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Transcorp settles legal dispute with Efora on OPL 281, agrees to pay $5.5 million

Transcorp signed an agreement with Efora Energy to settle all existing legal disputes around its Oil Prospecting Licence 281.

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Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc announced today that it has entered an agreement with Sacoil Holdings Limited (now Efora Energy Limited, “Efora”) to settle all existing legal disputes around its Oil Prospecting Licence 281 (“OPL 281”). Transcorp will pay a total sum of $5.5m.

This disclosure was made by the company in a pressrelease which was signed by the company’s secretary, Mr. Chike Anikwe.

According to the information contained in the statement, the agreement provides for the full and final settlement of all disputes and claims of both parties in connection with a participating interest in OPL 281 previously assigned to Efora in October 2006.

The resolution of the dispute is significant, given that it is one of the legacy issues which the core investor that took over Transcorp in 2011 inherited, and has been taking steps to resolve.

However, under the terms of the announced settlement, both parties agreed to forgo their respective claims against each other and discontinue pending lawsuits and arbitration in relation to their claims. In addition, Transcorp will pay a total sum of $5.5m over a period of thirteen months to Efora.

What they are saying

Commenting on the development, President/CEO of Transcorp, Owen Omogiafo, said:

“I am glad that the mutual understanding that resulted in our partnership at inception, has brought about this win-win resolution with great potential for future cooperation.

We see this as a significant development that will pave way for our planned development and optimization of the Oil & Gas asset without legal constraints.

“OPL 281 remains a prolific asset that will contribute substantially to the performance of the company upon completion of its development.”

However, Efora’s CEO, Damain Matroos said:

“I am very happy to have brought this matter to a close during these challenging economic times and this removes one more legacy issue for the Group. The conclusion of this matter and the receipt of these funds would also allow the Group to allocate more time and resources to invest in new initiatives to generate value for our shareholders.”

How this development strengthens Transcorp

One of the underlining strengths of the Transcorp Group is the quality of its assets, and the OPL 281 oil block is a significant part of its portfolio. It recently added to its energy asset mix, a 1000MW power generation plant – Afam Power, making it the leading power producer in Nigeria with a combined installed capacity of 1936MW across its power plants.

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SEC issues Cease and Desist Order on Crowdyvest Halal Fund operations

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that cooperative-driven fintech product, Crowdyvest Halal Fund, is an “unregistered entity purporting to operate as a corporative society” and has issued a cease and desist order.

The SEC disclosed this in a statement earlier this week, citing that the Fund is not part of the list of authorised Halal Funds.

What the SEC is saying

The statement from SEC reads in part:

“The attention of the Commission was drawn to the proposed launch of a Crowdyvest Halal Fund by Crowdyvest, an unregistered entity purporting to operate as a corporative society.

The Commission has since issued a Cease and Desist Order to Crowdyvest to stop the launch and operations of the Crowdyvest Halal Fund and any other investment activity which involves soliciting investments and deposits from the public.”

The SEC alerted Nigerians to confirm and verify the registration status of entities offering investment products with the Commission and entities offering savings products with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

What you need to know about SEC guidelines on crowdfunding

The SEC recently issued updated guidelines and rules governing the operation of Crowd Funding activities in Nigeria, ordering that anyone seeking to raise money through a crowdfunding service will have to go through a Crowd Funding Intermediary (CFI). The commission also limited the amount retail investors can invest in a crowdfunding transaction to just 10% of their net annual income in a year.

According to the Commission, a Halal Fund is a form of Sukuk which refers to investment certificates or notes which evidence proportionate interest in ownership of tangible assets, usufructs and services or investment in the assets of particular projects or special investment activity that adhere to the principles of Shariah.

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Top 8 penny stocks outperforming Nigeria’s inflation rate

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For starters, penny stocks have a low price per share value that falls within the price range of N5 and below, which means you don’t need a ton of cash to invest in them. They are also often capable of providing massive returns to investors, and this is what attracts investors to them.

Penny stocks are quite prone to massive drawdowns due to their high volatility and can be viewed as a blend of high risk and strong profit instruments. Consequently, some stock analysts discourage purchasing them for long-term buy-and-hold investments as the sector is often built on short-term trades. It is, therefore, critical for investors to know when to take profit as these stocks often offer cyclic returns.

That being said, it is important to note that there are no guarantees when it comes to investing in equities during high inflation. At best, such investments may be inflation-safe, but returns can never be 100% guaranteed.

In this article, we bring you some of Nigeria’s leading penny stocks outperforming the country’s inflation rate of 18.12%.

Livestock Feeds Plc

The medium-capitalized company known for manufacturing animal feeds has recorded significant buying pressures from investors, as its bottom line continues to impress investors.

Recall the animal feed manufacturer, some months ago, reported pre-tax profits of N520.77 million in the 2020 Financial year compared to N112.63 million reported in 2019, thereby posting a surge of 362%.

The company, led by Adegboyega W Adedeji, presently trades at N1.80 with yearly gains of 157%.

Champion Breweries Plc

The fast-rising Nigerian brewery company is currently enjoying significant buying pressures for multiple reasons. The brewery stock presently posts a yearly gain of 112%, with the stock trading at N1.91 after Tuesday’s trading session.

The company recently disclosed that its profit before tax rose by 102% to N418.16 million in the financial year 2020 from N206.57 million in 2019.

Recall early this year, Heineken expanded its footprint to Africa’s biggest economy through the increase of its stake in Champion Breweries to 84.5%, thereby giving the stock’s value an additional boost.

NEM Insurance Plc

The company, led by Tope Smart, has outperformed many of its peers amid recent price corrections prevailing in the Nigerian stock market.

The stock posts a yearly return of 97% as it trades at N2.07 per share. Recall, the company announced the distribution of bonus shares of 4.7 billion units at N0.50k worth N2.36 billion, triggering increased buying pressures.

The Nigerian underwriter’s key area includes car insurance (29.1% of gross written premiums), fire insurance (23.8%), accident insurance (20.2%), oil and gas insurance (14.8%), marine insurance (10.9%), and reinsurance (1.2%).

First City Monument Bank

The top tier-2 bank, in the past few years, has been able to please its stakeholders with its impressive performance as the bank posted Q1 ’21 Profit Before Tax of N4.2 billion coupled with its recent payment of a dividend of N2.97 billion, translating to 15 kobo per ordinary share for the year ended December 31, 2020, despite headwinds in Nigeria’s banking sector.

Prior to Wednesday’s opening bell, the banking stock traded at N3.15, with yearly gains of 90%.

AXA Mansard Insurance Plc

AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, a member of the AXA group and a global leader in insurance and asset management, has increasingly attracted a significant number of investors amid its recent impressive results.

The fast-rising underwriter, prior to Wednesday’s trading session, was priced at N0.90 with yearly gains of about 77%. It recently posted its gross written premium ticked up by 19% to N25.08 billion in the first quarter of 2021 from N21.09 billion in the corresponding period of 2020.

AIICO Insurance Plc

AIICO Insurance Plc, the insurance company in Africa’s biggest economy that is certified with a Quality Assurance Scheme accreditation by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), has recorded significant gains in its share price, posting yearly gains of 68% with the stock trading at N1.19 after Tuesday’s trading session amid impressive results recently recorded by Nigeria’s fast-growing underwriter.

The company’s gross written premium grew by 12.2 percent year-on-year to N19.7 billion in the first quarter of 2021 from N17.6 billion in the corresponding period of 2020.

The Insurance firm also revealed that it recorded a whopping underwriting profit of N27.7 billion in Q1 2021 from N131 million in Q1, 2020.

May & Baker Nigeria Plc

The leading Nigerian pharmaceutical company, known for producing and distributing pharmaceutical products such as vaccines, antibiotics, etc., has yearly gains currently standing at 34% with its share price trading at N4 at the time this report was drafted.

The company, led by Patrick Ajah, is known for producing and marketing pharmaceuticals, beverages, personal care and other contract-manufactured products.

Investors are keenly watching for the success of Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd, a joint venture between the FG and May & Baker Nigeria Plc, amid the resurging viral attacks despite the aggressive rollout of foreign-based vaccines.

Fidelity Bank Plc

The fast-growing Tier-2 Nigerian bank is presently trading at N2.23, and printing a yearly gain of about 31%.

The leading Nigerian bank recently astonished market analysts when it posted a profit after tax for Q1 2021, which swelled by nearly two-thirds, with profit before income tax expense surging from N6.85 billion (for the corresponding period of 2020) to N10.13 billion in Q1 2021.

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To be launched crypto payment gateway FinRik’s native token Wavycoin launches presale

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Wavycoin (WVY) the native coin of payment gateway cum exchange FinRik will be launching a presale by May 1 according to insider news, the utility coin boost of an ecosystem that aims at making betting decentralized while also allowing individuals to place bet on the most minimum activity that they find interesting.

Wavycoin will be built on Binance smart chain contract and the total supply of the token is 100million and its expected to debit at presale at $0.5.

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