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Total Nigeria Predicts Profit After Tax of N1.5 Billion for Q1 2021

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Total Nigeria Plc on Wednesday released its earning forecast for the first quarter of 2021.

In the forecast statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income for the quarter ending March 2021, Total Nigeria projected N115.975 billion revenue for the first quarter of 2021.

Cost of sales was estimated at N103.572 billion with gross profit predicted at N12.403 billion.

Other income, selling and distribution costs and administrative expenses were projected at N811,783 million, N2.6 billion and N7.917 billion, respectively.

Total estimated that operating profit will be N2.697 billion with N471.011 million net finance costs.

The oil giant estimated profit before tax at N2.226 billion, up from the N912.89 million posted in the third quarter of 2020.

Also, it predicted profit before tax at N1.5 billion, over 200 percent more than the N500.12 million recorded in the third quarter of 2020.

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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Nigerian Stock Exchange Sheds N39 Billion on Monday

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Nigerian Stock Exchange Sheds N39 Billion on Monday

The Nigerian Stock Exchange opened the week in the red despite strong optimism.

Investors traded 738.525 million shares valued at N4.173 billion in 7,396 deals during the trading hours of Monday.

While market capitalisation of listed equities declined by 0.23 percent or N39 billion from N21.53 trillion recorded on Friday to settle at N21.491 trillion on Monday.

The NSE All-Share Index dipped by 93.76 index points from 41,176.14 it closed on Friday to 41,082.38 index points on Monday.

Japaul Gold led the most traded stocks with 92,361,027 shares worth N145,792,642.99 as investors continued to jump the company ahead of its mine deal with H&H Mines Limited. See the details below.

Top Trades in the Nigerian Stock Exchange

Symbols Volume Value
JAPAULGOLD 92,361,027 N145,792,642.99
UNIVINSURE 51,788,957 N10,406,751.46
TRANSCORP 43,145,307 N46,165,478.49
FBNH 39,767,470 N298,246,718.35
MANSARD 38,198,945 N63,881,964.03

Top Gainers in The Nigerian Stock Exchange

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
BOCGAS N12.52 N13.77 1.25 9.98%
CADBURY N9.5 N10.45 0.95 10.00%
GUARANTY N33.05 N33.65 0.6 1.82%
LIVESTOCK N2.11 N2.32 0.21 9.95%
WAPCO N23.8 N24 0.2 0.84%

Top Losers in the Nigerian Stock Exchange

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
DANGCEM N237 N234.6 -2.4 -1.01%
FLOURMILL N32.8 N31 -1.8 -5.49%
GUINNESS N19 N18.5 -0.5 -2.63%
FBNH N7.6 N7.3 -0.3 -3.95%
NASCON N17.55 N17.25 -0.3 -1.71%

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Investors Continue to Jump on Japaul Shares Ahead of Gold Mine Deal

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Investors Continue to Jump on Japaul Shares Ahead of Gold Mine Deal

Stock investors traded 92,361,027 shares of Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc valued at N145,792,642.99 on Monday as sentiment jumped through the roof following a strong bullish run last week.

Japaul closed with a 56.70 percent gain last week to close at N1.52 per share. The biggest gain for the week.

On Monday, investors continue buying everything Japaul ahead of the H&H Mines deal. However, the company sheds 6.58 percent to close at N1.42 per share.

Read about the deal here Japaul to Invest in Chinese Firm H&H to Deepen Mining and Exploration Business

Despite the uncertainty attached to the deal, investors are predicting about N5 for Japaul in 2021 and largely attracted to the stock because of its low price.

Also, Read Japaul Gold and Ventures Extends Gains by 56.70 Percent Last Week Despite Uncertain Mining Deal

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Japaul Gold and Ventures Extends Gains by 56.70 Percent Last Week Despite Uncertain Mining Deal

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Japaul Gold and Ventures Extends Gains by 56.70 Percent Last Week Despite Uncertain Mining Deal

Investors don’t seem to be slowing down on Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc after the company announced it was investing in H&H Mines Limited in November 2020 and even changed its name from Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc to Japaul Gold & Ventures Plc.

The price of the company’s share gained 55 kobo or 56.70 percent from 97 kobo in the previous week to N1.52 per share last week. The largest gain per single stock on the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week.

Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc followed with 50 percent gain or 14 kobo from 28 kobo per share to 42 kobo per share.

Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc Uncertainties and Risks

Despite a series of complications highlighted by Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc concerning the deal in November, investors seem to be blinded to the level of uncertainties attached to a deal that depends on the success of proposed fundraising to be closed.

The company had announced that it has gotten approval to invest or acquire shares in H&H Mines Limited after its fundraising exercise. Meaning, a failure or suspension of fundraising due to COVID-19 second phase could derail or delay Japaul’s plans to acquire or invest in the company.

Another shocking statement made by Japaul was that the last lap of exploration works will allow the company to know the degree of minerals reserve contained in the mine, meaning it does not know precisely before seeking approval from H&H Mines Limited.

Also, Japaul is not certain it would be carried along, according to an excerpt from the company’s December statement.

“Since Japaul will eventually be part of H&H Mines Limited, it was necessary that Japaul is carried along on the kind of Contract of Drilling to be entered into, and that was why the signing of the Drilling Contract between the Chinese Company and H&H Mines Limited was concluded at Japaul’s Head Office,” the company stated.

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