In the last one month, the price of Jumia’s stock has dropped by 41.22 percent on growing uncertainty surrounding the future of Africa’s leading eCommerce company shortly after the release of its third-quarter report in November 2021.
The price of Jumia stock dropped by $7.89 or 41.22 percent in the past month to $11.25, suggesting a broad-based selloff amid weak investors’ confidence in a stock that rose to $65.51 per share on Wednesday 10 February 2020 when global investors thought it would replicate the performance of the likes of Amazon and other eCommerce companies that thrived on COVID-19.
This is in spite of the company growing orders by 28 percent to an all-time high of 8.5 million in the third quarter. Even active consumers and Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) rose 8 percent year-on-year each to 7.3 million and $238 million, respectively.
Still, global investors are not buying into the numbers. In fact, Luke Holbrook, a Morgan Stanley equity research analyst, lowered the bank’s recommendation for Jumia’s stock to underweight from neutral, according to a report by The Motley Fool. Holbrook then advised shareholders to sell their shares at $11 and move on. Indicating he does not have confidence in the company going forward.
Stifel Nicolaus, the only analyst that seems to be positive on Jumia, suggested ‘hold’ with a profit target of $18. Meaning, he is also not sticking his neck out for the once flying stock to hit $65, its COVID-19 peak.
Here is Why Investors Are Abandoning Jumia Stock
Jumia sales and advertising expenses jumped by a shocking 228 percent to $24 million year-on-year but active consumers and GMV only grew by 8.1 percent each. While the 28 percent increase in orders was because the company decided to sell more of everyday consumer items as opposed to its usual higher-value items like electronics. As of the third quarter, the average volume of Jumia sales was $28, down from $41.50 in 2019.
Also, Jumia customers are not returning to the website as much as Amazon and other global eCommerce platforms’ customers. Indicating that customers in Nigeria and other Jumia’s operating nations in Africa are not buying from the website as expected.
Chris Lau, a contributing author at InvestorPlace, put it best, “Jumia will have to spend more on its operations going forward. It needs to bring the right products to its customers. To do so, it must work with its suppliers and sellers. and add international brands to its marketplace, increasing its costs.”
And finally, Jumia operating loss increased by 91.4 percent to $64 million.
Nigerian Stocks Market Posts Second Decline in 2022
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) posted its second decline in 2022 on Thursday as the NGX All-Share Index shed 0.01 percent to close at 44,604.74 index points.
Activity on the Exchange floor was mixed as investors traded 321,753,226 shares worth N3.655 billion in 4,565 transactions during the trading hours of Thursday, against 266,328,204 shares valued at N3.822 billion in 4,502 deals during the trading hours of Wednesday.
Market value of listed equities dipped slightly to N24.032 trillion, down from N24.034 trillion it closed on Wednesday.
Sectorial performance showed the NGX Banking Index gained 7bps on JAIZBANK (+6.06%), STERLNBANK (+0.66%), ETI (+0.58%) and ZENITHBANK (+0.20%). UBN (-1.77%) lost points. While the NGX Consumer Goods Index gained 16bps on INTBREW (+4.04%). Losers were HONYFLOUR (-2.35%) and UNILEVER (-1.49%).
The NGX Oil and Gas and Industrial Indexes closed flat.
The year-to-date return of the Exchange stood at 4.42 percent as 14 stocks closed in the green against a total of 15 stocks that lost points. See the other details below.
|TRANSCORP||N 1.03||N 1.13||0.10||9.71 %|
|CHIPLC||N 0.63||N 0.68||0.05||7.94 %|
|REGALINS||N 0.42||N 0.45||0.03||7.14 %|
|JAIZBANK||N 0.66||N 0.70||0.04||6.06 %|
|INTBREW||N 4.95||N 5.15||0.20||4.04 %|
|NEM||N 4.40||N 3.96||-0.44||-10.00 %|
|CUSTODIAN||N 7.90||N 7.15||-0.75||-9.49 %|
|UACN||N 9.60||N 9.10||-0.50||-5.21 %|
|FTNCOCOA||N 0.39||N 0.37||-0.02||-5.13 %|
|JAPAULGOLD||N 0.45||N 0.43||-0.02||-4.44 %|
Alain Francis Nkontchou Invests Almost N1 Billion in Ecobank
Alain Francis Nkontchou, Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, has dumped almost N972,206,546.2 on shares of Ecobank.
The bank disclosed in a statement signed by Madibinet Cisse, Company Secretary and obtained by Investors King.
Alain Nkontchou purchased 131,379,263 shares at an aggregate price of N7.40 a unit between 1 September 2021 and 20 December 2021 from shares offered for sale in the market at the Nigerian Exchange Limited trading office in Lagos Nigeria.
The disclosure is in line with SEC’s new insider dealing declaration ACT to force transparency policy across the Nigerian capital market.
Alain Nkontchou was appointed as Chairman of Ecobank on June 30, 2021. Prior to joining the bank, Alain Nkontchou is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Enko Capital Management LLP, an asset management company based in London and Johannesburg, which focuses on African investment opportunities.
Mr Nkontchou was an advisor at Laurent Perrier champagne, having been a NonExecutive Director from 1999 to 2009. He was Managing Director of Credit Suisse’s Global Macro Trading Group in London between 1995 and 2008 and also at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in the same capacity.
Between 1989 and 1994, he was with Chemical Bank in Paris and New York, where he became Vice- President, Head of Trading and Sales.
Mr Nkontchou has a track record of business success, having generated significant dollar revenues for each of these top tier institutions. He has an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Supélec and P.M. Curie University, Paris, and an MSc in Finance and Accounting from ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).
Jaiz Bank, Unity Bank, Others Lead Stock Gainers on Wednesday
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) extended gains on Wednesday on the back of a strong positive close in Jaiz Bank, Academy Press Plc, Unity Bank Plc and others.
Investors transacted 266,328,204 shares worth N3.822 billion in 4,502 deals during the trading hours of Wednesday to push the NGX All-Share Index to 44,608.82 index points, an increase of 1.71 percent. The market value of all listed equities crossed N24 trillion to N24.034 trillion.
The Exchange year-to-date improved to 4.43 percent as 24 stocks closed in the red against 15 stocks lost points.
Sectorial performance showed that the NGX Banking Index gained 39bps on JAIZBANK (+10.00%), UNITYBANK (+8.70%), WEMABANK (+2.30%), UBA (+1.23%), FIDELITYBK (+1.18%) and ZENITHBANK (+0.20%). STERLINGBANK (-1.95%) and ETI (-0.58%) lost points.
Similarly, the NGX Consumer Goods Index gained 14bps on CHAMPION (+3.40%), GUINNESS (+2.93%), and PZ (+2.14%). HONYFLOUR (-2.86%) lost points.
The NGX Oil and Gas Index gained 137bps on SEPLAT (+2.99%) and ETERNA (+0.72%). CONOIL (-3.18%) lost points. While the NGX Industrial index gained 306bps on DANGCEM (+6.18%).
|JAIZBANK||N 0.60||N 0.66||0.06||10.00 %|
|ACADEMY||N 0.60||N 0.66||0.06||10.00 %|
|UNITYBNK||N 0.46||N 0.50||0.04||8.70 %|
|SOVRENINS||N 0.24||N 0.26||0.02||8.33 %|
|MBENEFIT||N 0.27||N 0.29||0.02||7.41 %|
|CHIPLC||N 0.69||N 0.63||-0.06||-8.70 %|
|REGALINS||N 0.46||N 0.42||-0.04||-8.70 %|
|SUNUASSUR||N 0.37||N 0.34||-0.03||-8.11 %|
|AIICO||N 0.81||N 0.78||-0.03||-3.70 %|
|NEIMETH||N 1.86||N 1.80||-0.06||-3.23 %|
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