In a suspected insider dealing, a certain investor or investors have been acquiring FCMB stocks since Friday.
In the last seven trading days, transactions on FCMB stocks jumped from between 3.9 million and 5 million shares per day to 932.889 million shares valued at N3.26 billion on Friday. On Monday, this number rose to 1.024 billion shares estimated at N3.687 billion to bring the total transactions on the tier II bank to N6.952 billion.
At the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Monday, FCMB transactions accounted for about 50% of the value of the total transactions carried out at the bourse.
Investors exchange 1.280 billion shares valued at N7.919 billion on Monday, FCMB stocks accounted for 1.024 billion of the total shares traded and at least 50% of the N7.919 billion value.
FCMB is yet to disclose the purchase as mandated by the Security and Exchange Commissions (SEC). Most companies usually disclosed it a few months after the transaction took place to minimize its impact on the company. For a better understanding of insider dealing, read below.
Understanding Insider Dealing
Insider dealing is when people, who have access to certain information regarded as ‘insider information’ either via their position in the company or relationship with people working in the company, purchase a stake in the said company based on the information.
It is illegal and prohibited by the Investment & Securities Act (ISA 2007). In Section 111(I), the Act states that “a person who is an insider of a public company shall not buy or sell, or deal in the securities of the company which is offered to the public for sale or subscription if he has information which he knows is unpublished material, price-sensitive information in relation to those securities”.
This includes all the former and present staff of security exchanges and constructive insiders like investment bankers, accountants, stockbrokers and others who have access to certain confidential information while providing their services to a public traded company.
The act imposed not less than N500,000 fine or equivalent or double amount of the profit made or loss averted or imprisonment of up to 7 years in case of an individual convict and N1,000,000 fine for corporate offenders.
Stock Market Sustains Gain as Investors Pocketed N1.668 Billion Last Week
The Exchange year-to-date return jumped by 172.36% from the 4.16% it closed in the previous week to 11.33% last week
The Nigerian stock market extended gains last week after posting a N292 billion gain in the previous week as more investors jumped on oversold stocks with strong fundamentals.
During the week, activity rose with a total of 711.618 million shares worth N15.338 billion traded in 16,662 deals, against a total of 694.376 million shares valued at N8.667 billion that exchanged hands in 15,418 deals in the previous.
The financial services industry led the activity chart with 461.230 million shares valued at N3.697 billion traded in 7,653 deals. Therefore, contributed 64.81% and 24.10% to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
The Conglomerates Industry followed with 99.881 million shares worth N139.213 million in 582 deals. In third
place was the ICT Industry, with a turnover of 37.953 million shares worth N7.577 billion in 1,050 deals.
Transnational Corporation Plc, AIICO Insurance Plc and Zenith Bank Plc were the three most traded equities during the week. The three accounted for 194.600 million shares worth N1.191 billion in 1,974 deals and contributed 27.35% and 7.76% to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index appreciated by 6.88% or 3,061.61 index points to close at 47,554.34 index points last week, up from 44,492.73 index points recorded in the previous week.
Market value of all listed equities improved by N1.668 billion from N24.234 trillion posted in the previous week to N25.902 trillion last week.
Similarly, all other indices finished higher with the exception of NGX Oil & Gas and NGX Sovereign Bond, which depreciated by 1.29% and 0.32% respectively, while the NGX ASeM and NGX Growth indices closed flat.
Forty-nine equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than thirty-one equities in the previous week. Nineteen equities depreciated in price lower than thirty-three in the previous week, while eighty-nine equities remained unchanged, lower than ninety-three equities recorded in the previous week.
The Exchange year-to-date return jumped by 172.36% from the 4.16% it closed in the previous week to 11.33% last week, Investors King research has shown. See the details of the top gainers and losers below.
Stock Investors Gained N292 Billion Last Week
A total of 694.376 million shares worth N8.667 billion exchanged hands in 15,418 deals, in contrast to a total of 1.101 billion shares valued at N11.714 billion that exchanged hands in 15,697 deals in the previous week.
Investors in the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) gained N292 billion last week as thirty-one equities led by Axamansard Insurance closed in the red.
During the week, a total of 694.376 million shares worth N8.667 billion exchanged hands in 15,418 deals, in contrast to a total of 1.101 billion shares valued at N11.714 billion that exchanged hands in 15,697 deals in the previous week.
The Financial Services Industry led the activity chart with 487.150 million shares valued at N4.229 billion traded in 7,527 deals. Therefore, contributing 70.16% and 48.80% to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.
The Conglomerates Industry followed with 61.896 million shares worth N77.471 million in 396 deals. The third place was the Consumer Goods Industry, with a turnover of 40.042 million shares worth N1.243 billion in 2,713 deals.
Access Holdings Plc, Transnational Corporation Plc and Fidelity Bank Plc accounted for 232.923 million shares worth N1.237 billion in 1,316 deals and contributed a combined 33.54% and 14.27% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.
The NGX-All Share Index appreciated by 1.22%, or 535.97 index points from 43,956.76 index points recorded in the previous week to 44,492.73 index points last week
Market Capitalization of all listed equities also rose by 1.22% to close the week at N24.234 trillion, up from the N23.942 trillion it closed in the previous week.
Similarly, all other indices finished higher with the exception of NGX Insurance, NGX Consumer Goods, NGX Oil & Gas, NGX Lotus II and NGX Industrial Good, which depreciated by 1.34%, 1.05%, 0.84%, 0.19% and 0.66% respectively, while the NGX ASeM, NGX Growth and NGX Sovereign Bond indices closed flat.
Thirty-one equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than twenty-seven equities in the previous week. Thirty-three equities depreciated in price lower than thirty-six in the previous week, while ninety-three equities remained unchanged, lower than ninety-four equities recorded in the previous week.
The year-to-date gain improved to 4.16%. See the details of top gainers and losers below.
Nigerian Breweries Shareholders May Receive N85 Billion in Bonus Shares
Nigerian Breweries shareholders have been recommended to receive bonus shares worth approximately N85 billion from the company.
This was revealed following a regulatory filing over the weekend. The board of NB stated that in order to comply with the Corporate Affairs Commission’s directive for companies to remove unissued shares from their books, a bonus issue of one ordinary share of 50 kobo each will be issued to shareholders in the register of members at the close of business on Tuesday, December 06, 2022.
It also stated that the bonus shares with a nominal value of N1.03 billion will be issued from the company’s share premium account, which had a balance of N77.5 billion and N84 billion as of October 31, 2022, according to the 2021 audited report and accounts.
Shareholders are expected to consider and approve an increase in the company’s share capital from N5 billion to N5.138 billion through the issuance of an additional 276.132 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each, with such new shares ranking equally with the existing ordinary shares in the company’s share capital.
The Extraordinary General Meeting is also expected to direct the board to amend the company’s Memorandum of Association in accordance with the resolutions, as well as to give the board the authority to carry out any other acts, deeds, or things they deem necessary to give effect to the resolutions, such as signing or authorizing the signing of all relevant documents and appointing any necessary professional adviser; and that all previous actions taken by the director be reversed.
A resolution authorising the capitalization of N1.028 billion from the share premium account for the payment of bonus shares of 2.055 billion shares to be distributed among members in the proportion of one new share for every four shares held is also expected to be approved by shareholders in accordance with Article 129 of the company’s Articles of Association.
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