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Stock Market Rebounds After 10-Day Loss

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Trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Wednesday closed on a positive note after recording losses for 10 straight days.

Shares appreciation in 39 companies pushed up the NSE market capitalisation to N8.025tn from N7.723tn recorded on Tuesday.

The NSE All-Share Index also appreciated from 22,456.32 basis points to 23,335.01 basis points.

A total of 242.530 shares worth N1.58bn were traded in 3,865 deals.

The highest index point recorded in the course of trading stood at 24,239.98 basis points, while the lowest and average index points were 22,456.32 and 23,219.24 basis points, respectively.

FBN Holdings Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, UACN Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and African Prudential Registrars Plc emerged top-five gainers.

Other gainers were, Skye Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, Unity Bank Plc, Sterling Bank Plc, Oando Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, United Capital Plc; Cadbury Nigeria Plc; Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc; Nestle Nigeria Plc; UAC Property Development Company Plc; PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc; Ecobank Transnational Incorporated; Union Bank Nigeria Plc, and Trans-national Express Plc.

FBN Holdings shares rose by N0.37 (10.19 per cent) to close at N4 from N3.63, while those of Guaranty Trust Bank closed at N15.15 from N13.75, appreciating by N1.40 (10.18 per cent).

The shares of the UACN also rose to N18.97 from N17.22, gaining N1.75 (10.16 per cent).

Zenith Bank shares appreciated by N0.97 (10.16 per cent) to close at N10.52 from N9.55, while those of Africa Prudential Insurance closed at N2.32 from N2.11, gaining N0.21 (9.95 per cent).

A total of eight firms recorded losses in their share prices on Wednesday with Honeywell Flour Mill Plc, Ashaka Cement Plc, Ikeja Hotels Plc, Flour Mills Nigeria Plc and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc emerging as the top five losers.

NPF Microfinance Bank Plc, FCMB Group Plc and Champion Breweries Plc also recorded losses at the close of trading.

Honey Well Flour Mill recorded a loss of N0.17 (9.44 per cent) to close at N1.63 from N1.80, while Ashaka Cement shares dropped to N24 from N26.50, losing N2.50 (9.43 per cent).

Ikeja Hotel also recorded a loss of N0.29 (9.35 per cent) to close at N2.81 from N3.10.

The shares of Flour Mill depreciated from N17.85 to N16.35, losing N1.50 (8.40 per cent), while those of Seplat dropped to N151.74 from N159.72, losing N7.98 (five per cent).

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

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Nigerians to Start Receiving Remittance Inflows in Foreign Currency Today

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The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday announced that all arrangements have been perfected by both the International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) and the Deposit Money Banks to start paying diaspora remittances in foreign currency (US Dollar).

In a statement issued by the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria said the institution has engaged both the commercial banks and the IMTOs to ensure that Nigerians start receiving remittance inflows in foreign currency today.

The statement reads in part, “Following the announcement of these new policy measures, the Central Bank of Nigeria, in an effort to enable smooth implementation, engaged with the commercial banks and the IMTOs to ensure that recipients of remittance inflows are able to receive their funds in the designated foreign currency of their choice.

“As a result of these engagements which took place with major IMTOs and the DMBs, today, Thursday, December 3, 2020, the stakeholders have committed that they would deploy all the necessary tools to ensure that these measures become effective from Friday, December 4, 2020.”

Emefiele added that “I, therefore, seize this opportunity to announce to Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora, that the policy of recipients receiving their monies from abroad kicks off on December 4, 2020. All the IT systems of these IMTOs (Western Union, Moneygram and Ria services) and the DMBs have been properly configured to begin remittance tomorrow, Friday, December 4, 2020.”

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Ecobank Profit After Tax Declined by 298 Percent in Q3, 2020

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Ecobank, whose official name is Ecobank Transnational Inc., reported a 298 percent declined in profit after tax for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the leading lender’s profit after tax declined from N19.347 billion profit posted in the same quarter of 2019 to -N38.250 billion in the third quarter of 2020. Representing a decline of 298 percent.

Similarly, profit before tax dipped by 182 percent from N36.052 billion filed in the corresponding quarter to -N38.250 billion in the quarter under the review.

However, net interest income rose by 45 percent from N64.563 billion in 2019 to N93.621 billion in 2020. But the 163 percent plunged in other operating income from N77.939 billion in the third quarter of 2019 to -N4.505 billion in the quarter under review weighed on non-interest revenue by 1 percent to N77.229 billion.

Similarly, operating expenses rose by 12 percent to N106.321 billion, up from N94.526 billion. Net monetary loss arising from hyperinflationary economy rose from zero in the third quarter of 2019 to N8.817 billion in Q3 2020 with Goodwill impairment hitting N60.584 billion from zero in the corresponding quarter of 2019.

This, coupled with N8.762 billion tax dragged profit before tax to -N29.635 billion in the third quarter.

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First Bank, GTBank, UBA, Others Generate N133.92 Billion from Electronic Payment in Nine Months

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Rising investment in financial technologies and the growing adoption of electronic payments have earned 12 Nigerian banks a total sum of N133.92 billion in the first nine months of the year.

Billions spent in ensuring that bank customers have access to their funds and can perform financial transactions 24 hours a day paid off during the COVID-19 lockdown as many customers were able to maintain social distancing by carrying out financial transactions on numerous digital platforms.

Some of the electronic platforms banks generated revenue from in the first nine months were Automated Teller Machine transactions, USSD, online transfer, electronic bills payments, Remita, Point of Sale payments and agency banking, among others.

While some of the twelve banks were Access Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, First City Monument Bank Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc and Sterling Bank Plc.

The other five were Jaiz Bank Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Wema Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc and Stanbic IBTC Plc.

A breakdown of the banks’ unaudited financial statements showed Access Bank’s revenue from electronic payments rose by 105 percent to N38.80 billion in the period under review, up from N18.96 billion posted in the same period of 2019.

First Bank’s electronic payment revenue stood at N34.59 billion, representing an increase of 0.5 percent over the N34.42 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2019.

Similarly, fees and commissions FCMB earned from digital payments in the first nine months amounted to N6.62 billion, a 17 percent contraction from the N7.98 billion earned in the same period of 2019.

Jaiz Bank posted a 24 percent contraction on its electronic payment earnings from N406.65 million in 2019 to N309.55 million in the same period in 2020.

Also, Stanbic IBTC’s electronic earnings dropped by 15 percent from N2.49 billion posted in 2019 to N2.12 billion in 2020.

Fidelity Bank’s e-payments revenue contracted by 34 percent in the first nine months of the year to N1.74 billion, down from N2.63 billion in 2019. While GTBank posted a 26 percent decline in electronic banking income to N8.21 billion in the period under review, below N11.04 billion earned in the same period of 2019.

Union Bank Plc realised N5.34 billion from electronic payments charges in the first three quarters of the year. Meaning, the bank’s electronic payments decline by 5 percent to N5.6 billion.

For Sterling Bank Plc, electronic products earned the bank N4.31 billion in the very first nine months of 2020, again a reduction of 16 percent from N5.11 billion posted in the same period of 2019.

UBA Plc, Unity Bank and Wema Bank Plc generated N26.71 billion, N1.74 billion and N2.02 billion from electronic payment income, respectively.

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