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TRANSCORP PLC RELEASES AUDITED FY 2015 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS, REWARDS SHAREHOLDERS WITH BONUS ISSUE

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Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s foremost investment conglomerate has announced its audited 2015 Financial Results. The Group posted a profit before tax of N3.3bn for the period under review.

Transcorp Group Operating Profit went up by 11% from N14bn in 2014 FY to N15bn. Its posted turnover of N40.8bn and profit before tax of N3.3bn in 2015 due to foreign exchange loss which affected the net results of the power business and impairment of investments in the stock market. The Group’s total comprehensive income stood at N1.4bn for the period under review.

The company grew its balance sheet during the year. Total asset increased by N32bn to N202.9bn, compared to N170.8bn as at 2014 FY. Increase in Plant Property and Equipment reflects the impact of expansion projects undertaken by Transcorp Hotels Plc. specifically the upgrade of Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja and developments of Transcorp Hilton Ikoyi and Port Harcourt.

Tax payable stood at N1.3bn following the corporate restructuring of the Group with the successful merger of Transcorp Ughelli Power (TUPL) and Ughelli Power Plc (UPP). Shareholders Funds stood at N87.5bn.

The Group Revenue was affected by the non-implementation of the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2015 in the Power sector and impacts of forex devaluation on the cost of gas and debt service. The merger of Transcorp Power Ughelli Limited (TUPL) and Ughelli Power Plc (UPP) was successfully completed and the surviving entity renamed as Transcorp Power Limited. The objective of the merger was to eliminate duplicated costs and ensure greater efficiency.

Despite the slow start experienced by the Hospitality business in Q1 2015 occasioned by security concerns regarding the March 2015 general elections, it closed strongly in Q4 2015. Transcorp Hotels Plc successfully raised two series (Series I and II) of its N30bn Medium Term Bond Programme. Series I raised N10bn over a 7-year term at 16.5% p.a. Series II raised N10bn over a 7-year term at 16.5% p.a. The proceeds of the Bond issue is already being applied towards the upgrade of Transcorp Hilton Abuja as well as the development of a Multi-Banquet Conference Centre.

As part of its continued effort to enhance shareholder value, the Group Board has recommended to shareholders for approval of a bonus issue of 1 Ordinary Share of 50 Kobo for every 20 Ordinary Share of 50 Kobo each held by shareholders.

Commenting on the results, Emmanuel Nnorom, President/CEO said: “We displayed relative resilience in 2015 despite various macroeconomic and industry challenges. We continued to maintain top line in 2015 and adapted cost-management measures to keep our administrative expenses within line. Our current expansion agenda within the Hospitality, Oil & Gas and Power sectors will provide the platform for sustainable growth within the medium term. Following recent government intervention in the Power sector, particularly with tariff increase, we expect that a strong growth in our power business in 2016.” The Gas shortages still remain a challenge.

Management will continue to adapt proactive approach to the challenging business environment, adopting our diversified business model, strong corporate governance and excellent execution of identified strategies to drive our growth in the near term.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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