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Milost Global may acquire Nigerian tier two bank soon

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Private equity firm Milost Global has signified its intentions to conclude its acquisition of a large Nigerian bank following talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria. The firm made this known in a statement posted on its website. Milost has recently concluded several big-ticket transactions in Nigeria.

Milost, last week, announced the signing of a $350 million finance agreement with Japaul Oil and Maritime services limited. The funds will be channelled towards Japaul’s mining operations. Earlier this month, the private equity firm shelled out $1 billion for the acquisition of Primewaterview Holdings. Primewaterview is a diversified holding company with a portfolio of Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Quarry Mining, Healthcare and Power.

Which of the banks?

Earlier reports in October last year suggested that the bank had a large network, with over 250 branches. Tier one banks are currently in a solid position and would be unlikely to change hands. This then suggests Milost could be interested in buying a tier two bank. Other investors have indicated interest in the same bank.

Tier two banks in the country have been more hard hit by the recent economic turbulence in the country. This has led to several of them raising additional capital. Diamond bank last year on a sale of non-essential assets, in order to boost its capital. Wema bank, last year during a conference call, hinted at an equity raise this year.

Milost Global, founded by Mandla J Gwandiso in 2015 is an American Private Equity firm that is headquartered in New York City, with more than $25 billion in committed capital. Milost is also a provider of alternative capital, mezzanine finance and alternative lending to a broad range of industries across the globe including Technology, Transport, Cannabis, Education, Distribution, Mining, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate, Alternative Energy and Infrastructure Development

Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training.He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy.You can contact him via [email protected]

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Bitcoin ETF in North America has reached $1 billion in assets

The first North American Bitcoin ETF has already reached $1 billion (C$1.25 billion) in assets less than two months after its launch.

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According to a statement from its issuer, the first North American Bitcoin ETF has already reached $1 billion (C$1.25 billion) in assets less than two months after its launch. What exchange-traded funds did to the conventional investing market for decades could happen to cryptocurrency players in a fraction of the time.

Investors are clamoring for crypto exposure, particularly in an exchange-traded fund wrapper, and the product from Toronto-based Purpose Investments, ticker BTCC, has seen a lot of interest. Although there are many crypto funds in Europe that work similarly to ETFs, this is the first ETF anywhere.

More than $165 million worth of shares were traded on the fund’s first trading day in February, a big start for a fund in the much smaller Canadian ETF market.

Its rapid cash accumulation reflects the high demand for Bitcoin products in the United States, as issuers compete for approval of the first Bitcoin ETF in the nation. Despite regulator resistance to accept the tactics, at least eight companies, including VanEck Associates Corp. and WisdomTree Investments, now have live applications with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

On Tuesday, Bitcoin surged to an all-time high of about $63,246 ahead of Coinbase Global Inc.’s upcoming IPO later this week.

There is an increasing expectation that a bitcoin ETF will be available in the United States in the not-too-distant future. Gary Gensler, the nominated chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has taught cryptocurrency classes. The bitcoin market has exploded in popularity in recent months, attracting the attention of major financial institutions. Bitcoin ETFs are once again being sought by VanEck, Fidelity, and others.

One advantage of ETFs is that shares can be readily created and redeemed to arbitrage away any discount or premium, which could greatly broaden their appeal. ETFs are also cheaper, which will put pressure on fees across the bitcoin ecosystem. Hence market sentiment may push the ETF higher.

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JAPAULGOLD, STERLNBANK surge, GUINNESS plunges  

The All-Share Index decreased by -0.29% to close at 38,601.83 from 38,712.55 index points.

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Stocks drop after the S&P 500 sets a new high

The Nigerian Stock Exchange market made another bearish run at the end of the trading session. The All-Share Index decreased by -0.29% to close at 38,601.83 from 38,712.55 index points.

  • The Nigerian Stock Exchange market value currently stands at NGN 20.26Tr. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at -4.14%.
  • The market closed beneath expectation as JAPAULGOLD led 15 Gainers, and GUINNESS topped the chart of 18 Losers with a noticeable bearish movement by the NSE ASI.

Top gainers

  1. JAPAULGOLD up +8.70% to close at N0.75
  2. NAHCO up +7.39% to close at N 2.18
  3. STERLNBANK up +7.14% to close at N1.80
  4. STANBIC up +5.75% to close at N46.00
  5. CHAMS up +5.00% to close at N0.21

Top losers

  1. GUINNESS down -9.91% to close at N24.10
  2. TRIPPLEG down -9.72% to close at N0.65
  3. NCR down -9.68% to close at N2.52
  4. CHAMPION down -9.09% to close at N2.00
  5. JAIZBANK down -7.69% to close at N0.60

Outlook

Analysts’ predictions of a recovery in the market were halted by another bearish trend at the end of the trading session on Tuesday, though there is strong optimism that a recovery from the financial and consumer sectors will push the NSE-ASI back to profit.

Nairametrics advises cautious participation in the stock market in this era of growing uncertainties.

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