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NASI Sheds 0.77% as MPC Holds Rates

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  • NASI Sheds 0.77% as MPC Holds Rates

The Nigerian Equities market closed under water Week-on-Week, declining by 0.77% to bring the Year-to-Date return to -5.28%. However, the volume of transactions and market turnover in the week advanced by 7.86% and 27.28% respectively. The market breadth closed at 0.53x reflecting eighteen (18) gainers and thirty-four (34) decliners in the week.

WAPCO emerged as the top outperformer this week, advancing by 13.92% to close at NGN41.01. FIDSON (+13.48%), LIVESTOCK (+10.94%) MOBIL (+6.16%), and CCNN (+4.44%) also featured on the list of outperformers. On the flip side, GUINNESS (-9.77%)pared the most in the week, with SEPLAT (-9.73%), DIAMONDBNK (-8.51%), UAC-PROP(-8.42%) and AFRIPRUD (-8.40%) trailing behind.

At the second Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting for the year, the Committee voted to retain the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 14%; CRR at 22.5%; maintain the asymmetric corridor at +200bps & -500bps; and also maintain the liquidity ratio at 30%.

Also, during the week, there were earnings releases by Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC (STANBIC), Unilever Nigeria Plc (UNILEVER), Lafarge Africa Plc (WAPCO) and Cadbury Nigeria PLC (CADBURY). The companies, save for CADBURY, proposed respective dividends of NGN0.05, NGN0.10 and NGN1.05 per share.

We attribute the weak market mood in the week to sell pressures on certain counters including large-cap stocks like GUINNESS and SEPLAT which recorded gains in the prior week. Based on the topsy-turvy trend of the market in recent weeks, we expect to see some bullish activity in the coming week.

This report reviews events in the current week, with emphasis on different segments of the financial market, while presenting our expectations for the coming week.

Fixed Income: Naira Appreciates to close at a 7 Month High of NGN390/USD

The aggressive intervention by the CBN impacted the Naira positively, as the currency appreciated by 25% from the rate of NGN520/USD in the last one month. Also, the Naira closed at NGN390/USD at the end of trading activities this week, appreciating by 13.33% WoW.

Financial system liquidity declined during the week, on the back of OMO sales worth NGN66.01bn. Although the average money market rate advanced to 100.04% the day after the OMO sales, the rate settled at 7.50% at the close of the week, indicating a decline of 7.17% WoW.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) held a Treasury Bills Primary Auction on Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017. T-bills worth NGN134.97bn matured and an equivalent sum was re-issued. However, the 91-day instrument was undersubscribed, with a bid-to-cover ratio of 0.61x. Meanwhile, the 182-day and 364-day instruments recorded bid-to-cover ratios of 1.20x and 1.09x respectively. The discount rates at the auction on the 91-day, 182-day and 364-day instruments were 13.55%, 17.2% and 18.69% respectively. In the secondary market, sell sentiments characterized the treasury bills space as the average yield advanced by 1.18% WoW.

Activities in the treasury bonds space were characterized by bullish sentiments as yields trended downwards across various instruments during the week. This was further augmented by the week on week decline of 0.12% in the average bond yield, to settle at 16.33%.

Agricultural Sector: MERI-AGRI Advances Marginally

The Agricultural sector, as measured by the MERI-AGRI index, advanced marginally to overturn the prior week’s performance. It advanced by 0.008% WoW, to push the YtD return to 18.26%. The sector recorded one gainer, and no loser at the close of trading this week.

LIVESTOCK featured on the gainers’ chart, after declining for four consecutive weeks. The ticker advanced by 10.94%, to close at NGN0.71.

This week recorded no share price movements on the sector’s heavyweights. Therefore, the bargain hunting activities on the low-priced LIVESTOCK resulted in the sector’s positive, albeit marginal, performance.

Banking Sector: GUARANTY Closes at NGN26.50

The banking sector, as measured by the MERI-BNK index, closed negative this week at -1.65% from a previous week’s gain of 2.82%, to settle the YtD return at +2.13%. One (1) stock recorded share price appreciation, while nine (9) stocks declined in the week and six (6) counters traded flat, to bring the sector breadth to 0.11x.

GUARANTY emerged as the lone gainer for the week, advancing by 0.76% to close at NGN26.50. On the other hand, DIAMONDBNK (-8.51%)recorded a significant decline this week, putting it at the top of the losers’ list. Other top losers for the week were FIDELITYBK (-5.81%), ETI (-5.36%), ACCESS (-5.13%)and ZENITHBANK (-4.53%).

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC (STANBIC) released its FY2016 result during the week, which showed Year-on-Year (YoY) growths in revenue, Profit-Before-Tax and Profit-After-Tax of 11.71%, 57.33% and 50.97% respectively. The company proposed a final dividend of 5 kobo/share, representing a dividend yield of 0.28%, based on the closing price of NGN17.71 on the 24th of March, 2017.

We attribute the loss in the week to investors’ skepticism on the subsequentearnings releases, as well as profit taking activities on counters that have hitherto enjoyed positive sentiments. In the coming week, we expect the current trend to reverse.

Consumer Goods:Sector Returns -0.31% WoW

The consumer goods sector closed on a negative note, after losing on three (3) out of five (5) trading days of the week. Consequently, sector index as measured by the NSEFBT10 indexdeclined by0.31% WoW to settle the YtD return at -12.10%. Sector breadth closed at 0.38x, reflecting three (3) outperformers against eight (8) underperformers, while other counters traded flat.

NESTLE (+2.60%)led the gainers’ chart for the week, closing at NGN749.00. Other counters that featured on the chart were VITAFOAM (+2.56%) and NASCON(+1.47%). Conversely, GUINNESS (-9.77%)was the worst performer in the week.The ticker was trailed by CADBURY (-6.49%), UNILEVER (-5.00%), INTBREW (-4.46%), HONYFLOUR (-2.86%), 7UP (-2.19%), FLOURMILL (-1.96%) and DANGSUGAR (-0.48%).

In the week, Unilever Nigeria PLC (UNILEVER) and Cadbury Nigeria Plc (CADBURY) released their FY2016 results. Both companies recorded Year-on-Year (YoY) growths of 17.82% and 8.74% respectively in revenue.UNILEVER also recorded 131.86% and 157.63% growth in Profit-Before-Tax and Profit-After-Tax respectively, and proposed a dividend of NGN0.10/share, representing a dividend yield of 0.31% based on today’s closing price of NGN32.30. However, CADBURY slid into a Loss-After-Tax position of -NGN0.30bn, implying a YoY decline of 125.70%.

We attribute the sector’s performance to sell pressures on some counters that had recorded price appreciation in previous weeks. We expect the current mood to reverse, as the sector oscillates between gains and losses weekly.

Healthcare Sector:FIDSON Gains 13.48% WoW

The MERI-HLTH returned 0.03% WoW, moderating the YtD loss to -7.65%. Sector breadth settled at equilibrium (1.00x), indicating one (1) gainer and loser apiece.

FIDSON emerged as the lone gainer in the sector, advancing significantly by 13.48% WoW to close at NGN1.01. NEIMETH, on the other hand, shed 6.56% WoW to settle at NGN0.57 after reaching its year-low at NGN0.56.

We attribute the positive sentiments witnessed in the sector this week to bargain hunting on FIDSON after weeks of consecutive declines. We, however, expect some sell pressures in the coming week in anticipation of weak FY2016 earnings releases from sector companies.

Industrial Goods Sector:WAPCO Records the Highest Gain

The Industrial Goods Sector, as measured by the NSEIND index, advanced by 5.14% WoW, to bring the Year-to-Date return to -2.05%. There were three (3) gainers and losers apiece, settling the sector breadth at an equilibrium.

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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CBN to Extend Credit Risk Management System to OFIs

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In an effort to curb growing bad debt, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it will extend its Credit Risk Management System to Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) operating in Nigeria to protect them from bad debtors.

According to the apex bank, this is important following the successful implementation of the credit risk system in other lending institutions operating in Nigeria.

The bank disclosed this in a circular titled ‘Credit Risk Management System: Commencement of enrolment of all Development Finance Institutions, Microfinance Banks, Primary Mortgage Banks and Finance Companies’ and signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, on Monday.

In part, the circular read, “As part of efforts to promote a safe and sound financial system in Nigeria, the CBN introduced the CRMS to improve credit risk management in commercial, merchant and non-interest banks as well as to prevent predatory borrowers from undermining the banking system.

“With the successful implementation of the CRMS in deposit money banks, it has become expedient to commence the enrolment of Other Financial Institutions on the CTMS platform.

“Accordingly, all DFIs, MfBs, PMBs and FCs are required to report all credit facilities (principal and interest) to the CRMs and to update same on monthly basis.

“OFIs shall note the Bank Verification Numbers and Tax Identification Numbers are the only basis for regulatory renditions”.

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BoI Grows Assets by 78.8% to N1.86 Trillion

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The Bank of Industry Group concluded the 2020 financial year with a 78.8 per cent growth of assets from N1.04tn to N1.86tn between 2019 and 2020.

A statement by the bank on Monday said the increase was driven to a large extent by the successful debt syndication of €1bn and $1bn that were concluded in March and December 2020 respectively.

BoI stated that the group’s financial statement demonstrated resilience and strength, noting that the period had significant challenges in the operating environment on account of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

“It also indicates synergy with the various interventions developed by the Federal Government, the Central Bank as well as other strategic partners towards ameliorating the impact of the pandemic on Nigerian enterprises,” the statement said.

The group’s total equity increased by 14.8 per cent from N293.08bn in the previous year to N336.48bn in 2020.

It added that as a reflection of the adverse impact of the challenging operating environment on growth of new facilities, loans and advances grew marginally in 2020 by 1.3 per cent to N749.84bn from the 2019 position.

The bank explained that this was largely due to the economic slowdown in the year as well as the various interventions and support initiated by the bank for its customers.

“The bank reviewed and restructured all its managed projects under the CBN intervention programme with interest rate reduction from nine to five per cent per annum for a period of one year and moratorium extension of three months (with a possible extension up to 12 months),” it said.

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TAJBank Deploys NQR Solution To Ease Customer Transactions

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TAJBank, Nigeria’s non-interest bank, has announced the deployment of the NQR Payment solution, an indigenous Quick Response Code (QRC) by the Nigeria Interbank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS), for merchants and customers as the newest addition to its innovative e-business channels.

The NQR Payment solution is a secure QR-code-based payments and collections platform developed for merchants and customers to receive and make payments for goods and services in a quick, easy, contactless and secure manner.

A statement signed by the Founder/Chief Operating Officer of the bank, Mr. Hamid Joda, indicated that the ingenious solution would further drive TAJBank’s culture of innovation and create a seamless payment experience for its rapidly growing individual and corporate customers in their banking transactions.

“We are excited to have this payment channel introduced into the nation’s financial system as an addition to other innovative solutions we have deployed over the past few months.

This is a proof that, as we have said in our communications signature line, TAJBank’s interest is always in our customers”, Joda enthused.

In his remarks, the non-interest lender’s Chief Marketing Officer/Co-Founder, Mr. Sherif Idi, also maintained that the deployment of the NQR payment solution would revolutionize the e-payment experience and open new frontiers for small, medium and large scale businesses who are major stakeholders of the bank.

Since it commenced operations in the non-interest banking segment of the financial services industry, TAJBank is noted for its impeccable track record of growth and innovation, rendering exceptional quality services to customers.

The lender’s NQR solution is open to all customers of the bank, both merchants and individuals, across all its branches and digital channels globally.

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