Global slowdown in emerging market economies continues to impact Nigerian investment growth as both foreign and domestic investments plunged in recent months.
The data released by The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) shows that Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) transactions at the nation’s bourse decreased to N69.33 billion (about $0.35 billion) in September 2015 from N81.13 billion (about $0.41 billion) at the end of August 2015; representing a decrease of 14.54%.
Domestic investors conceded about 6.72% of trading to foreign investors compared to the 11.38% they conceded in the previous month as Domestic transactions increased from 44.31% to 46.64% while FPI transactions decreased from 55.69% to 53.36% over the same period.
Foreign portfolio investors’ inflows accounted for 22.52% of total transactions while the outflows accounted for 30.84% of the total transactions in September 2015.
According to the NSE report, in comparison to the same period in 2014, total FPI transactions decreased by 69.42%, whilst the total domestic transactions decreased by 79.53%. FPI outflows outpaced inflows which was not consistent with the same period in 2014. Overall, there was a 75.15% decrease in total transactions in comparison to the same period in 2014.
Total domestic transactions decreased by 33.13% from January to September 2015. The institutional composition of the domestic market which was about 33.69% at the end of January increased to 59.32% at the end of September, whilst the retail composition decreased from 66.31% to 40.68% in the same period.
Total FPI transactions of N 616 bn which accounted for 14.8% of total transactions in 2007 increased over the years to N1.539bn representing 57.5% of total transactions in 2014 (An increase of 42.7% over the 7 year period). Domestic transactions on the other hand started at N3.556bn representing 85.2% in 2007, but decreased significantly to N1.137bn representing 42.5% of total transactions in 2014 (A sharp decline of 42.7% in the 7 year period), according to the NSE report.
The increase in outflows of FPI has been linked to the overall perception of the economy by foreign investors due to emerging market rout, falling global oil prices and numerous sanctions on financial institutions and other corporations in Nigeria. Foreign investors are said to be wary of possible outcome of such decision, hence the outflow.
Also, domestic investors are struggling to adjust to several restriction policies by the CBN which made it hard to invest on a long-term basis. Therefore, they seems to be diverting their funds to more stable investments in order to curtail the gap created by the new monetary policy.
Global Deal Activity Down by 4.5% in October 2020
A total of 6,304 deals were announced globally during October 2020, which is a decrease of 4.5% over the 6,598 deals announced during September, according to GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company. An analysis of GlobalData’s Financial Deals Database revealed that the deal volume during October remained below the monthly average of Q3 2020.
Aurojyoti Bose, the Lead Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “After demonstrating growth for four consecutive months, the deal volume shrank in October. The decline in deal activity could be attributed to inconsistencies across different regions. The APAC region remained a weak spot, while deal activity remained mostly flat in North America, and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region witnessed growth in deal activity.”
North America attracted the highest number of investments, followed by APAC, Europe, the MEA, and South, and Central America.
The uncertain global economic landscape lowered the deal volume in October for major markets such as the US, Germany, Australia, France, India, and China compared to the previous month. On the contrary, the UK, Japan, South Korea, and Canada saw growth of 15.6%,14.9%, 3.8%, and 2.2%, respectively, in October as compared to September’s deal volume.
Bose continued: “Most of the deal types witnessed a decline in volume during October compared to the previous month. Private equity, equity offerings, venture financing, debt offerings, and partnership deals volume decreased by a respective 2.4%, 9.1%, 9.8%, 14.6%, and 24.6% – while the deal volume for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) increased by 7.2%.”
Japaul to Invest in Chinese Firm H&H to Deepen Mining and Exploration Business
Japaul Gold & Ventures Plc (Japaul), formerly known as Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc, announced it has gotten approval in principle from H&H Mines Limited to invest in or acquire shares in the company once it concluded its fundraising exercise.
According to a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), H&H Mines Limited has several licenses, which include two major Mining Leases for 25 years renewable.
The statement noted that extensive exploration has been done on the Mining properties and the last lap of the exploration works is core drilling. This, it said will allow Japaul knows the measured Minerals Reserve contained in the Mine, which it claimed contain Gold, Silver, Lead, Zinc, etc.
Japaul further explained that the need to get the drilling done was what led H&H Mining to engage the services of Xiang Hui International Mining Company Nigeria.
“Since Japaul will eventually be part of H&H Mines Limited, it was necessary that Japaul is carried along on the kind of Contract of Drilling to be entered into, and that was why the signing of the Drilling Contract between the Chinese Company and H&H Mines Limited was concluded at Japaul’s Head Office,” the company stated.
The drilling is expected to be concluded in the next 12 months and within this time, Japaul is expected to have concluded the Fund Raising and formalise her involvement in the Mining.
The company added that Canadian reports revealed that there are huge gold, silver, lead, etc deposits, but it is drilling that will show the actual reserve.
Africa Investment Forum (AIF) Rescheduled to Hold in 2021 – AfDB
Investment Forum to Now Hold in 2021 in a Bid to Curb Possible Second Wave of COVID-19
The Africa Investment Forum scheduled to hold in November 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa has been rescheduled to hold in2021 as a result of the ongoing global health pandemic.
This announcement was made in a statement by AfDB on Wednesday. The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Africa Investment Forum founding partners agreed to the postponement of the annual three-day investment market place.
Considering the negative effect of Covid-19 on the global economy, agreement by the two bodies was made after a careful assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on global travels, investments, observing the social distancing rules and curbing the likely possible risk of a second wave.
In the statement, the bank stated that through the forum innovative digital platforms, it would track investments, source for new deals, progress on financial closure of transactions and other existing deals.
“At the 2019 Africa Investment Forum, 57 deals valued at $67.7bn were tabled for discussions. Fifty-two deals worth $40.1bn secured investment interest.
“In July this year, the AIF Founding partners pledged to strengthen strategic partnership engagement and commitments for Africa Investment Forum Market Days 2021, to help ‘reboot investments in Africa.’ They underscored the need to boost local manufacturing while leveraging the continent’s vast resources to unlock investment.”
In the statement, Africa Investment Forum objectives are achieved through the forum’s four pillars; Closing, Connecting, Engaging and Investment Tracking.
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