Custodian Investment (formerly known as Custodian and Allied Plc) yesterday made history as the firm hit a 5-year high of N6.89 in today’s trading session on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The stock closed at N6.80, up 8.5%.
Custodian shares have appreciated by 119.76% in the last one year. From January 2, 2018 year to date, the stock is up 74.8%, making it one of the best-performing stocks on the NSE.
The stock also happens to be the highest priced stock in the insurance sector, with a market capitalization of N39.90 billion.
Custodian’s share price has been on a consistent rise in the last 5 years, largely due to stellar results. Gross income increased from N3.8 billion in 2013 to N8.0 billion in 2017. Profit after tax also rose from N3.6 billion in 2013 to N7.3 billion in 2017.
FY 2017 results show that revenue increased from N38.5 billion in 2016 to N43 billion in 2017. Profit before tax rose from N7.3 billion in 2016 to N8.9 billion in 2017. Profit after tax also jumped from N5.3 billion in 2016 to N7.3 billion in 2017.
The 2017 performance was largely due to a sharp increase in investment income, as a group and across several units. Investment income as a group rose from N4.2 billion in 2016 to N6.2 billion in 2017.
The firm may have taken advantage of the high yields on market securities last year, as it increased the volume of treasury bills it held. Held maturity treasury bills rose from N5.6 billion in 2016 to N9.7 billion in 2017.
Yields on money market securities rose sharply last year in tandem with the spike in inflation.
A 2017 ranking of listed insurance companies also saw Custodian and Allied Insurance coming tops, using criteria such as balance sheet, net asset and gross premium income.
Custodian Insurance is also one of the most diversified insurance firms in the country, with operations in trusteeship, pension fund administration, and real estate. The stock has also featured repeatedly on Nairametrics’ Buy Sell Hold list.
Q1 2018 results show that revenue jumped from N7.6 billion in 2017 to N11.4 billion in 2018. Profit before tax increased from N1.8 billion in 2017 to N2.1 billion in 2018. Profit after tax also rose from N1.5 billion in 2017 to N1.8 billion in 2018.
Earnings per share also increased significantly from N0.26 in 2017 to N0.30 in 2018. If the company maintains the performance this year, it could exceed last year’s earnings.
Custodian had earnings per share of N1.19 for the 2017 financial year, of which it paid a total of N0.42 in dividends comprising an interim dividend of N0.10, and a final dividend of N0.32, the highest in the company’s history.
Buy Sell or Hold?
Short-term investors who got in at the beginning of the year, could decide to exit at this point, having made over 70% returns.
Long-term investors thinking of investing in the stock could wait for a market correction before taking a position. Foreign portfolio investors have begun a gradual sell down as elections approach, preferring to stay on the sidelines.
About Custodian Investment Plc
Custodian Investment Plc (formerly known as Custodian and Allied Plc) is a holding company with interests in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Pensions, Trustees, Properties and Financial Services.
The company was incorporated on August 12, 1991, as a private limited liability company under the name, Accident and General Insurance Company Limited. The company’s name was changed to Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited on February 5, 1993, and converted to a public limited liability company on September 29, 2006.
It then changed its name to Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc, following approval by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on March 20, 2013.
DEVALUATION: CBN updates website to official rate of N360/$1
The central bank of Nigeria has devalued its official exchange rate from N307/$1 to N360/$1.
Just as Nairametrics reported, the Central Bank of Nigeria has devalued its official exchange rate from N307/$1 to N360/$1. The apex bank has now reflected this change on its website signaling a confirmation. The bank is yet to issue a press release to this effect.
The CBN has now officially devalued by 15% moving from N307/$1 to N360/$1. Depreciation at the “market-determined” I&E window is 5% having moved from N360/$1 to N380/$1
Devaluation: Nairametrics reported yesterday that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sold dollars to banks at N380/$1 in a move signifying a devaluation of the currency. Banks trading at the Investor and Exporter (I&E) window bought dollars at N360/$1 from the CBN on Friday, March 20, 2020. The I&E window is the official market where forex is traded between banks, the CBN, foreign investors, and businesses. The central bank typically buys or sells in the market as part of its intervention program.
Nairametrics also got hold of a letter from the CBN to banks informing them of the new exchange rate for dollars flowing from the International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs). According to the CBN, IMTOs will sell to banks at N376/$1 while banks will sell to the CBN at N377/$1. The CBN will sell to BDC’s at N378/$1 while the BDC’s will sell to end-users at “no more than” N380/$1.
Single Exchange Rate: A report yesterday also suggested that the CBN also planned to move to a single exchange rate policy for determining the price of the dollar. A senior central bank official who does not want to be identified, said, ‘Today we allowed the rate at the importer and exporters (I&E) window to adjust in response to market developments.’
The central bank has now made an apparent u-turn after it had initially that the “market fundamentals do not support naira devaluation at this time” detailing reasons why it did not need to devalue.
Falling oil price: Oil prices fell to under $20 on Friday before climbing back up to settle at $23 per barrel. Nigeria’s Bonny light trades at $26 while the benchmark Brent crude trades at $29 per barrel. In response to the crash in oil price, Nigeria’s announced a cut to its 2020 budget by N1.5 trillion as it faced the reality of a potential drop in its revenues. Nairametrics also has information that state governments are getting jittery about their ability to sustain salary payments as a reduction in their federal allocation “FAAC” is anticipated.
Investment options for salary earners
Investment options for the salary earners
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Recently, one of the readers of my articles asked to know what investment options are open to salary earners. A salaried individual is like everyone else except that he or she has a fixed monthly income. This implies that their investments and expenses have to be managed strictly according to their fixed monthly income.
Since salary is assumed to be the only source of income for the salaried, it is advisable that such an individual fortify himself financially before investing so that adverse investment performance will not have untold effect on him and his family. Therefore, if you are a salaried prospective investor, you need to:
Get life insurance
Most families in Nigeria are single income families so much such that if anything bad happens to the income earner, the family gets shattered, at least financially. Again, given the risks inherent in capital market investments, it is only prudent to have a life insurance as a first step in one’s investment journey. It is very baffling to see many investors very deep into the market, yet they do not have life insurance.
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Life insurance is and should be a basic part of any financial plan. Life insurance is a protection for loved ones against financial hardship arising from the death of a breadwinner. This is even more important today than ever before with high cost of funeral expenses, college education and medical bills. So, the first investment option for a salaried individual is to get a life insurance.
Prepare for financial emergencies
Life is full of surprises, emergencies do happen, jobs are lost without notices, and even good investment opportunities emerge sometimes suddenly. There is, therefore, the need for a cash reserve to help weather the financial storms and emergencies when they come calling.
Cash reserves do not only provide for emergencies, they also help to ensure that investments are not liquidated prematurely or at inopportune times to cover unexpected expenses. There are no hard and fast rules on what the exact amount of the required cash reserve should be, but most financial experts and planners will advise that an amount that equals about six months of living expenses be set aside.
So, as a salaried person, your next investment should be to have a cash reserve. A cash reserve should not necessarily be in a savings account or under the mattress; it could be in an interest-bearing money market account, money market mutual funds with low to zero luck-up period or another form of very liquid investment that is readily convertible to cash without loss of value.
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Know your risk appetite
As a salaried and fixed income individual, your risk appetite is most likely going to be low as well as your risk tolerance, although your extended family profile could change all that. You need to know or understand your risk tolerance before you engage in any capital market investment.
Your risk tolerance will and should drive the type of investments you go into. Your risk tolerance depends on your psychological makeup, your current insurance coverage, presence or absence of cash reserve, family situation, and your age among others.
Talking about family situation, it is reasonable to think that a married individual whose children are still in school will be more risk averse than an unmarried person. On the other hand, older people have shorter investment time horizon within which to make up for any losses. the reason for this is because the older you get the less time you have to work to recoup on losses.
In that case the risk tolerance of an older man will be less than those for younger folks. Again, the more cash reserve and insurance coverage you have, the more your propensity to take risk. Now having known your risk tolerance based on the underlying factors, you can then define your investment objectives
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Set your Investment objectives/goals
Having met those essentials above, you are now ready for a serious investment plan or program. A good investment plan starts with investment objectives. Investment objectives are the force that determines what you invest in. Investment objectives range from capital preservation, to capital appreciation and constant income generation.
Capital preservation as an investment objective implies that you, the investor, aim at minimising the risk of loss by maintaining the purchasing power of your investment. So, if you are risk averse or you will need money from your investment soon for children’s education or for building a house or you are nearing retirement, this should be your objective.
Investors whose aims are to see their investment portfolios increase in real terms over a period of time are better suited for capital appreciation as an objective. This is better for investors that are more risk tolerant and those with more potential to recoup on losses along the way.
If you are already retired or nearing retirement, and therefore depend on your retirement plan supplemented by investment income, you need an investment that generates income rather than capital gains. In that case, your investment objective should be current income generation. It is always good to have investment goals stated in terms of risk and returns.
Decide on asset allocation
Armed with the knowledge of your risk appetite and investment objective, you are now ready to decide on what to invest in, and how much to invest in any asset class. This takes you to asset allocation decisions. Asset allocation involves dividing an investment portfolio among different asset classes based on an investor’s financial requirements, investment objectives and risk tolerance.
A right mix of asset classes in a portfolio provides an investor with the highest probability of meeting his/her investment objectives. Asset allocation is the most important investment decision an investor can make in a portfolio because it demonstrates an investor’s understanding of his or her risk preferences and return expectations.
It is good to strive for a diversified portfolio. Unfortunately, the Nigerian market does not provide a lot of asset classes for optimal diversification, but diversification can be achieved across sectors or industries within the few asset classes in the Nigerian stock market.
Decide on how to invest
There are different ways to invest in the capital market. You can invest directly by making the stock selections by yourself, thanks to the online stock trading platforms that abound the world over. This implies that you have what it takes to conduct the required research and analysis of the companies whose shares or stocks you wish to buy.
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It also implies that you have what it takes to know when to sell or add to existing positions. Another method is to have someone “do the heavy lifting” for you. In this case, that someone, often times called fund manager or portfolio manager, does the research and analysis and selects shares that suit your investment preferences, investment objectives, risk tolerance and appetite as well as your investment time horizon.
This route is most suitable for investors that lack the knowledge and time for the required research and analysis. If you decide to go this route, mutual funds are the best bet for you.
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