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Here are the top gainers and losers in this week’s trading session.

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Cornerstone Insurance leads this week’s gainers as NSE closes on negative note

The All Share index closed at 35,426.21 basis points, up 0.45% this week. This also marks an uptrend after three consecutive weeks of losses. Year to date, the index is down 7.37%. Trading sessions were cut to three this week, due to the public holidays declared on Monday and Tuesday for the Eid el Kabir celebration.

UBA Plc was the top traded stock by volume this week, as 332.7 million shares valued at N2.6 billion were traded in 978 deals. Next was NEM Insurance which traded 95 million shares valued at N285 million in 77 deals.  Zenith Bank rounds up the top three trades by volume, with 75.9 million shares valued at N1.6 billion traded in 937 deals.

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15 stocks appreciated in price this week, slightly lower than the prior week. 45 stocks dropped, compared to 56 in the previous week, while 109 stocks were unchanged.

Here are the top gainers and losers in this week’s trading session.

Gainers

Newrest ASL

Airline Services Limited (now known as Newrest ASL Nigeria) was incorporated as a private limited liability company on December 6, 1996. The company became a public limited liability company on February 26, 2007, and was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on July 25, 2007.

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Newrest ASL’s principal services are the provision of catering services to international airlines operating in the country. The company also operates VIP lounges at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja. In addition, its subsidiary, Newrest ASL Oil and Gas Logistics Limited, provides oil and gas catering and logistics services to companies operating in the oil and gas services sector in the country.

Newrest ASL gained 19.1% this week. The stock opened at N4.45 and closed at N5.30 up N0.85. Week to date, the stock is up 19.1%. Year to date, however, the stock is down 10.92%.

Skye Bank Plc

Skye Bank opened at N0.48 and closed at N0.57 up 18.75% or N0.09. Year to date, the stock is up 14%.

Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc

Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc gained 7.69% this week. The stock opened at N0.26 and closed at N0.28, up N0.02. Year to date, the stock is down 44%.

First City Monumental Bank Plc (FCMB)

FCMB opened at N1.70 and closed at N1.83, up N0.13. Week to date, the stock appreciated by 7.65%. Year to date, the stock is up 23.65%.

The company this week sent a notice to the NSE, informing it of an attempted fraud that occurred at its banking subsidiary. It, however, stated that this would have no material effect on the bank or group performance.

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Dangote Cement  Plc

Dangote Cement gained 6.82% this week. The stock opened at N220 and closed at N235, up N15. Year to date, the stock is up 2.17%.

Dangote Flour Mills

Dangote Flour Mills opened at N7.70 and closed at N8.20, up N0.50 or 6.49%. Year to date, the stock is down 32.51%

NEM Insurance Plc

NEM Insurance gained 5.26% this week. The stock opened at N2.85 and closed at N3.00. Year to date, the stock is up 80.72% and is the best performing stock in the insurance sector.

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Eaton Acquisitions Limited (EAN) this week acquired a 2.46% stake in the firm, amounting to 130 million shares.

Sterling Bank Plc

Sterling Bank appreciated by 4.76% this week. The stock opened at N1.26 and closed at N1.32, up N0.06. Year to date, the stock is up 22.22%. Sterling was Nairametrics stock pick for the week.

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LASACO Assurance Plc

LASACO Assurance Plc opened at N0.31 and closed at N0.32, up N0.01 or 3.23%. Year to date, the stock is down 36%

AIICO Insurance Plc

AIICO Insurance Plc rounds up the list of the top 10 gainers this week, with a 2.94% increase. The stock opened at N0.68 and closed at N0.70, up N0.02. Year to date, the stock is up 34.62%.

Losers

Jaiz Bank

Jaiz Bank was the worst performing stock on the Nigerian Stock Exchange this week dropping by 11.11% this week. Year to date, the stock is down 23.81%, and is trading at a year low.

Union Diagnostic and Clinical Services Plc

Union Diagnostic and Clinical Services shed 10.34% this week. It opened at N0.29 and closed at N0.26, down N0.03. Year to date, the stock is down 48%.

University Press Plc

University Press Plc commenced operations in 1948 in Nigeria as a branch of Oxford University Press but was incorporated in Nigeria on August 14, 1978. The company is into publishing, sales, and distribution of books and educational materials.

University Press Plc opened at N2.30 and closed at N2.07, down N0.23 or 10%. Year to date, the stock is down 9.21%.

Livestock Feeds Plc

Livestock Feeds opened at N0.61 and closed at N0.55. The stock depreciated by 9.84% and is down 33.33% year to date.

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International Breweries Plc

International Breweries opened at N35.20 and closed at N32, down N3.20 or 9.09% this week. Year to date, the stock is down 41.28%.

Red Star Express Plc

Red Star Express opened at N5.70 and closed at N5.20 this week, down N0.50 or 8.77%. Year to date, the stock is down 1.56%.

Secure Electronic Technology Plc 

Secure Electronic Technology Plc (formerly known as NSL Tech) fell by 8.70% during the week. The stock opened at N0.23 and closed at N0.21, down N0.02. Year to date, the stock is down 58%

Unity Bank Plc

Unity Bank Plc opened the week at N0.81 and closed at N0.74, down N0.07 or 8.64%. Year to date, the stock is up 39.62%

Africa Prudential Plc

Africa Prudential Plc fell by 8.67% this week. The stock opened at N4.05 and closed at N3.70 down N0.35. Year to date, the stock is down 12.32%.

UACN Property Development Company (UPDC)

UPDC rounds up the top losers this week with an 8.19% decline. The stock opened at N1.71 and closed at N1.57, down N0.14. Year to date, the stock is down 43.73%.

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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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Daily Parallel Market exchange rate – ₦480/$1

The US dollar stands at ₦480/US$1 in the parallel market

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Forex, NIGERIA: Daily Parallel Market, Exchange Rate

The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar as of Monday, August 3rd 2020 stands at 480/US$1 on the parallel market. The exchange rate closed at 485/$1 on Friday 31st July 2020.

  • Naira:480
  • Dollar: $1
  • Date: August 3rd, 2020

The exchange rate between the naira and the British pound sterling stands at  ₦570/₤1 on Monday 3rd August as against ₦585/₤1  recorded on Friday 31st July 2020.

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  • Naira: ₦570
  • Pounds Sterling: ₤1
  • Date: August 3rd, 2020

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The exchange rate between the naira and the European euro stands at ₦530/€1 on Monday 3rd August 2020. The exchange rate closed at ₦520/€1 on Friday 31st July 2020.

  • Naira: ₦530
  • Euro: €1
  • Date: August 3rd, 2020

Activity: USD sells for an average of 480/US$1

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READ ALSO: The risk of buying Forex at black market rate of N460/$1 

DateCurrencyBuy(AM)Sell(AM)Buy(PM)Sell(PM)Volatility
8/3/2020Dollar470480
8/3/2020Pounds560570
8/3/2020Euro520530
7/31/2020Dollar470480470485High
7/31/2020Pounds570582575585Low
7/31/2020Euro500520505520Low
7/30/2020Dollar470490470485High
7/30/2020Pounds550570550580High
7/30/2020Euro495520500525High
7/29/2020Dollar468475467475Low
7/29/2020Pounds575585580590Low
7/29/2020Euro530540530545Low
7/28/2020Dollar469475467475Low
7/28/2020Pounds575593580595Low
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7/27/2020Dollar465473466473Low
7/27/2020Pounds570580575583Low
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7/24/2020Pounds570580572582Low
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7/22/2020Euro510525510528Low
7/21/2020Dollar461472462472Low
7/21/2020Pounds560573560575Low
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7/20/2020Dollar460473462473Low
7/20/2020Pounds550570555575Low
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Data war: MTN takes over, gains 1.7 million subscribers, as Glo outshines Airtel in June

MTN gained 1.74 million data subscribers in June against the 882,458 it recorded in May 2020.

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Although competition in the Nigerian telecommunication space has always been stiff, latest data seen by Nairametrics indicated that the competition is getting stiffer.

Telecommunications operators, especially in the data section, are giving each other a hot chase. Gone are the days when the biggest telecommunication firm automatically retains the top position. Recently, companies that were once described as fringe players are catching up really fast in terms of attracting new subscribers every month.

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For instance, in May 2020, Glo took other operators by surprise, dwarfing them to lead the chart as the telco with the highest number of subscribers in a month when it gained 8.302 million data subscribers. The indigenous telco grew from 28.934 million in December 2019 to 37.236 million by the end of May 2020, while MTN gained 4.75 million data subscribers. Airtel, which used to be the second-highest in subscriber growth after MTN, recorded 2.795 million. Unfortunately, 9mobile lost 812,827 subscribers within the same period.

READ MORE: Airtel loses over 100,000 subscribers in one month, as Glo chases MTN’s market share

MTN regains top position

According to data released by the Nigerian Communication Commission for the period ending June 2020, Nigeria’s largest mobile telecommunication company, MTN, gained 1.74 million data subscribers against the 882,458 it recorded in May 2020.

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Also, at the end of June 2020, the total number of data subscribers on MTN data network rose to 60.60 million from the 58.86 million it recorded in May. This means the telco added 1.74 million data subscribers.

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Glo attracted more subscribers, outshining Airtel (subscribers base) for the first time in years

Despite a challenging year for Globacom in terms of its data subscriber base, the telco took industry watchers by surprise, as its subscriber base chased, met and overtook Airtel’s In June 2020.

For the first time in years, the once second largest telco (subscribers base) lost its position to the indigenous company as the latter increased its base from 34.24 million in May to 37.97 by the end of June 2020. The Indian-owned telco only managed to increase its base from 37.32 million to 37.57 million within the same period.

On the other hand, 9mobile ended the month without attracting any data subscriber. According to the NCC data, 9mobile continues its steady decline, as a total of 16,000 subscribers dumped the network for others when it fell from 7.26 million subscribers to 7.10 million within the same period.

 [READ MORE: MTN wins data war, as 1.88 million subscribers dump Glo, 9mobile)

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In terms of market share, Glo is now trailing behind MTN, as the latter expanded its overall market share in June.

At the end of June 2020, MTN’s total data market share rose further to 60.60 million subscribers. On the other hand, Glo had 37.97 million, followed by Airtel’s 37.57 million and 9mobile’s 7.10 million.

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While GSM companies continue to jostle for market share, it has often come at the expense of poor service and lack of accountability. Quite frankly, as an average internet user in Nigeria, one is usually left at the mercy of poor mobile internet services which frustrate one to seek limited alternatives.

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Nigeria’s internet download speed remains among the slowest in the world, and while the telcos continue to rake in heavy gains from data sales, consumers continue to groan for lack of fast and affordable internet services.

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Oil and Gas companies revenues plummet by over N84 billion in 3 months

Revenue losses span across oil and gas upstream and downstream at levels not seen in recent years.

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Revenues of some of the major oil and gas companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange fell by about 38% in the second quarter of 2020 wiping out a whopping N84.7 billion from their topline revenues.

This is according to data compiled from the recently released results of the listed companies in the oil and gas sector. They include Mobile Oil (II), Ardova, Total, & Seplat, the only major oil and gas firms that have released their Q2 financials. Oando and Conoil, are yet to release their results. The data was compiled by Nairametrics Research.

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Total, Mobil, and Ardova are oil marketing companies while Seplat is into upstream oil and gas production. They are also some of the biggest oil companies listed on the exchange and in Nigeria.

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The companies reported combined revenue of N135.6 billion in the second quarter of 2020 compared to N220.3 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2019. Revenue in Q1 was N219 billion. The Nigerian economy, particularly the oil and gas sector has been hit hard by the oil price crash and the COVID-19 pandemic and could be a major reason for the loss in revenues.

The companies also recorded a combined loss before tax of N16.6 billion compared to N38 billion in pretax profits reported in the same period in 2019. The second-quarter losses compound an already bad situation for these companies after reporting a loss before tax of N28.7 billion in the first quarter of 2020. These companies have now seen a combined N45.4 billion wiped out of their profits.

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Why the revenue drop?

A closer look at the data reveals most of the losses came from the oil marketing firms Total and Mobil. Over N56 billion of the revenue loss was between Mobil and Total. Seplat and Ardova lost just over N5 billion respectively.

A cursory review of their results suggests the companies suffered from a drop in demand for refined products such as fuel, diesel, and lubricants. Nigerians were mostly on lockdown throughout April and May before reopening partially in June and July. However, the damage had been done as adherence to safety procedures meant fewer people were commuting impacting heavily on sales.

Seplat was also hit by dipping crude oil prices and weak demand for its crude. Nairametrics reported back in April that oil prices at some point fell to negative territory as demanded waned globally.

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Despite the drops, the companies continued to incur overheads and operating expenses which they could not entirely avoid despite the lockdowns. Gross Margins for the quartet fell by 61% year on year putting the companies on the path to losses.

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Implication on the wider economy

A review of some of the results already seen by Nairametrics indicates nearly all sectors recorded revenue losses. This is also likely the same situation across the country as Nigeria awaits the second-quarter GDP numbers sometime this month.

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Though oil and gas firms faced a twin dose of a fall in crude oil prices and the Covid-19 situation, all sectors except for oil and gas and Agriculture sectors recorded high revenue declines. The companies under review last reported a similar drop in revenues and loss before tax in 2016 when Nigeria entered a recession.

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The government is projecting a GDP contraction in excess of 3% and already reported a revenue shortfall of over 50% this year.

Fortunately, the companies still held a sizeable cash balance of N136.7 billion t the end of the quarter putting them in a position to weather the storm.

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