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Stock Market Maintains Positive Momentum, Closes Firmer

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The stock market maintained a positive momentum to close firmer last week despite apprehensions that the retention of the high monetary indicators by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may impact negatively on the market. The NSE ASI appreciated by 1.39 per cent to 28,247.07, thereby closing in the green for the second consecutive week.  The market capitalisation closed higher at N9.703 trillion.

Similarly, all other Indices finished higher during the week, with the exception of the NSE-Main Board Index, NSE Banking Index and the NSE Consumer Goods Index that depreciated by 0.14 per cent, 0.73 per cent and 0.53 per cent respectively, while the NSE ASeM and NSE Insurance Indices closed flat.

Analysts at Afrinvest said: “Whilst a tight monetary policy environment prevails (post-MPC decision), we perceive frail sentiment towards equities may persist as investors continue to take advantage of higher yields in the fixed income market. Nonetheless, we expect the broader index to close the week within the positive territory.”

The NSE  Oil & Gas Index advanced the most (+6.4 per cent) on account of strong buy sentiment in Conoil Plc (+33.5 per cent), and Total Nigeria Plc (+18.0 per cent) while the  NSE Industrial Goods Index gained 1.6 per cent on the back of gains Dangote Cement PlcM (+3.4 per cent).

Conversely,  the NSE  Banking Index lost the most, declining by  0.7 per cent on account of price depreciation in Guaranty Trust  Bank Plc(-7.2 per cent) and ETI (-1.2 per cent).  The NSE  Consumer Goods Index fell 0.5 per cent on weaker sentiments in Nigerian Breweries Plc (-1.0 per cent) and Unilever Nigeria (-1.0 per cent) which appreciated in the previous week.

Daily Performance summary

The market had opened on Monday on a negative note as the Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index (NSE ASI) declined by 0.07 per cent to close at 27,839.93 points. The negative performance was on the back of losses recorded by depreciation recorded in the share prices of PZ Cussons, Nigerian Breweries, Forte Oil, Nascon Allied Industries Plc and Nestle Nigeria Plc and Nigerian Breweries Plc. Similarly, the market capitalisation depreciated by 0.07 per cent to close at N9.56 trillion. In terms of volume of trading a total of total volume of stocks traded was 328.20 million valued at N2.89 billion in 3,215 deals.   The most actively traded sectors were: Financial Services (302.77 million), Consumer Goods (8.30 million shares) and, Conglomerates (6.46 million shares), while the three most actively traded stocks were: Access Bank (84.09 million), FBN Holdings Plc (54.14 million shares) and United Bank for Africa (38.85 million).

All sector indices closed in green save for the  NSE Consumer Goods index which fell 1.0 per cent on account of sell pressure in PZ (-4.9 per cent), Nigerian Breweries (-1.1 per cent) and Nestle Nigeria(-0.1 per cent). The  NSE Banking index advanced the most, up  0.3 per cent on the back of improved buy interest in GTBank Plc (+0.2 per cent) and Zenith Bank (+0.2 per cent). The NSE  Industrial Goods and  NSE Oil & Gas indices rose 0.2  per cent apiece, driven by gains in Lafarge Africa Plc (+0.5 per cent), Conoil Plc (+10.2 per cent) and Total Nigeria (+5.0 per cent).  In the same vein, the Insurance index appreciated 0.2 per cent.

The market rebounded on Tuesday, shaking off the bearish start to the week as the NSE ASI jumped by 1.3 per cent to close at 28,209.93. Market capitalisation shed N127.1 billion to be at N9.69 trillion. The market was lifted by gains in Dangote Cement Plc (+3.9 per cent), Zenith Bank  (+0.5 per cent) and Access  Bank Plc (+0.4 per cent).

Just like the previous day’s performance, all indices closed in green save for the Consumer Goods index which fell 0.7 per cent on account of losses in Unilever Nigeria Plc (-1.1 %) and Nigerian Breweries  (-0.1 per cent). The NSE Industrial Goods led the gainers with 2.0 per cent driven by gains in Dangote Cement (3.9 per cent). Likewise, sustained buying interest in Conoil Plc (+10.2 per cent) and uptrend in Total Nigeria Plc (+2.5 per cent) drove the NSE Oil & Gas indices 1.3 per cent.

The uptrend continued at the equities market  though marginally. The NSE ASI went up 0.02 per cent to close at 28,214.57. Gains in FBN Holdings, UBA, Zenith Bank, Oando and Stanbic IBTC contributed to the positive close. Investors traded 3.09 billion in 2,815 deals worth N6.24 billion in 2,815 deals.  The three most actively traded stocks were: GNI (2.87 billion shares), Zenith Bank (51.22 million shares) and UBA (23.56 million shares).

Profit taking in some highly capitalised stocks halted the two-day rally with the NSE ASI falling by 0.17 per cent to close at 28,166.42.   The stocks included FBN Holdings, UBA, GTBank, Dangote Cement Plc and Guinness  Nigeria Plc.   Although the general market mood remained negative, 1.6 per cent price decline recorded by Dangote Cement Plc the market southwards. Ex-Dangote Cement Plc, the market would have closed 0.6 per cent higher.

Performance across sectors was mixed as the NSE Banking and NSE Industrial Goods Index shed 0.2 per cent and 0.9 per cent. On the positive side, the NSE Oil & Gas Index advanced the most, rising to 3.4 per cent on the back of appreciation in Oando Plc (+7.1 per cent) and Mobil Oil Plc (+5.0 per cent) while the NSE Consumer Goods Index followed, increasing  by 0.6 per cent as a  result of gains in PZ Cussons  (+4.9 per cent) and Nigerian Breweries Plc (+1.0 per cent).

On the last day of the week, the equity market rebounded today to close the week positively. Specifically, the NSE ASI appreciated by 0.29 per cent to close at 28,247.07  on gains  recorded by  FBN Holdings, Flour Mills, PZ Cussons, Dangote Cement and Guinness  Nigeria.

The total value of stocks traded on the floors of the exchange on Friday was N1.56 billion, down by 56.91 per cent from N3.62bn recorded the previous day while  volume was 265.07 million shares exchanged in  3,136 deals.

Market turnover

In all, the market recorded a turnover of 4.331 billion shares worth N16.803 billion in 16,797 deals in contrast to a total of 611.527 million shares valued at N5.495 billion that exchanged hands the previous week in 9,650 deals.

The Financial Services Industry remained the most active, leading with 4.177 billion shares valued at N9.788 billion traded in 9,805 deals, thus contributing 96.45 per cent and 58.25 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Consumer Goods Industry followed with 65.533 million shares worth N5.017 billion in 2,855 deals. The third place was occupied by the Conglomerates Industry with a turnover of 31.751 million shares worth N125.102 million in 594 deals.

Trading in the top three equities namely – Great Nigerian Insurance Plc, FCMB Group Plc and Diamond Bank Plc accounted for 3.299 billion shares worth N3.704 billion in 1,308 deals, contributing 76.18 per cent and 22.04 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

Also traded during the week were a total of 615 units of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) valued at N6,070.20 executed in 21 deals, compared with a total of 945 units valued at N9,541.90 transacted two weeks in 18 deals.

A total of 3,394 units of Federal Government Bonds valued at N3.263 million were traded in 5 deals compared to a total of 1,700 units of Federal Government Bonds valued at N1.591 million transacted the previous week in six deals.

Gainers and losers

Meanwhile, 33 equities appreciated in price during the week, lower than 34 equities in the previous week, while 25 equities depreciated in price, lower than 26 equities in the preceding week. A total of 122 equities remained unchanged higher than 120 equities recorded in the preceding week.

Conoil Plc led the price gainers for the week with 33.4 per cent, followed by Cutix Plc with 19.4 per cent, just as Total Nigeria Plc and Oando Plc appreciated by 18 per cent and 15.2 per cent respectively. Cadbury Nigeria Plc and Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc went up by 14.1 per cent and 9.3 per cent in that order.

Other top price gainers include: MRS Oil Nigeria Plc (8.8 per cent); Eterna Plc (8.2 per cent); Zenith Bank Plc (7.5 per cent) and PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc (6.4 per cent).

Conversely, Caverton led the price losers, shedding 13.2 per cent, trailed by Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc with 12.9 per cent, while Beta Glass Company Nigeria Plc (9.7 per cent). Guaranty Trust Bank Plc shed 7.2 per cent, just as Guinness Nigeria Plc and E-Tranzact International Plc fell by 7.0 per cent and 5.0 per cent respectively.

Other top price losers included: African Prudential Registrars Plc (4.9 per cent); Northern Nigeria Flour Mills (4.9 per cent), Airline Services & Logistics Plc (4.7 per cent) and Avon Crowncaps 7 Containers Plc (4.3 per cent).

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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Mozambique President Named Africa Oil & Power’s “Person of the Year” for 2020

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H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique has been selected as Africa Oil & Power’s  “Person of the Year” for 2020 by Africa Oil & Power.

This prestigious award is presented to exceptional individuals who display true leadership and innovative thinking in steering their countries or organizations to the forefront of the global energy sector.

President Nyusi has been at the helm of Mozambique’s energy sector during its many recent successes, including several multibillion gas projects which are now in development in this Southern African country. These natural gas projects, once fully actualized, represent more than three times the country’s current GDP, with the Exxon-led Rovuma LNG project valued at $23.9 billion; the country’s Total-led gas project valued at $23 billion; and the $4.7 billion Coral FLNG project, which is expected to reach first gas in 2022.

  • H.E. Filipe Nyusi has steered Mozambique through incredible challenges, and is leading the country to demonstrable economic success.
  • Multibillion-dollar gas projects are transforming Mozambique’s economy and are leading to prosperity, progress for all Mozambicans.
  • Africa Oil & Power will present H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique, with highest honors at the Mozambique Gas & Power 2021 event.

“H.E. Filipe Nyusi has led the charge in creating an enabling environment in the energy industry and the broader economy that paved the way for extraordinary energy deals which Mozambique currently enjoys,” said Jude Kearney, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance at the US Department of Commerce during the Clinton Administration and currently President of Kearney Africa Advisors. “I can think of no better individual in Africa’s energy space on whom to bestow this award. Mozambique has a bright future ahead as international gas projects drive new growth, job creation, economic development and prosperity,” added Kearney.

Not only has President Nyusi been instrumental in the deals coming through, he has also helped drive a focus on national capacity building and has made sure the projects set aside natural gas for domestic use, setting the country on a path towards economic diversification and energy security.

“H.E. President Filipe Nyusi has worked hard to create an environment that ensures that a strong gas industry will create jobs, boost entrepreneurship, protect our environment, diversify our economy for the benefit of all the citizens and generate much-needed revenue for the government. The President has made the energy sector a crucial component of the economic well-being of Mozambique,” said Florival Mucave, CEO of the Mozambican Oil & Gas Chamber.

“H.E. President Filipe Nyusi has taken Mozambique from a place of relative obscurity in the energy markets, to a place of leadership in the global natural gas industry,” said Renée Montez-Avinir, Managing Director of AOP.  “His leadership has been instrumental in bringing these mega natural gas projects to fruition, providing vital investment security to close several multi-billion dollar deals. There is no doubt, the natural gas projects will transform Mozambique, bringing progress and prosperity to the entire country and placing Mozambique at the forefront of a global natural gas revolution,” added Montez-Avinir.

In office since 2015, Nyusi has aggressively pursued an anti-corruption campaign; continued to lead the country in peace; and has successfully navigated the country through incredible challenges, including Tropical Cyclone Idai that struck Mozambique in 2019 and the economic fallout presented by COVID-19 this year.

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U.S. New Home Sales Jump 108% Over the Last 10 Years

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Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that the United States’ new home sales annual rate has grown by 108.45%. The growth was recorded between 2010 and 2020.

Homes sales spear amid pandemic

The highest sales were recorded this year at 697, 542 as of September 28th, a growth of 2.9% from last year’s 677,386. Over the last decade, the lowest sales were registered in 2011 at 309,853, a drop of 7.40% from 2010’s 334,624.

From the data, it is clear that the new home sales have been rising despite the economic uncertainties. According to the research report:

“The rise in new home sales is a good indicator considering that the United States real estate market was among the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The high sales show a rising momentum as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic.”

The research also overviewed the sales relating to the existing homes where the annual rate jumped by 128%. From the data, the highest sales were recorded this year at about 1.3 million. Last year, the figure stood at 1.2 million. The lowest sales were recorded ten years ago at 577,774.

An overview of the new home median sale price shows a spike of 46.96% The existing home median sale price had a growth of 62.08%. In 2020, the new home sale median price was $332,560, while ten years ago the figure stood at $219,484. On the other hand, the median sale for existing homes stands at $280,134 while ten years ago, the price was $174,843.

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USAID/Power Africa Announces $2.6m in Healthcare Electrification Grants to Solar Energy Companies in Nine Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

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 Power Africa, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces grants totaling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity to nearly 300 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nearly 60 percent of all healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, and of those that do, only 34 percent of hospitals and 28 percent of health clinics have reliable, 24-hour access.  Energy is critical for powering essential devices, medical and sterilization equipment, diagnostics, cold storage for vaccines and medication, information technology, and lights to enable the delivery of continuous health care services. Efficient health services and responses to diseases – including COVID-19 – depend on reliable access to electricity.

In support of the accelerated provision of off-grid solar energy to healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, Power Africa is awarding grants to the following solar energy companies: 

  • Havenhill Synergy Ltd. (Nigeria)
  • KYA-Energy Group (Togo)
  • Muhanya Solar Ltd. (Zambia)
  • Nanoé (Madagascar)
  • OffGridBox (Rwanda)
  • OnePower (Lesotho)
  • PEG Solar (Ghana)
  • SolarWorks! (Mozambique)
  • Zuwa Energy (Malawi)

These companies will utilize Power Africa funding to provide off-grid solar electricity solutions to 288 healthcare facilities across the nine countries represented.

“Solar energy holds great potential to expand and improve health care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa, and off-grid solar technology offers a clean, affordable, and smart solution to electrify healthcare facilities located beyond the reach of national electricity grids,” said Mark Carrato, Power Africa Acting Coordinator. “Power Africa’s experience shows that off-grid solar energy systems can be rapidly deployed to even the most rural facilities.”

“These awards demonstrate what we can accomplish when the public and private sectors join together to break down the barriers to reliable electricity for rural healthcare facilities,” said Chris Milligan, Counselor to USAID, on September 22, 2020 during a virtual event announcing the grant awardees.

ABOUT THE GRANTEES AND HOW THEY WILL POWER HEALTHCARE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Havenhill Synergy will electrify 21 rural healthcare facilities in Oyo State, Nigeria, using an energy-as-a-service business model. The facilities are mostly within peri-urban communities with limited reliable electricity access. Havenhill will provide long-term operation and maintenance of the solar energy systems.

KYA-Energy Group will electrify 20 health centers in Togo. In addition to electricity access, KYA will provide automated solar hand washing stations for infection prevention and solar phone charging stations for generating additional income.  

In partnership with the Churches Health Association of Zambia, Muhanya Solar Ltd. will provide electricity access to seven rural health facilities in Zambia. Muhanya will also electrify staff housing to generate revenue for the operation and maintenance of the solar systems installed at the health facilities. 

Nanoé will electrify 35 rural health facilities in the Ambanja and Ambilobe districts of Madagascar. The company will deploy nano-grids with the health facilities as anchors and connections running to staff housing. Electricity will be sold to the surrounding communities to generate income for the operation and maintenance of the nano-grids. 

With their containerized solution, OffGridBox will provide renewable energy and clean water to six rural clinics in Rwanda. The company will also set up a pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) business model, selling electricity and clean water to the surrounding communities.

OnePower will electrify seven rural health facilities in Lesotho, using the facilities as anchor loads for mini-grids. In addition to powering the health facilities, the mini-grids will provide electricity access for rural communities served by the facilities. 

PEG Solar will provide electricity access to 91 rural community healthcare facilities in Ghana. PEG will adopt a private sector approach to energy service delivery for public health facilities, enabling rapid electrification of the facilities while significantly reducing the upfront financial burden of transitioning to solar energy. 

SolarWorks! will electrify 92 rural healthcare facilities in Mozambique’s Sofala province. To ensure sustainability of the systems beyond the grant implementation period, SolarWorks! will cover operational and maintenance costs of the solar energy systems for five years.

Zuwa Energy will install solar energy solutions in nine health facilities in Malawi. Electricity access will enable the facilities to provide higher-quality health services throughout the day and more comprehensive services at night. Additionally, Zuwa will electrify staff housing with the aim to increase staff wellbeing and retention rates.

“Through these grants, USAID is investing in a set of pilot projects that demonstrate how healthcare electrification can be delivered in a commercially sustainable manner, with strong private sector involvement,” said David Stonehill, the Lead for Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative.  “These grants demonstrate the Power Africa model in action:  We use a modest amount of public funding to de-risk transactions, thus opening the door for private investment.”

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