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I5 billionaire debtors owe three banks N15.83b

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Zenith Bank is Nigeria’s best, says Global Finance

Fifteen billionaires are owing three banks N15.83 billion, it was learnt yesterday.

The debts were the loans they took but refused to pay before they went toxic, The Nationinvestigations have shown.

Going by a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive on the non-performing loans, the companies and their billionaire directors risk being banned from accessing foreign exchange from the official window and trading in the Nigerian Government Securities Market.

The affected debtors are: Enikkom Investment Services Ltd, whose director, Edward Amene, owes Skye Bank Plc N1.86 billion for a term loan, approved in December 2010 and expired December 2013 and Prod Integrated Services Limited, whose directors – Sylvester Okonkwo and Bekele Tadesse – obtained a lease finance loan from Skye Bank Plc in September 2008.

The facility expired in February 2013 and currently has outstanding negative balance of N1.65 billion.

Tim Afrique Services, whose term loan was approved in January 2009 and expired December 2012 with outstanding balance of N998.65 million, has Captain Billy, Gula Timati and Capt Bob Timondi as its directors.

National Truck Manufacturers’ directors – Sunil Pathanani and Alhaji Ibrahim Bayero – obtained an overdraft which was approved in April 2008 and expired in June 2009. It has an outstanding balance of N728.23 million.

Appaye Engineering Company Ltd, whose only director is Chief Richard Asaje, got a term loan which was approved in January 2007 and expired in January 2009. The account has an outstanding balance of N524.3 million.

The big debtors with Enterprise Bank Limited are: Naturelle Extracts Ltd, whose directors – Dr. Patrick Acholonu, Steve Agbarakwe, Ebong Nte Basiekanem, Brenda Bassey and Andrew Ahunnaya – got a loan in April 2011 and expired in April 2016 with an outstanding balance of N1.89 billion.

The GIC Oil & Gas Services Limited, with Ebolowo Godwin, Mrs. Evbusogie Ebolo, Osarugue Ebolo and Olabisi Bamidele as directors, also got a term loan which was approved in October 2012 and expired April 2015. The account with Enterprise Bank Limited has an outstanding balance of N1.89 billion.

Nadebo Energy Limited, another Enterprise Bank Limited customer, has Senator Nuhu Aliyu, Chief David Ajobola Olorunleke and Ali Jeldi Abubakar-Peters as directors. It secured a term loan which got the lender’s approval in February 2008.  The debit balance stood at N1.55 billion by October 2013 when the repayment period expired.

On the Enterprise Bank’s list of billionaire debtors is Vester Services Limited and the directors are Sylvester Unokesan and Labord Unokesan.

The company requested and got approval for a term loan in November 2011 which expired in February 2013 but has an outstanding balance of N1.44 billion.

IS Oglass Industries Limited is also indebted to Enterprise Bank Limited. Its directors are: Chief Isaac Akinmokun, Muyiwa Akinmokun, Dr. Akin Akinmokun, Tokunbo Orimobi and Olubunmi Ajoje.

The company applied and secured a term loan in April 2011 which expired in April 2013 and now has an outstanding balance of N895.83 million.

Zenith Bank Plc. also has its own share of bad debtors. They include: Energy Company Nigeria Limited, whose directors are Abidoye Ayoola, Ojeifo Musa, Grant Gilbert Temisan, Oji Theophilus Ifeanyichukwu, Nom Yunana and Ayoola Oluwole.

The company applied for and secured a Bank of Industry (BoI) term loan which got the lender’s approval in January 2012. The facility has an outstanding of N743.49 million.

Olugbenga Onigbogu, who is also the sole director, got a share loan of N502.7 million which was approved by Zenith Bank in January 2008 and the facility expired since February 2009.

Prime Marketing Associates Limited, with Adeleke Sebiomo, Adesimbo Sebiomo and Serak Sebiomo as its directors, got a commercial paper loan from Zenith Bank. The facility was approved in October 2007 and expired October 2008. It has an outstanding debt of  N472.2 million outstanding.

Ekha Agro Processing, whose directors are Samuel Osazenaye, E. Osazenaye, Ede Osayende, James Osarenkhoe, obtained a BoI term loan from Zenith Bank Plc. The facility, which was approved in October 2010 and due to expire in October 2020, has an outstanding balance of N356.39 million.

Also on the Zenith Bank list is Southfield Petroleum Limited, whose directors are Brigidi David, Didi Ndioma and Patrick Ndioma.

The company got import finance facility from Plc and the facility which was approved in September 2007 has an outstanding balance of N323.99 million after it expired in October 2008.

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European stocks set to climb as traders assess earnings, economic data

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European markets are set to advance cautiously on Monday as investors continue to monitor corporate earnings and key economic data points, assessing the risk of recession.

Britain’s FTSE 100 is seen around 19 points higher at 7,459, Germany’s DAX is expected to gain around 54 points to 13,628 and France’s CAC 40 is set to add around 21 points to 6,493.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed Friday’s session down around 0.8% after an unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs report lowered expectations for a recession, and in turn increased the likelihood of the Federal Reserve tightening monetary policy more aggressively to bring down inflation.

Markets in Asia-Pacific were mixed overnight, with Hong Kong’s tech-heavy Hang Seng index weighing down the region.

U.S. stock futures were flat after the S&P 500 closed out a third straight positive week, with investors turning their attention to a key inflation report on Wednesday.

On the data front in Europe, August’s Sentix economic sentiment index for the euro zone is due Monday morning.

Corporate earnings continue to drive individual share price movement in Europe, with Siemens Energy, Porsche and BioNTech among the companies reporting before the bell on Monday.

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Stocks fall after strong July jobs report points to more Fed action

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Stocks fell Friday in a volatile trading session after the July jobs report was much better than expected, as investors assessed what a strong labor market would mean for the Federal Reserve’s rate tightening campaign.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 96 points or 0.29%.The S&P 500 fell 0.67% and the Nasdaq Composite was down 1.01%. Losses were offset by bank stocks, which rose on hopes that interest rate hikes will continue at a solid clip. Energy stocks also gained, but technology companies slumped.

The labor market added 528,000 jobs in July, easily beating a Dow Jones estimate of a 258,000 increase. The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5%, below the 3.6% estimate. Wage growth also rose more than estimated, up 0.5% for the month and 5.2% higher than a year ago, signaling that high inflation is likely still a problem.

Stocks opened lower following the report, even as it seemed to indicate the economy was not currently in a recession. Job growth was expected to slow as the Fed continues to hike interest rates to tame inflation, but this report shows a labor market still running hot. That means the central bank may act more aggressively at its next meeting.

“Anybody that jumped on the ‘Fed is going to pivot next year and start cutting rates’ is going to have to get off at the next station, because that’s not in the cards,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley Financial. “It is clearly a situation where the economy is not screeching or heading into a recession here and now.”

The report is a crucial one as it’s one of two the central bank will see before it decides how much to raise rates at its September meeting. The Fed will have another jobs report and two more consumer price index numbers to weigh before it makes its next rate decision.

Major averages posted their best month since 2020 in July on the hope the Fed would slow the pace of its hikes. The S&P 500 added 9.1% last month.

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Investors dump Chinese stocks, bonds amid global recession fears

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Foreign investors continued to cut holdings in Chinese bonds in July and dumped equities for the first time in four months, according to a report by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

Emerging markets (EM) posted a fifth straight month of portfolio outflows, setting the longest such streak in records going back to 2005, as global recession risk, inflation and a strong dollar drew away cash, the report released on Wednesday showed.

Chinese debt witnessed outflows of about $3bn last month, while $6bn exited other EM, IIF estimated.

If confirmed by official data, it would be the sixth consecutive month of foreign outflows from China’s $20 trillion bond market.

During the same period, China’s stock market witnessed $3.5bn of foreign outflows, compared with marginal inflows of $2.5bn in other EM, the global financial services trade group added.

The benchmark CSI 300 Index dropped 7 percent, down every week in July, as domestic COVID-19 flare-ups, property woes and global recession risks weighed on the market.

“China’s A-shares saw a range-bound, generally weaker trend since July under both domestic and overseas influences,” China International Capital Corporation (CICC) said in a note.

Data showed the world’s second-largest economy slowed sharply in the second quarter, missing market expectations with only a 0.4 percent increase from a year earlier.

With the fallout of the Ukraine war continuing, Sino-US tensions over Taiwan mounted as US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.

“For the coming months, several factors will influence flows dynamics, among these the timing of inflation peaking and the outlook for the Chinese economy will be in focus,” IIF said.

Overseas investors have been reducing holdings of Chinese bonds since February, as diverging monetary policies kept Chinese yields pinned below their US counterparts.

The People’s Bank of China has been easing policy to aid a COVID-hit economy, while the US Federal Reserve has been hiking rates to fight soaring inflation

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