The CEO of Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), Mr. Temi Popoola, has affirmed that Exchange is fully poised to lend its support to the Federal Government’s objectives.
NGX aims to achieve this by mobilising capital, which, as he put it, “will address government challenges and foster wealth creation for Nigerians.” This assertion comes in the wake of President Bola Tinubu’s ceremonial ringing of the Closing Bell at NASDAQ Exchange in New York last week, marking a significant moment in the NGX International Non-Deal Roadshow supported by Stanbic IBTC, CardinalStone Partners, and Chapel Hill Denham.
Popoola, speaking on the sidelines of the Roadshow to BBC in London, highlighted the privatisation initiatives in the telecommunications sector as a compelling illustration of this concept. He pointed out that President Tinubu’s administration, presently engaged in tax reforms to boost revenue, can harness the potential of the capital market to create value and simultaneously achieve its objectives while delivering returns to investors.
As part of ongoing endeavours to attract foreign investors to the Nigerian economy, the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, ceremonially rang the Opening Bell at the London Stock Exchange on Monday, 25th September 2023 to spotlight the London arm of the Roadshow. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, foreign investment in Nigeria has experienced a significant decline, mirroring the trend observed in other emerging economies during the same period.
“What we are trying to achieve is to emphasise to investors that Nigeria is open for business and also reinforce that the enormity of the challenges are clear and work has begun to address all the issues. Whether capital inflows or foreign exchange illiquidity, NGX remains a veritable platform for solving these economic challenges,” the CEO added.
According to Popoola, encouraging listings can also address government’s problems including tax revenues, and create value for shareholders as listed companies have better governance and are more accountable with tax payment.
FBNH, Access Corporation lead gainers on NGX
First Bank of Nigeria Holdings and Access Corporation led gainers on the Nigerian equities market on Monday.
This is as investors also lost N132.43billion on the Nigerian equities market yesterday.
The NGX All-Share Index advanced by 0.17 percent, closing at 71,353.81 basis points, compared to the previous day’s gain of 0.25 percent, which closed at 71,230.48 basis points.
YTD, the NGXASI stands at 39.22 percent.
The total volume traded advanced by 28.12 percent to close at N746.67 million, valued at N5.95 billion and traded in 9,267 deals. UNIVINSURE was the most traded stock by volume with N161.10 million, while ACCESSCORP was the most traded stock by value with N1.47 billion units traded.
The Gate Index closed flat at 188.47, while the Toni index advanced by 1.39 percent to close at 371.15 basis points.
At the close of trading, the market recorded 32 gainers, 20 losers, and 69 unchanged. FBNH topped the gainers list, while ETRANZACT topped the list of losers.
Thus, market breadth closed positively as the Market Breadth Index (MBI) is 0.17x.
UNIVINSURE had the highest volume contribution with 21.58 percent, while ACCESSCORP and UNITYBNK followed closely behind.
According to the value chart, ACCESSCORP is at the top with a 24.68 percent contribution. UBA and ZENITHBANK followed closely behind.
FG raises oil price, exchange rate projections
The Federal Government of Nigeria has pegged its 2024 projections for crude oil and the dollar to naira exchange rate at $77.96 and N750 respectively.
This new projection is a deviation from the earlier projection announced by Atiku Bagudu, Minister of budget and planning in October.
Bagudu had earlier stated that the FEC established a reference price of $73.96 per barrel for crude oil and an exchange rate of N700/$ as key assumptions for budgetary planning.
“Now, it was presented on the background of the commendable measures that have been taken since June in order to restore macroeconomic stability by particularly the deregulation of petroleum prices, which we maintained that subsidies are gone and indeed the regulation of the foreign exchange market,” he said.
Nigerian NewsDirect however gathered that the projected crude oil price benchmark by the Federal Government is below the $94.91 projection of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the $100 a barrel forecast by Goldman Sachs for next year.
Mr Adeniyi, Vitafoam’s Group CEO, bags award for excellence
Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vitafoam Nigeria PLC, has been crowned the CEO of the year-Manufacturing, by Africa Safety Award for Excellence (AfriSAFE) in Lagos recently.
The prestigious Award, described by market watchers as the Grammy Award for manufacturers, celebrates outstanding individuals and organisations who have demonstrated total commitment to Quality, Safety, Community Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects and strong Sustainability Initiatives.
The Award, the 5th in the series, recorded 18716 entries, of which only 105 were shortlisted across five African Countries. Adeniyi towered above his peers in all the adjudged metrics.
Besides, Adeniyi had earlier clinched the Africa’s Manufacturing (Mattress/Foam) Brand CEO of the Year at the Africa Brand CEO Awards 2023, while Vitafoam, a frontline manufacturer of rigid foams and other household materials, under Adeniyi, had also won the Iconic Mattress Brand of the Year at the Brandcom Awards 2023.
In a Statement co-signed by the Publisher, Brand Communicator and Convener, Brandcom Awards and Project Co-ordinator, Brandcom Awards, Mr Joshua Ajayi and Jeremiah Agada respectively, the virtues of Vitafoam that placed the Company ahead of the curve are explained: “ Amongst all other nominated manufacturing companies, our distinguished panel of assessors made up of experts and seasoned marketing and communications professionals came to the conclusion that VITAFOAM stood head above shoulders among others in this category to emerge winner, considering that it has consistently delivered high-quality mattresses, captured the trust of consumers, and played a pivotal role in shaping the mattress market. It showcases the brand’s enduring legacy, commitment to sleep comfort and innovation, and its ability to meet or exceed industry standards.”
Market watchers were quick to say that Vitafoam under the leadership of Adeniyi had consistently sustained a high level of profitability and generous dividend policy.
Appraising Vitafoam’s trajectory of topnotch performance at 60 last year, Adeniyi provided a clue that defines the company’s competitive edge, “We offer a vast array of high and superior quality products that present the customers with multiple unique choices. We do not benchmark ourselves with what is available in the market.
“We benchmark ourselves with global standards and what global standards say is that your product must be fit for a purpose. Customer-centricity is at the centre of our operations.
“The sustained growth and good performance from the company is predicated on customer centric operations, focused on quality from the view point of our customers. In Vitafoam, our investment in state-of-the-art Technology and People have been the driving force.”
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