- Market Opens Lower, UBA, Learn Africa Lead Losers
The Nigerian equities market opened the week on a bearish note as United Bank of Africa Plc, Learn Africa Plc and C & I Leasing Plc emerged as the top three losers.
The NSE market capitalisation dropped to N13.552tn on Monday from N13.672tn recorded on Friday as 350.595 million shares worth N4.915bn exchanged hands in 4,884 deals.
UBA, Learn Africa and C&I Leasing shares depreciated respectively by five per cent, five per cent and 4.9 per cent, respectively.
The All-Share Index fell 88 basis points to 38,913.99 points while the year-to-date return retreated to 44.8 per cent. Consequently, investors lost N119.6bn in value as market capitalisation closed at N13.552tn.
The market performance could be primarily attributed to profit taking in bellwether industrial goods and banking stocks – Dangote Cement Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and UBA, which slumped respectively by 1.7 per cent, 3.3 per cent and five per cent.
Commenting on the market performance, analysts at Afrinvest Securities said, “In line with our expectation, market performance was negative as investors booked profit in large-cap stocks which rallied the previous week. Nonetheless, we maintain a positive outlook in the near term as fund managers return to strategic weightings during year-end rebalancing cycle.”
The banking index led the laggards, down by two per cent on the back of losses in Zenith Bank, UBA and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. The industrial goods index followed, depreciating by 1.4 per cent, primarily on the back of profit taking in Dangote Cement Plc and Lafarge Africa Plc, which dropped by 1.7 per cent and 1.2 per cent, accordingly.
Similarly, selling pressures on NEM Insurance Plc and Linkage Assurance Plc, which shed 3.9 per cent and 4.4 per cent, respectively, dragged the insurance index by 1.1 per cent lower.
However, the oil/gas and consumer goods indices gained 1.1 per cent and 0.7 per cent, respectively as Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, Total Nigeria Plc, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Flour Mills Nigeria Plc enjoyed buy interest and appreciated respectively by 9.5 per cent, 0.9 per cent, 3.5 per cent and 6.4 per cent.
A total of 13 stocks advanced against 28 stocks that declined, and the top-performing stocks were Mobil, Nascon Allied Industries Plc and Neimeth Pharmaceuticals International Plc, which gained 9.5 per cent, five per cent and 4.3 per cent, respectively.
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank has implemented the CBN scheme which offers N5 for every Dollar received into domiciliary accounts or as cash over the counter. Korede Demola-Adeniyi; Head, of Consumer Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, who announced this in Lagos stated that the decision is in line with the CBN directive and fully aligns with efforts to encourage the inflow of diaspora remittances into the country.
She noted that the “CBN Naira 4 dollar scheme” is an unprecedented incentive for senders and recipients of international money transfers.
Korede Demola-Adeniyi said that the scheme takes effect from 8th March and will run till 8th May 2021. “Ecobank will pay N5 on every Dollar so beneficiaries will not only get the foreign currency sent from their family and friends abroad, but they will also get extra Naira”, she stated.
Only recently, Ecobank had a first-of-its-kind virtual Diaspora Summit to discuss opportunities for Nigerians living abroad and the various platforms available to assist them with their investment decisions and remittance needs. The event had major players in the remittance space, diaspora audience, government officials and notable stakeholders in attendance.
Further, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has disclosed that apart from consistent engagement with Nigerians in the diaspora, Ecobank is leveraging its digital technology to make remittances to Nigeria and Africa easy, convenient and affordable.
Mr. Akinwuntan stated that growing evidence has shown a positive relationship between diaspora remittances and economic growth.
“Ecobank will continue to pursue its mandate of helping to enhance the economic development and integration of Africa, through the 33 countries where the bank operates on the continent. Ecobank’s Rapidtransfer and mobile app (Ecobank Mobile) enable Africans, wherever they are, to easily and instantly send money to bank accounts, mobile wallets and agent locations across 33 African countries”, he stated.
Ecobank Nigeria, a member of the Pan African Banking Group is committed to supporting Africans in the diaspora by providing advisory services, remittance solutions, investment options and financial planning schemes. The bank also offers mortgages, treasury bills, capital market instruments, among others.
Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc
The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Mr. Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an Executive Director of the Group.
His retirement was approved at a meeting of the Board of the Group on February 26, 2021. This has also been announced in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the financial institution.
The Chairman of FCMB Group Plc’s Board of Directors, Mr Oladipupo Jadesimi, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his valuable service and excellent support to the Board for many years.
FCMB Group Plc is a holding company divided along three business Groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); as well as Asset & Wealth Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).
The Group and its subsidiaries are leaders in their respective segments with strong fundamentals.
For more information about FCMB Group Plc, please visit www.fcmbgroup.com.
COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year
Central Bank Extends One-Year Moratorium by 12 Months
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the repayment of its discounted interest rate on intervention facility by another one-year following the expiration of the first 12 months moratorium approved on March 1, 2020.
The apex bank stated in a circular titled ‘Re: Regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of credit facilities of other financial institutions impacted by COVID-19’ and released on Wednesday to all financial institutions.
In the circular signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, the apex bank said the role-over of the moratorium on the facilities would be considered on a case by case basis.
The circular read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from nine per cent to five per cent per annum for one year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.
“Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.
“Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:
“The extension by another 12 months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities.
“The role-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.”
It would be recalled that the apex bank reduced the interest rate on its intervention facility from nine percent to five percent and approved a 12-month moratorium in March 2020 to ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
To further deepen economic recovery and stimulate growth, the apex bank has extended the one year-moratorium until February 28, 2022.
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