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Investors Lose N432bn as Stocks Value Drops

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  • Investors Lose N432bn as Stocks Value Drops

The value of shares held by investors in the Nigerian capital market (equities category) fell by N432bn in the third quarter of 2016 when compared with the performance of the market in the second quarter.

Within the space of three months, investors in the Nigerian capital market have lost N432bn, statistics from the Nigerian Stock Exchange have indicated.

The data specifically showed that the NSE’s market capitalisation slid from N10.165tn to N9.733tn in the third quarter of 2016.

Experts said the continued drop in the value of most equities in the nation’s capital market must have dampened the spirits of investors.

Between September 28, 2015 and September 28, 2016, the NSE’s market capitalisation dropped by N873bn from N10.572tn to N9.699tn. The All-Share Index also fell to 28,236.23 basis points from 30,762.29 basis points.

There was also a significant drop in the volume of transactions in the market, as this dropped to 159.046 million from 266.652 million.

In the same vein, the value of market transactions and deals plummeted; compared to last year’s figures. In 2015, while the value of transactions and market deals stood at N3.179bn and 3,366, respectively, the figures dropped to N1.454bn and 3,237, respectively in the third quarter of 2016.

Experts noted that the fall of the nation’s capital market indices had persisted for some period.

For instance, between August and September this year, the stock market recorded a drop in liquidity to the tune of N0.411bn.

The drop reflected on the volume and value of shares traded in the period under review, which also plummeted.

The NSE ASI as of June 30, 2016 was 29,597.79 basis points; but at the close of the third quarter (September 30), the NSE ASI stood at 28,335.40.

There was a slide in the turnover of shares traded on the floor of the NSE during the period under review. For instance, the third quarter report showed that a total of 1.183 billion shares worth N10.300bn in 16,522 deals were traded in September 2016 by investors.

This, however, was in contrast with a turnover of 1.361 billion shares worth N10.711bn in 16,070 deals traded in August 2016 by investors on the Exchange’s floor.

Share turnover is a measure of stock liquidity calculated by dividing the total number of shares traded over a period by the average number of shares outstanding for the period. Thus, the lower the share turnover, the less liquid the shares of companies quoted on the Exchange, vice versa.

The National Bureau of Statistics had in the second quarter of this year said the country recorded its lowest investment inflow in nine years.

The participation of foreign investors in the NSE fell by 15 per cent between January and February this year, according to data from the bourse.

The NSE had put the level of participation by the foreigners at 51.57 per cent for January 2016. But in February 2016, the number dropped to 36.48 per cent.

Investors in the country’s capital market (equities category) lost over N1.053tn in the first quarter of 2016.

Within three months (January to March), the equities market had depreciated by 10.79 per cent, according to the NSE data.

As of the first day of trading this year (January 4), the NSE’s market capitalisation stood at N9.757tn, while the ASI was 28,370.32 basis points.

But as of the last day of trading in the first quarter of 2016 (March 31), the market capitalisation and ASI had crashed to N8.704tn and 25,306.22 basis points, respectively.

In the light of these developments, the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers said although Nigeria had been an attractive domain for investment, there was the need for well-thought-out policies to drive businesses and the economy at large.

The institute said foreign investors would be further encouraged if the country could be consistent with its monetary policies in line with the global best practices.

It noted that the participation of local investors remained very critical to the growth of the market, adding that they (local investors) were the people that would bring stability to the equity market.

Commenting on the current market situation, the Chief Executive Officer, Alpha African Advisory, Sanyade Okoli, said the Nigerian equities market lacked the needed depth.

According to her, the market needs a significant inflow of funds to make it relatively stable to withstand traditional shocks that will always confront it.

She stressed that the market had yet to recover from the global financial crisis of 2007/2008 given its current value.

A former Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Mustafa Chike-Obi, in an interview, said the value of most equities in the country’s capital market had significantly been eroded, leaving most investors with little or nothing in terms of investment worth.

This development, he noted, had given rise to investor scepticism as far as the Nigerian equity market was concerned.

He described the situation as pathetic and grave, saying all stakeholders must come together to decide the way forward and redirect the trends in the market.

Chike-Obi said the beating the stock market had received would be better understood if the stock market value could be graded in dollar terms, considering the current foreign exchange rate.

“There is the need to encourage investors. Nobody is going to put their money in a place where they will lose the money. This is one thing that must be changed for us to move forward,” he added.

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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Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc

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The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Mr. Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an Executive Director of the Group.

His retirement was approved at a meeting of the Board of the Group on February 26, 2021. This has also been announced in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the financial institution.

The Chairman of FCMB Group Plc’s Board of Directors, Mr Oladipupo Jadesimi, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his valuable service and excellent support to the Board for many years.

FCMB Group Plc is a holding company divided along three business Groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); as well as Asset & Wealth Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).

The Group and its subsidiaries are leaders in their respective segments with strong fundamentals.

For more information about FCMB Group Plc, please visit www.fcmbgroup.com.

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COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year

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Central Bank Extends One-Year Moratorium by 12 Months

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the repayment of its discounted interest rate on intervention facility by another one-year following the expiration of the first 12 months moratorium approved on March 1, 2020.

The apex bank stated in a circular titled ‘Re: Regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of credit facilities of other financial institutions impacted by COVID-19’ and released on Wednesday to all financial institutions.

In the circular signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, the apex bank said the role-over of the moratorium on the facilities would be considered on a case by case basis.

The circular read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from nine per cent to five per cent per annum for one year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.

“Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.

“Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:

“The extension by another 12 months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities.

“The role-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.”

It would be recalled that the apex bank reduced the interest rate on its intervention facility from nine percent to five percent and approved a 12-month moratorium in March 2020 to ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses.

To further deepen economic recovery and stimulate growth, the apex bank has extended the one year-moratorium until February 28, 2022.

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MTN Nigeria Generates N1.35 Trillion in Revenue in 2020

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MTN Nigeria Grows Revenue by 15.1 Percent from N1.169 Trillion in 2019 to N1.35 Trillion in 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and challenging business environment, MTN Nigeria realised N1.346 trillion in revenue in the financial year ended December 31, 2020.

The leading telecommunications giant grew revenue by 15.1 percent from N1.169 trillion posted in the same period of 2019.

Operating profit surprisingly jumped by 8.5 percent from N393.225 billion in 2019 to N426.713 billion in 2020.

This, the telecom giant attributed to the surge in finance costs due to increased borrowings from N413 billion in 2019 to N521 billion in 2020.

MTN Nigeria further stated that the increase in finance costs was the reason for the decline in growth of profit before tax to 2.6 percent.

MTN Nigeria grew profit before tax by 2.6 percent to N298.874 billion, up from N291.277 billion filed in the corresponding period of 2019.

The company posted N205.214 billion profit for the year, a 0.9 percent increase from N203.283 billion recorded in the 2019 financial year.

Share capital remained unchanged at N407 million. While Total equity increased by 22.3 percent from N145.857 billion in 2019 to N178.386 billion in 2020.

MTN Nigeria’s market price per share increased by 61.8 percent from N105 to N169.90.

While market capitalisation as at year-end also expanded by 61.8 percent to N3.458 trillion, up from N2.137 trillion.

The number of shares issued and fully paid as at year-end stood at 20.354 million.

MTN Nigeria margins were affected by Naira devaluations and capital expenditure due to the new 4G network coverage roll-out.

Margins were adversely affected by the effect of naira devaluation and expenses associated with new sites’ roll-out to boost 4G network coverage in FY’20.

“On the former, we note that MTNN expanded the scope of its service agreement with IHS Holding Limited and changed the reference rate for converting USD tower expenses to NAFEX (vs CBN’s official rate previously). Thus, over the full-year period, the company’s operating margin contracted by 1.9 ppts YoY to 31.7%,” CardinalStone stated in its latest report.

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