MTN Nigeria obtains approval-in-principle from CBN to launch MoMo Payment Service Bank.

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc announced that it has obtained an Approval-in-Principle (AIP) from the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) to launch its proposed MoMo Payment Service Bank Limited. The approval is one of the foremost actions required to obtain a final approval from the apex banking authority, subject to the fulfillment of other stipulated conditions.

The announcement was made through a press release dated 5th of November 2021, acknowledged by the Company’s Secretary, Uto Ukpanah, and filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

Excerpts of the recent press release reads: ‘’MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) as promoter, received an Approval in Principle (AIP) dated 4 November 2021 from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a licence application for the proposed MoMo Payment Service Bank Limited.’’

Recall that MTN Nigeria has never hidden its desire to become a full-fledged financial services bank. Two year ago, the telecommunications giant launched its mobile money transfer service called MoMo Agent Network. The launching was part of an ambitious move by the teleco to replicate in Nigeria, what Safaricom’s M-Pesa did in Kenya. The product launch is sequel to the obtaining of a super-agent license by the teleco to provide banking services.

Analysts believe that the entrance of MTN into the Nigerian financial services space will heighten competition especially with commercial banks and Fintechs. Nevertheless, the competition is necessary to drive financial inclusion through the provision of diverse and heterogeneous financial services to the unbanked population. Sharing this school of thought is the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo who recently charged commercial banks to allow other critical stakholders to partake in financial services. The number 2 man made the call during the recently concluded 2021 Banking and Finance Conference organized bu the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), themed ‘’Economic Recovery, Inclusion and Transformation: The Role of Banking and Finance.’’

Similarly, the teleco giant affirmed that the recent move is a demonstration of its commitment towards the financial inclusion agenda of the CBN and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and that it will continue to explore means whereby it can contribute to its fulfillment.

Nairametrics had earlier reported that 38 million Nigerian adults, translating to about 36% of the total adult population in the country, were financially excluded by the end of 2020. This figure falls short of the revised National Financial Inclusion Strategy targets, which projected a 20% exclusion rate for the period under review.

Meanwhile, recall that MTN Group yesterday announced that it is planning to sell about 575 million units of its shares in its Nigeria unit through a Public Offer.  Following the announcement, the share price of MTN Nigeria gained about 2.51% at the local bourse to close at N180 per share.

MTN Group to sell 575 million units of shares in Nigeria subsidiary via Public Offer

MTN Group Limited, a leading telecommunications company in the African market, has announced plans to offload about 575 million units of its shares in its Nigerian subsidiary- MTN Nigeria, through a public offer.

According to a statement signed by the company’s secretary, Uto Ukpanah, and filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the recent move is in line with MTN Group’s intent of selling down approximately 14% of its current shareholding in MTN Nigeria.

In addition, the popular telecommunications firm revealed that it will begin book-building this month for the public offer. It added that this month’s book-building exercise would target institutional investors, and will be subsequently followed by a fixed price for retail investors, which will be scheduled later this month.

It is pertinent to note that MTN Group has been exiting and reducing its stakes in some markets including Uganda and Zambian units. The South African based telecommunications giant listed its Nigerian business in Lagos two years ago, after which it became the second-largest stock by market capitalization.

Further details about the recent offer and ways to subscribe will be subsequently provided.

What you should know:

  • It is estimated that MTN Group could rake in about N101 billion ($244 million) from the offer. As at the period of reporting this, MTN Nigeria share price gained about 2.51% to close at N180 per share at the local bourse.
  • It is also important to note that MTN alongside Vodacom Group Limited, controls more than 70% of the South African mobile market in terms of subscribers.



MTN Nigeria Plc reports 58.99% growth in net profit for Q3 2021

MTN Nigeria Plc released its Q3 2021 Financial Statement for the period ended 30th of September 2021.

  • Revenue during the period was N414.99 billion. (+22.89% YoY)
  • Operating profit for the period was N144.64 billion (+41.15%)
  • Finance income stood at N1.33billion. (-77.42% YoY)
  • Finance cost for the period was N39.74 billion. (+9.33% YoY)
  • Profit before tax of N106.23 billion was recorded during the period.
  • Profit for the period stood at N78.48 billion (+58.99%)
  • Total assets during the period stood at N2.10 trillion. (+136.61bn YtD)
  • Earnings per share of N3.86 Vs N2.43 YoY.

See full result here

MTN Nigeria Secures SEC Approval to Launch Series II Bond worth N89.99 billion.

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has obtained a regulatory approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to launch its Series II 10-Year Fixed Rate Bond worth N89.99 billion.

In addition, the telecommunications giant is expected to launch the book build in respect to the Series II Bond, today being 8th of October, 2021.

This is according to a statement issued by MTN Nigeria, signed by its secretary, Uto Ukpanah, and filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The notice read: ‘MTN Nigerian Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has obtained the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch the Series II 10-Year Fixed Rate Bond (Series II Bond) announced on 21 September 2021. The Series II Bond represents the completion of the N200 billion registered shelf programme. In addition, the bond issuance continues to reinforce MTN Nigeria’s strategy of diversifying its funding sources.

 ‘’MTN Nigeria will launch the book build in respect of the Series II Bond on 8 October 2021.’’

Nairametrics had earlier reported plans by MTN Nigeria to issue a 10-Year Series II bonds worth N89.999billion. The offer represents the completion of a N200 billion registered shelf programme initiated by the teleco.

Other relevant information about the offer is succinctly captured below;

Principal Redemption: 7 Year Moratorium, Amortizing thereafter in 3 equal annual instalments until maturity.

Minimum Subscription: N10 million and in multiples of N1 million thereafter

Interest Basis: Fixed Rate

Tenor: 10 Years

Lead Issuing House: Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited

Joint Issuing Houses: Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, DLM Advisory Limited, FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, FCMB Capital Markets Limited, Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited and Vetiva Capital Management Limited.

Listing: FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited

MTN Nigeria is a leading telecommunications company and a subsidiary of MTN Group. Since it launched its operations in Nigeria in August 2001, the firm has grown in leaps and bounds. It now provides services in over 223 cities and towns and more than 10,000 villages and communities spanning the 36 states and the FCT.

The Company is the largest mobile operator and undisputed market leader in Nigeria as measured by total mobile subscribers (c. 68.9 million), and active data users (c. 32.5 million)

As at the period of filing this, MTN Nigeria Plc is currently trading N174 per share on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).



MTN Nigeria Plc: Notice of Board Meeting.

MTN Nigeria Plc has notified its shareholders, the investing public and other relevant stakeholders that it will be hosting a Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

This is according to a notice signed by the company’s secretary, Uto Ukpanah, and filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

According to the notice, the board meeting is scheduled to enable the Directors review and approve the company’s unaudited financial accounts for the nine months ending 30th of September, 2021.

In line with the post-listing requirements of the NGX, the company will be observing a closed period from October 1, 2021 until 24 hours after the financial results have been released to the NGX and made public. During the closed period, all insiders and their connected persons are prohibited from trading (i.e buying, selling, transferring or otherwise dealing) in the company’s shares.


For more information about the disclosure, click HERE.

NCC renews MTN Nigeria operating licence for another 10 years.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has finally renewed MTN’s operating spectrum and licence in Nigeria for another 10 years from September.

In a statement signed by the company’s secretary, Uto Ukpanah, the telecommunications giant revealed that the NCC approved the renewal of its Unified Access Service (UAS) Licence and Spectrum licence for wireless local loop in the 900MHz and 1800MHz band.

According to the notice, these licences which expired on 31st of August, 2021, have now been renewed for a further ten-year period, starting from 1st of September, 2021. In addition, the regulator (NCC) acknowledged the receipt of the sum of N7.16 billion for the spectrum licence, and N374.6 million for the UAS licence in settlement of their invoices for the period 1st of September 2021 to 31 August, 2031.

The spectrum underpins MTN’s data network and telecom coverage in Africa’s biggest economy.

What they are saying:

Commenting on the renewals, the CEO of MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola said: ‘’Renewing our licences for another ten years is very important to our business and enables us to continue to provide services to ensure the benefits of a modern connected life for our prople. MTN Nigeria is delighted with its strong partnership with the NCC and looks forward to working closely with the Commission, and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s digital economy.’’

Back story: Recall that the NCC had earlier in August denied renewing the operating licence of MTN Nigeria. While it admitted that the telecommunications giant had applied for a renewal of its licence, it stated that the application is still undergoing required regulatory processes as at then.

MTN Nigeria denies owing FG tax arrears.

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has denied being indebted to the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of outstanding taxes.

In a statement signed by the company’s secretary, Uto Ukpanah, and made available on the website of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the telecommunications giants noted that it had furnished tax authorities with evidences to demonstrate full compliance with all extant and regulatory obligations. The teleco giant further reiterated its commitments to abiding by applicable laws and  contributing to the social and economic development of Nigeria.

Recall that the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) had allegedly accused MTN Nigeria Plc of owing taxes from 2007 to 2017. Consequently, a $2billion tax demand was instituted against the firm. However, after two years of allegation, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on January 8, 2020, withdrew the $2 billion tax demand and transferred the matter to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for resolution.

Commenting on the recent development, the telecommunications firm in the press release said: ‘’MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria or the Company) wishes to clarify erroneous reports in the media alleging the company is indebted to the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of outstanding taxes.

‘’It may be recalled that in a letter dated 8 January 2020, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (OAGF) officially transferred the matter of MTN Nigeria’s alleged indebtedness to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for resolution.

‘’As with previous request of a similar nature, MTN Nigeria has been happy to cooperate with the authorities, providing evidence to demonstrate full compliance with all extant tax and regulatory obligations and discussions are on-going in this regard.

‘’As recently as last year, the tax authorities commended MTN Nigeria for its prompt payment of dues. In addition, when asked earlier this year, the Company agreed to make advance tax payments ahead of established deadlines to support Government’s revenue drive. This was also the case in 2020, when in response to FIRS appeal to support Government MTN Nigeria made an early payment of its 2019 Companies Income Tax (CIT) of N46.9 billion. The Company did the same this year, between March 2021 and June 2021; making early payments of N95.5 billion for the 2020 CIT, which was due on 30 June 2021.’’






MTN Nigeria Plc grows half year profit by 49.5% N141.83 billion, approves interim dividend of N4.55/share

MTN Nigeria Plc released its unaudited financial results for the period ended June 30, 2021.

  • Revenue for the period was N791.3 billion. (+24% YoY)
  • Employee benefits totalled N19.05 billion. (-1.0% YoY)
  • An operating profit of N273.71 billion was recorded. (+33.8% YoY)
  • Profit after tax was N141.83 billion. (+49.5% YoY)
  • Net assets per share of N9.83 Vs N8.76 YoY.
  • Earnings per share of N6.97 Vs N4.66 YoY
  • The company share price of N164. (-3.0% YoY)
  • An Interim dividend of N4.55 per share was approved by the board.

See link to results.


GCR Upgrades MTN Nigeria Long Term Issuer Rating to AAA.

GCR Ratings (GCR) has upgraded the national scale long-term Issuer rating of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc to AAA and affirmed the national scale short-term Issuer rating of A1+, with a stable outlook.

This is according to a notice made available on the website of the Nigerian Exchange Group Limited (NGX) and seen by Nairametrics.

According to the notice, the recently concluded N110 billion series 1 unsecured bond issued by the telecommunications giant, was also upgraded with a nation scale long-term rating of AAA and a stable outlook.

It is imperative to note that the rating is the highest possible long-term and short-term ratings on GCR’s national rating scale, and MTN Nigeria is the first mobile network operator in Africa to be accorded such ratings by GCR.

According to GCR: ‘’ The ratings accorded to MTN Nigeria Communications Plc reflects its very strong competitive position as the leading provider of telecommunication services in Nigeria, as well as its strong earnings and cash flow which has supported a robust financial profile.’’

GCR further noted that MTN Nigeria has progressively sustained its earnings, with a five-year CAGR of 14.1% to FY20. Similarly, Its EBITDA margin remained strong around 50%-53% in the recent period, trending above international peers.

In light of this, GCR expects MTN Nigeria to continue to maintain strong revenue growth given its growing infrastructure, and Nigeria’s favourable demographic. On the other hand, GCR expressed concerns over the continuous devaluation of the Naira, noting that it is capable of increasing pressure on the unhedged operating and capital costs, as a large component of spending relates to US Dollar denominated imports, impacting the earnings margins.

Meanwhile, the CEO of MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola opined that the recent ratings demonstrate the resilience of the telecommunications giant, he said: ‘’We are delighted with the outcome of the GCR rating. This demonstrates the resilience of our business and positions MTN Nigeria as the benchmark of reference for the information and communications technology sector for long-dated, fixed-term instruments. As we continue to invest in our network and strengthen our risk management processes, we remain focused on sustaining and accelerating growth in line with our Ambition 2025 strategy.’’

MTN Nigeria Plc approves FY 2020 dividend pay-out of N120.09 billion to shareholders.

The Board of Directors of MTN Nigeria Plc has approved the payment of N120.09 billion to the shareholders of the company who currently hold the 20,354,513,050 fully paid ordinary shares of the company.

This disclosure is part of the resolutions passed at the recently concluded Annual General Meeting of the company, held on the 7th of June, 2021.

According to the notice: ‘’A dividend payment in the total sum of N120,091,626,955.00 (One hundred and twenty billion ninety one million six hundred and twenty six thousand nine hundred and ninety five Naira) which translates to N5.90Kobo per every 2 kobo ordinary share; to shareholders whose names appear in the Company’s Register of Members at the close of business on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 (bringing total dividend for the year ended 31st December 2020 to N9.40), subject to withholding tax, be and is hereby approved.

Other resolutions reached at the Annual General Meeting include;

  • The appointment of Ms. Tsholofelo Molefe, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Messrs. Rhidwaan Gasant, Ralph Mupita and Jens Schulte-Bockum into the company’s Board were reviewed and approved.
  • The remuneration of the Board Chairman for the year ending 31st Decemeber 2021, was fixed at N28,920,000/
  • Non-Executive Directors fees for the year ending were pegged at N16,472,000.
  • The firm was authorized to establish an Equity Shelf Programme for the purpose of facilitating offers for the sale of shares in the company by MTN International (Mauritius)

What you should know:

  • MTN Nigeria Plc had earlier declared an all-time highest revenue  by a listed Nigerian entity for FY 2020

For more information about the disclosure, click HERE.