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Japaul Gold and Ventures Profit Plunges to -N1.182 Billion in 2020 Financial Year

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Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc announced a plunge in profit after tax from N40.917 billion in the 2019 financial year to -N1.182 in the 2020 financial year.

In the company’s audited financial statements released on Tuesday, revenue stood at N689.643 million in the period under review, down from N725.472 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2019.

Gross loss moderated from N943.394 million in 2019 to N318.089 million in 2020, while operating profit nosedive from N42.237 billion in 2019 to -N826.437 million in 2020.

Net finance costs also plunged to -N3.249 million in 2020, down from N1.208 billion in 2019.

Profit before tax stood at -N829.686 million in the period under review from N41.029 billion posted in 2019.

Loan/profit from continuing operations declined from N40.917 billion in 2019 to -N996.745 million in 2020.

The company posted a N185.104 million loss from discontinued operations net of tax.

Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc, formerly known as Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc, announced in November it had received approval in principle from H&H Mines Limited to invest in the company once it concludes its proposed fundraising in 2021.

The company’s shares rose over 200 percent following the news before Investors King, in numerous articles, highlighted the possibility of the deal not materialising as expected given COVID-19 and Japaul Gold’s ability to raise funds needed to complete the deal.

Since the deal was announced, the company has been unable to raise the required funds to complete the deal as expected, hence the reason the price of Japaul Gold and Venture shares plunged.

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NGX All Share Index Climbs to 99,966.28 Points

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) rebounded on Monday as the All Share Index (ASI) rose by 0.30%, closing at 99,966.28 points.

This positive development came after a five-day streak of negative closes, bringing renewed optimism to the market.

Investors saw N168 billion gains with stock market capitalization increasing from the previous low of N56.440 trillion to N56.608 trillion.

Among the standout performers were stocks such as Ikeja Hotel, Cutix, RedStar Express, and Sunu Assurances.

Ikeja Hotel saw its stock price rise from N6.35 to N6.95, adding 60 kobo or 9.45%. Cutix experienced an impressive increase from N4.62 to N5.08, gaining 46 kobo or 9.96%.

RedStar Express moved up from N4.05 to N4.38, an increase of 33 kobo or 8.15%, while Sunu Assurances rose from N1.19 to N1.29, adding 10 kobo or 8.40%.

The market’s positive return year-to-date (YtD) increased to 33.70%, though there has been a slight decrease of 0.09% in the month-to-date performance.

Despite this, the overall sentiment remains optimistic, with investors hoping for continued positive momentum.

GTCO, Access Holdings, FCMB Group, Japaul Gold, and UACN were among the most actively traded stocks.

A total of 362.42 million shares worth N7.367 billion were exchanged in 8,405 deals, showcasing robust trading activity and investor interest.

Market analysts attribute the rebound to renewed investor confidence and positive sentiments surrounding key stocks.

“The significant gains in major stocks like Ikeja Hotel and Cutix have boosted investor morale, leading to a broader market recovery,” said a market analyst.

The Nigerian stock market’s recovery comes amid a challenging economic environment, with investors closely monitoring developments both locally and globally.

The positive performance of the NGX ASI on Monday serves as a beacon of hope for market participants, indicating potential stability and growth in the coming weeks.

As the market continues to respond to economic indicators and corporate earnings reports, investors will be keenly watching for sustained positive trends and opportunities for profitable investments.

The NGX’s performance on Monday sets a promising tone for the rest of the week, with market participants eagerly anticipating further gains and stability in the Nigerian stock market.

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Nigerian Equities Market Dips by 0.35% in Volatile Trading Week

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In the trading week ended Friday, July 12, Nigeria’s equities market dipped by 0.35% with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation decreasing to 99,671.28 points and N56.44 trillion, respectively, from the previous week’s close of 100,022.03 points and N56.58 trillion.

The market saw only one session of positive close, while the rest were negative, resulting in a loss of approximately N140 billion for investors.

This downturn in the equities market comes as a surprise to many who were expecting a more robust performance due to the upcoming second quarter (Q2) results filings and corporate actions anticipated to drive investor interest.

Despite these expectations, the overall sentiment among investors remained tepid, reflecting broader economic uncertainties.

During the review week, buy-side activities favored oil & gas and industrial stocks. However, banking, consumer goods, and insurance sectors saw a significant number of sell-offs.

Banking stocks, in particular, were actively traded due to the ongoing recapitalization exercise, which has created some volatility in the sector.

The elevated interest rates in the fixed income market continued to exert downward pressure on the equities market.

Many investors are opting for fixed income securities over stocks, given the higher yields available, thereby reducing demand for equities and contributing to the market’s decline.

Despite the weekly drop, the year-to-date (YtD) stock market return remains relatively strong at 33.30%.

However, the market’s performance this month has decreased by 0.39%, indicating a cooling off from the more robust gains seen earlier in the year.

The lukewarm attitude of investors towards stocks is partly due to broader macroeconomic concerns, including inflationary pressures and currency fluctuations.

These factors have made investors more cautious, preferring to wait for clearer signals from the Q2 corporate earnings season before making significant investment decisions.

Market analysts suggest that the forthcoming Q2 results and corporate actions could potentially provide the much-needed impetus for a market rebound.

However, they caution that persistent macroeconomic challenges could continue to weigh on investor sentiment.

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Seplat Energy’s 8.30% Drop Leads Market Decline, NGX Down by N188 Billion

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Nigeria’s equities market declined by 0.33 percent or N188 billion on Thursday following a drop in Seplat Energy Plc’s share price.

This downturn reflects ongoing challenges in stimulating buy-side activity on the Lagos Bourse.

Seplat Energy Plc, a major player in Nigeria’s energy sector, saw its stock price plummet from N3,794.90 to N3,480, a decrease of N314.90 or 8.30 percent.

Other losers included Ikeja Hotel, which shed 65 kobo or 9.29 percent from N7 to N6.35 a share. The Honeywell Flour Mills also dropped 29 kobo or 8.41 percent from N3.45 to N3.16 while Champion Breweries lost 25 kobo or 7.55 percent from N3.31 to N3.06.

At the close of trading, the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation, which stood at 99,802.06 points and N56.456 trillion respectively on the previous trading day, declined to 99,468.90 points and N56.268 trillion.

Investors exchanged a total of 296,731,688 shares worth N5.447 billion in 7,126 deals.

Fidelity Bank, Linkage Assurance, Access Holdings, Transcorp, and AIICO emerged as the most actively traded stocks during the session.

The stock market’s year-to-date (YtD) return also saw a decline, standing at 33.03 percent. Over the month, the market has decreased by 0.59 percent while this week’s performance showed a 0.55 percent drop.

Market analysts noted that the lack of substantial buy-side activity has been a significant factor in the recent downturn.

The decline in Seplat Energy’s share price underscores the broader challenges facing the Nigerian equities market, particularly in the energy sector.

As investors continue to navigate the complexities of the current market environment, the need for positive economic triggers and robust corporate performance becomes increasingly critical.

Market stakeholders will be closely monitoring developments in the coming weeks to gauge potential recovery signals and adjust their strategies accordingly.

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