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Stock Market Drops Slightly as 13 Firms Lose

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index dropped by 0.02 per cent at the close of trading on Wednesday after 13 stocks closed in the red compared to 24 that appreciated.

Profit-taking in large-cap stocks ― International Breweries Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and United Bank for Africa ― was said to have caused the ASI to drop by two basis points to 32,375.12 bps.

The market capitalisation of listed equities fell to N11.819tn from N11.821tn on Tuesday.

A total of 190.353 million shares worth N1.773bn exchanged hands in 2,780 deals on Wednesday.

The equities market continued on its downward trend, after gaining N65bn on Tuesday.

The year-to-date loss settled at 15.3 per cent, with the NSE market value and the volume of transactions declining by 33.2 per cent and 29.6 per cent, respectively.

The highest gainers on Wednesday were Forte Oil Plc, Cement Company of North Nigeria Plc, Regency Assurance Plc, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc and Prestige Assurance Plc, which appreciated respectively by 10 per cent, 9.73 per cent, 9.09 per cent, 9.09 per cent and 8.77 per cent.

On the other hand, the losers’ chart was topped by AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, Capital Oil Plc, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc and International Breweries Plc, which declined by 9.65 per cent, eight per cent, 7.41 per cent, 6.25 per cent and 6.25 per cent, respectively.

The NSE sector indices showed that the performance across sectors remained bullish as three of five indices closed positive.

The oil and gas index emerged the highest gainer as bargain hunting in Forte Oil and Oando Plc pulled the index up by 1.1 per cent.

The banking and industrial goods indices gained 0.4 per cent each on the back of price appreciation in Union Bank Nigeria Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Cement Company of North Nigeria by 6.4 per cent, 0.9 per cent and 9.7 per cent, respectively.

On the flip side, the insurance index shed the most, declining by 1.3 per cent resulting from sell-offs in AXA Mansard and Cornerstone Insurance Plc, while the consumer goods index fell by 0.4 per cent as a result of sell pressures in International Breweries and PZ.

Commenting on the performance of the market, analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said, “We continue to observe improving sentiment in the market, which we opine results from investors positioning in fundamentally sound stocks. Despite the negative performance today, we expect the performance of the market to be uplifted by the close of the week on bargain-hunting activities.”

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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COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year

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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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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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