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Unity Kapital, GTB, AIICO Emerge Top Three Equities

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  • Unity Kapital, GTB, AIICO Emerge Top Three Equities

Unity Kapital Assurance Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank and AIICO Insurance Plc emerged the top three equities traded on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange this past week.

Measured by volume, they accounted for 579.065 million shares worth N7.9bn traded in 1,856 deals, and contributed 37.66 per cent and 32.62 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

In aggregate terms, a total turnover of 1.538 billion shares worth N24.218bn in 19,187 deals were traded last week by investors on the floor of the Exchange in contrast to a total of 1.394 billion shares valued at N25.037bn that exchanged hands in 23,133 deals the previous week.

The financial services industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.209 billion shares valued at N14.21bn traded in 10,692 deals, thus contributing 78.65 per cent and 58.68 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The agriculture industry followed with 109.646 million shares worth N154.438m in 321 deals. The third place was occupied by the consumer goods industry with a turnover of 83.608 million shares worth N6.247bn in 3,726 deals.

Also traded during the week were a total of 390 units of Exchange Traded Products valued at N6,511.60 executed in five deals compared with a total of 5,168 units valued at N65,570.28 transacted the penultimate week in eight deals.

A total of 3,657 units of Federal Government bonds valued at N2,866,267.62 were traded last week in nine deals, compared with a total of 987 units valued at N986,951.99 transacted the week before in one deals.

The NSE All-Share Index and market capitalisation depreciated by 0.74 per cent to close the week at 36,646.46 and N12.631tn, respectively.

Similarly, all other indices finished lower during the week with the exception of the NSE Main Board, NSE Banking and NSE Consumer Goods Indices that appreciated by 1.34 per cent, 0.31 per cent and 2.38 per cent, respectively.

Thirty-two equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than 19 equities of the previous week. Forty equities depreciated in price, lower than 51 equities of the previous week, while 99 equities remained unchanged lower than 101 equities recorded in the preceding week.

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, through its stockbroker – Chapel Hill Denham Securities Limited – submitted an application to the Exchange for approval and listing of a rights issue of 12,133,646,995 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N4.10 per share on the basis of five new ordinary shares for every seven ordinary shares held. The qualification date for the rights issue was August 21, 2017.

Paints and Coatings Manufacturers Nigeria Plc, through its Stockbroker – Meristem Securities Limited, submitted an application for a scheme of arrangement between the company and holders of its fully paid-up ordinary shares of 50k each. The scheme will lead to the delisting of the entire shares of Paints and Coatings Manufacturers Nigeria Plc from the daily official list of the Exchange.

Avon Crowncaps and Containers (Nigeria) Plc, through its stockbroker – Integrated Trust & Investments Limited – submitted an application for a scheme of arrangement between the company and holders of its fully paid-up ordinary shares of 50k each. The scheme will lead to the delisting of the entire shares of Avon Crowncaps & Containers from the daily official list of the Exchange.

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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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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Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth

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Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has pledged to adopt accommodative monetary policy stance in 2021 in order to support economic growth in the country.

Emefiele, said this on Friday, while speaking at a CBN/Bankers’ Committee’s initiative for economic growth, which is a one-day special summit on the economy by bank chief executive officers.

The theme of the summit is: “How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Recession.”

Nigeria’s economy recently came out of recession, according to the Gross Domestic Product report for fourth quarter 2020 released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Owing to the slump GDP growth of 0.11 per cent that lifted the economy out of recession, Emefiele said it was imperative that, “we do all we can in 2021 and beyond to ensure that we build on the positive momentum and strengthen our efforts at stimulating growth.”

He expressed optimism that with the discovery and deployment of vaccines worldwide, 2021 would be a year of massive global recovery and Nigeria must not be left out.

“The banks CEOs are here, whether by moral suasion or by force, they will have to participate in this journey. In order to drive and sustain this recovery therefore, we need to sustain the accommodative fiscal and monetary policy measures aimed at improving access to finance for households and businesses.

“Secondly, we must prevent a resurgence in Covid-19 related cases. Thirdly, we must ensure that a significant number of our population is significantly vaccinated and also improve foreign exchange inflows into our country,” he added.

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