FBN Holdings urges investors to seek advice for investment decisions

FBN Holdings (FBNH) Plc has advised investors in the nation’s capital market to always seek financial advice for investment decisions to maximise returns.

Oyewale Ariyibi, Chief Financial Officer of FBNH, said this at the Capital Market Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CAMCAN) June knowledge sharing session held virtually on Thursday.

He noted that financial advisers would guide investors on fundamental stocks to invest in to maximise returns on investment.

“As an investor, investing in the financial market is not gamble or betting, you need a financial adviser for an investment decision.​

“You should invest money you don’t have a need for immediate use, invest for medium and long-term, also invest in stocks that have good fundamentals for capital gains,” Ariyibi said.

Speaking further on the theme: “Understanding Financial Statement for Business Reporting,” he raised awareness on the value derived from financial statement of a company.

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“A financial statement represents a formal record of the financial activities of an entity; it reflects the financial effects of business transactions and events on an entity.

“It is prepared by following certain logical and consistent accounting principles; and it is usually audited to ensure accuracy for tax, financing, or investing purposes,” Ariyibi said.

On the adoption of the IFRS, Ariyibi noted that it has brought some level of transparency. “It has improved transparency and I feel it is a good thing to the financial world,” he added.

Explaining the relevance of financial statements to users, he said “For Management, it is used for planning, controlling and decision-making process, to evaluate the organisational performance and position, so that the necessary measures are taken for improvement.

“For shareholders and investors, financial statement can be used to analyse the viability and profitability of their investments and to assess the ability of the business/organisation to pay dividends and determine any future course of action.​

“While employees and trade union can used it to evaluate the financial health of the business with a view to determining their job security, the possibility of future remuneration, retirement benefits and employment opportunities.”

Ariyibi said it helps in ensuring that the business operate in accordance with laid down rules and regulations aimed at protecting the interests of the stakeholders.

He added that regulatory authorities/agencies rely on company financial statement, while bankers and creditors assess the financial capacity/capability of the company, its creditworthiness and going concern with the financial statement.

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