NIGERIA: Julius Berger to Raise N7.5bn Additional Capital

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Leading construction firm, Julius Berger Nigeria (JBN) Plc is set to raise additional capital of N7.5 billion to boost its operations. The funds would be raised through any form of debt and or equity instrument by way of public offering, private placement, rights issue or other method deem fit by the directors.
 
However, the shareholders of the company will approve the capital raising exercise  at the 44th Annual General Meeting of scheduled to  in Abuja in June.
 
The shareholders will also increase the authorised share capital of JBN from N622.500 million, comprising 1.245 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo, to N800 million, comprising 1.6 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo.
 
In addition,  the directors are seeking the approval of shareholders to issue up to 150 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each in the authorised share capital of the company to identified investor(s) by way of special placement, at a price  per share to be determined on the basis of the volume weighted average closing price derived from  the daily official list of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) over the 90 day period immediately preceding the date on which the company obtains the approval of  the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 
JBN recently declared a bonus of one new share for every 10 shares held in addition to   dividend of N2.70 per share for the year ended December 31, 2013.
 
The company reported a revenue  of N212 billion for the 2013 financial year, compared with N201 billion in 2012. Profit before tax stood at N16.2 billion, as against N12.3 billion in 2012, while profit after tax fell from N8 billion to N7.8 billion. The directors recommended a dividend of N2.70 per share for the year compared with N2.50 in the 2012.
 
However, the company later announced a bonus of one for 10 to the shareholders. According to the company, the bonus shares will rank parri passu in all respects with the existing ordinary shares of the company except that such shares shall not qualify for dividend recommended by the Directors in respect of the year ended December 31, 2013.
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