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Airtel, Nestle, FCMB Drag Stock Market Out of the Red Zone

Airtel Africa Plc led gainers with 9.97 percent to slightly dragged the Nigerian Stock Exchange out of the red zone this week.

The market capitalisation of listed equities expanded by 0.01 percent to close the week at N12.952 trillion. While the NSE All-Share Index gained 0.01 percent or 2.27 basis points from 24,826.75 bps achieved in the previous week to 24,829.02 bps this week.

The bourse year to date return moderated to -7.50 percent. However, the quarterly return remained at an impressive 16.57 percent even though the exchange returns a decline of -1.74 percent in June.

Activity level was low during the week as investors traded 738.375 million shares valued at N8.563 billion in 17,247 transactions. This was below the 1.050 billion shares worth N10.125 billion that were exchanged in 19.576 deals in the previous week.

In terms of volume traded, the financial services sector led the activity table with 456.851 million shares worth N3.773 billion exchanged in 8,062 deals. The sector contributed 61.92 percent and 44.06 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

This was followed by the consumer goods sector with 66.668 million shares valued at N2.015 billion but traded in 3,486 transactions.

The oil and gas industry came third with a total turnover of 63.255 million shares worth N380.146 million that were transacted in 963 deals.

In terms of the most traded stocks for the week, First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc led with a combined volume of 211.351 million shares valued at N3.042 billion that were exchanged in 3,623 deals. The three stocks contributed 28.59 percent and 35.52 percent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

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United Capital Lists N10Billion Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Series I Bonds

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United Capital N10Billion Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Series I Bonds

United Capital Plc on Tuesday announced it has listed N10Billion 5 Year 12.5 per cent Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Series I Bonds Due 2025 Under the N30,000,000,000 Debt Issuance Programme.

In a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the company said “United Capital Plc – Listing of United Capital Plc’s N10Billion 5 Year 12.5% Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Series I Bonds Due 2025 Under the N30,000,000,000 Debt Issuance Programme.”

“Dealing Members are hereby notified that United Capital Plc’s N10Billion 5 Year 12.5% Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Series I Bonds Due 2025 under the N30,000,000,000 Debt Issuance Programme were today Tuesday, 22 September 2020 listed on Daily Official List of The Nigerian Stock Exchange.”

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Nestlé S.A. Up Stake in Nestle Nigeria Plc to 66.3%

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Nestlé S.A. Switzerland Increased Stake in Nestle Nigeria Plc to 66.3%

Despite growing economic uncertainties amid a decline in economic productivity, Nestlé S.A, Switzerland, the parent company of Nestlé Nigeria Plc, has continued to up its ownership percentage in Nestle Nigeria.

Nestlé S.A, Switzerland now owned 66.3 percent of the Nigerian subsidiary.

This was after the company purchased additional shares of 229,697 units in Nestle Nigeria to bring the company’s total purchase from August 20 to date to 977,744 units.

Nestlé S.A has now spent a total sum of N1.17 billion to buy shares in three transactions in its Nigerian subsidiary in 22 days.

A break down of the transactions revealed that the purchase consideration for the 229,697 additional units of Nestlé Nigeria shares at an average price of N1,249.65 per unit is put at N287 million.

Experts said Nigerian shareholders were willing to sell because of the ongoing economic hardships being witnessed in the country.

The National Coordinator, PSAN, Boniface Okezie, said, “It is expected for the foreigners to take the holdings since Nigerian shareholders are offering to sell and no domestic investor has the ability to purchase.

“I don’t see it as a mission to take over the company; I believe it is a morale booster to the Nigerian company. The regulators are watching and they will react if they are crossing the threshold.”

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Nigerian Stock Exchange to Benefit From Low Valuations – Experts

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Stock Market to Benefit From Low Valuations – Experts

Investment experts have said the Nigerian Stock Exchange would benefit from low stock valuations despite the present mixed performance following sell pressure in banking stocks.

The experts hinged their analysis on the usual investors’ search for undervalued yields with strong fundamentals.

The NSE market capitalisation expanded by N14 billion last week but the All Share Index declined by 0.08 percent 25,572.57 basis points, highlighting the mixed performance of the Exchange amid growing economic uncertainties.

The analysts at Cordros Capital, in the review of the week performance, said the bourse could see a positive performance in the long run over compelling valuations while advising investors to exercise cautions when buying given current uncertainties.

They stated: “In the absence of a positive catalyst, and given the still uninspiring macro story, we guide investors to trade cautiously in the short term.

“However, we expect the market might benefit over the longer term on compelling valuations and as investors seek alpha-yielding opportunities in the face of negative real returns in the fixed income market.”

Experts at Afrinvest Securities, another Lagos-based investment banking company, said the new week would see investors taking profit, a situation they said could weigh on the Exchange and plunge stock value.

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