Stocks continue to decline across the board in Africa’s largest economy last week as investors’ cashout grows with rising yield.
Investors traded a total turnover of 2.342 billion shares valued at N19.272 billion in 20,173 deals during the week, against a total of 1.675 billion shares worth N23.541 billion that exchanged hands in the previous week in 21,732 transactions.
The financial services industry led in terms of volume traded with 1.888 billion shares valued at N12.446 billion and exchanged in 12,019 deals, therefore, the sector contributed 80.60 percent and 64.58 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
This was followed by the natural resources industry with 201.260 million shares worth N41.295 million traded in 27 deals.
In third place was conglomerates goods industry with a turnover of 62.053 million shares worth N65.672 million in 612 deals.
The three most traded stocks were Unity Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc, together the three accounted for 1.471 billion shares worth N7.114 billion in 2,317 deals, therefore, contributed 62.82 percent and 36.91 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
Market value of all listed stocks declined by 0.69 percent or N139 billion to close at N20.082 trillion, down from the N20.221 trillion record in the previous week.
Similarly, the NSE All-Share Index declined by 0.69 percent or -266.09 basis points from 38,648.48 basis points posted in the previous week to 38,382.39 basis points last week.
Year to date, the bourse declined by 4.69 percent with 3.56 percent of that decline happening in March alone.
Eternal Plc led the gainers with 20.78 percent, this was followed by SFS Real Estate Investment Trust with 9.94 percent. See the details below.
Hallmark Insurance, Japaul Gold Lead Gainers as Equities Market Closed in Green
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc and Japaul Gold led gainers on Thursday as the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed in the green.
Investors exchanged 145.332 million shares valued at N1.576 billion in 3,525 transactions during the trading hours of Thursday.
Market value of listed equities inched slightly higher to N20.300 trillion while the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index gained 0.07 percent to 38,799.83 index points.
Banks’ stocks led the most traded stocks with First Bank of Nigeria Holdings leading with 21,851,331 shares valued at N157,179,233.85. This was followed by GTBank’s 20,500,310 shares estimated at N589,173,071.90. See the details below.
Delist: 11 Plc Opens Escrow Account to Settle Shareholders
In a bid to complete its ongoing delisting process and settle shareholders accordingly, 11 Plc, formerly Mobil, has opened an escrow account with Greenwich Registrars and Data Solutions Limited and provided sufficient funds to shareholders, who as of March 15, 2021, have accepted the Exit Consideration of N213.90 per share based on the highest price of N213.90 at which 11 Plc traded in the last 6 months preceding the date of the Annual General Meeting where the resolution to delist was passed in line with the Nigerian Stock Exchange guidelines.
The company said, “Further to the application made to The Exchange by 11 Plc on the Voluntary Delisting of the Company from The Exchange as recommended by the Board of Directors, the Exchange approved the delisting application subject to 11 plc’s evidence of opening an escrow account in the Registrar’s name and evidence that shareholders who have accepted to exit have been paid.”
11 Plc attributed the decision to delist from NSE to the need to strategise for better performance, minimise costs, and stay competitive within its industry.
On the escrow account, it said “the consideration accruing to shareholders of 11 plc that elect to accept the Exit Consideration has been computed as of March 15, 2021. The cash consideration will be settled by way of electronic transfer to the respective bank accounts of Shareholders and it is expected to be completed on or before April 16, 2021.”
Dr. Ajoritsedere Josephine Awosika Access Bank Chairman Scoops More Access Bank Shares
Dr. Ajoritsedere Josephine Awosika, the Chairperson of Access Bank Plc, scooped additional 7,109,104 ordinary shares of the bank on Tuesday, according to the latest disclosure statement of the bank.
In the statement signed by Sunday Ekwochi, Company Secretary, Access Bank Plc, and released via the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Dr. (Mrs) Ajoritsedere Josephine Awosika acquired the shares on Tuesday 6th, April 2021 at N8.15 per share from the Nigerian Stock Exchange trading floor in Lagos, Nigeria.
At N8.15 per share, Mrs Awosika dumped N57.939 million on 7,109,104 shares of access bank.
Dr. (Mrs.) Ajoritsedere Josephine Awosika, MFR is an accomplished administrator with over three decades’ experience in public sector governance. She was at various times, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministries of Internal Affairs, Science & Technology and Power. She is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacy. She holds a Doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom.
She was appointed to the Board of Access Bank in April 2013 and served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board Audit Committee and Chairman of the Board Credit and Finance Committee.
Dr. Awosika sits on the boards of Capital Express Assurance Ltd and Josephine Consulting Limited.
She became the Chairman of the Board on January 8, 2020 following the retirement of Mrs. Mosun Belo-Olusoga.
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