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NSSF Uganda acquires 2.44% stake in Equity Group

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NSSF Uganda has acquired 2.44% stake in Equity Group from Helios EB in a bid to continue providing a high return to members.

The transaction which is valued at UGX145Billion was approved by the Capital Markets Authority of Uganda, Capital Markets Authority of Kenya, and has been undertaken pursuant to the Capital Markets Act.

The Fund’s MD Mr, Richard Byarugaba throws more light on the investment decision. 

  1. Why did NSSF choose to invest Outside Uganda

The legible opportunities within the country are not enough to absorb NSSF’s investment’s potential. NSSF has invested heavily within the Ugandan Economy and currently holds 20% of traded securities listed on Uganda’s Securities Exchange.

Investing in other Equities markets within the East African region therefore provides an opportunity for diversification of the Fund’s investments but does not imply that the Fund will lose sight of any upcoming lucrative investment opportunities within Uganda.

  1. Why did NSSF choose to invest in Equity Group?

NSSF’s investment in Equity Group is in Line with the Fund’s strategic Plan and will enable the Fund improve its portfolio mix. Currently The Fund’s investment portfolio comprises of 10% Equities, 9% real estate and 81% fixed income, our overall aim is to increase our investments composition in Equities which on average provide a higher return in comparison to the other investments held fixed assets and real estate.

We also specifically selected Equity Group, because Equity Group is a fast growing financial institution within Africa and has registered exceptional performance over time. Since 2000 the Group’s pretax profit has grown at an annual average of 65%. The Group also has a proven track record of value creation for its investors and efficiency in utilization of its assets registering Returns on Equity (ROE) and Return on Assets (ROA) of 27.6% and 4.8% respectively.

Equity Group is also the 2nd Largest Bank in East Africa, with a good track record of successfully establishing subsidiaries across East, west and Central Africa.

We are also impressed by the Groups adherence to good corporate governance practices that have earned it recognition and several awards including Best Bank in East Africa during the ‘2014 Think Business Banking Awards’ and recognition as one of  Kenya’s Top Tax Payers.

  1. How much money has the Fund invested?

The Fund has invested UGX 145 billion.

  1. What is the projected return on this investment?

We cannot speculate the actual figures, but we believe this is a good investment for a long term investor like NSSF. This acquisition is in line with our aggressive yet, prudent investment approach that guarantees a competitive return to our members.

  1. Why the movement into equities?

As explained above, currently, 81% of our investments are in Fixed Income. Fixed income is safe, but if we want to give a more competitive return to our members, we must diversify more into equities, especially regional equities. Investment opportunities in the region such as Equity Group offer us an opportunity for diversification in order to achieve a desirable portfolio mix.

  1. Has the investment been approved by all relevant authorities?

Due procedure was followed in line with our Investment policy and yes we hereby confirm that the investment was approved by the Fund’s Management Investment Committee, the NSSF Board of Directors in consultation with the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. We also obtained legal advice from the Office of the Solicitor General.

  1. What measures are in place to protect the Fund’s investment in the long term?

This is a listed investment/security which provides for a straightforward exit: the stock is one of the most liquid stocks in East Africa. The company is cross listed in Uganda and Rwanda, and has adopted best practice with regard to Corporate Governance standards.

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Nile Special Stout now Rugby Sponsors

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With the Rugby Premier League kicking off today Friday 29 November with the first night game between the first and second clubs, we learned that the league has a new sponsor in the all new Nile Special Stout. 

At a press briefing Thursday at the Kyadondo Rugby Club, the new Stout from Nile Breweries unveiled a mouth-watering UGX670M sponsorship package.

Speaking at the launch of the league, the president Uganda Rugby Union Godwin Kayangwe saluted Nile Breweries as solid partners and investors in the development of the game in Uganda given their decade-long partnership.

“We wholeheartedly welcome Nile Special Stout as the title sponsor of the League and are privileged that rugby has been selected as the anchor sponsorship. This is testament to the growth of the game as an entertaining spectacle. And while we will always have a special place for Nile Special, we will embrace Nile Special Stout on this new journey as we’ve launched our new ambitious strategy to make rugby the leading sport in the country. Thank you Nile Breweries for truly living the line “Number one fan of Uganda Rugby” and we pledge to give Nile Special Stout a great landing as it’s launched to the rest of the country,” said Mr. Kayangwe.

The Nile Special Stout brand manager Francis Nyende affirmed that even though the sponsorship has changed hands to the new brand, Nile Special Stout, the commitment to partnering rugby is as high as it’s ever been.

“Rugby is much more than a game. It’s a lifestyle, a livelihood for some, an entertainment for many and a proud flag bearer of our country. As a bold, dark and satisfying liquid, we share certain intrinsic values with rugby players and fans and as the first and only stout crafted in Uganda, Nile Special Stout is proud to partner with such a great property that consistently flies our flag high and proud.” said Francis.

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Exim Bank launches Prepaid Cards

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Exim bank introduces Prepaid Cards.

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Exim Bank has launched a new banking solution aimed at driving financial inclusion and bolstering the cashless economy. The new product, a Visa Prepaid Card, was unveiled on Friday during a launch ceremony held at their head offices along Hannington road in Kampala.

Addressing guests, Mr. Sabhapathy T. Krishnan, the CEO Exim Bank Uganda said, “the Visa Prepaid Card is a journey we have undertaken at Exim Bak today as we strive to bring convenience and digitize the Ugandan economy by making it cashless and enabling financial inclusion of the unbanked.”

He further revealed that the prepaid card is just one of the many steps they have undertaken in the last 12 months towards digitization of transactions and bringing convenience to their customers.

“We have expanded our branch network, launched agency banking and also introduced mobile and internet banking in the past one.This is in a bid to bring experiences available in other parts of the world to our customers.” Mr. Sabhapathy added.

Prepaid Cards combine the convenience of a credit or debit card, but allow you to set your spending limit according to your budget. The cards are available to everyone, regardless of credit rating, income, or whether or not you hold an EXIM Bank account.

The payment platform for the cards will be the Visa network and transactions will be authorized online, real time with no risk of unauthorized overdraft as customer can only make use of funds they have already paid for.

The card can be used to transact globally and supports transactions in upto five currencies including UGX and USD with the card ceiling being UGX 25 Million or USD 15,000.

Moses Watasa, the commissioner of information dissemination monitoring and inspection at the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, who was also guest of honor commended Exim Bank on the innovation and noted that it will go a long way in encouraging financial discipline.

“We have 6.5 million internet users in Uganda today, and that figure is projected to grow by 50% by 2025. Therefore the launch of this innovation is very timely,” Moses Watasa noted, adding that, “this is a good innovation that will promote financial discipline and facilitate a saving culture with in the country. Saving encourages investment which in turn leads to growth of the economy.”

To register for the Prepaid Card, the customer is required to complete an Application Form and provide a valid National ID for Ugandan Citizens/Passport for foreigners as well as one passport size photo.

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Centenary Bank rewards Kampala’s first winners in trolley bash shopping bonanza

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Mrs. Beatrice Lugalambi (4th L), General Manager Corporate Communications , and Marketing at Centenary Bank, poses for a photo with CenteChrismas Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza winners, and Centenary Bank Staff. This was during the reward of the 1st batch of Kampala Trolley Dash winners.

Mrs. Beatrice Lugalambi (4th L), General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing at Centenary Bank, poses for a photo with CenteChrismas Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza winners, and Centenary Bank Staff. This was during the reward of the 1st batch of Kampala Trolley Dash winners.

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Centenary Bank continues to broaden its banking services with the aim of offering Ugandans convenient banking experiences through its alternative digital banking services.

While addressing the media at the Trolley dash held at Capital Shoppers Nakawa in which four customers were announced winners, Ms. Beatrice Lugalambi, the General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing at Centenary Bank said that, “we are pleased to be rewarding four winners from our 1st batch of Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza winners from the Central region. The Central region constitutes the biggest percentage of our customers, and we ought to give back to them, while delivering an enjoyable digital baking experience, all for their benefit”.

“In line with our current festive season slogan at the Bank ‘Christmas has come early’, which rhymes with our promo, customers who use our alternative banking channels; CenteMobile, CenteVisa and CenteAgent to carryout transactions at least three times a week will be rewarded throughout the promo duration,” Lugalambi added.

So far, over 300 customers through the promo have won cash, Gift Hampers and Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza’s across the country in Mbale, Arua, Fort Portal, Mbarara and Masaka. Winners of the Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza at Capital Shoppers Nakawa include; Mr. Kayongo Daniel, Ms. Phiona Kesiime, Mr Charles Wamalia, and Ms. Esther Adeke,

The CenteChristmas promo which was launched on November 05th, 2019 will run until December 31st, 2019. To stand a chance to win, bank customers will need to use the services at least thrice a week.

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