Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSGINGE | The National Social Security Fund has earned a total of Shs31.5billion as dividends for the year ended December 31, 2022, from its investment in MTN Uganda.
NSSF Uganda, East Africa’s largest national savings fund by value, invested Shs360 billion in December 2021 to acquire 1.98 billion shares in MTN Uganda following its Initial Public Offer (IPO) in December 2021.
The payment is the single largest dividend earned by the Fund to date, in addition to Shs9.32billion earned last year from Uganda’s largest telecommunications operator.
It follows the approval of payment of a final dividend of Shs5.5 per ordinary share for the year ended 31 December 2022 and was approved by the shareholders at the MTN Uganda Annual General Meeting on May 19, 2023.
NSSF Uganda is the second-largest shareholder in MTN Uganda, with 8.84% shareholding.
The Fund’s Ag. Managing Director Patrick Ayota said that the record earnings affirm the Fund’s decision to invest in MTN Uganda given its performance track record and market leadership.
He said, “As a market leader in the telecom and fintech sector, MTN Uganda plays a key role in the development of the eco-system in the country and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The company has high margins which have contributed to attractive returns on invested capital, and a solid management team that has delivered consistent and sustainable growth over the years.”
Ayota added that as long-term investors, NSSF is excited by the opportunities presented by the telecom business and is confident its investment in MTN Uganda will continue to create value for its members.
MTN Uganda is the Fund’s largest equity investment at 14.6% of its total equities portfolio. Ayota also said that the investment fits well with the Fund’s diversification strategy, a key component of the Corporate Strategy to grow the Fund to Shs20 trillion by 2025.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over a dummy cheque to NSSF at Workers House in Kampala ON May 29, MTN Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Mulinge said.
“NSSF Uganda is a significant shareholder representing many Ugandans who have a stake in the Fund, and we are glad to return value to the Fund members in line with our Ambition 2025 key priorities of creating shared value for all our stakeholders.”
She also noted that MTN Uganda currently has 20,870 shareholders with over 200 smaller pension funds and SACCOs representing millions of Ugandans and reaffirmed MTN’s commitment to delivering value to each one of them.
MTN will pay out the final dividend for the Financial Year 2022 of Shs5.5 per share totaling Shs123.1 billion by 22nd June 2023 to all registered shareholders on their mobile money wallets and nominated bank accounts.
This is in addition to the two interim dividends paid out last year in September of Shs5.0 per share and Shs5.4 per share in December totaling Shs232.8 billion.