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Equities Appreciate by N70bn Despite 22 Losers

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The Nigerian equities market advanced by N70bn at the close of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday notwithstanding depreciation in 22 stocks.

The market recorded 15 gainers as 128.312 million shares valued at N2.728bn exchanged hands in 3,241 deals.

At the end of the day’s trade, the All-Share Index closed positive, gaining 55 basis points while the year-to-date return improved to 32.7 per cent.

“The major drivers of today’s performance were Dangote Cement Plc, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Nigerian Breweries Plc, which appreciated by 2.4 per cent, 1.3 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively. Ex-Dangote Cemen), the market would have shed 17 basis points,” analysts at Afrinvest Securities said in a post.

Investors gained N70.0bn as market capitalisation advanced to N12.293tn from N12.223tn. Likewise, activity level rose as volume and value traded climbed 11.9 by per cent and 73.1 per cent to N128.3m units and N2.7bn, respectively.

The NSE industrial goods index led gainers, up by 1.1 per cent due to an uptick in Dangote Cement. The insurance index followed suit, closing 0.4 per cent higher on account of price appreciation in Continental Reinsurance Plc and NEN Insurance (Nigeria) Plc, which recorded respective gains of 2.1 per cent and 3.6 per cent.

The NSE consumer goods index marginally rose by 0.2 per cent following positive sentiment towards Nestle Nigeria and Nigerian Breweries.

On the other hand, the NSE oil/gas index fell by one per cent on the back of losses in Oando Plc, which plummeted by five per cent, while the NSE banking index dropped by 0.6 per cent, dragged by declines in Zenith Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, which shed 2.4 per cent and 0.2 per cent, respectively.

At the top of gainers’ chart were Okomu Oil Palm Plc, C & I Leasing Plc and Airline Services and Logistics Plc , which appreciated by 5.7 per cent, 4.4 per cent and four per cent, accordingly.

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc, Conoil Plc and Unilever Nigeria Plc topped the losers’ chart, shedding 8.4 per cent, five per cent and five per cent, respectively.

“In line with our expectation, the day’s market performance was largely driven by bargain hunting in market bellwethers. Hence, we expect the market to trade in similar trend on Friday,” the analysts noted.

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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FCMB Reports 16.4 Percent Increase in Profit After Tax in Q3 2020

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FCMB Group Plc, one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria, reported a 16.4 percent increase in profit after tax for the third quarter of the year.

In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the lender’s profit before tax grew by 10.2 percent year-on-year to N4.8 billion while profit after tax increased by 16.4 percent to N4.2 billion.

FCBMB Group Plc expanded gross earnings by 4.8 percent to N48.3 billion during the period under review. Similarly, the bank’s net interest income rose by 30.03 percent year-on-year to N22.7 billion.

The strong performance continued across the board as net fee and commission income increased by 0.29 percent to N5.2 billion. Net trading income rose by 39.4 percent year-on-year to N1.82 billion.

Personnel expenses dropped by 7.9 percent to N6.9 billion during the quarter while general and administrative expenses declined by 7.52 percent year-on-year to N7.6 billion. Largely due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Loans and advances to customers rose by 10.8 percent to N793.14 billion between December 2019 and September 2020. Total desposits from customers during the same period grew by 26.7 percent to N1.2 trillion.

The bank’s total assets increased by 22.12 percent to N2.04 trillion.

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Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).

In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.

“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.

“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”

 

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World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria

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The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.

The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.

She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.

In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.

Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.

Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.

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