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Dangote Cement Leads Stock Gainers Following Share Buyback Announcement

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Dangote Cement, Eternal Plc, Led Gainers on Tuesday

Dangote Cement led gainers with a N14.6 increase to settle at N245 per share following plans to buy back 1.704 billion shares.

The company’s market value rose by 6.34 percent on Tuesday to N4.175 trillion immediately the details of the first tranche of the buyback plans became public.

Investors traded 442.221 million shares valued at N10.288 billion in 4,948 deals during the trading hours of Tuesday.

Also, read Dangote Cement to Buy Back 1.704 Billion Shares

Market value of listed equities closed at N19.805 trillion on Tuesday, while the NSE All-Share Index gained 1.20 percent to 37,893.6 index points.

The year to date return extended further to 40.7 percent on Tuesday, the highest globally going by Bloomberg tracked 93 indexes.

Nigerian investors jumped on Dangote Cement after the leading cement manufacturer announced it would be buying back a total of 1.704 billion shares in tranches starting from December 30, 2020.

Also, the announcement that a new investor is coming onboard of Eterna Plc following an agreement reached between current substantial shareholders and the intending new investor boosted the price of Eterna Plc by 10 percent or 41 kobo to N4.51 per share as investors interpreted the news as new capital inflow given the rebound in crude oil and reopening of the nation’s land borders. See the details of Tuesday’s transactions below.

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
ZENITHBANK 59,024,334 N1,445,449,067.15
MANSARD 39,268,569 N40,120,959.34
GUARANTY 38,218,079 N1,261,227,603.65
JAPAULGOLD 33,050,313 N13,009,882.79
FBNH 29,929,599 N209,453,565.45

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
DANGCEM N230.4 N245 14.6 6.34%
ETERNA N4.1 N4.51 0.41 10.00%
CADBURY N8.65 N9 0.35 4.05%
ZENITHBANK N24.3 N24.5 0.2 0.82%
UBA N8.2 N8.4 0.2 2.44%

Top Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
CAP N20 N19.05 -0.95 -4.75%
GUARANTY N33.5 N33 -0.5 -1.49%
WAPCO N22.5 N22 -0.5 -2.22%
REDSTAREX N3.43 N3.1 -0.33 -9.62%
VITAFOAM N7.25 N7 -0.25 -3.45%

Also, read Substantial Shareholders Plan to Divest from Eterna Plc

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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Emmanuel Nnorom and Family Members Aggressively Mop Up United Capital Shares

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Emmanuel Nnorom and Family Members Aggressively Mop Up United Capital Shares

Top executives and relatives of United Capital Plc are scooping up the company’s shares aggressively, according to the last eight filings with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Peter Ashade/Artol Investment Company Limited, a related company, bought 1,054,295 units at N 5.29 per share on January 19, 2021. While Shedrack Onakpoma, the Group Chief Finance Officer, added 230,000 units to his existing stake at N 5.35 per share on the same day.

On January 22, 2021, Peter Oladele Ashade/ Artol Investment Company Limited, concluded another purchase of 1,330,613 units at N5.40 per share.

Florence Ihuoma Nnorom, the spouse of the director, Emmanuel Nnorom, bought 250,000 units at N4.52 per share on December 23, 2020.

Also, Miracle Chukwuemeka Nnorom, the son of Director, Emmanuel Nnorom, acquired 32,000 units at N5.42 per share on January 25, 2021.

Emmanuel Nnorom/Vine Foods Limited 2, director and a related company, purchased 1,000,000 units at N5.39 per share on January 25, 2021.

On January 26, 2021, Emmanuel Nnorom/Vine Foods Limited 2 added 500,000 at N5.53 per share to existing stake in the company. On the same day, Adeyemi Damilare Okunubi, operations officer, mopped 70 units at N5.45 per share.

 

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Vitafoam Expands Net Asset per share by 54.3 Percent in 2020

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Vitafoam Expands Net Asset per share by 54.3 Percent in 2020

Despite COVID-19 and challenging business environment, Vitafoam Nigeria Plc grew net asset per share by 54.3 percent from N4.70 achieved in 2019 to N7.25 in 2020.

The company attributed the strong performance to improved innovation and expansion.

Vitafoam reported a 5.2 percent surge in total sales during the period, 8.1 percent decline in cost of sales and 11.4 percent reduction in finance.

Profit After Tax increased by 72 percent to N4.11 billion from N2.39 billion while basic earnings per share increased to N3.05 from N1.82.

Speaking on the company’s performance, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, said: “Innovation is the drive. As a matter of corporate policy, we do continuous improvement on our products.

“We sell high margin products. We are highly connected with our customers. We know their different needs and as such our products always gain acceptance in the market. Our foams and other products meet specific needs.

“Last year, we launched Buy Rights when our research revealed that different weights require different types of foams. We do not just sell to customers, we offer health counselling to advise on the specific foam for individual customers. This has greatly endeared us to our customers.

“Our investment in the subsidiaries as a growth strategy is beginning to pay off. All of them have turned profitable. We are not insulated from the tough operating environment as all the indices that should drive growth in the manufacturing sector are weak.”

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Fixed Income N5 Trillion Maturing Security to Sustain Nigerian Stock Exchange

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Fixed Income N5 Trillion Maturing Security to Sustain Nigerian Stock Exchange

Experts have said the N5 trillion from maturing securities in the fixed income market would sustain the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) momentum in the near-term.

The experts also added that the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s led Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to maintain the current policy rate would help maintain balance in the market, even with last week’s bearish trend.

Analysts at Atlass Portfolio, who commented in the company’s 2021 economic outlook, said most of the funds from the maturing securities would be invested in the nation’s equities but called for caution as any uptick in yields in fixed income could cut the rally short.

They said: “We expect the rally to continue in the short term, with over N5 trillion in fixed income expected to mature in 2021; some of which will be divested into the equities market.

“Also, with the re-opening of the economy and many businesses returning to full operation in 2021, the potential of listed companies recording profit will improve. Many of the top tier banks and large cap stocks posted good results in third quarter 2020. This shows that they were able to manage the impact of the pandemic well.

“However, we note that the current rally in the market is not backed by strong fundamentals and any possible increase in yields of fixed income instruments could pose a threat to the rally.”

The experts advised investors to pay attention to highly liquid stocks and stocks with good fundamentals and dividend paying history.

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