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Published On: Sun, Dec 21st, 2014

UBA Capital: shareholders approve change of name

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The board and management of  UBA Capital has gotten the approval of the shareholders to change the name of the company to United Capital Plc.

The approval was given as a special resolutions passed by the shareholders at the firms extraordinary general meeting(EGM) held in Lagos .

The change became necessary  to reflect its separate identity from United Bank for Africa Plc  while a special resolution was  equally passed allowing the amendment of the memorandum and articles of association.

The resolution read, “That the memorandum and articles of association of the company be amended accordingly.”

Other resolution  also passed by the shareholders was reviewing the company’s expansion plan, the ‘Regional Business Expansion Across Africa’ for which it has  earlier  raise funds via rights.

The resolution allowed the change of use of rights issue proceeds.

It read, “That on the recommendation of the directors that in view of the health concerns in some parts of Africa and subject to obtaining the requisite approvals and amendments by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators, the board of directors be and is hereby authorised to discontinue the regional business expansion across Africa as approved in the rights circular of 2013 and transfer the sum of N402.3m originally meant for the Regional Business Expansion Across Africa into the working capital of the company.”

UBA Capital, a financial and investment services group, was a subsidiary of United Bank For Africa Plc until 2012 when the bank decided to operate as a standalone commercial bank.

This diversion became necessary following  directive  from the Central Bank of Nigeria, mandating commercial banks to  divest from their non-banking business.

In January 2013, the Nigerian Stock Exchange four billion ordinary shares of the company was incorporated  into its Daily Official List at N1.16 per share.

According to the Exchange, the company, which is listed in the other financial services sub-sector of the financial services sector, currently has a market capitalisation of N9.120bn and six billion shares on issue.

The company paid had paid its shareholders N1.5bn , representing 25 kobo per share, as dividend for the 2013 financial year after its gross earnings and profit after tax rose by 241 per cent and 106 per cent for the year.

It was a year in which the company repositioned itself for growth, according to the Group Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Sanni.

“2013 was a year of laying a solid foundation for the legacy we are building as Africa’s leading investment banking group,” she said.

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