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MTN Shareholders to Receive N9.40k Dividend Per Share, 18.7% YoY Increase From 2019

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Nigeria’s largest mobile telecommunications operator, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, has announced the payment of N9.40k as final dividend for the year ended December 31st, 2020. This year’s dividend witnessed an 18.7% increase from 2019.

MTN Nigeria’s Chairman, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe said “Despite the challenging operating conditions during the year, I am happy to report that our company recorded improved performance across all key metrics, creating the shareholder value achieved. This performance demonstrates the success of cost optimisation measures initiated during the year, the strong operational execution of our people and resilience in our business.”

“Following from our good operating results and in line with our dividend policy, the Board has recommended a final dividend of N5.90 kobo per share to be paid out of distributable net income. This brings the total dividend for the year to N9.40 kobo per share, representing an increase of 18.7%,” he added.

The dividend would be paid on Tuesday, 8th of June 2021 at the rate of N5.90 per every 2 Kobo ordinary shares and subject to appropriate withholding tax to shareholders whose names appear in the Company’s Register of Members at the close of business on Tuesday, 4th of May 2021.

Earlier in the fiscal year, the firm which joined the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in May, 2019, had paid an interim dividend of N3.50k, which now brings the total dividend for the year ended 31st December 2020 to N9.40k. The approval was obtained at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held on June 7, 2021 at MTN Plaza, Ikoyi.

In the 2020 FY, MTN Nigeria grew its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation by 9.7% to N685.7 billion, while the pre-tax profit rose by 2.6% to N298.9 billion and profit after tax rose by 0.9% to N205.2 billion.

Its mobile subscribers increased by 12.2million to 76.5 million, while its active data users grew by 7.4 million to 32.6 million.

Karl Toriola, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria stated that “It’s a great starting point and we will continue to be dynamic and agile to deliver value for the future for our stakeholders, whilst aligning our priorities with national interests.”

Shareholders commended MTN Nigeria for the profit margin despite COVID-19 pandemic that characterized 2020

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NGX Rebounds with N263bn Gain as Small and Mid-Cap Stocks Surge

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) recovered on Thursday amid the surge in strong investor demand for small and mid-cap stocks.

The market capitalisation rose by N263 billion to N56.91 trillion.

The All-Share Index climbed by 0.47%, closing at 100,503.21 points, reflecting a solid buying interest across various sectors.

Despite the market’s overall positive performance, trading activity was subdued with a 64.3% decrease in average daily volume to 392.8 million units.

However, the number of deals increased by 3.4% to 9,013, while the traded value declined by 17.3% to N8.33 billion.

Guaranty Trust Holding Company led the volume trades, with 39.75 million shares worth N1.80 billion across 663 deals.

Meanwhile, Airtel Africa dominated in value, with trades worth N2.25 billion in just 34 transactions.

Sector performance was mixed. Gains were recorded in the oil and gas, consumer goods, and industrial goods sectors, rising by 0.19%, 0.07%, and 0.01%, respectively.

Notable stocks included Airtel Africa, Eterna Plc, Oando, and NASCON Allied Industries.

Conversely, the insurance and banking sectors faced losses, declining by 2.35% and 2.28%.

Top gainers of the day were United Capital, Oando, and Africa Prudential, while Linkage Assurance and Veritas Kapital led the decliners.

This rebound highlights investor confidence in Nigeria’s equities market, with opportunities emerging in small and mid-cap stocks.

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Equities Market Dips 0.04% as Q2 Earnings Hit NGX

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Nigeria’s equities market experienced a slight decline of 0.04% on Wednesday ahead of the second quarter (Q2) financial results.

At the close of trading on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the All Share Index (ASI) fell from the previous day’s high of 100,075.59 points to 100,032.32 points.

Similarly, the equities market capitalization decreased from N56.670 trillion to N56.645 trillion.

Jaiz Bank, Cutix, Zenith Bank, Universal Insurance, and FCMB Group were among the most actively traded stocks.

Investors exchanged 1,099,300,929 shares worth N10.076 billion across 8,720 deals.

Several stocks dominated the sell-side, including RT Briscoe, which fell from 70 kobo to 66 kobo, a 5.71% decrease.

FTN Cocoa dropped by 4.44%, while Tantalizer, Neimeth, and Consolidated Hallmark Holdings also saw declines.

The market’s year-to-date (YtD) positive return decreased to 33.78%. While this month has seen a marginal drop of 0.03%, the week still shows an increase of 0.36%.

The dip reflects investor reactions to the ongoing release of corporate earnings for Q2. As companies disclose their financial results, market participants are adjusting their positions accordingly.

As more Q2 financials are released, market volatility is expected. Investors are closely monitoring earnings reports to guide their investment strategies.

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Nigeria’s Equities Market Gains 0.11%, Adds N62 Billion in Value

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The Nigerian equities market posted a 0.11 percent gain on Tuesday as increased buy-side actions boosted the market’s value by N62 billion.

This positive movement reflects renewed investor confidence and activity in the market.

Leading the charge were stocks like United Capital, UACN, and Cutix. Investors engaged in 8,151 deals, exchanging 368,392,413 shares worth N7.424 billion.

Among the top advancers, United Capital saw a significant rise from N30 to N33, adding N3 or 10 percent.

Cutix also performed well, climbing from N5.08 to N5.58, an increase of 50 kobo or 9.84 percent.

Sunu Assurances and Cornerstone Insurance were other notable gainers, with Sunu Assurances increasing from N1.29 to N1.39, adding 10 kobo or 7.75 percent, and Cornerstone moving from N1.95 to N2.10, up 15 kobo or 7.69 percent.

UACN also saw a substantial gain, rising from N14.15 to N15.20, an addition of N1.05 or 7.42 percent.

The market’s positive return year-to-date (YtD) now stands at 33.84 percent, with a marginal increase of 0.02 percent for the month. So far this week, the market has grown by 0.41 percent.

Key stocks such as Zenith Bank, Access Holdings, GTCO, Jaiz Bank, and UBA were actively traded, indicating strong investor interest.

At the close of trading on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the All Share Index (ASI) and equities Market Capitalisation rose from the previous day’s low of 99,966.28 points and N56.608 trillion to 100,075.59 points and N56.670 trillion, respectively.

This uptick in market activity and value reflects growing optimism among investors, buoyed by positive corporate earnings and macroeconomic indicators.

As Nigeria’s market continues to evolve, stakeholders are hopeful for sustained growth and stability in the coming months.

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