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‘We Need Policy Re-Alignment to Support Our External Reserve’

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  • ‘We Need Policy Re-Alignment to Support Our External Reserve’

As part of measure to improve Nigeria’s external reserves, a financial expert has advocated the need for clarity and proper re-alignment of monetary policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and what the federal government plans to do to grow the reserve and improve the pace of economic growth.

The advice was given by the Executive Director of FSDH Merchant Bank, Olufunsho Olusanya, during the sent-off party organised in honour of the out-going Managing Director, Mr. Belo-Osagie.

She stated that the three arms of government need to come together and see what ought to be done in strengthening the growth of the reserves, while striving to harmonise what the federal government is currently doing to move the economy forward.

“There should be clarity of policies as regards what the CBN and the FG wants to do, otherwise everything will be speculations. As Nigerians, we need to talk up ourselves and change that orientation that people can’t do business in Nigeria and down play negative things,” she mentored.

Olusanya explained that if the country had saved N200 billion in the reserves, the country will not be experiencing recession, adding that the CBN has done what it is expected to do, therefore for the country to get foreigners to invest, there is need to have attractive yields in the money market that they can invest in. “Our Stock Exchange Market (SEC) needs to be working effectively so that they can see value of growth in the stock market. They also need to see stability in some of our policies, for them to start putting their money back.”

The FSDH Executive Director further noted that although the interests’ rates for treasury bonds are very attractive now, the challenges getting foreign investors come back to the country.

She added: “We have seen a growth of about 2billion in our reserves which is very commendable. If we make a projection that we are able to grow one billion monthly. Then there will any need for us to borrow, and can we keep up that standard to meet all our requests. The problem we are seeing in the banking sector is shortage of forex. We have customers we want to do much transaction but we have shortage of FX.

“Most banks that were doing trade transactions in billions have significantly dropped to 20 percent. Everything is interconnected. If I meet your forex requirements, you will be able to generate more revenues and they grow the value chain, which will translate to other things. In 2017, we will notice an improved growth. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted has a growth of 0.5 and 1 percent which is better than a negative growth.

“If all these should happen we should see better results for the country and for the sector as well. The best way to build reserves is to generate enough revenue and sustain it. We have a situation where the whole country needs so much FX to maintain normal operations, but that is not there. The foreign investors that brought money into the economy take their money out and each time they do that it puts pressure on our reserves.”

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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FG Borrows N2.36 Trillion from Capital Market in 2020

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FG Borrows N2.36 Trillion from Capital Market in 2020

Mr. Oscar Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, said the Federal Government borrowed N2.36 trillion from the nation’s capital market in 2020.

The CEO disclosed this at the 2020 market recap/2021 outlook held on Tuesday.

He said the Federal Government issuances account for 92 percent of the total bond issued in the market in the year.

Onyema further explained that corporate organisations leveraged on low yield environment to expand and embark on debt refinancing, raising a total of N192 billion,

Capital-raising activities in the fixed income market increased significantly in 2020. The NSE’s bond market capitalisation rose by 35.52 per cent from N12.92tn in 2019 to N17.50tn,” he said.

Onyema noted that “The year 2020 was indeed a historic one for global capital markets. Facing buffeting headwinds, world markets saw sharp swings and steep losses, but largely remained resilient and orderly amid rising uncertainty.

“For The Exchange, renewed investor optimism coupled with improved economic conditions and low fixed income yields, propelled a year end bull run. Of 93 global equity indices tracked by Bloomberg, the NSE All Share Index emerged the best-performing index in the world, surpassing the S&P 500 (+16.26 per cent), Dow Jones Industrial Index (+7.25 per cent) and other global and African market indexes, to post a one-year return of +50.03 per cent.

Speaking on product results for the year, the CEO said, “The Nigerian equities market got off to a strong start in 2020, returning 10.4 per cent by the eighth trading session. By October, the equities market entered a much-awaited bull run.

“Buoyed by the formal declaration of the US president-elect, unattractive fixed income yields and better-than-expected corporate earnings, the NSE ASI recovered from Q1’20, to close the year at 40,270.72 (+50.03 per cent) and erase losses of -14.90 per cent recorded in 2019.

“During its remarkable year end run, the ASI gained 6.23 per cent in a single trading session which triggered a 30-minute halt of trading on all stocks for the first time since the NSE Circuit Breaker was introduced in 2016 to safeguard market integrity in periods of extraordinary volatility.

“At the close of the year, the NSE’s equity market capitalisation was up by 62.42 per cent, from N12.97tn in 2019 to N21.06tn in 2020 while market turnover saw an uptick of 7.25 per cent, from N0.96tn in 2019 to N1.03Tn in 2020.

“Although Initial Public Offering activity was mute, the value of supplementary issues increased dramatically from 2019, rising by 851.37 per cent to N1.42tn, from N148.77bn.

“Also noteworthy is that for the second consecutive year, equity market transactions were dominated by domestic investors who accounted for 65.28 per cent of market turnover by value (retail: 44.98 per cent; institutional: 55.02 per cent) while foreign portfolio investors accounted for 34.72 per cent.”

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Airtel to Announce Financial Results for Nine Months Ended December 31, 2020 on 29 January 2021

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Airtel to Announce Financial Results for Nine Months Ended December 31, 2020 on 29 January 2021

Airtel Africa, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Africa, on Wednesday announced it will report its financial statements for the nine months ended December 31, 2020 on January 29, 2021.

The telecom giant disclosed in a statement signed by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary.

The statement reads “Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries across Africa, will announce its results for the nine months to 31 December 2020 on 29 January 2021.

“Management will host a conference call on the day of results for analysts and investors at 2:00pm GMT.

“Participants are requested to pre-register for the call by navigating to:
www.diamondpass.net/4467631

“Once registered, participants will receive a calendar invitation with the dial in details for the call.”

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Global Credit Rating Affirms Sovereign Trust Insurance A Rating

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Global Credit Rating Affirms Sovereign Trust Insurance A Rating

Global Credit Rating, an international rating agency based in South Africa, has affirmed Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc A rating in its latest report released for the month of December 2020.

In a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Global Credit Rating noted “that the Company has shown a great deal of consistency in her claims paying obligations to her numerous customers spread all over the country.

The Report further stated that “the listing of the Rights Issue in 2019 helped in increasing the Shareholders’ funds of the Company by 33.8%, to N7.8b by the end of the Financial year in 2019 as against the figure of N5.8b in 2018.

“Subsequently, by the third quarter of 2020, the Shareholders’ funds had increased to N8.2b which also translated to a 31% increase in the corresponding period of 2019 with a figure of N6.3b. In the Rating Agency’s opinion, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc is strong in liquidity with more than adequate claims coverage that compares well to industry averages.

“The capital adequacy of the Underwriting Firm is considered strong according to the rating report and this is underpinned by the sizeable capital base catering for the quantum of insurance and market risks assumed. In this regard, the ratio of Shareholders’ funds to NEP, (Net Earned Premium) improved to 189.2% in the Q3 of 2020 as against 130.9% in the corresponding quarter of 2019.

In terms of peer-to-peer performance comparison, “Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc did very well when compared with other selected insurers in terms of Capital, Total Assets, Gross Premium Income (GPI) and Net Premium Income (NPI).”

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