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Stock Market Gained N130bn as Dangote, Zenith, Others Closed Higher



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  • Stock Market Gained N130bn as Dangote, Zenith, Others Closed Higher

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed in the green on Wednesday as stocks of Dangote Cement, Zenith Bank, GTbank and others expanded during the trading hours.

The NSE-All Share Index gained 1.03 percent from 24,202.87 basis points recorded on Tuesday to settle at 24,452.23 basis points on Wednesday, while the market capitalisation of listed equities rose by N130 billion from N12.613 trillion to N12.743 trillion.

Activity level was positive as 436.838 million shares valued at N5.410 billion were traded in 5,190 deals.

This was after President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded the name of Mr. Lamido Yuguda to the Senate for approval as the new Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In terms of volume traded, Zenith Bank led with a total share of 75.074 million. This was followed by Access Bank’s 50.760 million shares. Guinness, UBA and Guaranty Trus Bank added 34.204 million, 31.469 million and 31.074 million, respectively.

Zenith Bank also led in terms of the value of shares exchanged as N1.217 billion worth of shares were traded on Wednesday. GTBank, Guinness and UBA followed with N740.916 million, N581.909 and N206.307 respectively.

Top Gainers

Dangote Cement led the chart with N2.5 gain to settle at N150 per share while Zenith Bank added N0.65 to close at N16.5 per share. This was followed by BUA Cement, Guaranty Trust Bank and Stanbic IBTC with N0.6, N0.55 and N0.35, respectively.

Top Losers

WAPCO, Access Bank, Unity Bank, Wema Bank and UNIONDAC declined by N0.3, N0.05, N0.02, N0.01 and N0.01, respectively.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


FCMB Reports 16.4 Percent Increase in Profit After Tax in Q3 2020




FCMB Group Plc, one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria, reported a 16.4 percent increase in profit after tax for the third quarter of the year.

In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the lender’s profit before tax grew by 10.2 percent year-on-year to N4.8 billion while profit after tax increased by 16.4 percent to N4.2 billion.

FCBMB Group Plc expanded gross earnings by 4.8 percent to N48.3 billion during the period under review. Similarly, the bank’s net interest income rose by 30.03 percent year-on-year to N22.7 billion.

The strong performance continued across the board as net fee and commission income increased by 0.29 percent to N5.2 billion. Net trading income rose by 39.4 percent year-on-year to N1.82 billion.

Personnel expenses dropped by 7.9 percent to N6.9 billion during the quarter while general and administrative expenses declined by 7.52 percent year-on-year to N7.6 billion. Largely due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Loans and advances to customers rose by 10.8 percent to N793.14 billion between December 2019 and September 2020. Total desposits from customers during the same period grew by 26.7 percent to N1.2 trillion.

The bank’s total assets increased by 22.12 percent to N2.04 trillion.

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Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary



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Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).

In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.

“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.

“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”


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World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria



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The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.

The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.

She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.

In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.

Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.

Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.

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