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CBN wields rod to tame inflation, forex infractions

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Olayemi Cardoso, has declared that the apex bank is set to wield a rod of discipline to ensure adherence to regulations in the forex market and also tame inflation.

The CBN Governor made this known in a keynote address at the launch of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) 2024 Economic Outlook report virtually.

The CBN had earlier uncovered infractions, gross abuses, and non-compliance with foreign exchange market regulations with the apex Bank making a vow to punish those responsible for these abuses in collaboration with relevant agencies.

Cardoso yesterday also disclosed that the CBN is working to reduce the headline inflation rate to 21.4 per cent this year.

Recall that inflation in Nigeria rose for the twelfth consecutive month in December, 2023 with the headline inflation rate reaching 28.92 percent, up from 28.20  percent in November.

The figure represents a 0.72 percent increase from the 28.20 percent recorded in November 2023. On a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation rate in December was 7.58 percent higher than the rate recorded in November 2022 at 21.34 percent.

However, Cardoso averred that the inflation targeting policy of the CBN will help reduce inflationary pressures in 2024. He said it would be aided by improved agricultural productivity as well as expected reduction in pump price of petroleum products

Speaking further, Cardoso said, “The anticipated moderation in pump prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) due to the expected operational status of the country’s key Government and privately-owned refineries in 2024 is a pivotal factor in the economic equation.

“The expected stabilisation or reduction in fuel costs is poised to have far-reaching implications across various sectors. This will be contributing significantly to overall economic efficiency and resilience.

“Inflationary pressures are expected to decline in 2024 due to the CBN’s inflation-targeting policy, which aims to rein in inflation to 21.4 percent.

“This will be aided by improved agricultural productivity and the easing of global supply chain pressures. It will benefit businesses by boosting consumer confidence and purchasing power.

“The CBN’s adoption of the inflation-targeting framework involves clear communication, use of monetary policy instruments, and collaboration with fiscal authorities to achieve price stability. This will foster market confidence and positively influence consumer behaviour.

“The outlook for decreasing inflation in 2024 will have a profound impact on businesses, providing a more predictable cost environment. And it will potentially lead to lowered policy rates, stimulating investment, fueling growth, and creating job opportunities.

“Additionally, the Bank has reverted to the conventional monetary policy approach with a focus on attaining price stability. This will foster sustainable economic growth for Nigeria,” he said.

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Transcorp Power Plc grows PBT by 775% in Q1 2024

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Transcorp Power Plc (Transcorp Power), one of the electricity generating subsidiaries of Nigeria’s leading, listed conglomerate, Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp Group), has demonstrated impressive financial performance in its released Q1 2024 unaudited financial statements, for the period ended March 31, 2024.

The Company recorded N67.86 billion in gross earnings, compared to N21.04 billion reported in Q1 2023, reflecting a significant increase of 223 percent.

The strong performance is further demonstration of the Company’s strategic focus and effective execution, as part of Transcorp Group’s implementation of its integrated power strategy.

Commenting on the financial highlights, Evans Okpogoro, the Chief Financial Officer said, “The Q1 2024 results saw a gross margin of 51 percent, a cost to income ratio of 70 percent and net profit margin of 30 percent compared to Q1 2023 gross margin of 37 percent, cost to income ratio of 87 percent and net profit margin of 13 percent.

“This highlights the remarkable operational efficiency gains of the Company. Transcorp Power has continued to grow its revenue aggressively and consistently over the last five years.  We expect that by year end 2024, we will see a similar growth trajectory recorded between FY 2022 and FY 2023.”

Transcorp Power MD/CEO, Peter Ikenga, commented on the results, saying, “We are pleased to report further robust financial performance, despite sectoral challenges such as gas supply issues and macroeconomic challenges.  Our ability to sustain growth amidst this environment shows the resilience of our business model and the efficient execution of our strategic initiatives.

“We remain committed to leveraging our strengths to capitalise on emerging opportunities, drive sustainable growth and provide superior value to all our stakeholders.

“We will continue to prioritise ingenuity, operational excellence, corporate governance, and stakeholder engagement, to deliver superior value for our long-term growth,” he added.

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Investors end week’s trading with N173bn loss

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Investors in the Nigerian equities market ended the week’s trading with a N173 billion loss on Friday.

This followed the slump in the share value of Unity Bank, FBNH, Tantalizer, and Deap Capital Management & Trust, amongst others on the trading floor today.

After five hours of trading at the capital market, the equity capitalisation crashed to N56.2 trillion from N56.4 trillion posted by the bourse on Thursday.

Similarly, the All-Share Index (ASI) fell to 99,539.75 from 99,845.91 achieved by the bourse the previous day.

The market breadth was negative as 14 stocks advanced, 19 declined while 87 others remained unchanged in 7,168 deals.

FTN Cocoa Processors led other gainers with 9.60 percent growth in share price to close at N1.37 from its previous N1.25 per share.

R.T. Briscoe, Livestock Feeds, and Royal Exchange also raised their share prices by 9.26 percent, 9.02 percent, and 8.06 percent respectively.

On the flip side, Unity Bank led other price decliners as it shed 10 percent off its share price to close at N1.62 from the previous N1.80 per share.

Tantalizers, Deap Capital, and Caverton Offshore equally shed their share prices by 8.57 percent, 7.35 percent, and 6.83 percent respectively.

On the volume index, United Bank for Africa (UBA) traded 38.715 million shares valued at N880.5 million in 687 deals followed by Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) which traded 38.296 million shares worth N1.31 billion in 629 deals.

Access Holdings traded 34.339 million shares valued at N584.5 million in 660 deals.

On the value index, banking stocks led the way again as GTCO recorded the highest value for the day, trading stocks worth N1.31 billion in 629 deals followed by UBA which traded stocks worth N880 million in 687 deals.

Zenith Bank traded equities worth N875 million in 622 deals.

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NGX: Sell-offs in banking stocks drop value of transactions down 2.60%

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Bearish sentiment persisted on banking stocks at the equity market on Friday, making the value of transactions traded on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd.(NGX) down by 2.60 per cent.

Analysis of the market activities indicated trade turnover settled lower relative to the previous session.
Specifically, investors transacted a total of 257.86 million shares valued at N5.40 billion exchanged in 7,168 deals, as against 285.91 million shares worth N5.54 billion exchange in 7,726 deals posted on Thursday.
Consequently, the market capitalisation, which opened at N56.469 trillion, shed N173 billion or 0.31 per cent to close at N56.296 trillion.
The All-Share Index also dropped 0.31 per cent or 306 points to settle at 99,539.75, compared to 99,845.91 recorded in the previous session.
As a result, the Year-To-Date (YTD) return dipped to 33.12 per cent.
Sell-offs in Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), FBN Holdings, Zenith Bank,  Access Corporation,  Stanbic IBTC Bank, Jaiz Bank, as well as United Capital and Unilever Nigeria, among other top decliners, drove the market to a negative terrain.
Meanwhile, market breadth closed negative with 20 losers and 14 gainers.
On the losers’ chart, United Bank led by 10 per cent to close at N1.62, FBN Holdings followed by 9.83 per cent to close at N24.30, Tantalizers declined by 8.57 per cent to close at 32k per share.
Deap Capital Management shed 7.35 per cent to close at 63k and Caverton went down by 6.83 per cent to close at 1.50 per share.
On the gainers’ chart, FTN Cocoa Processors led by 9.60 per cent to close at N1.37, RT Briscoe trailed by 9.26 per cent to close at 59k, Livestock Feed gained N1.45 per share.
Royal Exchange Assurance added 8.06 per cent to close at 67k, while Consolidated Hallmark Plc rose by 7.44 per cent to close at N1.30 per share.
On the activity chart, UBA led in volume with 38.72 million shares traded in value of N888.55 million, while GTCO led in value with 38.30 million shares worth N1.31 biliion.
Access Corporation also sold 34.34 million shares worth N584.54 million, Zenith Bank traded 24.41 million shares worth N875.85 million and The Initiative Plc transacted 17.52 million shares worth N34.13 million.
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