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FG to Redeem N139.6bn Treasury Bills, Bonds

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  • FG to Redeem N139.6bn Treasury Bills, Bonds

The Federal Government is expected to redeem N48.6bn Treasury bills and make N91bn bond coupon payment this week to bolster system liquidity.

The Central Bank of Nigeria is also scheduled to auction N48.6bn worth of Treasury bills this week in a primary market auction.

The CBN conducted an Open Market Operation auction once last week, which was on Thursday and offered a total of N350bn across the short – and medium-term maturities, that is the 91-day and the 175-day maturities.

The 91-day and 175-day bills were oversubscribed by 1.1x and 1.2x, respectively leading to a decline in the stop rates by six basis points and 24bps, respectively.

At the primary market auction last week, there was high demand across the 91-day, 182-day and 364-day maturities, which were oversubscribed by 2.9x, 3.3x and 7.7x, respectively.

As a result, stop rates across all three tenors declined with the CBN fully allotting N89.5bn (the total volume offered) across the board.

The Treasury bills secondary market, thus, maintained its bullish sentiment last week largely due to the huge volumes of lost bids at the primary market auction, following lower-than-expected stop rates, as well as the continued absence of long-term OMO bills.

Consequently, average yields across all tenors declined by 19bps week-on-week to close at 13.3 per cent on Friday.

Major buying interests were recorded at the medium and long-ends of the curve, particularly the 18-Jul-19, 08-Aug-19 and 02-Jan-20 maturities.

However, sell-offs of the 28-Mar-19 and the 04-Apr-19 buoyed yields at the shorter end of the curve.

Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said they believed that there would also be a strong demand at this week’s primary market auction, particularly at the long-end of the curve (the 364-day tenor) as investors locked in their funds in anticipation of further rate decline, predominantly if there would be no OMO auctions with long-term offers on Monday and Tuesday.

They said, “Investors are, therefore, advised to take advantage of the long-term primary market auction offer as well as selected secondary market bills as the apex bank has only offered short – and medium-term OMO bills in recent times.

“We expect buying interests by local and foreign investors, particularly at the medium-to long-end of the curve to persist, thereby pressuring yields downwards amidst reduced OMO auctions and the absence of long-term OMO bills.

“We also maintain that the stop rates at the PMA would guide rates obtainable on similar bills at the secondary market.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Investors Oversubscribed for FGN Bonds by N205.87 Billion in October

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FG October Bonds Oversubscribed by N205.87 Billion

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has said investors oversubscribed for the Federal Government’s October bonds by N205.87 billion.

The DMO stated this after concluding the monthly FGN bonds auction on Wednesday.

Two instruments of 12.5 per cent FGN March 2035 re-opening 15-year bond and 9.8 per cent FGN July 2045 re-opening 25-year bond were auctioned.

The two bonds of N15bn each with a total auction figure of N30bn received a subscription of N235.87bn.

The 15-year tenor and 25-year tenor bonds received 99 and 67 bids but recorded 21 and 26 successful bids respectively.

The amounts allotted for each of the bids were N20bn and N25bn respectively.

According to the DMO, successful bids for the 15-year tenor bond and 25-year tenor bonds were allotted at the marginal rates of 4.97 per cent and six per cent respectively.

However, it added, the original coupon rates of 12.5 per cent for the 12.5 per cent FGN March 2035 bond and the 9.8 per cent for the 9.8 per cent FGN July 2045 bonds would be maintained.

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Lafarge Africa Sustains Growth in Third Quarter, Reports N53.3bn Revenue

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Lafarge Africa Grows Revenue by 31.4 Percent to N53.3bn Revenue in Q3 2020

Lafarge Africa Plc, a cement manufacturer headquartered in Lagos, sustained its strong growth in the third quarter (Q3) ended September 30, 2020.

In the company’s financial results released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday, the cement manufacturer’s revenue rose by 31.4 percent from N45.172 billion posted in the third quarter of 2019 to N59.337 billion in the third quarter of 2020.

Similarly, operating profit grew by 7.2 percent from N7.746 billion in the corresponding quarter to N8.302 billion in the quarter under review. This strong performance continues across the board as net income expanded by 2.8 percent to N4.867 billion, up from N4.734 billion posted in the third quarter of 2019.

Lafarge earnings per share rose by 2.8 percent to 30 kobo in the third quarter, again up from the 29 kobo posted in the same period of 2019.

On the outlook for the company going forward, the company said:

 Market demand is expected to remain strong in Q4.
 Naira devaluation and inflation remain a concern in Q4.
 The implementation of our “HEALTH, COST & CASH” initiatives would continue to deliver
improvement in our performance.
 We will maintain a healthy balance sheet.

Speaking on the company’s performance, Khaled El Dokani, CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc, said “Our robust results for the first 9 months reflect the strong recovery of the demand in Q3 and the successful implementation of our “HEALTH, COST & CASH” initiatives. Both have delivered considerable improvement in recurring EBIT, net income and free cash flow, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Naira devaluation, particularly in Q3.

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Despite COVID-19 Pension Assets Hit N11.4 Trillion

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Total Pension Assets Expand to N11.35 Trillion

The National Pension Commission has revealed that the total pension assets rose to N11.35 trillion as of the end of August 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted businesses and economic productivity.

According to the latest figures from the National Pension Commission,  the commission assets expanded from N11.08 trillion in June 2020 to N11.3 trillion in July.

The report noted that 66.27 percent or N7.51 trillion of the funds had been invested in the Federal Government’s securities.

While some of the funds were also invested in domestic and foreign ordinary shares, corporate debt securities, local money market securities and mutual funds.

In the commission’s second quarter (Q2 2020) report, it said that following “the issuance of demand notices to some defaulting employers whose outstanding pension contribution liabilities had been established by recovery agents, 16 of the affected employers remitted N261.33 million during the period.

“PenCom said this represents a principal contribution of N152.79 million and penalty of N108.54 million during Q2 2020.”

In the commission’s Q2 2020 report, it said “the pension fund administrators (PFAs) 2,839 contributors under the micro pension plan, remitted a total of N7.4 million to the RSAs as pension contributions.

Also in the same quarter, it said the PFAs recaptured 56,990 RSA holders and uploaded their data to the enhanced contributory registration system (ECRS).

PenCom further said the growth in the industry’s membership was driven by the RSA scheme, which had an increase of 41,147 contributors, representing 0.46 percent.

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