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Stock Market Closes Week With N222bn Gain

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  • Stock Market Closes Week With N222bn Gain

Investors in the country’s stock market gained N222bn as the market recorded gains on three of four trading sessions during the week.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange closed for the week on Thursday due to the public holiday declared by the Federal Government for Easter celebrations.

The stock market opened the week with a N24bn loss as the market capitalisation of equities listed on the NSE dropped from N11.103tn on Friday to N11.079tn on Monday.

Subsequently, the market recorded gains on the remaining trading days of the week, advancing by N94bn on Tuesday, N84bn on Wednesday and N43bn on Thursday.

Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said the week’s positive close and sentiment could be attributed to the positive first-quarter results that started to filter in.

They said investors would continue to take position in attractive stocks ahead of earnings expectations.

On Thursday, the All Share Index advanced by 0.39 per cent to settle at 30,086.91 basis points ahead of the Easter holidays.

Dangote Cement Plc, Access Bank Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc were the major movers of the session.

A total of 226.980 million shares worth N1.739bn exchanged hands in 3,400 deals, which showed a mix in activity level as volume traded advanced by 5.1 per cent while value traded dipped by 46.1 per cent.

The top traded stocks by volume were Access Bank (58.4 million units), Zenith Bank Plc (27.4 million units), UBA (16 million units), Chams Plc (13.8 million units) and United Capital Plc (13 million units).

The top traded stocks by value were Zenith Bank (N574.6m), Access Bank (N403.4m), UBA (N104.7m), Nigerian Breweries Plc (N78.7m) and C & I Leasing Plc (N78.5m).

The sector performance was largely positive as all indices except the oil and gas index recorded gains.

The oil and gas index declined by 0.5 per cent as a result of major losses recorded in Oando Plc and 11 Plc.

On the flipside, the insurance index led gainers, up by 1.6 per cent due to price appreciation in AXA Mansard Insurance Plc and AIICO Insurance Plc.

Similarly, the banking index advanced by 0.8 per cent on the back of sustained buying interest in Access Bank and UBA.

The consumer goods index gained 0.3 per cent while the industrial goods index gained 0.26 per cent buoyed by gains in Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc and Dangote Cement.

Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth (advance/decline ratio) strengthened to 2.0x from 0.9x recorded on Wednesday as 26 stocks gained against 13 losers.

Leading the gainers chart were Royal Exchange Plc, Livestock Feeds Plc, Chams, First Aluminium Nigeria Plc and AXA Mansard, which gained 10 per cent, 9.09 per cent, 9.09 per cent, 7.89 per cent and 5.26 per cent, respectively.

The top five losers were C & I Leasing, United Capital, Berger Paints Plc, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, which saw their respective share prices shed 9.89 per cent, 9.82 per cent, 9.19 per cent, 9.09 per cent and 9.09 per cent.

Analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Limited said following the release of impressive corporate scorecards (notably from the banking space) during the week, it was expected that trading would tilt towards positive territory at beginning of next week.

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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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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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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