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The Nigerian equities market extended its weekly depreciation to sixth consecutive week as the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index (ASI), fell by 0.8 per cent to close at 25,333.39 last week.

The market had maintained a steady decline over the past weeks, shedding 3.0 per cent the previous week. Although the weak negative investors sentiments persistent last week, a number of high-capped stocks halted their losses last week, leading to a lower decline of 0.8 per cent. The market capitalisation of the NSE fell by the same margin to close lower at N8.721 trillion. Apart from the NSE ASI, all other indices finished lower during the week with the exception of the NSE Banking and NSE Consumer Goods Indices that appreciated by 0.02 per cent and 0.42 per cent respectively.

Daily Market Performance   Summary

Trading resumed on negative note as  the NSE ASI fell by 0.15 per cent to close at 25,499.00. The depreciation recorded in the share prices of FBN Holdings, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Dangote Sugar, Mobil   Oil and Stanbic IBTC Holdings were responsible for the decline in NSE ASI. Total value of stocks traded on the floors on Monday was N858.54 million, down by 3.34 per cent from N888.17 million the previous day.

Performance across sectors was broadly bearish with only the NSE Industrial Goods Index gaining marginally. The  NSE Insurance Index led sector decliners, falling by  0.6 per cent on account of losses in Continental Reinsurance Plc (-4.8 per cent) and NEM  Insurance (-1.4 per cent). Similarly,  the NSE  Oil & Gas Index closed 0.36 per cent lower as a result of  profit taking in Mobil Oil  (-2.6 per cent) and Total Nigeria Plc(-2.5 per cent). The NSE Banking Index shed 0.6 per cent to close in the red on the back of weak appetite for ETI (-2.0 per cent), Stanbic IBTC (-1.9 per cent) and Zenith Bank (-0.2 per cent). Losses in Dangote Sugar (-4.9 per cent) and International Breweries (-1.5 per cent) depressed the NSE Consumer Goods Index by 0.1 per cent.

The negative sentiments continued to drive the market down on Tuesday, causing the market the NSE ASI to hit a seven-month low. Specifically, the NSE ASI fell by 0.15 per cent to close at 25,461.34, increasing the month-to-date and year-to-date decline to 6.46 per cent and 11.47 per cent respectively.

Tuesday’s decline resulted from heavy sell offs across oil and gas sector. For instance, Forte Oil Plc fell by 9.7 per cent, while Total Nigeria Plc went down by 5.0 per cent. In all, 17 stocks declined compared with 11 stocks that appreciated. Forte Oil Plc led, declining by 9.7 per cent to close at N74.62.

The sell-off in Forte Oil Plc came after the company successfully raised N9 billion bond under its N50 billion bond issuance programme. The   company had said the funds  would  be used to refinance existing short term commercial bank loan obligations and to finance the retail outlet expansion of the company.

The Group Chief Executive Officer, Forte Oil, Mr. Akin Akinfemiwa  had said: “With the raising of this initial capital which has been fully underwritten shows the confidence the investing public has in Forte Oil Plc as an investment of choice. This bond programme being the first in the downstream sector, is testament to Forte’s position within the downstream sector and allows the company to actualise the vision of the Board to continue to provide value to its shareholders regardless of the economic climate.”

The NSE Oil & Gas Index led the decliners with 2.5 per cent, while NSE Consumer Goods Index followed with a marginal decline of 0.02 per cent. On the positive side,  the NSE  Banking Index rebounded 0.05 per cent  on the back of bargain hunting in Access Bank  (+0.5 per cent), Zenith Bank Plc (+0.4 per cent) and Guaranty Trust Bank (+0.3 per cent).

The bear run was halted on Wednesday as the NSE ASI 0.22 per cent to close higher at 25,517.00 on bargain hunting by investors on some of the highly discounted stocks to increase their portfolio. Similarly, market capitalisation added N19.2 billion to close at N8.8 trillion. At the close trading, 19 stocks gained compared to 11 that depreciated.

Sterling Bank Plc led the price gainers with 5.7 per cent, followed by Oando Plc with 5.0 per cent. Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc and PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc advanced 4.9 per cent each. Conversely, Forte Oil Plc led price losers with 6.2 per cent to close at N70.00 per share. Julius Berger Nigeria plc trailed with 5.0 per cent, just as African Prudential Registrars Plc and Total Nigeria Plc rose by 4.3 per cent.

In terms of sectoral performance, all the sectors closed in the green except the NSE Oil and Gas Index that shed weight. The NSE  Banking Index led sector gainers after appreciating 0.75 per cent following investors’ swoop on GTBank Plc(+1.2 per cent) and  United Bank for Africa Plc (+1.2 per cent). The uptrend in Nestle Nigeria Plc (+1.3 per cent), PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc (+4.9 per cent) and Nigerian Breweries Plc (+0.2 per cent) bolstered the  NSE Consumer Goods Index by 0.50 per cent. Also the NSE Insurance Index appreciated 0.2 per cent on account of AIICO Insurance Plc (+3.5 per cent), while the NSE Industrial Goods Index rose 0.1 per cent.

One day after rebounding, the bears returned and reclaimed the control of the market, pushing the NSE ASI down by 0.10 per cent to close at 25,490.70. The depreciation recorded in the share prices of Forte Oil, Stanbic IBTC, Total, Zenith Bank and Nigerian Breweries were responsible for the decline. Similarly, market capitalisation lost N9.1 billion to close at  N8.8 trillion.

Sectorally, the performance was mixed.  The  NSE Oil & Gas Index topped the losers’ chart closing 1.4 per cent lower due to profit taking in Total (-9.0 per cent) and continuous sell-off in Forte Oil (-1.4 per cent) while the  NSE Consumer Goods Index  shed ).13 per cent on the back of weak appetite in Nigerian Breweries Plc (-0.2 per cent) and International Breweries  (-4.1 per cent). On the  positive side, the NSE Banking Index went up by  0.15 per cent  following gains  posted by  GTBank (+0.9 per cent) and Access Bank (+0.2 per cent) which offset losses in Zenith Bank (-1.1 per cent). The NSE Insurance Index rose marginally 0.02 per cent on account of a rally in NEM Insurance (+4.2 per cent).

The market closed lower on Friday as the NSE ASI fell by 0.62 per cent to close at 25,333.39. The depreciation recorded in the share prices of Forte Oil, Stanbic IBTC, Lafarge, Zenith Bank and Dangote Cement accounted for the decline.

Market turnover

Meanwhile, investors traded 639.439 million shares worth N6.455 billion in 11,799 deals were traded last week, compared with 823.547 million shares valued at N5.444 billion that exchanged hands  in 11,634 deals the previous week. The Financial Services Industry remained the most traded with 491.758 million shares valued at N2.211 billion traded in 6,241 deals; thus contributing 76.90 per cent and 34.25 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Conglomerates Industry followed with 64.507 million shares worth N58.500 million in 681 deals. The third place was occupied by the Consumer Goods Industry with a turnover of 54.901 million shares worth N3.307 billion in 2,386 deals.

Gainers and losers

The price movement chart showed that 27 equities appreciated in price during the review week, higher than 10 equities of the previous week. Conversely, 26 equities depreciated in price, lower 48 equities of the previous week. In terms of gainers, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc led  with 20.3 per cent, trailed by African Prudential Registrars Plc with 14.5 per cent. Fidson Healthcare Plc appreciated by 12.9 per cent, while Unity Bank Plc rose by 9.2 per cent. Champion Breweries Plc, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc and Diamond Bank Plc garnered 8.4 per cent and 7.1 per cent in that order among others.

Conversely, Forte Oil Plc led the price losers, declining by 24 per cent, trailed by Okomu Oil Palm Plc with 13.8 per cent, while Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc shed 12.7 per cent. Airline Services and Logistics Plc. UACN Property Development Company Plc and Total Nigeria Plc declined by 11.8 per cent, 11.7 per cent ND 10.9 per cent respectively.

Goddy Egene and Nosa Alekhuogie

The Nigerian equities market extended its weekly depreciation to sixth consecutive week as the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index (ASI), fell by 0.8 per cent to close at 25,333.39 last week.

The market had maintained a steady decline over the past weeks, shedding 3.0 per cent the previous week. Although the weak negative investors sentiments persistent last week, a number of high-capped stocks halted their losses last week, leading to a lower decline of 0.8 per cent. The market capitalisation of the NSE fell by the same margin to close lower at N8.721 trillion. Apart from the NSE ASI, all other indices finished lower during the week with the exception of the NSE Banking and NSE Consumer Goods Indices that appreciated by 0.02 per cent and 0.42 per cent respectively.

Daily Market Performance   Summary

Trading resumed on negative note as  the NSE ASI fell by 0.15 per cent to close at 25,499.00. The depreciation recorded in the share prices of FBN Holdings, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Dangote Sugar, Mobil   Oil and Stanbic IBTC Holdings were responsible for the decline in NSE ASI. Total value of stocks traded on the floors on Monday was N858.54 million, down by 3.34 per cent from N888.17 million the previous day.

Performance across sectors was broadly bearish with only the NSE Industrial Goods Index gaining marginally. The  NSE Insurance Index led sector decliners, falling by  0.6 per cent on account of losses in Continental Reinsurance Plc (-4.8 per cent) and NEM  Insurance (-1.4 per cent). Similarly,  the NSE  Oil & Gas Index closed 0.36 per cent lower as a result of  profit taking in Mobil Oil  (-2.6 per cent) and Total Nigeria Plc(-2.5 per cent). The NSE Banking Index shed 0.6 per cent to close in the red on the back of weak appetite for ETI (-2.0 per cent), Stanbic IBTC (-1.9 per cent) and Zenith Bank (-0.2 per cent). Losses in Dangote Sugar (-4.9 per cent) and International Breweries (-1.5 per cent) depressed the NSE Consumer Goods Index by 0.1 per cent.

The negative sentiments continued to drive the market down on Tuesday, causing the market the NSE ASI to hit a seven-month low. Specifically, the NSE ASI fell by 0.15 per cent to close at 25,461.34, increasing the month-to-date and year-to-date decline to 6.46 per cent and 11.47 per cent respectively.

Tuesday’s decline resulted from heavy sell offs across oil and gas sector. For instance, Forte Oil Plc fell by 9.7 per cent, while Total Nigeria Plc went down by 5.0 per cent. In all, 17 stocks declined compared with 11 stocks that appreciated. Forte Oil Plc led, declining by 9.7 per cent to close at N74.62.

The sell-off in Forte Oil Plc came after the company successfully raised N9 billion bond under its N50 billion bond issuance programme. The   company had said the funds  would  be used to refinance existing short term commercial bank loan obligations and to finance the retail outlet expansion of the company.

The Group Chief Executive Officer, Forte Oil, Mr. Akin Akinfemiwa  had said: “With the raising of this initial capital which has been fully underwritten shows the confidence the investing public has in Forte Oil Plc as an investment of choice. This bond programme being the first in the downstream sector, is testament to Forte’s position within the downstream sector and allows the company to actualise the vision of the Board to continue to provide value to its shareholders regardless of the economic climate.”

The NSE Oil & Gas Index led the decliners with 2.5 per cent, while NSE Consumer Goods Index followed with a marginal decline of 0.02 per cent. On the positive side,  the NSE  Banking Index rebounded 0.05 per cent  on the back of bargain hunting in Access Bank  (+0.5 per cent), Zenith Bank Plc (+0.4 per cent) and Guaranty Trust Bank (+0.3 per cent).

The bear run was halted on Wednesday as the NSE ASI 0.22 per cent to close higher at 25,517.00 on bargain hunting by investors on some of the highly discounted stocks to increase their portfolio. Similarly, market capitalisation added N19.2 billion to close at N8.8 trillion. At the close trading, 19 stocks gained compared to 11 that depreciated.

Sterling Bank Plc led the price gainers with 5.7 per cent, followed by Oando Plc with 5.0 per cent. Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc and PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc advanced 4.9 per cent each. Conversely, Forte Oil Plc led price losers with 6.2 per cent to close at N70.00 per share. Julius Berger Nigeria plc trailed with 5.0 per cent, just as African Prudential Registrars Plc and Total Nigeria Plc rose by 4.3 per cent.

In terms of sectoral performance, all the sectors closed in the green except the NSE Oil and Gas Index that shed weight. The NSE  Banking Index led sector gainers after appreciating 0.75 per cent following investors’ swoop on GTBank Plc(+1.2 per cent) and  United Bank for Africa Plc (+1.2 per cent). The uptrend in Nestle Nigeria Plc (+1.3 per cent), PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc (+4.9 per cent) and Nigerian Breweries Plc (+0.2 per cent) bolstered the  NSE Consumer Goods Index by 0.50 per cent. Also the NSE Insurance Index appreciated 0.2 per cent on account of AIICO Insurance Plc (+3.5 per cent), while the NSE Industrial Goods Index rose 0.1 per cent.

One day after rebounding, the bears returned and reclaimed the control of the market, pushing the NSE ASI down by 0.10 per cent to close at 25,490.70. The depreciation recorded in the share prices of Forte Oil, Stanbic IBTC, Total, Zenith Bank and Nigerian Breweries were responsible for the decline. Similarly, market capitalisation lost N9.1 billion to close at  N8.8 trillion.

Sectorally, the performance was mixed.  The  NSE Oil & Gas Index topped the losers’ chart closing 1.4 per cent lower due to profit taking in Total (-9.0 per cent) and continuous sell-off in Forte Oil (-1.4 per cent) while the  NSE Consumer Goods Index  shed ).13 per cent on the back of weak appetite in Nigerian Breweries Plc (-0.2 per cent) and International Breweries  (-4.1 per cent). On the  positive side, the NSE Banking Index went up by  0.15 per cent  following gains  posted by  GTBank (+0.9 per cent) and Access Bank (+0.2 per cent) which offset losses in Zenith Bank (-1.1 per cent). The NSE Insurance Index rose marginally 0.02 per cent on account of a rally in NEM Insurance (+4.2 per cent).

The market closed lower on Friday as the NSE ASI fell by 0.62 per cent to close at 25,333.39. The depreciation recorded in the share prices of Forte Oil, Stanbic IBTC, Lafarge, Zenith Bank and Dangote Cement accounted for the decline.

Market turnover

Meanwhile, investors traded 639.439 million shares worth N6.455 billion in 11,799 deals were traded last week, compared with 823.547 million shares valued at N5.444 billion that exchanged hands  in 11,634 deals the previous week. The Financial Services Industry remained the most traded with 491.758 million shares valued at N2.211 billion traded in 6,241 deals; thus contributing 76.90 per cent and 34.25 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Conglomerates Industry followed with 64.507 million shares worth N58.500 million in 681 deals. The third place was occupied by the Consumer Goods Industry with a turnover of 54.901 million shares worth N3.307 billion in 2,386 deals.

Gainers and losers

The price movement chart showed that 27 equities appreciated in price during the review week, higher than 10 equities of the previous week. Conversely, 26 equities depreciated in price, lower 48 equities of the previous week. In terms of gainers, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc led  with 20.3 per cent, trailed by African Prudential Registrars Plc with 14.5 per cent. Fidson Healthcare Plc appreciated by 12.9 per cent, while Unity Bank Plc rose by 9.2 per cent. Champion Breweries Plc, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc and Diamond Bank Plc garnered 8.4 per cent and 7.1 per cent in that order among others.

Conversely, Forte Oil Plc led the price losers, declining by 24 per cent, trailed by Okomu Oil Palm Plc with 13.8 per cent, while Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc shed 12.7 per cent. Airline Services and Logistics Plc. UACN Property Development Company Plc and Total Nigeria Plc declined by 11.8 per cent, 11.7 per cent ND 10.9 per cent respectively.

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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CIBN, NIBSS Introduce e-Payment Certification Programmes

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CIBN, NIBSS Introduce e-Payment Certification Programmes

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) in collaboration with Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems Plc (NIBSS) have introduced professional certification programmes on electronic payments for financial service providers and institutions.

Both organisations disclosed that the programme was designed to enhance the electronic payment skills and knowledge of financial practitioners in order to equip them with efficient tools and information required to upscale innovation and services.

Speaking to journalists at a media briefing in Lagos, yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Mr. Seye Awojobi, said the initiative is an international programme, well grounded in the local realities of the Nigerian e-payment industry and captures the current dynamics, as well as aspects of digital financial services practices.

“This programme would set the standards for e-payment expertise in Nigeria; foster a category of high performing professionals in the industry and build a resilient, safe and secured payment technology driven platform.

“The curriculum for the programme adequately covers recent methods required, which are in line with global practices.

“The introduction of the scheme cannot be more timely than now considering the COVID-19 pandemic, which created serious disruptions in our professional and personal lives,” he added.

On his part, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement Systems Plc, Premier Oiwoh explained that the introduction of the programme would determine the capacity and work experience criteria required to recognise beginners, intermediate and advanced.

“It would create a growth roadmap for fledging e-payment workers, including the unemployed who has the desire to make a career in the electronic sector.

“Also, it would enable us continue to tackle the issue of insecurity within the financial technology payment and banking space,” he added.

The institutions also noted that in order to maintain a certification credential, the practitioners must earn some recertification credits over a three year span and valid for three years after it has been issued.

The CIBN last week has reintroduced its mentoring scheme. The initiatives aims at up-scaling the leadership capacity and productivity of workers within the financial and banking sector.

Speaking during the virtual forum, Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Lamido Yuguda, had explained that mentoring schemes are essential for the sustenance and development of the sector as it is built upon values such as trust and professionalism.

“These values can be taught. But are reinforced when practiced by the senior co-workers and emulated by junior colleagues. Such initiatives enable workers to avoid being distracted by the material, prestigious and monetary incentives the space presents.

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Stanbic IBTC Offers Low-Interest Agric Loans

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Stanbic IBTC Offers Low-Interest Agric Loans

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc has reaffirmed its commitment to the growth of Nigeria’s agriculture sector by supporting farmers and other players in the agricultural value chain.

As the demands on agribusinesses change seasonally, the financial institution provides financing solutions for agricultural enterprises to suit their requirements.

A statement explained that the needs range from availability of resources, to farming equipment, as well as enhancement of seasonal cashflow, amongst others.

Stanbic IBTC Bank offers various low-interest credit facilities across the agricultural sector that will help clients to cushion the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking on this, Head, Agribusiness, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Wole Oshin, said the agribusiness financial solution was geared towards ensuring that players in the agriculture space are not hindered by lack of finance.

He said: “The bank’s suite of agribusiness solutions minimises risks, ensures maximum control and optimises profits associated with international trade by making transactions smoother, simpler and safer for all parties involved.

“Some benefits of the Stanbic IBTC Agribusiness Finance include: availability of gap-funding for unforeseen financial needs, maintenance of cash flow and flexibility of repayment terms based on the type of funding. This facility is also versatile and can be utilised for funding resources, vehicles and farming equipment.”

Oshin noted that agricultural enterprises could access overdraft to finance their short-term cash flow and working capital needs.

“With quick and flexible processes, funds are available when needed and interest is paid only on funds utilised, not on the full amount on which the limit is set,” he added.

He further reiterated that the asset finance solution could aid in the financing of all farming vehicle and implement needs, with a wide range of packages to suit business’ cash flow and tax requirements.

“Vehicles and assets such as tractors, harvesters, irrigation equipment and so on, to enhance production,” he said.

Other available facilities are Business Revolving Credit Loan, Agricultural Production Loan and Medium-Term Finance.

These are suitable for grain farmers, individual farmers, groups and entities in the agricultural sector. Our loans are designed to accommodate the purchase of various agricultural inputs (like seeds, fertilizers etc), livestock, agriculture-related products and asset acquisition.

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FMDQ Exchange Admits Parthian Partners’ N20bn Commercial Paper

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FMDQ Exchange Admits Parthian Partners’ N20bn Commercial Paper

FMDQ Securities Exchange has registered the Parthian Partners Limited N20 billion Commercial Paper (CP) Programme to its platform as part of its efforts to assist corporates access funds from the debt capital market (DCM).

The DCM has continued to witness significant activity among corporates seeking a viable avenue to raise capital to meet their financing needs.

According to the FMDQ, the registration of the CP programme strategically positions Parthian Partners Limited to raise short-term finance from the DCM with speed at a time in the future when it determines suitable, through CP issues within the CP Programme limit.

Parthian Partners provides competitive wholesale brokerage services in the African over-the-counter (OTC) markets, and trades in Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN)bonds and treasury bills, state government bonds, local contractor bonds, orporate bonds and eurobonds, providing regular market updates and liaising with market participants and regulators in the African markets to provide independent research on the African fixed income market.

FMDQ said in support of the growth and revitalisation of the Nigerian economy, it championed the resuscitation of the CP market to provide corporate and commercial businesses with the opportunity to meet their short-term funding requirements, whilst building their profiles within the Nigerian DCM.

“In addition to its commendable and efficient registration process, FMDQ Exchange, through its quotation service, will provide stakeholders and market participants with credible and real-time information as part of the exchange’s commitment to facilitate transparency in the fixed income market space,” it said.

Meanwhile, trading in the equities market closed in the green yesterday following buying interest in Zenith Bank Plc (+4.8 per cent), Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (+6.2 per cent) and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc(+0.8 per cent). As a result, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index (ASI) appreciated by 0.03 per cent to close at 40,164.86.

Zenith Bank Plc yesterday released its audited results for the year ended December 31, 2020, announcing a profit before tax (PBT) of N243.294 billion, up from N255.861 billion. Profit after tax (PAT) rose by 10.4 per cent to N230.565 billion from N208.843 billion in 2019.

Trading activity improved as volume and value advanced 16.8 per cent and 7.6 per cent to 338.0 million shares and N3.8 billion respectively. The most traded stocks by volume were FBN Holdings Plc (64.6 million shares), Zenith Bank (52.7 million shares) and Transcorp (42.0 million shares).

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