By Adedapo Adesanya
AG Mortgage Bank Plc has said due to its capital impairment, it won’t be able to pay dividends to shareholders for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.
This information was disclosed in its Annual Report and Accounts for the year. The firm is skipping the dividend payment despite growth in its earnings, cut in operating costs, and management of cost.
Analysis of the financial results of the company by Business Post showed that its gross earnings grew by 15 per cent from N945 million in 2019 to N1.08 billion in 2020, while the profit before tax (PBT) rose by 172 per cent from N66 million to N180 million, with the post-tax profit rising by 405 per cent from N22 million to N111 million.
Also, the total deposits stood at N4.8 billion as of December 31, 2020, higher than the previous year’s figure of N3.4 billion by 41 per cent, while the total assets went up by 28 per cent from N12.5 billion to N16 billion, with shareholders’ funds increasing by 26 per cent from N5.1 billion to N6.4 billion.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr Ejikeme Ejim, noted that the year 2020 was buffeted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect which sank the country into another recession barely three years after pulling out of the last one.
He said, “All economic activities came to a halt during the total shut down of the economy to manage the effect of the pandemic. The price of crude oil, the mainstay of the economy crashed to as low as $30 per barrel.
“This put pressure on the nation’s foreign exchange stability, leading to a significant devaluation as the central bank adjusted the exchange rate from N307/$ to N380/$. Expectedly, inflation rate shot up to 13 per cent by mid-year and 18 per cent by year-end.”
He said the mortgage industry witnessed a resurgence of hope within the period following the revitalization of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) for the provision of long term capital for both developments of housing stock via its Estate Development and Construction Finance Loans as well as on-lending to prospective house owners through the National Housing Fund (NHF) loans.
“This is complemented by the opening of alternative financing windows of the Family Homes Funds and the Nigeria Mortgage Refinancing Company (NMRC). However, mortgage banks remain restricted in their capacity to support housing delivery by virtue of the […]