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Etranzact, Ardova, others halts negative performance of stock market



By Philemon Adedeji

Nigerian Equities Market cleared previous day loss to close in the green zone as the key market indicator went up by 52.52 basis points.

The NGX All-Share Index increased up by 0.11 per cent to close at 49,652.25 basis points as against 0.09 per cent loss recorded previously to close at 49,599.73 basis points at the end of the last trading session. Absolutely, the market capitalisation value gained N28.33 billion to close at N26.781 trillion.

The total volume traded advanced by 25.55 per cent to close at 161.88 million units worth  N1.63 billion and exchanged in 3,541deals.

TRANSCORP was the most traded stock by volume with 30.97 million traded while MTNN was the most traded stock by value which is put at N692.20 million.

Sectoral performance was broadly positive as thirteen (13) NGX sector index closed northward, two  closed southward while three  closed flat. The NGX MERIVAL Index inched up by 1.24 per cent to top the gainers chart while the NGX Consumer Goods Index dipped by 0.15 per cent to top the losers’ chart.

At the close of trade on Thursday,  20 stocks were recorded as the gainers as against 9 stocks that declined.

ETRANZACT topped the list of gainers with 9.81 per cent increased to close at N2.91 per share, as Ardova grew by 8.94 per cent to close at N13.40 per share while Chams rose by 7.41 per cent to close at N0.29 per share

FTNcocoa processor and Union Bank of Nigeria gained 7.14 per cent each to close at N0.30 and N6 per share while VITAFOAM topped the list of losers with 9.96 per cent to close at N21.25 per share, as followed by Multiverse and Mining Exploration dropped 9.92 per cent to close at N2.35 per share while Champion breweries declined by 4.16 per cent to close at N3.69 per share

Afripud depreciated by 3.51 per cent to close at N5.50 per share and Honey flour dipped by 3.51 per cent to close at N2.50 per cent

Transaction in the share of Transcorp topped the activities chart with 30.967 million share worth 34.444 million, followed by Fidelity bank which traded 28.707 million share valued at 101.715 million while Sterling bank transacted 19.815 million share worth 29.117 million

First City Monument Bank accounted 11.506 million share valued at 37.950 million and United bank of Africa traded 9.404 million share worth 67.840 million

Thus, market breadth closed positive as the Market Breadth Index (MBI) is put at 0.17x.

MTNN tops the value’s chart with 41.50 per cent contribution and closely followed by Zenithbank and Fidelity bank

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FBN Holdings’ market capitalisation hits $2.6bn after week of growth



FBN Holdings, one of Nigeria’s oldest banks on Wednesday has achieved a market capitalisation of N1.06 trillion ($2.6 billion) after a week of growth, with the share price rising by around 10 per cent.

The surge began in 2022 after billionaire investor Femi Otedola acquired a majority stake in the bank, triggering investor enthusiasm and a flurry of stock purchases.

At the time of Otedola’s acquisition, FBNH traded at just under N6 per share, meaning the stock price has quadrupled since the announcement.

In its third-quarter financial statements for the period, FBN Holding’s profit after tax (PAT) was N236.4 billion, a 159.2 percent increase from the N91.2 billion recorded in the corresponding period in 2022.

By surpassing the N1 trillion market cap, FBNH joins the exclusive group of Nigerian publicly traded companies known as SWOOTs (Stocks Worth Over One Trillion).

Other members of the SWOOTs group include Dangote Cement, Airtel Africa, MTN, BUA Cement, BUA Foods, Seplat, Zenith Bank, and GTCO.

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W’ Bank commits $5bn to expand electricity access in Africa by 2030



The World Bank has announced plans to allocate $5 billion towards bringing electricity to 100 million people in Africa by 2030.

The announcement was made by the President of the World Bank, Ajay Banga, during his speech at the mid-term review of the International Development Association’s $93 billion replenishment package in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Banga highlighted the importance of providing support to low-income countries through the bank’s IDA, which offers zero- or low-interest loans.

He cited the initiative to bring electricity to millions of people in Africa as an example of how the funds from IDA will be used.

The World Bank’s plan to bring electricity to 100 million people in Africa by 2030 is a significant step towards improving the quality of life for millions of people on the continent.

The lack of access to electricity has been a major hindrance to economic development in many African countries, and this initiative will help to address this issue.

The allocation of $5 billion towards this project is a clear indication of the World Bank’s commitment to supporting sustainable development in Africa.

Banga said World Bank shareholders, donor countries and philanthropies needed to dig deeper to help IDA deliver better development outcomes to low-income countries.

He said, “The truth is we are pushing the limits of this important concessional resource and no amount of creative financial engineering will compensate for the fact that we need more.”

He also said the World Bank needs to revamp how it evaluates its performance to focus on improved outcomes, not numbers of projects or dollars disbursed.

That means moving towards platforms that can be replicated, such as an IDA-financed mini-grid that delivers electricity to rural communities in Nigeria.

“But this is just one example, I want to see 100,000 – 200,000 – half a million more,” he said, adding that IDA was investing $5 billion to deliver affordable renewable electricity to 100 million Africans before 2030.

The World Bank boss added, “But how can we hope to make even adequate progress while 600 million people in Africa – 36 million of whom live here in Tanzania – still don’t have access to reliable electricity? Put simply: We can’t.”

The current, 20th IDA funding round is due to be completed on June 30, 2025, with the Zanzibar conference aimed at adding to that funding.

Banga used to launch his campaign for the subsequent round of funding to well exceed $93 billion.

The World Bank President in Zanzibar said, “The truth is we are pushing the limits of this important concessional resource and no amount of creative financial engineering will compensate for the fact that we need more funding. This must drive each of us to make the next replenishment of IDA the largest of all time.”

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CBN approves reviewed service charter to enhance business facilitation



By Sodiq Adelakun

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the approval of its reviewed Service Charter by Governor Olayemi Cardoso.

The Service Charter is a requirement of the Business Facilitation Act (BFA) 2022 and aims to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

It also enables the Bank to comply with SERVICOM Nigeria’s directives on improving customer service delivery.

The Charter outlines the Bank’s promises to work with its external customers to meet their service expectations, as well as what the Bank expects from them.

In the foreword, the Governor reiterated the Bank’s “commitment to providing more responsive and citizen-friendly governance through quality service delivery that is efficient, accountable and transparent,” the CBN stated on its website.

The document outlines the Bank’s mandates, vision, mission, and core values. It contains the services the Bank offers through its various departments and the service standards for each service.

The Service Charter also includes a standardised customer complaints form for reporting service failure and a mechanism for addressing service failure in any of the Bank’s services.

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