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Nigerian Stock Investors Gained N695 Billion Last Week

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  • Nigerian Stock Investors Gained N695 Billion Last Week

Improved market sentiment boosted the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week as investors gained N695 billion.

The market capitalisation of listed equities rose by N695 billion from N12.441 trillion recorded in the previous week to N13.136 trillion last week.

NSE All-Share Index gained 1333.42 basis points or 5.59 percent from 23,871.33 bps it closed in the previous week to 25,204.75 bps.

Activity level was positive as 1.718 billion shares valued at N18.849 billion were exchanged in 26,367 transactions, higher than the 926.418 million shares worth N9.768 billion that were traded in 20,910 deals a week ago.

A break down of the week activity shows that 331,001,743 units of shares valued at N2,929,331,578 were traded in 5,544 deals on Monday. On Tuesday, a total turnover of 339,756,744 shares worth N3,921,291,339 were exchanged in 4,784 transactions. A turnover of 436,838,465 unit shares valued at N5,410,767,242 were traded in 5,195 deals on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday 350,765,865 and 259,575,556 units valued at N3,706,029,098 and N2,881,109,187 were traded in 5,239 and 5,605 transactions respectively.

In terms of volume traded, the financial service sector led the activity chart with 1.273 billion shares worth N11.362 billion exchanged in 13,808 transactions during the week. The sector accounted for 74.08 percent and 60.28 percent of the total turnover and value recorded in the week respectively.

The industrial goods followed with a turnover of 102.377 million shares valued at N3.194 billion in 2,956 deals. The healthcare sector came third with 99.620 million shares worth N493.348 million in 1,194 deals.

Zenith Bank led the most traded equities along said Access Bank and FBN Holdings as the three accounted for a combined 673.104 million shares worth N6.803 billion in 5,927 deals. The three equities accounted for 39.18 percent of volume traded and 36.09 percent of value exchanged last 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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FCMB Reports 16.4 Percent Increase in Profit After Tax in Q3 2020

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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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