What a year to remember, despite COVID-19, extensive plunged in business activities, high unemployment rate and eventual economic recession, the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed 2020 with a 50.03 percent gain to lead global stock markets as the best performer of 2020.
In a year that started slow and was grounded by COVID-19 for most of the first three quarters, the Nigerian Stock Exchange gained 31.90 percent in the final quarter of 2020 alone and 14.92 percent in the month of December after both the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria deployed a series of measures to curtail the negative impact of COVID-19 on the economy.
The bourse opened the first two quarters of the year in red with several foreign investors pulling out following numerous negative projections by global experts that COVID-19 will ground business activities in Africa and likely plunged Nigeria’s economy the most given its overexposure to crude oil and reliance on importation for most of its consumption.
However, immediately Federal Government partially lifted restrictions and announced over N3 trillion stimulus package to mitigate the effect of COVID-19, local investors jumped back into the Nigerian Stock Exchange and took it to a record high after the Central Bank of Nigeria lowered the interest rate to 11.5 percent in another move to further stimulate the real sector.
Top executives of listed companies took advantage of the policy to increase the stake across the board as reported by Investors King throughout the year.
Still, activity in the real sector of the economy remained weak as evidenced in the latest manufacturing purchasing index released by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Businesses and investors had abandoned the real sector for the stock market, a move largely blamed on the rising economic uncertainty and plunged in productivity in general.
Presco Plc to Hold Emergency Meeting to Recommend Acquisition of Private Company to Shareholders
Presco Plc, an agro-industrial company, has notified shareholders of the company, the Nigerian Exchange Group and the investing public that the Board of Directors of Presco Plc will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday 24th June, 2021 to recommend for the shareholders to consider the acquisition of an existing private company through shares.
The existing private company, according to a statement signed by Patrick Uwadua Esq., Company Secretary, Presco Plc, is in the same line of business with Presco Plc.
Presco said once considered, a resolution will be passed at the company’s next General Meeting to authorise the acquisition of all the shares of the existing private company.
Meanwhile, the company commenced its closed period on today, Wednesday 16 June 2021 until 24 hours after the decisions taken at the Board Meeting are released to the public.
Cornerstone Insurance, Morison, Others Lead Gainers as Stock Market Gains
Nigerian Exchange Group rebounded from 1.66 percent decline recorded on Tuesday to close with 0.15 percent gain on Wednesday as more stocks closed in the green.
Investors traded 302,722,917 shares valued at N2.809 billion during the trading hours of Wednesday, against the 297.35 million shares worth N3.65 billion that were exchanged in 4,402 deals on Tuesday.
Market value of listed stocks appreciated from N20.07 trillion on Tuesday to settle at N20.099 trillion on Wednesday.
Nigerian Exchange Group All-Share Index gained 0.15 percent from 38,507.29 index points on Tuesday to 38564.70 index points on Wednesday.
Cornerstone Insurance led gainers with 10 percent, while Morison followed with 9.68 percent as shown below. Sterling bank emerged the most traded stocks with 37473362.00 shares valued at N57825053.65.
|CORNERST||N 0.50||N 0.55||0.05||10.00 %|
|MORISON||N 1.24||N 1.36||0.12||9.68 %|
|LEARNAFRCA||N 0.92||N 0.98||0.06||6.52 %|
|AFRIPRUD||N 6.05||N 6.40||0.35||5.79 %|
|COURTVILLE||N 0.20||N 0.21||0.01||5.00 %|
|ABBEYBDS||N 1.05||N 0.95||-0.10||-9.52 %|
|CHIPLC||N 0.74||N 0.67||-0.07||-9.46 %|
|CWG||N 1.24||N 1.15||-0.09||-7.26 %|
|WAPIC||N 0.57||N 0.53||-0.04||-7.02 %|
|REGALINS||N 0.48||N 0.45||-0.03||-6.25 %|
Dangote Cement Completes Issuance of N50 Billion Series 1 Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Bonds
Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, announced it has successfully issued N50 billion Series 1 Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Bonds under the company’s new NGN300 billion Multi-Instrument Issuance Program.
The leading manufacturer disclosed in a statement signed by Edward Imoedemhe, Deputy Company Secretary, Dangote Cement Plc.
According to the statement, the bonds were issued on May 26 2021 at coupon rates of 11.25%, 12.50% and 13.50% for the 3, 5 and 7-year tranches respectively.
The statement read in part, “Despite market headwinds, the bond issuance was well received and recorded participation from a wide range of investors including domestic pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies and high net-worth investors.
“The proceeds of the bond issuance will be deployed for the company’s expansion projects, short-term debt refinancing and working capital requirements. Aside from this first issuance of a traditional bond under the new Multi-Instruments Programme, Dangote Cement has registered a programme enabling it to consider different types of fixed income instruments to cater for different type of investors.”
“The ability to issue Green Bonds and Sukuk will enable the company leverage the depth and breadth of the Nigerian market.”
Commenting on the bond issuance, Michel Puchercos, Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement Plc. stated: “This bond issuance allows us move a step further in achieving our expansion objectives and will be deployed to projects instrumental in supporting our export strategy while improving our cost competitiveness.
“We thank the investor community for their continued support in the management of Dangote Cement and their successful participation in the bond issuance.”
Absa Capital Markets Nigeria acted as Lead Issuing House for the Series 1 Bonds, and Stanbic IBTC Capital, Standard Chartered Capital & Advisory Nigeria Limited, United Capital Plc, FBN Quest Merchant Bank, FCMB Capital Markets, Coronation Merchant Bank, Ecobank Development Corporation Nigeria, Futureview Financial Services, Meristem Capital Limited, Rand Merchant Bank, Quantum Zenith Capital and Vetiva Capital Management acted as Joint Issuing Houses. The Bonds will be listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited and FMDQ Securities Exchange.
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