In spite of volatility and headwinds across markets, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), managers of Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund, has recorded net assets growth by 10.5 percent to N1.02 trillion and posted 10 straight years of continuous positive earnings.
NSIA announced the results on Thursday its audited results for the 2022 financial year, a copy of which was obtained by Persecondnews in Abuja.
The financial performance underscores the resilience of the NSIA’s investment strategy, and the quality of its earnings given the challenging macroeconomic environment.
The Managing Director/CEO, Mr Aminu Umar-Sadiq, said the performance was recorded despite the challenges in the operating environment.
Its total assets grew by 10.5 per cent to N1.02 trillion in 2022 up from the N919.73 billion recorded in 2021.
NSIA’s non-volatile revenue such as interest income, revenue from infrastructure business, and management fees earned from fiduciary activities, increased by 34.5% (N15.7 billion) year-over-year.
Total Comprehensive Income of N96bn in 2022 representing a decline of 34 percent relative to 147bn in 2021 due largely to strong macroeconomic headwinds. Nonetheless, the agency was able to outperform most global investment benchmark and indices to deliver a respectable performance.
Umar-Sadiq said, “Against market expectations and internal forecast, NSIA closed the 2022 financial year with a respectable performance. This result underscores the robustness of our diversified portfolio, and the excellent commitment of the team.
“As we look to the future, NSIA is resolute in its commitment to delivering increased investments in critical sectors of the economy, driving growth across its funds, and attracting third-party capital into Nigeria’s infrastructure sector.
“In 2023, we will be resourcing our various platforms targeted at emerging sectors – renewable energy, sustainability, innovation, and healthcare – which will ensure the Authority achieves its dual objectives of delivering financial returns and impactful social outcomes.”
The 2022 fiscal year was marked by unprecedented shocks, such as the COVID-19 lockdown in China, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, food and energy crises, supply-chain disruptions, soaring inflation, and monetary policy tightening, which precipitously impacted the financial markets.
Like other emerging and frontier markets, the Nigerian economy faced multi-dimensional challenges during the year. From surging inflation primarily driven by food prices to declining oil output and weakening currency, the prospect for growth diminished as the year wound down.
The earnings of the NSIA Group at the end of 2022 was N96.96 billion, which is 34% less than the N146.98 billion recorded in 2021. This decline was primarily attributable to the performance of our Future Generations and Stabilization portfolios that are invested in emerging and developed financial market instruments.
NSIA’s a well-diversified portfolio continues to provide the resilience to withstand market challenges as evidenced by the results.
Although the Group’s earnings are lower than that of 2021, the NSIA Group said it remains confident in its investment strategy and will continue to explore opportunities to mitigate risks and achieve its investment objectives.
On its infrastructure agenda for the nation, NSIA said in 2022 it reached a significant milestone in implementing its infrastructure strategy by delivering key projects that cut across our core sectors of focus and the implementation of specialized federal government initiatives:
On the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, it said as at the year-end 2022, 72 blending plants have been included in the program starting from 11 in 2017 while in 2021, the Authority divested its interest in NAIC-NPK (now PFI-NPK), ceding its interest to the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI) while the management of the program remains with the Authority.
The PFI-NPK reported a profit in 2022, the second year in a row, signaling a departure from prior import substitution programmes for fertilizer.
On Pandagric Novum, NSIA said after three years of development and construction work, the Pandagric Novum farm, a joint venture between NSIA and Signature Agri Investment, was inaugurated in September of 2022.
The fully operational, integrated farm is cited on 3,500 ha of land for the cultivation of maize and soybeans and connected to a 147,000 metric tons per annum capacity poultry feed mill.
It has 75,000 tons of storage infrastructure consisting of two silos and six bunkers, as well as 35,000 tons of raw material and finished goods storage.
The statement also said in the year under review, NSIA introduced the NSIA Prize for Innovation (NPI) as a measure to stimulate the ingenuity of Nigerian innovators and technopreneurs to develop solutions that address real-world challenges with global application.
“The NPI program is a business enhancement initiative to support early-stage, growth-driven tech solutions through education, mentorship, and financing. The program aims to catalyze the growth of the Nigerian technology ecosystem by identifying budding innovators, enhancing their capabilities, and providing a platform to scale their solutions globally.’’
On its gas industrialization initiative, it said the Authority and its partner OCP Group of Morocco had made significant progress in the development of the 1.5MMT Ammonia and Di-Ammonium Phosphate production plants due to be cited in Akwa Ibom State.
The development of the project has reached an advanced stage, with all preliminary studies concluded. The Gas Supply and Aggregation Agreement is being finalized with relevant parties, and financing is largely in place to ensure the delivery of the project, it explained.
On the toll roads across the country, NSIA also said construction work on the various projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), namely the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (“LIE”), Second Niger Bridge (“2NB”), and Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Highway (“AKR”) have reached advanced stages of completion.
On healthcare, NSIA disclosed that it has kicked off the roll-out of phase 2 of its healthcare projects on the successes of the LUTH Cancer Centre and its two diagnostic centres in Kano and Umuahia.
“During the year, the Authority secured approval and began developing 23 new modern medical diagnostic centers of excellence which will span across all six geopolitical zones in the country. Presently, two Oncology centres to be located in Enugu and Kaduna states, and six Cath Labs have advanced to the project execution stage.
“On another note, NSIA has incorporated an equipment leasing company, Equilease. This is in fulfilment of NSIA’s commitment to bridge notable voids in the domestic healthcare value chain. Equilease was conceived to stimulate the proliferation of high-quality medical infrastructure in Nigeria by providing alternative financing options for acquiring critical medical equipment via equipment leasing.’’
On its scorecard in the power sector, NSIA announced the completion of the 10MW Haske solar power plant in Kano in 2022 as its flagship renewable energy sector project.
“The power plant was developed on behalf of the Federal government and its subnational co-investors to provide off-grid electricity in the Kumbotso Local Government of Kano State.
“For the FGF NSIA’s stated that its approach was centered on generating healthy risk-adjusted returns, cautiously increasing market exposure, and growing the tactical allocation portfolio (ETFs) within the year. Overall, the Authority’s portfolio delivered a return of 1.87% (in US$ terms) for the year ended 2022.
“The Future Generations Fund outperformed its sovereign wealth funds peers by 10% on average, with Private Equity being the top-performing sector. Developed Equity, Hedge Funds, and Emerging Long Only Equity posted a decline in the year due to prevailing macroeconomic market conditions,’’ the statement said.
On stabilization fund (SF), the Authority stated that it has largely invested in the U.S.’s sovereign debt instruments and Investment Grade Corporate Credit. It noted that at the end of December 2022, approximately 30% of the fund was invested in a portfolio of U.S. treasury bonds tracking the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury bond 1–3-year index. The fund returned 4.08% (in US$ terms) for the year.
Persecondnews recalls that during the 2022 financial year, the pioneer MD/CEO, Mr Uche Orji, completed his second and final tenure on September 30, 2022, and a new Executive Management team led by Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in October of 2022.
Two other Executive Directors — Mr Kola Owodunni and Mr Olubisi Makoju — were appointed into the Board of NSIA.
The NSIA’s core mandate includes driving direct investments in healthcare, toll roads, gas industralisation, technology, ESG, financial markets infrastructure, toll-roads, power and agriculture.