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Coronation Merchant Bank Records 66% Growth in Gross Earnings for 2017

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Coronation Merchant Bank Limited announced its 2017 full year results to stakeholders at its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos, in which the bank posted a Profit Before Tax of N5.1 billion.

Speaking at the AGM, Abu Jimoh, Group Managing Director/CEO of Coronation Merchant Bank Limited said that, “despite the tough market conditions that characterized significant parts of the year, the underlying business fundamentals of the bank remained strong as reflected in the Gross earnings growth of 66% to N25.5Bn in 2017.

As we progress in our journey to become Africa’s premier Investment bank, we remain committed to providing our clients with superior financial services whilst generating attractive and sustainable returns for shareholders.

“The impressive results of the bank in the last 3 years demonstrate the effectiveness of our strategy, the quality of our past decisions and the commitment of our board & management to maximize shareholder value whilst actively expanding our franchise in select, high growth markets where we believe we have a competitive advantage.

“Coronation MB Group recorded a notable improvement in key performance metrics in 2017, despite the tough and challenging operating environment.

Our interest income growth of 67% y/y and non-interest income growth of 57% in 2017 re-affirm the sustainability of our core business growth. We will continue to gain momentum in our efforts to achieve more diversified earnings, as we strengthen our subsidiaries offerings.”

According to Jimoh, “our deliberate focus on the efficiency of our business operations has continued to yield considerable returns for the bank. Despite the high inflation rate, Cost-to-income ratio increased marginally by 90bps to 46.1% (Dec 2016: 45.2%), reaffirming the Bank’s commitment to rein in costs while improving operating efficiency.

“Aside from the strong earnings performance, the Group recorded a significant growth in its Balance Sheet in 2017.

Total assets increased by 28% to N136.7bn from N106.6bn in December 2016, and shareholder’s funds increased to N29.5bn from N25.9bn – a valid testament to the resilience of the Group’s operations and its adaptability to current market realities and challenges.

“We will continue to maintain a disciplined and prudent approach in asset creation in line with our overall risk management framework and evidenced in our growth in loan book of 42% which increased from N22.7bn to N32.3bn with zero NPL.”

He said while general economic conditions and the regulatory environment remained tight, the bank believed that its new business and lending strategies, embedded risk management culture and continuous cost savings, would enable it to stand firm throughout this period.

“In the coming years, we will focus on the disciplined implementation of our growth strategy to drive efficiency in all segments of our business leveraging fintech and process re-engineering,” he said.

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Sacked Banks’ Workers Drag CBN, Banks to Court over N9.8Bn Entitlements

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Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

Ex-staff of banks numbering over 10, 000 have restated their resolve to get their over N9.8billion entitlements from their former employers.

 

The former bankers who hitherto filed a class action suit through the Registered Trustees of the Association of Ex-Staff of Non-Consolidated Banks of Nigeria and all ex-staff of eight banks not consolidated in the banks consolidation exercise at the National Industrial Court, Lagos Judicial Division, had last week undertaken to appear in court as individuals to press home their demand.

 

They had sued the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over nonpayment of their N9.8billion gratuities 12 years after they were retrenched.

 

Also joined in the suit are Ecobank Nigeria Plc, UBA Plc, Skye Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.

 

A breakdown of the claimants’ gratuities showed that Allstates and Hallmark Bank both acquired by Ecobank were owed over N7billion.

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Besides, UBA which acquired Gulf Bank, Liberty Bank, Metropolitan Bank and Trade Bank owed ex-staff of the respective banks over N1.3bn just as Skye Bank and Zenith Banks were owed over N600m and N22million.

 

During their first appearance last week at Court 9 presided over by Justice Mustapha Tijani, the claimants’ counsel Daniel Omotilewa recalled that following the N25billion recapitalisation benchmark set by the apex for banks under the ‘Guidelines and Incentives on Consolidation in the Banking Industry,’ the CBN had assured that those whose employment would be jeopardised as a consequence of the exercise will be paid their due entitlements in line with industry standards and even provided with soft loans to set up their small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).

 

Justice Tijani while taking the claimants’ lawyer pleas observed that the defendants’ lawyers were not properly served.

 

Speaking further, Justice Tijani said since the case was just brought up for mentioning enjoined all the parties to be properly served. He therefore moved for the adjournment to July 9th, 2018, since according to him, the case was just for mention.

 

In a chat with The Nation, the claimants’ counsel said his clients had a prima facie case against the CBN, NDIC and their former employers. “We are coming as individual, but rather than each of us filing different cases. You know the provision allows bringing the actions together to prevent multiplicity of actions. The action is basically against CBN and NDIC. They want their remunerations to be paid.”

 

Also addressing journalists, Magnus Maduka, the chairman of the group said it was disheartening to note that over 100 members of the group have faced their untimely death as a result of the inhuman conditions they had been subjected to these past years.

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SystemSpecs Seeks Special Fund to Drive Financial Inclusion

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SystemSpecs Limited, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to establish a special fund to deepen its financial inclusion goals.

 

Deremi Atanda, executive director, who spoke on the sidelines of Digital Pay Expo in Lagos at the weekend, said there are many issues around the push for financial inclusion, adding that literacy is one of them.

 

He stressed the imperative for a special fund to drive financial inclusion, adding that the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) is an example of the intervention the Federal Government could make to ease the drive on the lenders.

 

“I think the banks are committed to financial literacy but it won’t happen in one year. It is a commitment for 2020, which didn’t start yesterday. I have been part of the commitment since 2007. We need to evaluate where we are, so we don’t get derailed, and where we want to be. These are the kind of things we must do. When those targets were set, we have the financial implication of what it will cost, which is not the same now. So, who is going to plug that gap for 2020 dream to be realised? Along the way, there have been many disruptions they didn’t factor in, both the economic aspect and technology.

 

“The honest truth is that the pervasiveness of technology is going to make the realisation of these things a lot easier, faster but someone needs to be committed to facilitating it. USPF for example (in the telecoms sector), is there (to ensure that the unserved and underserved rural communities are reached through service subsidy). There is need for a commitment in terms of funding to make sure financial inclusion happen. It might interest you that majority of people investing in that are foreign institutions such as the Bill Melinda Foundation and you ask yourself where the counterpart funding is coming from local institutions. The bank has just committed itself to SINEF, which is rolling out about 500, 000 agents, which CBN is also part of.

 

“But don’t forget that the interface of business with the realisation of national policy, money will go after money. If the agents are just to work to achieve a national policy that will not be economically beneficiary to them, somebody must incentive it so that national objection is realise. It is just a matter of time, when that business is worthwhile and there is a plug in from the right agencies of the government, sooner than you think that will happen,” he said.

 

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Remittances to Developing Countries at £349bn – World Bank

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World Bank statistics show that remittances to developing countries grew for the first time in two years, from £322 billion to £349 billion in 2017, according to global money transfer brand Xpress, which has called for more collaboration between stakeholders to “help the movement of money and boost economies.”

The remittance service says the estimated 232 million migrants worldwide contribute over £460bn in remittances to the economies of their origin.

Specifically, the business believes driving down the cost of remittances should be a priority.

“The average cost of global remittances starts at 7.13%, and despite earlier efforts by the G8 to drive this down to 5% by 2014, and the UN seeking a reduction to 3% by 2030, migrant workers are feeling the pinch as remittance costs still remain high,” according to Xpress Money.

It argues that deeper collaboration between money transfer operators and financial institutions will lead to a reduction in the global average cost of remittance – primarily through the abolishment of exclusivity contracts the company says is prevalent in the industry.

Xpress Money COO, Sudhesh Giriyan said: “Migrant remittances play a key role in transforming lives and economies around the world. Even small amounts sent home have a big impact on the lives of the people receiving it and the communities they live in.

“With many moving thousands of miles to help keep loved ones out of poverty, we wanted to use International Day of Family Remittances to celebrate migrant workers. #WeSaluteYou is a small tribute to our customers and all migrants across the world for their selfless contribution to their loved ones.”

Xpress Money explains that the International Day of Family Remittances recognises the financial contribution of migrant workers towards the wellbeing of their families and to the development of their countries of origin.

It is also aimed at encouraging the public and private sectors to collaborate “to maximise the impact remittances in the developing world.”

The #WeSaluteYou campaign will run across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter through the day.

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