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Nigeria’s credit risk: NGX Group targets improvement, foreign investment inflows

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By Philemon Adedeji

Amid bullish sentiments seen in Nigeria’s stock market recently, the Board and Management of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group) have said that they are open to working with the Federal government, as well as stakeholders towards improving the country’s credit profile and creating a favorable environment for both domestic and foreign.

This was disclosed by the Group Chairman, NGX Group, Alhaji Umaru Kwairanga, during the Group’s 62nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) which took place in Lagos on Friday.

Addressing shareholders at the meeting, Kwairanga, lauded President Tinubu-led administration for the various reforms that have resulted in the impressive performance of the market.

“The capital market community is excited by the new government and the steps it has so far taken with respect to the economy as reflected in the tremendous growth in our market indicators. As a group, we are committed to working with the government to stimulate further growth in the economy, address higher capital costs, as this will go a long way to enhance Nigeria’s credit profile, and create a favourable environment for both domestic and foreign investors,” he said.

Kwairanga further noted that the Federal government needs to eke out more friendly market policies that will engender growth as consistent and faithful implementation of market policies will help businesses to thrive. He added that the group is hopeful that the planned Initial Public Offer (IPO) of the NNPC Limited will be fast-tracked by the Tinubu-led administration.

Speaking on the performance of the group, Kwairanga noted that NGX Group demonstrated resilience in 2022, achieving a 10.3 per cent increase in gross earnings to N7.5 billion, despite a challenging economic environment. The Group’s total revenue grew primarily due to a 6.8 per cent increase in revenue to N6.2 billion, and a 30.1 per cent increase in other income to N1.3 billion.

The growth in its revenue was further bolstered by a 51.2 per cent increase in treasury investment income and a 9.0 per cent increase in transaction fees. However, its total expenses rose by 35.5 per cent to N8.8 billion, primarily due to interest costs on borrowed funds used for strategic acquisitions.

“Achieving an efficient capital mix and broadening our access to capital remain fundamental to our mission. The Board will continue to assist the Management team in addressing long-term risks, strengthening the global NGX brand, and assessing progress toward our goal of being Africa’s preferred exchange hub,” remarked Kwairanga.

While welcoming the new board members, Kwairanga commended the contributions of the outgoing board members to the growth and development of the organization.

Commending the group’s performance, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Oscar N. Onyema, OON, said the performance reflects NGX Group’s commitment towards driving growth in Nigeria and Africa’s capital markets. Onyema further added that the group is proud to have generated multiple income streams that enabled it to overcome economic headwinds.

Speaking on the group’s outlook, Onyema expressed optimism around the opportunities and challenges ahead and emphasised the group’s commitment to leveraging its strengths and expertise to drive growth and value creation in Nigeria and other financial markets Africa.

“NGX Group will continue supporting its operating subsidiaries, associates, and investee companies to deliver sustainable value creation for its shareholders. We will look to enhance our performance by continuously striving to optimise operations, increase revenue streams and expand our market reach.

“We are confident that these measures will enable us to build on the positive momentum we have achieved in recent years and drive growth in 2023 and beyond,” he said.

Shareholders approved all resolutions on the agenda, which included the appointment of six Directors of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc: Mr Nonso Okpala (Non-Executive Director), Mr Sehinde Adenagbe (Non-Executive Director), Mr Ademola Babarinde (Non-Executive Director), Mrs Mosun Belo – Olusoga (Independent Non-Executive Director), Mr Mohammed Garuba (Non-Executive Director) and Mrs Fatima Wali- Abdurraham (Independent Non-Executive Director).

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Stock market recovery short-lived as investors lose N199bn

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Investors in the Nigerian equities market lost N199 billion at the close of trading on Tuesday.

Before Monday’s N70 billion gain, investors had endured over two weeks of consecutive bearish trading sessions.

Yesterday’s loss followed the dip in the value of stocks like Honey Well Flour, FBNH, Oando and FTN Cocoa Processors, amongst others on the trading floor today.

After five hours of trading at the capital market, the equity capitalisation decreased to N56.1 trillion from N56.3 trillion posted by the bourse on Monday.

Similarly, the All-Share Index (ASI) decreased to 99,311.54 from 99,665.05 achieved by the bourse the previous day.

The market breadth was negative as 16 stocks advanced, 24 declined, while 75 others remained unchanged in 7,324 deals.

Sunu Assurances Nigeria led other gainers with 10 percent growth in share price to close at N1.10 from its previous N1.00 per share.

Japaul Gold and Ventures, CAP, and Omatek Ventures also raised their share prices by 9.58 percent, 9.38 percent, and 9.21 percent respectively.

On the flip side, Honeywell Flour Mills led other price decliners as it shed 9.89 percent off its share price to close at N3.19 from its previous N3.54 per share.

First Bank of Nigeria Holdings (FBNH), Oando, and FTN Cocoa Processors equally shed their share prices by 9.88 percent, 9.82 percent, and 9.40 percent respectively.

On the volume index, Transcorp traded 125.700 million shares valued at N1.8 billion in 467 deals followed by United Bank for Africa (UBA) which traded 55.486 million shares worth N1.27 billion in 685 deals.

Access Holdings traded 51.473 million shares valued at N883.2 million in 958 deals.

On the value index, Transcorp also recorded the highest value for the day trading stocks worth N1.89 billion followed by UBA which traded equities worth N1.27 billion in 685 deals.

Access Corp traded stocks worth N833 million in 958 deals.

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MRS Oil Nigeria seeks shareholders’ approval to delist from NGX

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The Board of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc will, at the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), request shareholders’ endorsement to voluntarily delist from the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The decision to exit from the NGX was contained in the notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held in Lagos on May 21, 2024.

The company will also seek shareholders’ approval for its Memorandum and Articles of Association (MemArts) to be modified to allow for a share buyback and share capital reduction.

This will be carried out in accordance with applicable laws and regulations at the discretion of the board.

It will also seek an understanding that following the conclusion of voluntary delisting and while the company remains public, the board is empowered to facilitate the admission of its shares on the NASD OTC Securities Exchange.

This action ensures compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s rules on trading in unlisted securities.

According to the statement signed by O.M Jafojo, Company Secretary, as part of special business, the company will request the shareholders to consider, and if thought fit, pass, with or without modification, the following sub-joined resolutions as special resolutions:

“That the voluntary delisting of all the Company’s issued shares from the daily official list of Nigerian Exchange Limited (the ‘Voluntary Delisting’) be and is hereby approved, on such terms and conditions (including but not limited to timing of implementation, arrangements for dissenting shareholders (if any) and the fulfilment of specific conditions precedent to effectiveness (if any)), that the Board of Directors of the Company (the ‘Board’) deems appropriate in connection with the Voluntary Delisting; and subject to obtaining all requisite regulatory approvals.

“That the Memorandum and Articles of Association (‘MemArts’) of the Company be and are hereby amended to authorize the Company to undertake a share buyback and share capital reduction.

“That the Company be and is hereby authorised to undertake a share buyback and share capital reduction in connection with any of its issued shares which may be purchased from dissenting shareholders where necessary as a consequence of the Voluntary Delisting; on such terms and conditions, in such volumes and at such times as the Board deems fit; subject to, and in accordance with, applicable laws and regulations.

“That the MemArts of the Company be amended upon completion of the share buyback and share capital reduction, to reflect the Company’s updated share capital.

“That upon conclusion of the Voluntary Delisting, and whilst the Company remains a public limited liability company, the Board be and is hereby authorised to take all such action as may be required, to admit the Company’s shares on the NASD OTC Securities Exchange in order to ensure that dealings in the Company’s shares are implemented in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Rules on Trading in Unlisted Securities.”

The company will also seek approval to authorise the board to take all such lawful actions and steps (including but not limited to entering into/executing such agreements and documents, appointing professional advisers and other parties, complying with directives of any regulatory authority) deemed necessary to give full effect to the above-referenced resolutions.

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Bearish trend halted as investors gain N70.87bn

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Investors in the Nigerian equities heaved a sigh of relief as the losing streak on the bourse was halted on Monday, April 22, 2024 as investors recorded a profit of N70bn at the end of trading.

This followed the boom in the share value of stocks like Japaul Gold, GTCO, FTN Cocoa, Universal Insurance Company and RT Briscoe amongst others on the trading floor today.

After five hours of trading at the capital market, the equity capitalization increased to N56.367 trillion from N56.296 trillion posted by the bourse on Friday, last week.

Similarly, the All-Share Index (ASI) grew to 99,665.05 from 99,539.75 achieved by the bourse the previous day.

The market breadth was negative 16 stocks advanced, 18 stocks declined, while 85 stocks remained unchanged in 8, 298 deals.

Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc led other gainers with 9.58 percent growth to close at N1.83 from its previous price of N1.67, Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), FTN Cocoa Processors, and Universal Insurance Plc are amongst other gainers that also grew their share prices by 9.55 percent, 8.76 percent, and 8.57 percent respectively.

On the flip side, The Initiate Plc led other price decliners as it shed 10% off its share price to close at N1.80 from its previous close of N2.00. Prestige Assurance, Omatek Ventures, and VitaFoam Nigeria Plc are amongst other losers that also shed their share prices by 9.84 percent, 9.52 percent, and 9.26 percent respectively.

On the volume index, Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Plc traded 50.158 million units of its shares in 630 deals, valued at N1.1774 billion followed by Access Holdings Plc which traded 48.067 million units of its shares in 951 deals, valued at N815.925 million and United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc which traded 41.746 million units of its shares in 776 deals, valued at N956.455 million.

On the value index, GTCO recorded the highest value for the day trading stocks worth N1.773bn in 630 deals followed by UBA which traded equities worth N956bn in 776 deals and ACCESSCORP which traded equities worth N815m in 951 deals.

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