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Nigerian Stock Market Gained N521 Billion as Apple, Others Shed $1 Trillion

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Nigerian stock market opened the week with a whopping N521 billion gain despite the world’s largest technology companies shedding $1 trillion in the last three trading days, Investors King reports.

Investors in the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) exchanged 337,564,205 shares worth N5.555 billion in 7,684 deals during the trading hours of Monday.

Breaking down key sectors, the NGX consumer goods index appreciated by 215 basis points on the back of a 10% gain in Nigerian Breweries, a 9.96% increase in the value of Cadbury, Intbrew grew by 9.63% and Honey Flour gained 1.94%. The two losers were Guinness and Flour Mills.

The oil and gas index also improved. Expanding by 47 basis points on 9.38% and 0.72% increase in the value of shares of Conoil and Oando. The industrial index added 21 basis points as stocks of Cutix, Wapco and Cap gained 9.60%, 2.73% and 2.28%, respectively.

However, the banking index lost 28 basis points on a 1.59% decline in Union Bank of Nigeria and 0.61% depreciation in Zenith Bank despite Unity Bank, Sterling Bank, Jaiz Bank and Ecobank appreciating in value.

The market value of all listed equities appreciated by N512 billion to N27.981 trillion, up from N27.460 trillion recorded on Friday. The NGX All-Share Index rose by 1.90% to 51,902.48 index points. On the same day, US Nasdaq dropped −521.41 points or

Year-to-date, the NGX All-Share Index has appreciated by 21.50% while Dow Jones and Nasdaq have lost

In the last three trading sessions, Apple stock led the decline with a $200 billion depreciation in its market capitalisation. Facebook, Amazon and others contributed to the $1 trillion tech rout.

A total of 37 stocks appreciated in Nigeria, against 21 stocks that lost points. See the details of top gainers and losers below.

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
NB N 70.00 N 77.00 7.00 10.00 %
CADBURY N 13.55 N 14.90 1.35 9.96 %
ROYALEX N 1.01 N 1.11 0.10 9.90 %
CHAMPION N 3.34 N 3.67 0.33 9.88 %
INTBREW N 6.75 N 7.40 0.65 9.63 %

Top Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
TRANSCOHOT N 4.50 N 4.05 -0.45 -10.00 %
GUINNESS N 110.00 N 99.45 -10.55 -9.59 %
MULTIVERSE N 0.22 N 0.20 -0.02 -9.09 %
WAPIC N 0.45 N 0.42 -0.03 -6.67 %
SUNUASSUR N 0.33 N 0.31 -0.02 -6.06 %

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
TRANSCORP 37756876.00 45004809.10
GTCO 24757335.00 580629679.05
ZENITHBANK 21199621.00 521668661.90
ACCESSCORP 19347531.00 185445343.55
FBNH 15849807.00 190263742.25

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Nigeria’s Market Falls 1.09% Amid Decline in Key Sectors

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Nigeria’s stock market closed the trading week ended Friday, April 12, with a decline of 1.09% following a downturn influenced by notable drops in the banking, insurance, and consumer goods sectors.

This shift resulted in a loss of about N638 billion for investors during the two-day trading week, which was shortened due to public holidays for Eid Mubarak.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited’s (NGX) All-Share Index (ASI) decreased from an opening high of 103,437.67 points to 102,314.56 points.

Meanwhile, market capitalization also dropped from N58.498 trillion to N57.860 trillion over the review period.

The market’s month-to-date (MtD) performance fell by 2.15%, and the year-to-date (YtD) return is now at 36.83%.

Futureview research analysts had previously forecasted a mixed performance in the equities market as investors adjusted their positions in anticipation of upcoming corporate actions and dividend payouts.

The analysts also predicted a possible shift in focus towards the fixed income market, which could influence short-term investment decisions.

While the market faced challenges this week, analysts expect a resurgence of buying interest driven by upcoming corporate actions and earnings reports, attracting investors looking to benefit from dividend payments.

Their recommendation to investors is to consider investing in high-quality stocks with strong fundamentals for potential returns.

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Zenith Bank to Pay N109.88bn Dividends to Shareholders for 2023

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Zenith Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, is set to distribute dividends totaling N109.88 billion to its shareholders for the 2023 financial year.

The announcement was made as part of the bank’s annual report filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Monday.

The dividends amount to N4.00 per share. This includes a final dividend of N3.50 per share and an interim dividend of N0.50 per share paid earlier in the year.

The proposed dividends are subject to approval by shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) and are payable from the retained earnings accounts as of December 31, 2023.

Throughout the fiscal year, Zenith Bank’s gross earnings surged by 125.50 percent to N2.13 trillion compared to N945 billion in the previous year.

The increase in gross earnings contributed to the bank’s impressive profit after tax, which increased to N676.91 billion, an increase from N223.91 billion recorded in 2022.

This positive performance was driven by the increase in interest and similar income, which rose to N1.14 trillion from N540 billion.

However, the bank experienced a decline in net income on fees and commission, dropping to N109.31 billion from N132.79 billion in 2022, indicating a 17.68 percent decrease.

This decline was attributed to an increase in fees and commission expenses, which grew to N68.21 billion from N24.42 billion in the previous year.

Also, Zenith Bank disclosed various operational expenses incurred during the year, including insurance premiums paid to Zenith General Insurance Limited and Prudential Zenith, as well as payments for information technology services rendered by Cyberspace Network.

 

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VFD Group Plc’s Rights Issue Listed on NGX’s Daily Official List

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) has listed VFD Group Plc’s Rights Issue on its Daily Official List.

The move follows the approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and represents a crucial step in the company’s growth trajectory.

The Rights Issue comprises 63,342,455 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each priced at N197.33 per share, bringing the total value of the issue to N12.499 billion. With this listing, VFD Group Plc’s total issued and fully paid-up shares have surged from 190,027,365 to 253,369,820 ordinary shares.

According to a report by NGX, the additional shares listed arose from VFD’s Rights Issue on the basis of one ordinary share for every three ordinary shares held as of October 12, 2023.

This move underscores VFD Group Plc’s commitment to expanding its shareholder base and enhancing liquidity in the market.

The approval by SEC for the Rights Issue further solidifies VFD Group Plc’s position in the market. Gbeminiyi Shoda, the Group Company Secretary of VFD Group Plc, confirmed that the Qualification Date for the Rights Issue was October 12, 2023, with the application list opening on December 20, 2023, for a maximum period of 31 days.

VFD Group Plc’s Rights Issue comes on the heels of its recent listing on the Main Board of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX). The listing of 190 million units of shares at N244.88 per share added N46.527 billion to NGX’s market capitalization, reflecting the company’s growing influence in the Nigerian capital market.

VFD Group Plc, known for its sector-agnostic proprietary investment approach, aims to create positive and socially conscious ecosystems by aggregating potentially viable businesses. The Rights Issue listing underscores the company’s strategic move to increase visibility, access capital, and enhance liquidity, ultimately benefiting its investors and stakeholders.

Investors and market analysts are closely watching the developments surrounding VFD Group Plc as it continues to expand its footprint in the Nigerian financial landscape. With the successful listing of its Rights Issue on NGX, the company is poised for further growth and value creation in the market.

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