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Investors Lose N105bn as Fidelity Bank, 17 Others Dip

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  • Investors Lose N105bn as Fidelity Bank, 17 Others Dip

Investors in the nation’s stock market lost N105bn on Tuesday as 18 stocks led by Fidelity Bank Plc took a beating at the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The NSE market capitalisation, which fell by N82bn last week to N8.827tn on Thursday, closed at N8.722tn on Tuesday, the first trading session of the week.

The Federal Government declared last Friday and Monday as public holidays in commemoration of the Easter celebrations.

The NSE All-Share Index dipped by 1.19 per cent to close at 25,207.07 basis points, while the year-t0-date loss worsened to 6.2 per cent.

A total of 254.959 million shares worth N2.449bn in 2,854 deals were traded by investors on the floor of the Exchange on Tuesday.

Fidelity Bank saw its share price shed 9.09 per cent to close at N0.80, while Ecobank Transnational Incorporated dropped by five per cent to close at N7.79 per share.

Eterna Plc depreciated by 4.98 per cent to close at N3.05 per share; Union Bank Nigeria Plc lost 4.96 per cent to close at N4.98 per share, and Oando Plc dropped by 4.83 per cent to close at N5.32 per share.

Livestock Feeds Plc eased to N0.61 per share from the N0.64 per share it closed at last week, while Vitafoam Nigeria Plc fell by 4.5 per cent to N1.91 per share.

Other losers were Diamond Bank Plc, Nestle Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, Dangote Cement Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and FCMB Group Plc.

Fourteen stocks recorded price appreciation on Tuesday, with FBN Holdings Plc leading the pack with a five per cent rise to close at N3.36 per share.

C&I Leasing Plc gained 4.69 per cent to close at N0.67 per share, while Dangote Flour Mills Plc increased by 4.27 per cent to close at N4.40 per share.

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc appreciated by 3.8 per cent to close at N0.82 per share while Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc rose by 2.56 per cent to close at N400 per share.

Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said, “Barring any negative earnings surprises, we expect bargain hunting to lift market performance in tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) trading session.

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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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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Nestle Nigeria Approves Final Dividend of N35.50k per 50 Kobo Ordinary Share for 2020

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Nestle Nigeria Approves Final Dividend of N35.50k per 50 Kobo Ordinary Share for 2020

Nestle Nigeria, a leading food and beverage company, has declared a final dividend of N35.50k per 50 kobo ordinary share for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The beverage company said N24.50k of the amount declared was from the after-tax profit of 2020 and N5 and N6 were from the after-tax retained earnings of the years ended December 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Nestle Nigeria stated that the amount declared is subject to appropriate withholding tax and approval at the Annual General Meeting of shareholders.

It also noted that payment will be made only to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on 21 May 2021.

Dividends will be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members as at 21 May 2021, and who have completed the e-dividend registration and mandated the Registrar to pay their dividends directly into their Bank accounts.

Shareholders who are yet to complete the e-dividend registration are advised to download the Registrar’s E-Dividend Mandate Activation Form, which is also available on their website: www.gtlregistrars.com, complete and submit to the Registrar or their respective Banks.

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Dennis Olisa Invests N53.6 Million in Zenith Bank

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Executive Director of Zenith Bank Plc Buys 2 Million Shares of Zenith Bank at N53.6 Million

Executive Director of Zenith Bank Plc, Dennis Olisa, has invested a combined N53.58 million in shares of Zenith Bank.

The leading financial institution stated in a disclosure statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday.

Olisa carried out the purchase in two different transactions on February 24, 2021 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos, Nigeria.

He purchased 1 million units of Zenith Bank at N26.60 each and another 1 million shares at N26.50 per share.

On aggregate, Olisa purchased 2 million shares of Zenith Bank at N26.79 per share or N53.58 million. See the details below.

Dennis Olisa was appointed as Zenith Bank’s executive director three years ago.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Olisa was the Chief Inspector at Zenith Bank Plc and served as its Director from March 3, 2017 until March 16, 2017.

He also served as General Manager and Heads of the Energy Oil & Gas Group at Zenith Bank Plc and served as its Deputy General Manager. He served as Head of Internal Control & Audit Group at Zenith Bank Plc

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