- Stock Market Ends Gaining Streak, Sheds N102bn
The nation’s stock market reversed its gaining streak on Monday on the back of weaker tech, industrial and oil and gas stocks.
Sell-offs in the stocks sent the equity benchmarks lower, with losses amounting to N102bn.
The market, which gained N723bn in five consecutive days, saw 14 per cent of the gains wiped off on Monday as the market capitalisation of equities listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange dropped to N11.460tn from N11.562tn on Friday.
The All Share Index declined by 0.88 per cent to settle at 30,732.72 basis points from the 31,005.17 bps recorded on Friday, while the year-to-date return settled at -2.2 per cent.
A total of 499.212 million shares valued at N5.531bn exchanged hands in 3,874 deals, while 13 firms gained against the 18 laggards.
Though E-Tranzact International Plc was the biggest loser on Monday, oil and gas stocks led by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc recorded the biggest drag on the Exchange with a 4.55 per cent decline.
Other oil and gas stocks that recorded declines were 11 Plc and Eterna Plc.
Bank stocks led by Unity Bank Plc recorded a 0.14 per cent decline.
While Unity Bank saw its share price drop by 4.40 per cent, three other bank stocks ― Wema Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc ― each recorded respective declines of 1.61 per cent, 0.95 per cent and 0.78 per cent.
On the flip side, insurance and industrial stocks recorded gains.
The industrial sector gained 0.97 per cent but witnessed sell-offs in its major stocks ― Dangote Cement Plc and Lafarge Africa Plc.
Lafarge’s share price dropped by 3.13 per cent, while Dangote’s share price fell by 2.51 per cent.
Despite losses in Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc and Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, the insurance index gained 1.51 per cent.
The consumer goods index saw no changes at the end of trading on the floor of the Exchange on Monday.
After the stock market witnessed gains last week, analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Plc said with the conclusion of Nigeria’s elections in February as well as stable oil prices expected during the year, a return of foreign investment to the market was anticipated.
The Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr Oscar Onyema, while briefing stakeholders on the performance of the market in 2018 and his expectations for 2019, said he anticipated volatility in the first half of the year and stability post-elections.
He also highlighted that the swift approval of the 2019 budget would be essential for companies’ earnings and consumer spending, adding that he was expecting an uptick in market activity during the second half of 2019.
Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said, “We expect Monday’s performance to persist into Tuesday’s trading session, as we maintain our near-term bearish outlook for the domestic equities.”
Ecobank Partners NiDCOM to Mobilise Nigerians Abroad for National Development
In a bid to fulfill it’s objectives and mandate, the Pan African Bank has promised to support Nigerians living and working abroad through it’s partnership with NiDCOM.
The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has stated that the bank is privileged to work closely with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM) and will continue to pursue one of its key mandates of helping to enhance the economic development and integration of Africa through its support to Nigerians living and working abroad.
Speaking at the maiden edition of the Diaspora Quarterly Lecture Series with Ecobank as the sole banking partner which took place on Saturday, 8th May 2021, he noted that Ecobank remains a critical bridge for Nigerians abroad, as it has made huge investments in the necessary platforms to enable them connect with home seamlessly. The event held online and had over 2000 participants from across all the continents in attendance.
“Nigerians in the diaspora play a major role in nation building, their contribution goes a long way to catalyse economic development. For us at Ecobank, we are a pan-African institution positioned to foster the economic growth and integration of our continent, so we are particularly pleased to work closely with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), ably led by the Chairman/CEO, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa”.
“We are committed to ensuring that every Nigerian living abroad is able to remit home seamlessly and affordably, access viable investment opportunities and as the financial institution of choice for Nigerians abroad, we have deployed the necessary resources to actualise this.” He stated.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who was also present, reiterated the readiness of the government to collaborate with Nigerians in the diaspora, highlighting the new processes put in place to facilitate passport issuance, noting that all backlog of passport applications would be cleared by the end of May 2021.
Also speaking, the Hon. Minister of State, Foreign Affairs Amb. Zubairu Dada said harnessing the human capital and material resources of Nigerians in the diaspora towards the socio-economic, cultural, and political development of Nigeria can no longer be ignored. He pointed out that the Nigerian diaspora community is well educated, resourceful, skilled, and exposed to global best practices.
The NiDCOM Chairman/CEO, Hon. Abike Dabiri- Erewa explained that the Diaspora Quarterly Lecture Series is projected to be a major aspect of national discourse, where Nigerians abroad can be kept abreast of the government’s policies, programmes and projects.
Increase in Price Boosts Revenue of Dangote Sugar by 41.5 Percent in Q1 2021
Revenue of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc rose by 41.5 percent to N67.394 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021 from N47.643 billion recorded in the same quarter of 2020.
According to the leading sugar manufacturer, the increase in revenue was a result of the increase in the price of sugar in the first quarter. The company claimed price adjustment was necessary to mitigate the negative effect of inflation and depreciation on the company.
Volumes only rose by 5.7 percent during the quarter despite a 41.5 percent increase in revenue, meaning the increase in price was the main sales catalyst.
In the company’s unaudited financial statements, gross profit grew from N12.721 billion in Q1 2020 to N18.044 billion in Q1 2021.
Similarly, operating profit stood at N15.884 billion, up from N10.747 billion posted in Q1 2020.
Finance cost more than double from N1.353 billion in Q1 2020 to N3.412 billion in Q1 2021.
Dangote Sugar’s profit before tax rose from N9.509 billion recorded in the corresponding quarter to N11.949 billion in the quarter under review.
The company paid N3.646 billion in income tax, slightly higher than N3.137 paid in the same quarter of 2020.
Profit for the period grew from N6.372 billion in Q1 2020 to N8.302 billion in Q1 2021.
Commenting on the company’s performance, Dangote Sugar said “EBITDA increased by 34.7% to N17.02 billion (2020: N12.64 billion) on account of increased earnings. Group profit after taxation for the period increased by 30.3% to N8.30 billion (2020: N6.37 billion) reflecting management’s unrelenting drive to deliver consistent shareholder value.”
On price increase, the company hinged it on series of devaluation carried out in 2020 by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), escalating inflation, port congestion and rising in price of global sugar. Dangote Sugar said its imported raw sugar from Brazil under Federal Government’s backward integration plan.
“We have continued to witness high cost of raw materials, energy costs and other input costs due to rising inflation and FX rate fluctuation. Further cost escalation is anticipated in the year as inflationary pressure mounts,” the company said.
FBN Holdings Suffers 39 Percent Drop in Profit to N15.6 Billion in Q1 2021
FBN Holdings Plc profit after tax declined by 39 percent from N23.140 billion recorded in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020 to N15.6 billion in the first quarter of 2021.
In the leading financial institution’s unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Exchange Limited, gross earnings declined by 14.5 percent to N137 billion in the period under review, down from N160 billion filed in the previous quarter.
Similarly, net interest income declined from N60.253 billion achieved in Q1 2020 to N52.793 billion.
Net interest income after impairment charge for losses also dipped from N50.547 billion in Q1 2020 to N39.619 billion in Q1 20201. While net fee and commission income rose from N20.773 billion in Q1 2020 to N28.427 billion in Q1 2021.
Profit before tax declined by 34 percent to N18.906 billion in the quarter under review, down from N28.680 billion posted in the corresponding quarter of 2020.
FBN Holdings paid N3.285 billion in income tax in the first quarter of 2020.
Therefore, profit for the period stood at N15.621 billion. While Net Assets contracted from N765.2 billion to N764.8 billion.
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