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Seplat Energy investors earn N77bn in July stocks trading



Investors of Seplat Energy Plc earned about N76.79 billion from the shares of the company in the month of July despite sustained sell pressure witnessed on shares of some blue-chip firms quoted on the Nigerian Exchange.

A report obtained from the NGX explained that the oil and gas index which measures the performance of the oil and gas firms quoted on the NGX grew marginally by 2 per cent or 10.94 basis points to closed at 556.28 index point at the end of trading on July 2022 as against the opening index of 545.34 index points at the beginning of the July 2022 trading

It showed that the oil firm stock gained by 10 per cent month to date to N1,430.50 per share from N1,300 it opened the month trading.

Further analysis showed that Seplat Energy closed July at N1,3430.50 per share and N841,769 billion in market capitalisation on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NGX) as against N1,300 per share and N764.977 billion in market capitalisation at the beginning of trading on July, hence earned a gain of N76.792 billion or 10  per cent.

Seplat Petroleum Development began the year with a share price of N650.00 and has since gained 120 per cent on that price valuation, ranking it sixth on the NGX in terms of year-to-date performance

The oil and gas industry’s growth and profitability are still dependent on operator pricing and quantity, Agusto & Co has said.

The rating agency who stated this in a 2022 Oil & Gas Storage Industry Report said the decreased profit margins, idle or underused capacity, and constrained ability to pay operating and finance expenses could be countered by higher throughput revenue, product diversification plans and efficient downstream company operation.

Seplat Energy Plc reported a rise of 238 per cent in its half year 2022 profit before tax (PBT) to $209.9 million from $62.1 million year-on-year.

The company also maintained a strong balance sheet with $350 million cash at bank.In the company’s unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2022, revenue for the period under review also appreciated by 71 per cent to $527 million from $308.8m year-on-year, with a dividend of US$2.5 cents per share declared.

The indigenous energy company also reported a 208.5 per cent rise in gross profit to $274.3 million from $88.9 million year-on-year, and has committed to stopping routine flaring by the end of 2024.

Revenues up 71 per cent from  6M 2021 to $527.0 million, higher realised oil prices of $107/bbl

Commenting on the/ results, which were released to the NSE and LSE, Roger Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Energy Plc said, “Production increased strongly in the second quarter, achieving 52.4 kboepd across our operations, and we expect to maintain higher volumes for the rest of the year now that we plan to export liquids through the more secure Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline.

“Having divested our interest in Ubima because of its high production costs and export difficulties, we recently acquired a 95 per cent interest in the Abiala marginal field and plan to begin operations there next year using existing infrastructure in OML 40. This is consistent with the strategy for low-cost, low-risk upstream growth we announced last year.

“We remain confident that our transformational acquisition of MPNU will be approved, adding significant reserves and production capacity that will strongly reinforce Seplat Energy’s position as Nigeria’s leading indigenous oil and gas producer. We have recently launched a roadmap for decarbonisation, with a clear path to ending routine flaring by 2024. In addition, our ‘Tree for Life’ initiative will plant five million saplings to sequester carbon across five states.

“All of these initiatives demonstrate our strategic commitment to build a sustainable company that delivers energy transition for the benefit of all Nigerians.”

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Bearish trend halted as investors gain N70.87bn



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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Transcorp Power Plc grows PBT by 775% in Q1 2024



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



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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