The Board of Directors of LASACO Assurance Plc is seeking the approval of shareholders to raise additional capital by issuing of 40 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each by way of public offering, private placement or prefer shares. Although the offer price was not stated, the directors want to get the approval at an extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM) slated for October 10, 2018 in Lagos. The capital injection is apparently in response to the new capital mandate given to all insurance firms by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). NAICOM in July announced a tier-based the risk capitalisation requirements for life, non-life and composite insurance firms have had their capital base divided. Each of the category has three tiers. Life insurance firms now have three capitalisation tiers. Tier one companies will be required to have N6 billion as capital. Tier two life insurance firms will be required to have N3 billion, while tier 3 firms will maintain the current requirements of N2 billion. Tier one of non-life firms are to have a capital base of N9 billion. Tier two N4.5 billion, while tier 3 firms will maintain the current capital base of N3 billion. For tier 1 composite insurance firms, they will need capital base of N15 billion. Tier two firms N7.5 billion, while tier 3 is N5 billion.
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