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NSE Capitalisation Drops By N297bn



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Trading on Thursday on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange ended on a negative note with losses in the shares of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Limited, Oando Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and FCMB Group Plc, among others, pushing market capitalisation down by N297bn.

At the close of trading, the market capitalisation fell to N8.336tn from N8.633tn while the All-Share Index depreciated from 25,103 basis points to 24,239.98 basis points.

A total of 262.522 million shares worth N2.409bn were traded in 2,579 deals; of which 31 stocks fell in value while only five appreciated.

The highest index point recorded in the course of trading was 27,028.39 while the lowest and average points were 24,239.98 and 25,751.31, respectively.

Seplat shares closed at N176.96 from N196.07, shedding N19.11 (9.75 per cent) while that of Oando depreciated by N0.45 (9.70 per cent) to close at N4.19 from N4.64.

Guaranty Trust Bank shares fell to N14.81 from N16.39, losing N1.58 (9.64 per cent) while FBN Holdings lost N0.38 (9.52 per cent) to close at N3.61 from N3.99. FCMB shares also posted a loss of N0.12 (8.82 per cent) to close at N1.24 from N1.36.

Appearing after the top-five losers were Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, Unity Bank Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, Dangote Cement Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, PZ Cussons Plc, Eterna Plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Nascon Allied Industries Plc, Access bank Plc, Cutix Plc, N.E.M. Insurance Company Nigeria Plc and Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc.

Other losers at the NSE were AIICO Insurance Plc, Skye Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Trans-nationwide Express Plc, United Capital Plc, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, Total Nigeria Plc, Africa Prudential Registrars Plc, Continental Reinsurance Plc, UACN Plc and UAC Properties Plc.

On the gainers charts were Ikeja Hotel Plc, Honeywell Flour Mill Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, A.G. Leventis Nigeria Plc and Custodian and Allied Plc.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary



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Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).

In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.

“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.

“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”


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World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria



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The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.

The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.

She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.

In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.

Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.

Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.

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Nigeria Realises Over N400 Billion from Company Income Tax in the Third Quarter of 2020



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The Federal Government realised N416.01 billion from Company Income Tax (CIT) in the third quarter of the year, according to the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

This was 3.48 percent higher than the N402.03 billion generated in the second quarter of the year and represents a decline of 20.13 percent year-on-year from N520.89 billion realised in the third quarter of 2019.

A breakdown of the report showed the professional services sector including the telecoms generated the highest amount of CIT at N55.52 billion during the quarter, while the manufacturing sector followed with N42.03 billion.

The banking and financial institutions realised N24.05 billion while the mining generated the least and closely followed by Textile and Garment Industry and Local Government Councils with N120.93 million, N167.51 million and N321.72 million generated, respectively.

The report added that out of the total amount realised during the quarter under review, a sum of N244.70 billion was generated as CIT locally. The federal government collected N70.34 billion as foreign CIT payment and the remain N100.97 billion was received as CIT from other payments.

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