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Joe Biden Bolstered Stock Prices in Asia-Pacific on Monday

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Joe Biden Presidency Continues to  Aid Prices in Asia-Pacific on Monday

Stocks responded positively to Joe Biden wins in Asia-Pacific on Monday as investors in the region jumped on financial assets in anticipation of a better approach to the China-US trade deal and global economy.

Japanese Nikkei 225 rose 2.5 percent while the Topix index expanded by 1.54 percent. South Korea’s Kospi added 1.44 percent.

Mainland Chinese stocks joined the race with the Shanghai composite gaining 1.9 percent while the Shenzhen component appreciated by 2.43 percent.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose by 1.62 percent.

Stocks in Australia were also higher as S&P/ASX 200 expanded by 1.61 percent. The gauge of the index in the region, the MSCI index of Asia-Pacific that excludes Japan expanded by 1.43 percent.

Similarly, crude oil prices rebounded from a 4 percent decline recorded on Friday to gain over 2 percent on Monday.

Chinese yuan strengthened to 6.5789 to a US dollar after declining to over 6.65 per dollar last week.

Japanese yen also gained, rose from 104.3 against the US dollar to 103.38 per dollar.

Investors are projecting that a Joe Biden presidency would restore calmness to the world and else rising global uncertainties amid COVID-19.

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Stock Market Extends Decline as Selloff Continues Following Interest Rate Hike

investors exchanged 119.8 million shares worth N2.689 billion in 3,552 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday, against 182.3 million shares worth N4.82 billion that were transacted in 3,470 deals on Tuesday.

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) sheds another N32 billion on Wednesday after posting a N25 billion decline on Tuesday immediately after the Central Bank of Nigeria-led monetary policy committee hiked interest rate by 100 basis points from 16.5% to 17.5%.

Activity level dipped as investors exchanged 119.8 million shares worth N2.689 billion in 3,552 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday, against 182.3 million shares worth N4.82 billion that were transacted in 3,470 deals on Tuesday.

Sectorial analysis shows the banking sector lost 34 basis points (bps) on a 2.41% decline in the value of UBA and a 0.55% dip in Accessco. Wema bank and Fidelity bank posted 1.52% and 0.60% gains, respectively.

The consumer goods sector appreciated by 34bps as the value of Unilever Nigeria jumped 7% following healthy financial results that show the company grew profit after tax by 110% to almost N1 billion in 2022. Intbrew recorded 5.38% while Honey Flour and Cadbury lost 5.15% and 2.07%, respectively.

The oil and gas sector closed flat, the same as the industrial sector.

The NGX All-Share Index depreciated by 0.02% from 52,612.55 index points closed on Tuesday to settle at 52,599.65 index points.

The market value of listed equities stood at N28.649 trillion, a N32 billion decline from N28.681 trillion it closed on Tuesday. The year-to-date return moderated to 2.63%. See top gainers and losers below.

Top Fiver Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
RTBRISCOE N 0.30 N 0.33 0.03 10.00 %
TRIPPLEG N 0.80 N 0.88 0.08 10.00 %
CHELLARAM N 1.50 N 1.65 0.15 10.00 %
OKOMUOIL N 165.00 N 181.10 16.10 9.76 %
CAVERTON N 0.95 N 1.03 0.08 8.42 %

Top Five Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
THOMASWY N 1.45 N 1.31 -0.14 -9.66 %
CORNERST N 0.58 N 0.54 -0.04 -6.90 %
GEREGU N 142.40 N 134.00 -8.40 -5.90 %
HONYFLOUR N 2.33 N 2.21 -0.12 -5.15 %
CWG N 0.94 N 0.90 -0.04 -4.26 %

Top Five Trades

Symbols Volume Value
MBENEFIT 11258018.00 3865258.67
TRANSCORP 8751948.00 10605868.57
GEREGU 8536440.00 1143976583.90
FBNH 7690248.00 89815522.50
GTCO 6712639.00 161997631.90

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Unilever Nigeria Grows Profit by 310% in Q4, 2022 as Cost of Sales Moderated Significantly

Revenue grew by 14.88% to N23.952 billion from N20.850 billion recorded in Q4 2021

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Unilever Nigeria, a leading nutrition, hygiene and personal care company, reported stronger-than-expected fourth quarter (Q4) financial results for 2022 as the company made a series of adjustments to key areas.

Revenue grew by 14.88% to N23.952 billion from N20.850 billion recorded in Q4 2021. Cost of sales moderated by 30.51% to N9.652 billion, down from N13.890 billion spent on sales in Q4 2021.

Similarly, gross profit increased by 105.47% from N6.959 billion reported in Q4 2021 to N14.301 billion in the quarter under review.

Impairment loss on trade and intercompany receivables also declined to N3.596 million, a 97.69% decrease when compared to N156.264 million achieved in Q4 2021.

The company disclosed this in its unaudited financial statement released on Tuesday and obtained by Investors King.

Operating profit stood at N8.034 billion in the quarter, up from N2.319 billion posted in the same quarter of 2021.

Profit after tax for the quarter grew by 310% from N1.546 billion to N6.341 billion.

However, a critical analysis of the entire 2022 financial statement shows that despite the strong Q4 result, weak Q1, Q2 and not-so-good Q3 dragged on the company’s overall performance in the year.

Cost of sales rose by 14.12% to N57.238 billion from N50.162 billion in 2021, against the decline recorded in the fourth quarter.

Marketing and administrative expenses grew to N18.282 billion, an increase of 20.90% from N15.121 billion in 2021.

Profit after tax increased by 75.77% to N5.993 billion from N3.409 billion.

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FCMB to Issue N30 Billion Series I Additional Tier 1 Bond

FCMB Group to borrow N30 billion from the debt market

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FCMB Group Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading tier II financial institutions, has perfected plans to raise N30 billion from the debt market via bond issuance.

The group disclosed this in a statement signed by Funmi Adedibu, Company Secretary on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, and obtained by Investors King.

The N30 billion series I bond is an additional bond under the bank’s N300 billion debt issuance programme. The announcement was done after the group completed the registration of its N300 billion debt issuance programme with the Securities and Exchange Commission and received approval.

Debt issuance is a method used to raise funds by both the government and public companies through the sale of bonds to external investors. 

In part, the statement reads, “the Issuance represents the first non-sharia local currency AT1 instrument to be issued in Nigeria and has received CBN’s no-objection.”

“FCMB Group will commence the book build in respect of the Series I Bond on January 24, 2023.”

First City Monument Bank (FCMB), a member of FCMB Group Plc, is a financial services holding company headquartered in Lagos. FCMB Group Plc has nine subsidiaries divided among three business groups: commercial and retail banking, investment banking, and asset and wealth management.

 

 

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