The United Capital Plc would be paying its shareholders N4.2 billion dividends which was decided at its Annual General Meeting, AGM, on Tuesday in Lagos.
At the meeting which was held by proxy due to COVID-19 pandemic, the company presented its financial performance for 2020 which shows a recorded revenue of N12.87billion, N7.95billion in profit before tax and earnings per share of 130 Kobo.
Shareholders in attendance commended the company for its transparency in the published financial statements, and its adherence to legal and ethical requirements as corroborated by the company’s auditors who were also present.
Chairman of the board of directors Chika Mordi in his statement to shareholders said: “Despite the macroeconomic pressure, United Capital Plc reported an outstanding financial performance in 2020. Total revenue was up 50% year on year to N12.87billion in 2020, from N8.59 billion earned in 2019. Profit Before Tax grew to N7.95billion in 2020, up 61% from N4.95billion in 2019, signifying solid growth in the overall profitability of the Group.
“The Group’s Return on Average Equity for the 2020 financial year stood at 35%, one of the highest among listed financial services institutions, highlighting strong value creation for our shareholders.”
A pivotal moment at the meeting was the shareholders’ approval to pay a dividend of 70 kobo per share, totaling N4.2billion. The shareholders also approved the appointment of two new independent non-executive directors Titus Fatokun and Sutura Bello.
Speaking on the company’s outlook for the 2021 financial year, group CEO Peter Ashade stated: “Our financial performance, in what was a year of protracted disruptions, is a testament of our unwavering commitment to our clients’ needs, come what may. For us at United Capital, we are optimistic about the year 2021 as it presents greater opportunities for innovation, growth, and expansion beyond our current ecosystem.”
The United Capital Plc also recorded landmark achievements during the year. The company’s corporate ratings improved from BBB+ to A- with a stable short-term and long-term outlook reflective of an investment grade institution. Its flagship digital platform, InvestNow, recorded over N1billion in processed investors assets with its newly commissioned consumer finance business line disbursing 64,536 instant loans valued at N3.14billion, leveraging a 100% digital model.
Major contributors to the company’s overall performance are its subsidiary businesses – investment banking, asset management, securities and trustees. This was highlighted in the company’s emergence as top three largest fund manager from 10th position in 2019 with its mutual fund assets under management exceeding N162billion at the end of 2020 from N39billion as at year-end 2019.
The company also served as the lead issuing house and trustee on various high-profile public and private securities issuances with a total value exceeding N400 billion in 2020 among others.