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Stock Market Rebounds, Gains 2.5% on Renewed Optimism

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  • Stock Market Rebounds, Gains 2.5% on Renewed Optimism

The stock market shrugged losses of the previous week and closed 2.47 per cent higher last week as the bulls resurged to take control of the market. Trading throughout the week was broadly bullish as the market closed positive on all the trading sessions.

The bulls resurged with investors taking position in value stocks – especially the banking stocks – ahead of the half year earnings season.

There was a renewed optimism among investors. As a result, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index rose by 2.47 per cent to close at 33,261.66, pushing the month-to-date growth to 0.44 per cent and year-to-date growth to 23.77 per cent.

Apart from the NSE ASI that rose 2.47 per cent, all other major sectoral indices finished higher with the exception of the NSE ASeM index that closed flat.

The NSE Banking Index appreciated by 6.1 per cent to lead the others.

The NSE Industrial Goods Index went up by 2.94 per cent, while the NSE Oil & Gas Index garnered 2.31 per cent. The NSE Insurance Index closed 0.88 per cent higher, while the NSE Consumer Index gained 0.71 per cent.

Daily Market Performance

When trading resumed on Monday, the market remained bullish as bargain hunting activities in the banking stocks assisted to sustain the bull run. Specifically, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index appreciated by 0.48 per cent to close at 32,614.60, while market capitalisation added N53.6 billion to close at N11.2 trillion.

Investors swooped on banking stocks, taking position ahead of half year corporate results announcement. Out of the 26 price gainers, 12 were banking stocks. United Bank for Africa Plc, Access Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc appreciated by 4.9 per cent apiece, while Ecobank Transnational Incorporated garnered 3.8 per cent.

Zenith Bank Plc chalked up 3.4 per cent, just as Diamond Bank Plc and FCMB Holdings Plc went up by2.4 per cent each. Fidelity Bank Plc and FBN Holdings Plc gained 2.3 per cent apiece, while Wema Bank Plc, Jaiz Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc appreciated by 1.8 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 0.06 per cent in that order.

However, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc recorded the highest price gainer for the day, rising by 9.7 per cent. Redstar Express Plc and C & I Leasing Plc followed with 5.0 per cent apiece.

Conversely, 15 stocks depreciated led by Union Bank of Nigeria Plc with 8.8 per cent. University Press Plc and Skye Bank Plc trailed, shedding 5.0 per cent apiece.

A.G Leventis Nigeria Plc and Vitafoam Nigeria Plc went down by 4.8 per cent each, just as AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc and John Holt Plc declined by 4.7 per cent, 4.0 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively.

A look at the performance across sectors showed that three appreciated while two declined. The NSE Banking Index led the sectoral performance with 3.0 per cent.

The NSE Oil &Gas Index trailed with a gain of 0.7 per cent due to positive sentiment towards Oando Plc (+4.8 per cent). Similarly, the NSE Industrial Goods Index added 0.3 per cent as a result of price appreciation in Meyer Plc (+4.3 per cent).

On the negative side, the NSE Consumer Goods Index shed 0.7 per cent on the back losses suffered by Nigerian Breweries (-0.6 per cent). The NSE Insurance Index fell by 0.3 per cent following depreciation in the shares of AXA Mansard (-4.8 per cent).

The market continued to rally on Tuesday with the index adding 0.65 per cent to close at 32,827.98. The appreciation recorded in the share prices of GTBank, UBA, Access Bank, Dangote Cement, and Zenith Bank Plc boosted the performance.

Investors staked N2.03 billion on 218.76 million shares. The most actively traded sectors were: Financial Services (171.42 million shares, Conglomerates (10.95 million shares), and Consumer Goods (9.27 million shares), while the three most actively traded stocks were: UBA (35.26 million shares), Niger Insurance (19.99 million shares) and Zenith Bank (18.27 million shares).

Performance across sectors was positive as all indices trended northwards. The NSE Banking Index advanced the most, adding 2.0 per cent on the back of sustained interest in GTBank and Zenith Bank. The NSE Industrial Index appreciated by 0.3 per cent, while the NSE Consumer Goods Index gained 0.2 per cent.

The sustained bullish run for three days pushed the market capitalisation of the Nigerian bourse by N180 billion, rising from N11.187 trillion on Monday to N11.367 trillion on Wednesday.

Analysts at Meristem Securities Limited had said “the gain in the market (yesterday) could be attributed to the continued share price appreciation of some banking sector heavyweights, as well as the slight gains recorded on some other large cap counters.”

In all, 29 stocks appreciated on Wednesday, while 15 depreciated. Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc recorded the highest price gain of 8.8 per cent close at 89.23, trailed by Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals with 7.1 per cent. CAP Plc and Linkage Assurance chalked up 5.0 per cent apiece, while Ecobank Transnational Incorporated garnered 4.9 per cent.

N.E.M Insurance Plc and Avon Crowncaps Plc added 4.8 per cent and 4.6 per cent respectively. Learn Africa Plc, May & Baker Nigeria Plc and Eterna Oil Plc went up by 3.6 per cent, 3.1 per cent, and 2.6 per cent in that order.

On the bears’ side, University Press Plc led the price losers with 9.6 per cent to close at N2.92 per share. Champion Breweries Plc trailed with 7.5 per cent, while United Capital Plc shed 7.2 per cent. Conoil Plc and Capital Hotel Plc declined by 5.0 per cent and 4.8 per cent respectively.

The market followed the bullish pattern on Thursday and Friday, 0.8 per cent and 0.04 per cent respectively to end the week positively.

Market Turnover

In terms of market turnover, investors staked N13.993 billion on 1.272 billion shares in 19,385 deals last week, up from N12.295 billion invested in 1.061 billion shares in 18,847 deals the previous week.

However, the Financial Services Industry remained the most active leading the activity chart with 1.086 billion shares valued at N9.743 billion traded in 11,229 deals, thus contributing 85.33 per cent and 69.63 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Consumer Goods Industry followed with 44.786 million shares worth N1.536 billion in 2,853 deals. The third place was occupied by Conglomerates Industry with a turnover of 38.104 million shares worth N75.759 million in 727 deals.

Trading in the top three equities, United Bank for Africa Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and Zenith International Bank Plc, accounted for 505.388 million shares worth N5.454 billion in 4,009 deals, contributing 39.73 per cent and 38.98 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

Also traded during the week were a total of 25,540 units of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) valued at N2.646 million executed in 10 deals compared with a total of five units valued at N484.85 transacted the previous week in one deal.

Similarly, a total of 2,977 units of Federal Government Bonds valued at N2.946 million were traded last week in 11 deals, compared with a total of 358 units valued at N344,610.97 transacted the previous week in seven deals.

Price Gainers and Losers

Meanwhile, 48 equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than the 16 equities of the previous week, while 27 equities depreciated in price, lower than 51 equities of the previous week.

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc led the price gainers with 24.6 per cent, followed by Unity Bank Plc which chalked up 19.6 per cent. Forte Oil Plc appreciated by 15.3 per cent, just as Avon Crowncaps & Containers Plc gained 14.5 per cent. N.E.M Insurance Plc, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated rose 14.1 per cent and 14.0 per cent respectively.

Other top price gainers were: Mobil Oil of Nigeria Plc (9.9 per cent); Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (9.7 per cent); Seven-Up Bottling Company of Nigeria Plc (8.8 per cent); and Access Bank Plc (8.4 per cent).

On the flipside, Conoil Plc led the price losers, shedding 17.4 per cent, trailed by University Press Plc 14.1 per cent. Champion Breweries Plc, Union Bank Plc and Jaiz Bank Plc went down by 12.2 per cent, 9.9 per cent and 9.0 per cent in that order.

Presco Plc declined by 4.9 per cent, just as Capital Hotel Plc, A.G Leventis Nigeria Plc and B.O.C Gases Plc closed 4.8 per cent lower apiece.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Businessinsider, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Zenith Bank Retains Position As Nigeria’s Number One Bank By Tier-1 Capital For Fifteen Consecutive Years In The 2024 Top 1000 World Banks’ Ranking

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For the fifteenth consecutive year, Zenith Bank Plc has retained its position as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital in the 2024 Top 1000 World Banks’ Rankings, published by The Banker Magazine.

This ranking places Zenith Bank Plc as the 565th Bank globally with a Tier-1 Capital of $2.01 billion. The rankings, published in the July 2024 edition of The Banker Magazine of the Financial Times Group, United Kingdom, recognise Zenith Bank’s continued financial strength and stability.

They are based on the 2023 year-end Tier-1 capital of banks globally and remain the primary source for global bank financials used by most international organisations in their assessments of banks.

Tier-1 Capital describes capital adequacy, the core measure of a bank’s financial strength from a regulator’s perspective.

According to the ranking, Tier-1 Capital, as defined by the latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) guidelines, includes loss-absorbing capital, i.e., common stock, disclosed reserves, retained earnings, and minority interests in the equity of subsidiaries that are less than wholly owned.

A strong Tier-1 capital ratio boosts investor and depositor confidence, indicating the Bank is well-capitalised and financially stable.

Commenting on this achievement, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji, OON, said, “We are deeply honoured to be recognised as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital for the fifteenth consecutive year. This recognition is a testament to our strategic focus on sustainable growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction. It also emphasises our resilience and strength in navigating the ever-evolving financial landscape. Our dedicated team of professionals has remained steadfast in ensuring that we maintain our position at the forefront of the banking industry.”

She extended her profound and sincere appreciation to the Founder and Chairman, Dr. Jim Ovia, CFR, whose visionary and transformative leadership has played a pivotal role in cultivating a resilient and thriving establishment.

She also expressed her deep appreciation for the board’s insightful governance, the staff’s relentless dedication, and the unwavering loyalty of the bank’s esteemed customers to the Zenith brand.

Zenith Bank’s financial performance for the year was driven by a remarkable triple-digit growth of 125% in gross earnings, from N945.6 billion reported in 2022 to N2.132 trillion in 2023. This growth led to an improved market share in both the retail and corporate segments despite a persistently challenging macroeconomic environment.

The increase in gross earnings was primarily due to growth in interest and non-interest income. Interest income growth was attributed to the increase in the size of risk assets and their effective repricing, while non-interest income was driven by significant trading gains and gains from the revaluation of foreign currencies.

Zenith Bank recently commenced recapitalisation efforts with the conclusion of its Capital Markets Day held on 11th July 2024. It aims to raise the least amount of capital amongst its peers at N230 billion, considering it already maintains a robust capital base of N270.7 billion.

The Bank remains dedicated to supporting the growth of the Nigerian economy and providing its numerous customers with innovative and efficient banking solutions.

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performance has continued to earn the brand numerous awards, with these latest accolades coming on the heels of several recognitions. These include being recognised as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital for the fourteenth consecutive year in the 2023 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking, published by The Banker Magazine.

The Bank was also awarded the Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards for 2020 and 2022; and Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria in the International Banker 2024 Banking Awards.
Further recognitions include Best Bank in Nigeria for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022 in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards and Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria for three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023 in the World Finance Banking Awards.

Additionally, Zenith Bank has been acknowledged as the Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria, in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards for 2022 and 2023, and ‘Best in Corporate Governance’ Financial Services’ Africa for four consecutive years from 2020 to 2023 by the Ethical Boardroom.

The Bank’s commitment to excellence saw it being named the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands for 2020 and 2021, and Retail Bank of the Year for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022 at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

The Bank also received the accolades of Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2023 Banking Awards, Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation in Retail Banking, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards. Zenith Bank was named Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020, Bank of the Year 2021 by Champion Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2022 by New Telegraph Newspaper, and Most Responsible Organisation in Africa 2021 by SERAS Awards.

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With Giants Campaign, FirstBank is Truly Woven Into The Fabric of Society

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In its usual creative conjecture, 13O-year-old FirstBank, has hit the airwaves and other media outlets with various visuals to articulate its new campaign ‘The Giant in You’. Breaking down the central message, ‘there is a giant in you’ the campaign stylishly reminds the bank customer that ‘FirstBank Puts You First so you can’ before giving the match order, ‘Live the Giant-Life.

For a bank that settles for the big ‘elephant’, as logo and has remained strong for 130 years, worlds like giant, tall and strides, used in the various visuals are simply validations of its robustness, endurance, doggedness and tall ambition. As part of the ways to convey the bank’s message to its array of patrons, SO&U, the creative agency behind the campaign cleverly selected its cast and buildings, including FirstBank’s corporate headquarters, to reflect the bigness, the tallness and the boldness of the 130-year-old financial institution to rule the world as far as banking and business support are concerned.

Unraveling the ‘Giant’ strides…

Among other reasons, the new campaign must have been conceptualized to position FirstBank as a ‘giant’ and ‘future-ready’ institution that is dependable, innovative and proactive in supporting its customers and stakeholders win in the race to the future and be in a position to take advantage of the opportunities and possibilities of that emerging future.

Driven by the conviction that  consumers want to turn their big dreams into giant successes, the new campaign reminds the consumer that in today’s world of constant disruptions and integrated experiences, the customer needs a strong, stable and supportive partner, with the appropriate platforms, innovative solutions and networks to not only support their aspirations but also be responsive and adaptive enough to anticipate their needs and empower them to success.

Looking through the visuals and the television commercial, it’s easy to conclude that the campaign narrative is not about the brand but the customer. For instance, the creative path illustrates the world as it moves and changes at lightning speed, the customer is reminded that just like the world, everything within it is also changing, from economies to businesses and even opportunities.
“We recognise that to be in sync with the world will require a forward thinking and future ready mindset …and we have created the atmosphere, products and services to help our customers,” the bank stated.

To underscore ‘the big idea’ and the ‘bringing out the Giant in you’ theme, key visuals speak to the essence of the campaign and are accompanied with long and straight legs in a demonstrative form to take the purported giant step. Here the messages are passed under the following; ready to take giant strides?, strides into the future, let’s take giant strides together, stand tall, stand out, think giant solutions, among others.

Facts and figures…

Like Coca-Cola, the world number one brand, one other thing that has consistently worked for the FirstBank brand is that the promoters have never, for once allowed complacency to set in. The implication of this is that the bank is not only the oldest, but also one of the most digitally compliant banks.  Currently, First Bank stands tall via First Bank digital solutions, employs market-leading digital platforms and solution driven products and services. Besides, the use of AI and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) by the bank enables the financial brand to initiate 85 percent of its transactions via digital platforms leading to quick responses to customers’ needs and satisfaction. In this regard, FirstBank has been recognised by Interswitch as the first financial institution in Nigeria to achieve 100 million sustained monthly transactions in electronic payment and it has hit N1 trillion transactions through the FirstMonie Agent network.

Speaking during the unveiling of the new thematic brand campaign, Head, Brand and Stakeholder management at FirstBank, Yinka Ijabiyi, reiterated that FirstBank came up with the new campaign because of its belief that there is a ‘giant’ in every customer, every employee and every stakeholder.

He said, “This campaign was informed by our belief that there is ‘giant’ in every stakeholder a giant dream, a giant possibility, a giant idea, a giant life and a giant future waiting to be birthed. Our commitment is therefore to provide all necessary business support, financial know-how and platforms to bring out the giant in every customer.”

Ijabiyi further pointed out that the campaign was conceptualised by the bank in a bid to show customers in its 130 years, that it has been supporting and creating giants and that it has no plan to stop anytime soon.

He said the bank, in its celebration of its 130 years in business, came up with a campaign that speaks to the business essence of its brand which is making giants of its customers.

“We have always done it and the fact we have been around for such a long time means good to everybody as we have been supporting businesses, individuals and government in those years. “We are making giants and there is no business that interacts with us that does not see the benefits in their business. We are making giants in our customers and we will not stop.

“We are the partner with tailored solutions for every customer, employee, and stakeholder. We have what it takes to turn dreams into giant successes. FirstBank’s services are designed to help customers “giant-size” their dreams, offering businesses the platforms and solutions needed to grow, innovate, and achieve remarkable success.” Ijabiyi added that the array of products, solutions and services offered by FirstBank cannot be compared with any financial services in Nigeria.

For its customers, the bank said “We would enable, inspire and support you with our world of financial services to help you to giant-size your dreams and live your best life”. It also said it “would give businesses and business owners the right platforms and solutions they need to grow, initiate and execute bold ideas.

Meanwhile, the creative agency behind the campaign has hinted to the media that the unveiled materials were mere ‘tip of the iceberg’ as efforts are ongoing to domesticate the same campaign in local languages to connect with customers across the major ethnic groups in Nigeria.

A peep into the past…

When the promoters said First Bank was “truly the first, many grudgingly agreed. But deep inside its competitors – the possible grudging camp – is the truth regarding the extreme distance the bank has given others in performance and people relevance of its operations! They knew the bank was not bluffing. Not only has it rediscovered itself, but the ability to shed its ancient mindset in terms of operations and blend with modern trends in banking have left many agreeing that perhaps, the saying that the older the wine the better it gets in taste actually applies to FirstBank. To this end, it’s not by accident that First Bank has produced at least two former governors of the CBN and a Finance Minister, including Chief Joseph Sanusi and the current Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Perhaps the current campaign is an offshoot of a story-telling Television Commercial, by the bank to reflect the beginning of modern banking and how the bank has consistently grown with Nigeria’s enterprises through partnership and innovation.

The referenced TVC says it all: A combination of historical renaissance and quite prescient validation of the innovation that usually drives its bewitching communicational ads. From the groundnut pyramids of the north, which was the symbol of the regions commercial edge and the cocoa bean mountains of Western Nigeria to the rubber plantations of the East and Mid-eastern region, First Bank has applied its new campaign to remind its decades-old patrons, customers, and even competitors, that the beat has refused to abate.

Throughout the campaign, FirstBank subtly registers itself in the minds of the banking public that it’s entirely Nigerian – past, present, and the future. The well-crafted historical simulation captures how FirstBank opened its first branch in Lagos in 1894 and started helping merchandise and local traders to grow their businesses. The excitement and enthusiasm on the faces of the bank’s early customers after getting their cash books from the Lagos office say it all. Like someone who has gotten a glimpse of what the future holds with banking, the customers express surprises and happiness. The commercial captures the mood and goes back in memory lane on how the bank has helped many people succeed in their ventures. Subtly, the narrator takes viewers to Kano and reveals how the then richest men in the commercial city were making their deposit of 20 bags of Silver in an atmosphere that looks like the first operational day of the bank.

Perhaps the beauty of the commercial lies more in the way it strikes a balance between the ancient and the modern days through setting and swapping of background colours. This was cleverly explored in referencing the way the bank transformed into an online haven, driven by technology. While reminding the patrons of the bank’s transformation and technological advancement, the narrator is quick to talk about the expansion of the bank beyond the shores of Nigeria to the West-African region and beyond. The TVC also positions FirstBank as a socially responsible brand by touching on various initiatives it has embarked on. Specifically, First Bank’s contribution to Sports through its support for football and athletics is captured very well.

The ‘Giant in You’ is another chapter as the bank begins a fresh journey after operating for 130 years.

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Jaiz Bank Boosts Chairman’s Income to N24m Amidst Strategic Expansion

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Jaiz Bank has announced a 20% increase in its chairman’s annual income to N24 million.

This decision was unveiled in a recent statement filed with the Nigeria Exchange Limited, highlighting the bank’s commitment to rewarding leadership amidst its expansion plans.

The bank, renowned for its pioneering role in non-interest banking in Nigeria since 2012, also approved a remuneration package of N20 million for each non-executive director.

The announcement was made by the bank’s secretary, Mohammed Shehu, highlighting the importance of competitive compensation for board members who provide crucial oversight and strategic guidance.

Shareholders at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) expressed confidence in the board’s leadership by approving the resolution on directors’ fees.

This move aligns with Jaiz Bank’s ongoing efforts to enhance its capital base to N70 billion by the end of 2024.

The bank also announced a dividend of 4 kobo per share, which will be distributed to shareholders on July 16, 2024.

This dividend declaration was welcomed as a testament to the bank’s operational success in a challenging economic climate.

Also, the AGM saw the re-election of Muhammadu Indimi and Muhammad Abdulmutallab as non-executive directors, reaffirming shareholder trust in their leadership capabilities.

Jaiz Bank’s financial performance has been impressive, with a 67% increase in profit before tax, reaching N11.1 billion in 2023.

Gross earnings also rose by 42% to N47.2 billion from the previous year, showcasing the bank’s successful growth strategy.

As Jaiz Bank continues to expand its services, the enhanced remuneration package signals a commitment to maintaining strong governance and leadership, paving the way for future achievements in ethical banking.

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