intelligence and Public relations audit agency, P+ Measurement Services. 

Q2 Media Performance Review: Banking, Insurance, and Telecom CEOs in Focus

This media analysis monitored more than 1.3 million online publications from blogs, news sites, broadcasts, forums, and digital media in the local and global media space, as well as about 5,115 print publications (including daily, weekly, and monthly publications), from which different metadata was extracted, including the sentiment of reporters, editors, publishers, and opinion writers from various online and print publications, spokesperson analysis, CEOs performances, and other topics.

Through detailed media data gathering, analysis, and audit of salient valid PR metrics of 27 Commercial Banks, top 10 leading Insurance companies, and top 4 Telecommunications Providers. The reports ranked the top CEOs (Commercial Banks, Telecommunication, and Insurance) prominent in the Online and Print media.

According to the analysis, Yemisi Edun of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), led the leaderboard with a 23% share of media coverage, indicating a strong media presence and influence in the banking sector. Closely behind were Oliver Alawuba of United Bank for Africa (UBA) with 22% and Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe of Fidelity Bank capturing 22% of media coverage, demonstrating significant visibility and engagement within the industry. Moruf Oseni of Wema Bank came in next with 18% and Wole Adeniyi of Stanbic IBTC Bank rounded out the chart with 16%, showing a notable but comparatively lower media presence. This distribution of media coverage highlights the competitive landscape and varying levels of media engagement among top banking executives.

In the insurance sector, the media performance audit report revealed that Akinjide Orimolade of Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited had the most media exposure at 73%. Lesi Gboyega of Leadway Assurance with 15% and Kunle Ahmed of AXA Mansard Insurance followed closely with 9%. Eddie Efekoha of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance with 2% and Andrew Ikehua of NEM Insurance with 1% media exposure. This distribution highlights a competitive media landscape among insurance executives, with varying levels of visibility and engagement reflecting their influence and presence in the sector. Comparing both sectors, it is evident that top executives in banking and insurance are actively working to maintain significant media profiles to enhance their brands’ visibility and market influence.

In the telecommunications sector, Karl Toriola of MTN Nigeria led the media performance with 67% share of media coverage, highlighting MTN’s dominant presence and influence in the industry. Carl Cruz of Airtel Nigeria followed with 31%, indicating substantial visibility and engagement. In contrast, Mike Adenuga of Globacom had lower exposure, with only 2% media coverage.

This distribution underscores the disparity in media engagement among telecommunications executives, with MTN and Airtel maintaining strong media profiles. Comparing the telecommunications sector to the banking and insurance sectors reveals that media coverage is highly concentrated among a few key players, highlighting the varying strategies and successes in maintaining media presence across different industries.

Overall, the analysis reveals significant disparities in media engagement across the banking, insurance, and telecommunications sectors. Key executives like Yemisi Edun, Akinjide Orimolade, and Karl Toriola have successfully maintained strong media profiles, highlighting their influence within their respective industries. This highlights the importance of strategic media engagement for maintaining visibility and influence in a competitive landscape.

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UN, Columbia University, New York To Headline ASIS 2024



UN, Columbia University, New York To Headline ASIS 2024


UN, Columbia University, New York To Headline ASIS 2024



The Africa Social Impact Summit (ASIS) 2024 is set to be an extraordinary gathering of influential leaders, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, and Jeffrey Sachs, of the world-acclaimed Columbia University, New York, are set to headline the event.



UN, Columbia University, New York To Headline ASIS 2024

The summit, co-convened by the Sterling One Foundation and the United Nations, is scheduled for July 25th and 26th at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos. It promises to be a pivotal platform for addressing Africa’s critical social and economic challenges under the theme “Reimagining Progress: A New Blueprint for Sustainable Growth in Africa.”

Jeffrey Sachs, renowned economist and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, is known for his extensive work in global economic development and poverty alleviation. His expertise in sustainable development will provide a vital framework for the summit’s discussions on creating economic opportunities and reducing inequalities.

Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, has a rich history of leadership in international development and environmental sustainability. Her participation is expected to drive crucial conversations on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across Africa, focusing on inclusive growth and environmental stewardship.

Abubakar Suleiman, CEO of Sterling Bank, is celebrated for his innovative approaches to banking and his strong commitment to corporate social responsibility. His insights into sustainable business practices and economic development will be instrumental in shaping the summit’s agenda.

Olapeju Ibekwe, CEO of the Sterling One Foundation, expressed her excitement for the event: “ASIS 2024 represents a unique opportunity for global leaders and innovators to converge and create sustainable solutions for Africa’s most pressing challenges. We are honored to have such distinguished speakers and partners joining us in this transformative journey.”

ASIS 2024 will bring together leaders from the private sector, public sector, tech ecosystem, non-profit organizations, and government to collaborate on initiatives that drive social impact. The summit will focus on key areas such as universal health access, education, equality, food security, and climate action.

Interested participants can register for the summit at

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Minister of State Petroleum Resources [Oil] Hosts Crucial Meeting with Dangote, NMDPRA, NUPRC, and NNPC Leadership



Minister of State Petroleum Resources [Oil] Hosts Crucial Meeting with Dangote, NMDPRA, NUPRC, and NNPC Leadership

Minister of State Petroleum Resources [Oil] Hosts Crucial Meeting with Dangote, NMDPRA, NUPRC, and NNPC Leadership



Distinguished Senator Heineken Lokpobiri @senlokpobiri, the Honourable Minister of State Petroleum Resources [Oil], convened a high-level meeting with key stakeholders to address and resolve the ongoing issues surrounding the Dangote Refinery.


Minister of State Petroleum Resources [Oil] Hosts Crucial Meeting with Dangote, NMDPRA, NUPRC, and NNPC Leadership

Present at the meeting were:

Mr. Aliko Dangote, Chairman and CEO of @DangoteGroup
Mr. Farouk Ahmed, Authority Chief Executive of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (@NMDPRA_Official)
Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (@NUPRCofficial)
Mr. Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (@nnpclimited)

The stakeholders expressed their gratitude to the Honourable Minister for his exemplary leadership and timely intervention in facilitating this crucial dialogue. The meeting focused on finding a sustainable and lasting solution to the current impasse affecting the Dangote Refinery, with all parties demonstrating a commitment to collaborative and proactive problem-solving.

The Honourable Minister emphasized the importance of cooperation and synergy among all stakeholders to ensure the success and optimal performance of the Oil and Gas sector, which is pivotal for Nigeria’s economic growth and energy security.

This meeting marks a significant step towards resolving the challenges and underscores the Minister’s dedication to fostering a conducive environment for Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

— Nneamaka Okafor

Special Adviser Media and Communication to Minster of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil)

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