- Bank Shares Push Stock Market Lower
Bank shares dragged the nation’s stock market into its fourth consecutive day of losses as investors lost N20bn on Thursday.
The banking sector was the highest loser, recording a decline of 0.55 per cent as the market capitalisation of equities listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange dropped from N10.880tn on Wednesday to N10.860tn on Thursday.
Four banks ― NPF Microfinance Bank Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and Wema Bank Plc ― were responsible for the decline in the banking sector performance.
The consumer goods index lost a marginal 0.03 per cent due to major losses recorded in Nigerian Breweries Plc and Honeywell Flour Mills Plc.
On the flip side, the market declined by 0.24 per cent as the All Share Index dropped to 28,896.25 basis points, despite gains recorded in the insurance and oil and gas sectors.
The insurance sector was the major gainer, up by 1.09 per cent on the back of major gains recorded in AXA Mansard Insurance Plc and Regency Alliance Insurance Plc.
The oil and gas index gained 0.52 per cent while the industrial goods index closed flat, dragging the year-to-date loss to -8.1 per cent.
A total of 215.204 million shares valued at N2.051bn exchanged hands in 5,646 deals, representing a 33.8 per cent and 36.7 per cent decline in volume and value traded, respectively.
The top traded stocks by volume were Access Bank Plc (40.7 million units), Zenith Bank Plc (28.6 million units) and Sterling Bank Plc (23.8 million units) while the top traded stocks by value were Zenith Bank (N576.5m), Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (N414.7m) and Access Bank (N283.5m).
Investor sentiment stood at 0.4x, compared to the 1.0x recorded on Wednesday.
Eight gainers, led by Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc, which saw a gain of 10 per cent in its share price, were outnumbered by 19 losers led by Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc, whose share price declined by 10 per cent.
Other gainers were AXA Mansard, First City Monument Bank Plc, Regency Alliance, Africa Prudential Plc, May & Baker Nigeria Plc, Dangote Flour Mills Plc and Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, which saw respective gains of 5.41 per cent, five per cent, four per cent, 3.15 per cent, 2.20 per cent, 1.19 per cent and 0.46 per cent.
Following Japaul Oil, Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc, Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Plc, Chams Plc and A.G Leventis Nigeria Plc led the losers, with losses of 9.96 per cent, 9.84 per cent, 8.33 per cent and 7.69 per cent, respectively.
Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said in their view, the current bearish performance was expected to extend into the last trading day of the week as reflected by the weak investor sentiment.
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.
MTN Nigeria Generates N1.35 Trillion in Revenue in 2020
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.
Nestle Nigeria Approves Final Dividend of N35.50k per 50 Kobo Ordinary Share for 2020
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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