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Biden Regulatory Moves Will Make ESG the ‘Ultimate Investment Megatrend’

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Biden Regulatory Moves Will Make ESG the ‘Ultimate Investment Megatrend’

Biden’s expected regulatory changes will push environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing “to become the ultimate megatrend,” states the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.

The bold comment from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, which has $12bn under advisement, comes as President Joe Biden picks Gary Gensler to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. financial regulator.

Mr Green says: “Joe Biden’s administration is going to usher in an era of serious momentum for responsible and sustainable investing.

“This is not just because of the likely tougher approach to the use of fossil fuels and his campaign’s vow to take swift action to tackle the climate emergency.

“It is also because of the expected appointment of Gary Gensler to lead the SEC, who is likely to heavily reform and broaden ESG investing and corporate disclosure rules in the U.S.

“In doing such, we can assume that Gensler would have the major support on the Commission.”

For instance, upon her appointment as acting SEC chair, Allison Herren Lee said that during her time as a Commissioner, “I have focused on climate and sustainability, and those issues will continue to be a priority for me.”

In The New York Times she wrote that: “Both investors and the broader public need clear information about how businesses are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, and how they are managing — or not managing — climate risks internally. Realistically, that can happen only through mandatory public disclosure.”

Nigel Green continues: “Should the SEC push ahead with beefing-up green investment rules, as is expected, it will close the transatlantic gap that has emerged in recent years as the European watchdogs pushed ahead with increased stricter ESG investing and disclosure regulations.”

He goes on to add: “At the beginning of 2020, I described ESG investing as a ‘megatrend’ of the decade.  And throughout the year inflow doubled and ESG funds outperformed the market.

“But the tag ‘megatrend’ would now seem somewhat underplayed if the U.S. moves towards ESG-related regulatory reforms and comes into line with Europe.

“Responsible investing will become the ultimate investment megatrend should this happen.”

In a move to encourage clients to consider the ESG opportunities, last month deVere Group announced it is planning to offer free, independent advice on socially responsible investing, with the aim of positioning $1bn in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments within five years.

The deVere concludes: “The likely rule changes in the U.S. on ESG investing and corporate disclosures are not as yet heavily priced-in to markets.

“Investors should keep a keen eye on this area and move to take advantage of the opportunities.”

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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Stock Market Closes Flat on Tuesday as Activities Drop

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) closed flat on Tuesday after posting a N27 billion gain on Monday.

Investors exchanged 353,233,206 shares estimated at N5.569 billion in 5,322 transactions during the trading hours of Tuesday, against 674,498,620 shares worth N7.591 billion that were traded in 5,432 deals on Monday.

The NGX All-Share Index closed flat at 41,814.94 index points on Tuesday. Similarly, the market value of all listed equities remained unchanged at N21.821 trillion.

FBN Holdings continue to lead the most traded stocks with 73062391 shares worth N906,754,975.05 on Tuesday. This was followed by GTCO Plc’s 25039191 shares valued at N715,262,785.80 following a healthy financial statement released for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, on Tuesday. GTCO’s profit after tax rose by 4.11 percent to N49.986 billion.

Universal Insurance led gainers with N0.02 or 10 percent gain to close at N0.22 a share. University Plc emerged second with N0.15 or 10 percent increase to settle at N1.65 a unit. See other details below.

Top Five Trades

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
UNIVINSURE N 0.20 N 0.22 0.02 10.00 %
UPL N 1.50 N 1.65 0.15 10.00 %
COURTVILLE N 0.41 N 0.45 0.04 9.76 %
ABBEYBDS N 0.86 N 0.94 0.08 9.30 %
INTBREW N 4.85 N 5.30 0.45 9.28 %

Top Fiver Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
ABCTRANS N 0.34 N 0.31 -0.03 -8.82 %
FTNCOCOA N 0.48 N 0.45 -0.03 -6.25 %
CUTIX N 6.40 N 6.05 -0.35 -5.47 %
NGXGROUP N 20.60 N 19.65 -0.95 -4.61 %
SOVRENINS N 0.24 N 0.23 -0.01 -4.17 %

Top Five Trades

Symbols Volume Value
FBNH 73062391.00 906754975.05
GTCO 25039191.00 715262785.80
UNIVINSURE 22770945.00 4919056.91
UBA 20331377.00 171208252.90
TRANSCORP 18437370.00 18864207.86

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Nigerian Stock Market Gains N27 Billion on Monday

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) opened the week in green as more stocks extended their gains on Monday.

Market value of all listed stocks rose by N27 billion from N21.794 trillion it closed on Friday to N21.821 trillion on Monday. While the NSE All-Share Index appreciated by 0.12 percent to 41,814.74 index points, up from 41,763.26 index points it closed on Friday.

Investors traded 674,498,620 shares worth N7.591 billion in 5,432 transactions during the trading hours of Monday.

PZ led gainers with N0.55 or 9.32 percent to close at N6.45 per share. This was followed by Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc with N0.02 or 7.14 percent to settle at N0.30 a unit. See other details below.

Top Five Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
PZ N 5.90 N 6.45 0.55 9.32 %
MBENEFIT N 0.28 N 0.30 0.02 7.14 %
UNILEVER N 14.50 N 15.50 1.00 6.90 %
MANSARD N 2.31 N 2.46 0.15 6.49 %
CUTIX N 6.05 N 6.40 0.35 5.79 %

Top Five Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
ABBEYBDS N 0.95 N 0.86 -0.09 -9.47 %
PRESTIGE N 0.47 N 0.43 -0.04 -8.51 %
REGALINS N 0.41 N 0.38 -0.03 -7.32 %
CILEASING N 4.70 N 4.40 -0.30 -6.38 %
NGXGROUP N 22.00 N 20.60 -1.40 -6.36 %

Top Five Trades

Symbols Volume Value
FBNH 350541622.00 4345726068.70
ETI 45642660.00 347799322.85
UNIVINSURE 33914599.00 6782919.80
TRANSCORP 32576994.00 33205137.68
GTCO 21476241.00 614370055.60

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Nestle Nigeria Declares N25 Interim Dividend for the Period Ended September 30, 2021

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Shareholders of Nestle Nigeria Plc would be currently smiling to the bank as the company announced an interim dividend of N25 per 50 Kobo ordinary share, subject to withholding tax, to shareholders whose names appear on the register of members as at the close of business on 19 November 2021.

Going by the company’s outstanding shares of 792,656,252, the amount translates to N19.816 billion.

The register of members would be closed from 22 November 2021 to 26 November 2021. On 6 December 2021, the dividend would be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the register of members on 19 November 2021 and who have completed the e-dividend registration and mandated the registrars to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts. The registrar of Nestle Nigeria Plc is Greenwich Registrars and Data Solutions Limited.

This comes as Nestle reported a 23 percent increase in revenue for the period, N261 billion was earned in the period ended September 2021 compared to N212 billion in the period ended September 2020. The company has two reporting segments, Food which includes the production and sale of Maggi, Cerelac, Nan, Lactogen, and Golden Morn and Beverages which includes the production and sale of Milo, Chocomilo, Nescafe, Milo ready-to-drink (RTD), and Nestle Pure Life. The Food segment reported a revenue of N154 billion while the Beverages segment reported a revenue of N107 billion during the period. N258 Billion of revenue was earned in Nigeria and N3 Billion was earned from exports to other countries.

Cost of sales, however, rose from N122 billion in the year ending September 2020 to N160 Billion in September 2021 and this saw profit for the period rise slightly by 5% from N31 Billion to N33 Billion. Earnings per share rose from N40.29 in 2020 to N42.37 in 2021.

Nestle Nigeria Plc is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 57 years, Nestle has been delighting consumers in Nigeria with high-quality nutritious food products. Nestle has a staff strength of over 2,300 direct employees, 3 manufacturing sites, and a head office in Lagos and produces several iconic brands in Nigeria.

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