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Market Sheds N16bn, Caverton, Continental Reinsurance, NAHCO Lose




The Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation depreciated by N16bn at the close of trading on the Exchange’s floor on Thursday after it gained marginally the previous day.

Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc, Continental Reinsurance Plc, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, Honeywell Flour Mill Plc and Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc led the losses in the top five category.

The NSE market capitalisation slid to N9.675tn from N9.691tn recorded the previous day, while the NSE All-Share Index also dropped to 28,166.42 basis points from 28,21.57 basis points.

An aggregate of 410.101 million shares valued at N3.62bn were transacted in 4,179 deals.

The highest index point attained in the course of trading was 28,214.57 basis points, while the lowest and average index points closed at 27,839.93 and 28,057.87 basis points, respectively.

From the NSE daily statistics, a total of 22 stocks made the losers’ chart, while 18 appreciated. A notice from the Exchange also revealed that Dharnesh Gordhon has resigned his appointment as director and managing director of Nestle Nigeria Plc with effect from October 1, 2016.

The company’s Board of Directors, was said to have appointed Mauricio Alarcon as new managing director with effect from October 1, 2016.

The share price of Caverton dropped to N1.10 from N1.21, shedding N0.11 (9.09 per cent), while Continental Reinsurance stocks closed at N0.96 from N1.01, losing N0.05 (4.95 per cent).

NAHCO shares also plunged by N0.16 (4.60 per cent) to close at N3.48 from N3.32, while those of Honeywell Flour Mill closed at N1.35 from N1.41, losing N0.06 (4.26 per cent).

In the same vein, Neimeth recorded a drop of N0.04 (4.08 per cent) on its share price to close at N0.94 from N0.98.

Other losers at the bourse were Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, NEM Insurance Company Nigeria Plc, Livestock Feeds Plc, Champion Breweries Plc, Dangote Cement Plc, Eterna Plc, Wema Bank Plc, Airline Services and Logistics Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc and Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc.

Dangote Flour Plc, United Capital Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, United Bank of Africa Plc, Conoil Plc and Larfarge Africa Plc also recorded losses in their share prices.

On the other hand, Oando Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Total Nigeria Plc, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc and Forte Oil Plc emerged at the top five gainers.

The share price of Oando soared to N6 from N5.60, gaining N0.40 (7.14 per cent), while Zenith stocks appreciated by N0.79 (5.27 per cent) to close at N15.79 from N15.

The shares of Total gained N13.50 (five per cent) to close at N283.50 from N270.

Other gainers were PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Cutix Plc, Fidson Healthcare Plc and Diamond Bank Plc, among others.

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.

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Africa Renewable Energy Fund II Secures €125 Million First Close With SEFA and CTF Investments



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The Africa Renewable Energy Fund II has achieved its first close at €125 million, following a joint investment of €17.5 million from The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund through the African Development Bank.

AREF II, a successor to the original Fund, is a 10-year closed-ended renewable energy Private Equity Fund with a $300 million target capitalization. The Africa Renewable Energy Fund II, managed by Berkeley Energy, invests in early-stage renewable energy projects, thereby not only de-risking the most uncertain phase of power projects, but also promoting increased green baseload in Africa’s generation mix.

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund will each contribute roughly €8.7 million to mobilize private-sector investment into Africa’s renewable energy sector. The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa will also contribute financing to the AREF II Project Support Facility, which funds technical assistance and early-stage project support to improve bankability.

Other investors include the U.K’s CDC Group, Italy’s CDP, the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) and SwedFund.

“We are proud to be associated with Berkeley Energy and other like-minded investors, and look forward to AREF’s continued success and leadership in promoting sustainable power development on the continent,” said Dr. Kevin Kariuki, the African Development Bank’s Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth.

In 2012, the African Development Bank selected Berkeley Energy, a seasoned fund manager of clean energy projects in global emerging markets to set up AREF. AREF II has a sharper strategic focus than its predecessor on “green baseload” projects that will deliver firm and dispatchable power to African power systems through hydro, solar, wind and battery storage technologies.

Luka Buljan, Berkeley Energy’s Managing Director, said: “We are very excited to have reached this milestone with strong support from our backers. The catalytic tranche from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund will assist in mobilising private institutional investors up to full fund size of €300 million. We now look forward to concluding the fundraising and delivering projects that will provide clean, reliable and affordable energy across African markets.”

“AREF is intertwined with the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa’s history and success, and we have worked closely over the last decade to create precedents in difficult markets and challenging technologies. We look forward to continued collaboration to accelerate the energy transition in Africa,” said Joao Duarte Cunha, Manager for Renewable Energy Initiatives at the African Development Bank and Coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa.

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FG Earned $34.22B From Crude Oil and Gas in 2019 – NEITI



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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Thursday released its 2019 oil and gas industry audit report, which shows that Nigeria earned N34.22 billion from the oil and gas industry in 2019.

The audit, conducted by Adeshile Adedeji & Co. (Chartered Accountants), an indigenous accounting and auditing firm, reconciled payments from 98 entities. They include 88 oil and gas companies, nine government agencies and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

The 2019 figure is an increase of 4.88 percent over the $32.63billion revenue realised from the sector in 2018. A breakdown of the earnings showed that payments by companies accounted for $18.90billion, while flows from federation sales of crude oil and gas accounted for $15.32billion.

The report further showed that 10 years (2010-2019) aggregate financial flows from the oil and gas sector to government amounted to $418.544billion, with the highest revenue flow of $68.442 recorded in 2011, while the lowest revenue flow of $17.055 was recorded in 2016.

According to NEITI, the total crude oil production in 2019 was 735.244mmbbls, representing an increase of 4.87 percent over the 701.101mmbbls recorded in 2018. Production sharing contracts (PSCs) contributed the highest volumes of 312.042mmbbls followed by Joint Venture (JV) and Sole Risk (SR) which recorded 310,284mmbbls and 89.824mmbbls respectively. Others are Marginal Fields (MFs) and Service Contracts (SCs) which accounted for 21,762mmbbls and 1,330mmbbls respectively.

The report also showed that total crude oil lifted in 2019 was 735.661mmbbls, indicating a 4.93 percent increase to the 701.090 mmbbls recorded in 2018, with companies lifting 469.010mmbbls, while 266.650mmbbls was lifted by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on behalf of the federation.

Analysis of crude oil lifted by NNPC showed that 159.411mmbbls was for export, while 107.239mmbbls was for domestic refining. 97 percent of the volumes for domestic refining (104.475mmbbls) was utilised for the Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) programme while the remaining 3 percent (2.764mmbbls) was delivered to the refineries.

NEITI reported that the value of the 2019 domestic crude oil earnings was N2.722 trillion. Of this figure, N518.074billion was deducted for Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) under-recovery by the NNPC.

This figure was N213.074billon above the approved sum of N305billion for under-recovery in 2019. Similarly, the sum of N126.664billion was incurred by the Corporation as costs for pipeline repairs and maintenances which showed a difference of N96.378billion from the approved sum of N30.287billion for that purpose.

The report also pointed out that N31.844billion was also deducted for crude and product losses due to theft.

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Oil Prices Drop on Stronger U.S Dollar



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The strong U.S Dollar pressured global crude oil prices on Thursday despite the big drop in U.S crude oil inventories.

The Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, dropped by 74 cents or 1 percent to settle at $73.65 a barrel at 4.03 am Nigerian time on Thursday.

The U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil depreciated by 69 cents or 1 percent to $71.46 a barrel after reaching its highest since October 2018 on Wednesday.

Energy markets became so fixated over a robust summer travel season and Iran nuclear deal talks that they somewhat got blindsided by the Fed’s hawkish surprise,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

The Fed was expected to be on hold and punt this meeting, but they sent a clear message they are ready to start talking about tapering and that means the dollar is ripe for a rebound which should be a headwind for all commodities.

The U.S. dollar boasted its strongest single day gain in 15 months after the Federal Reserve signaled it might raise interest rates at a much faster pace than assumed.

A firmer greenback makes oil priced in dollars more expensive in other currencies, potentially weighing on demand.

Still, oil price losses were limited as data from the Energy Information Administration showed that U.S. crude oil stockpiles dropped sharply last week as refineries boosted operations to their highest since January 2020, signaling continued improvement in demand.

Also boosting prices, refinery throughput in China, the world’s second largest oil consumer, rose 4.4% in May from the same month a year ago to a record high.

This pullback in oil prices should be temporary as the fundamentals on both the supply and demand side should easily be able to compensate for a rebounding dollar,” Moya said.


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