The equities market closed in the red on Wednesday as investors continue to take profit after months of bullish runs.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index declined by 0.10 percent to close at 42,000.01 index points.
While the market value of listed stocks dipped to N21.971 trillion.
Investors traded 504.837 million shares valued at N5.310 billion in 5,887 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday.
Ardova led gainers with 85 kobo or 4.96 profit while Zenith Bank followed with 65 kobo or 2.47 percent.
Top Trades by Volume
Okey Nwuke, Access Bank Non-Executive Director, Purchases 1.3 Million Shares in the Bank
Dr. Okey Nwuke, a non-executive director in Access Bank, has purchased 1.3 million shares of Access Bank, according to the latest disclosure filing from the bank.
Nwuke bought 1.3 million shares at N7.45 a unit on May 5, 2021 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
Dr. Nwuke has over 28 years’ experience in finance and corporate governance working with top corporates and leading commercial banks in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, an honorary member of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and a member of Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners.
He has garnered considerable expertise in credit analysis and bank financial management through professional training as a Chartered Accountant, from relevant training programmes as well as on the job training. He was an Executive Director in Access Bank from 2004 to 2013 and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank’s subsidiaries in Rwanda and Burundi. Dr. Nwuke was a pioneer Non-Executive Director of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited representing Access Bank.
Dr. Nwuke’s key competencies include finance, strategy development and execution, organizational restructuring and transformation, leadership and change management. He joined the Board of Coscharis Group in August 2014 and is currently responsible for the strategic drive to position it for sustainability. He currently chairs the Shareholders’ Audit Committee of NASCON Plc and sits on the Boards of Access Pension Fund Custodian Limited, First Ally Asset Management Limited, Claritus Limited and Simply Gifts and Interiors Limited.
He holds a B.Sc. Degree in Accountancy from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA (Distinction) in International Banking and Finance from the Birmingham Business School, United Kingdom. Dr. Nwuke holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University, Minnesota, USA with a research focus on leadership transition challenges in family businesses. He has been exposed to several leadership and professional development programmes at renowned institutions including Harvard Business School, Boston (AMP 175), Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania (both in U.S.A), INSEAD and IMD.
He joined the Board in November 2019 and currently chairs the Board Credit and Finance Committee. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Board Technical Committee on Retail Expansion.
Experts Says Yes to Access Bank Shares, Predicts Growth
Analysts at United Capital Plc, an investment banking group, have said Access Bank is a good stock to buy given its recent acquisition and series of adjustments made to its strategies.
The analysts said the bank that recently expanded its operations to Cameroon, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa has the possibility of double-digit capital appreciation of about 14 percent.
“We expect Access Bank to sustain top and bottom-line expansion in 2021. While non-interest income growth should taper going forward, as the economy stabilises, we imagine that rebounding asset yields, supported by massive balance sheet size and gains from expansion activities, should spur interest income growth,” United Capital stated.
The experts said the bank’s well-diversified loan book is expected to sustain asset quality and thus keep non-performing loans and cost of risk within prudential limits.
Therefore, the analysts expect pre and post tax profits to remain stable in 2021, a continuation of 13 percent pre tax profit growth filed in 2020.
“As such, in addition to the already concluded acquisitions, plans are currently in place to enter Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Angola, Namibia and Ethiopia. A sum of $60 million was paid to acquire south Africa’s Grobank, a major milestone in the bank’s foray into the south African market and a critical factor in driving intra-African trade by widening its trade finance operations,” United Capital stated.
VFD Group Plc Receives SEC Clearance for its Proposed N4.13Billion Right Issue
Lagos-based proprietary investment company, VFD Group, has received clearance from the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) for the proposed right issue of 7,452,054 Ordinary Shares of 50 Kobo each at
N556 per share based on 1 share for every 16 shares held.
The proposed right issue was approved by the Board of Directors at its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which held on 23rd November 2020. The capital raise is part of the long-term strategic plan of VFD Group to harness the opportunities in selected companies that meet VFD Group’s Investment criteria.
The Group Managing Director/CEO, Nonso Okpala, has expressed his gratitude to the regulatory body, SEC, for the clearance, while hinting on the next phase of the business.
“Our expansion drive has been a long time coming and with this clearance, one of our immediate first steps is the enhancement of our systems, and the integration of all our subsidiary offerings under a very effective and technological platform. We are focused on expanding further within the local financial services industry as well as on the African continent,” he disclosed.
VFD Group is a proprietary investment company that focuses on building positive and socially conscious ecosystems by aggregating potentially viable business with the objective of creating innovative products and solutions that are accessible to the everyday Nigerian citizen and entrepreneur.
VFD Group Plc was founded on the values of integrity and good governance, and built on the strength of innovation and network, the goal of VFD Group is to establish a firm foothold in various ecosystems on the continent through their subsidiary companies. VFD Group operates through various portfolio to provide innovative financial services – alternative funding and investment channels – that are accessible to individuals and small businesses that provide the following services: Financial Advisory, Currency Exchange, Debt services, Private Funds Management, Asset Management, Real Estate, International Remittance/ Settlement.
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