The United Kingdom (UK) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) have reiterated their commitment to improved partnership towards the development of the Nigerian capital market and the economy.
Nigeria is the second-largest destination for investments and U.K. businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Deputy British High Commissioner, Lagos, Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones was at the NSE, now known as Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, at the weekend, as part of the efforts to deepen the relationship between the U.K. and NGX. Llewellyn-Jones was given the privilege to ring the closing bell for the market.
Llewellyn-Jones said his priority was to continue to create enabling environment for the growth of business relations between U.K. and Nigeria, especially through the Nigerian capital market.
He noted that U.K. and NSE have historically been partners, pointing out that the U.K. has continued to build on the shared history between the U.K. and the Exchange, with the U.K. still very active in the Nigerian market.
“My role is to not only celebrate that but also to grow, encourage and sustain this level of participation. Although it has been a difficult year economically and financially, I am encouraged by the resilience, creativity and positive performance of British businesses and investments here in Nigeria and I am grateful for this opportunity to talk about how much the U.K. will continue to do to support Nigeria and British businesses in Nigeria,” Llewellyn-Jones said.
Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Mr Temi Popoola said it was historic that the British Deputy High Commissioner was the first person to beat the closing gong since the unbundling of the NSE and the renaming of its securities trading business as NGX.
According to him, since the birth of the Lagos Stock Exchange, the British High Commission has remained a partner and supporting institution throughout its journey.
“In the spirit of continued partnership, I welcome Mr. Llewellyn-Jones to the NGX as I look forward to deepening the partnerships between both organisations to further drive sustainable economic development for Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” Popoola said.
He noted that partnerships are a critical element of the NGX’s strategy as it will continue to engage stakeholders whose support is essential to the achievement of its aspirations in the post-demutualisation period.
Equity Investors Gain N10 Billion Last Week
Investors at the Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N10 billion last week despite losing for three consecutive days.
Investors traded 1.290 billion shares worth N13.921 billion in 16,745 deals on the floor of the Exchange, in contrast to a total of 856.289 million shares valued at N10.752 billion that exchanged hands in 15,663 transactions in the previous week.
In terms of volume traded, the Financial Services Industry led the activity chart with 978.172 million shares valued at N8.300 billion traded in 8,716 deals. Therefore, contributing 75.80 percent and 59.62 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.
The Consumer Goods Industry followed with 62.006 million shares worth N1.187 billion in 2,546 deals. In the third place
was Conglomerates Industry, with a turnover of 49.055 million shares worth N126.288 million in 589 deals.
FBN Holdings Plc, United Bank For Africa Plc and Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc were the three most traded equities, accounting for a combined 626.958 million shares worth N5.766 billion in 2,526 transactions and contributed 48.58 percent and 41.42 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
The NGX All-Share Index appreciated by 18.41 index points or 0.05 percent from 38,943.87 index points recorded in the previous week to 38,962.28 index point last week. Market Capitalization also appreciated by 0.05 percent or N10 billion to close N20.300 trillion, up from N20.290 trillion.
Similarly, all other indices finished higher with the exception of NGX 30, NGX CG, NGX Banking, NGX Pension, NGX-AFR Bank Value, NGX AFR Div Yield, NGX MERI Value and NGX Consumer Goods indices which depreciated by 0.04 percent, 0.36 percent, 0.43 percent, 0.05 percent, 0.72 percent, 0.50 percent, 0.75 percent and 0.04 percent, respectively. While the NGX ASeM, NGX Growth and NGX Sovereign Bond Indices closed flat.
MTN Nigeria to Raise N89.9 Billion Via Bond Issuance
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has announced plancs to raise another N89.999 billion through bond issuance under its N200 billion registered shelf programme.
The telecommunications giant stated in a note to the Nigerian Exchange Limited and investing public.
MTN Nigeria said “an application has been submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the clearance of transaction documents for MTN Nigeria’s proposed bond issuance valued at N89,999,000,000; Series 2 of the N200,000,000,000 registered shelf programme.”
The telecom company had successfully raised N110,001,000,000 through Series 1 bond in the month of May 2021.
However, it said the final decision on the launch of the Series 2 bond will be taken once all regulatory approvals are obtained, and the investing public will be duly notified.
Access Bank to Issue Another Tier 1 Eurobond
Access Bank Plc, a Nigerian leading commercial bank with operations in 11 African nations, on Friday announced plans to issue an additional Basel III-based perpetual Non-Call 5.25-year benchmark USD-denominated Regulation S/144A Tier 1 bond under the lender’s $1.5 million Global Medium-Term Note Programme.
To ensure success of the Eurobond, Access Bank appointed Citi, J.P. Morgan, Renaissance Capital and Mashreqbank as Joint Bookrunners while Chapel Hill Denham and Coronation Merchant Bank were were appointed as Financial Advisers and Join Bookrunners to arrange a global invetsors call on September 27, 2021 at 2 PM UKT/9 AM NYT.
It would be recalled that Access Bank successfully offered $500 million Senior Unsecured Eurobond under its Global Medium-Term Note Programme on September 13, 2021 and received $1.6 billion bids from global investors. The largest orderbook by a Nigerian bank Eurobond transaction.
Despite tough operating environment and COVID-19 distruption, Access Bank has proven to be one of the most successful banks in Nigeria. The lender grew profit after tax by 42.43 percent in the first half of 2021 to N86.9 billion and paid an interim dividend of N10.6 billion to shareholders.
One of the reasons both local and foreign investors have continue to believe in the growing bank.
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