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Coronation Merchant Bank team give overview of the economy and their operations

Nairametrics had a chat with the management team of Coronation Merchant Bank, consisting of the GMD,Mr Abubakar Jimoh, the Head of Research, Mr Guy Czatoryski, and others.



Coronation Merchant Bank

Nairametrics had a chat with the management team of Coronation Merchant Bank, consisting of the GMD, Mr Abubakar Jimoh, the Head of Research, Mr Guy Czatoryski, and the Head of Coronation Capital Markets, Mr Aigbovbioise Aig-Imoukhuede. 

Here are excerpts from the interview which touched on several areas, including the outlook for the company and economy in 2019, as well as advice for those keen on starting a career in finance.


Nairametrics: How have you been able to maintain zero NPLs in four years?  

Abu: We have been in operation in the financial service sector for close to 26 years. We started operations in 1993, though as a discount house. That means we understand this market, as we have gone through different cycles of the economy.  

You have to operate in a very conservative way. When we became a merchant bank four years ago, we decided that our risk appetite was going to be medium, meaning that we were going to select the kind of clients that we dealwith. Once you focus on the kind of strategy you operate in, and stick to it, you are likely to survive, and reduce loan provisions and NPLs. 

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As a bank, we decided to focus on the area of trade finance which is relatively safe. As a trade finance bank, we focus mainly on people that are importing and exporting. That means we have a cycle of 90-180 days.  

Also, in determining the kind of clients that we deal with, we selected what we call Coronation 200. These are the top end of sector in which we operate. When you focus on the top end of the economy, you are likely to have very low NPLs.  

Nairametrics: Where do you see growth in the economy?  

Guy: Going forward into 2019, we see more growth from agriculture, sustained high growth from telcos, some growth from manufacturing and we think trade will sustain some level of growth this year.  

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The IMF forecast for growth in 2019 is 2%. That looks a bit conservative to us. We are at 2.25%, and I think the risks are to the upside.  


Nairametrics: Are you hedging FX?  

Management also spoke on FX from the perspective of the bank. 


Abu: If you look at the way foreign exchange transactions are done in Nigeria, unless you are taking an exposure, there is no need to hedge. For us as a bank, we don’t have FX exposures. FX transactions in Nigeria are done on an order basis. Order basis means you either have a customer that needs to buy or needs to sell.  

The people that will be taking the FX exposure are the customers. So when we go into transactions where we have customers that have exposures, we can help them to hedge the exposures, so they are not too exposed. The CBN has a NDF that can be used as a hedge instrument.  

Nairametrics: Is there provision for hedging products? 

Guy: In 2019, we think the current rate in the NAFEX market, about N360 to the dollaris going to hold for three reasons. First, the Naira is not fundamentally very far away from fair value. Depending on how you measure it, it is either 10%  overvalued, or undervalued by 10%, relative to fair value. There is no fundamental pressure to move it.  

The next reason is CBN has $42.9 billion of foreign reserves to defend it. You don’t worry about where the CBN is until its reserves go down to about $30 billion.  

The last reason is that we have recently seen inflows of foreign portfolio investments. Over a billion in January, and about $1.7 billion in February. Their money then props up the foreign exchange reserves of the CBN.  


Alternative products – We have three funds, and we are looking to bring in another five this year. Who said this? 

Outlook for fixed income – The overall direction is down. I don’t think we will see as dramatic a change as we saw in the last two months. I still think the fundamental underpinnings of lower rates are there, before cuts later in the year. 

Nairametrics: What is the

Group’s outlook for the year 

Abdul JimohFor the economy as a whole, things slowed down last year, as we approached the elections. Things will stabilise now. As the economy picks up, our activities will pick up. Reasonably, we think we will be able to do better than we did last year. 

Nairametrics: What advice would you give a 21 year old who is interested in pursuing a career in finance?

Abu: I think pursuing a career in finance is a great idea. We have moved away from the past, where you would just say I want to be a banker. Nowadays, we have people who are specialised. People have to know the area they want to be specialists in, and get the certification and experience, which would enable them progress in that line.  

GuyBe curious. Finance changes very quickly. What made money a few years ago, may not make money today.  There may be a few avenues opening up that look unlikely right now. So, I would say, stay curious and keep on learning.  

Aig: The finance market is changing. Fintech is coming into the market, and there are a lot of opportunities for those who have curious minds to do not just industrychanging things, but also improving the value of people’s lives. That’s what fintech is going to do.  

We have a graduate trainee programme which we have run in the last two years, and you would be surprised at the array of people we bring in, and the opportunities they have. It’s not just from straight banking or finance. There are opportunities with communication, research and so on.  


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

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 5th of June 2020, 328 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria bringing the total confirmed cases recorded in the country to 11,844.



COVID-19: FCMB reschedule operations

The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to rise as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 11,844 confirmed cases.

On the 5th of June 2020, 328 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.


To date, 11844 cases have been confirmed, 3696 cases have been discharged and 333 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory having carried out 73,064 tests.

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  • Total Number of Cases – 11,844
  • Total Number Discharged – 3,696
  • Total Deaths – 333
  • Total Tests Carried out – 73,064

The 328 new cases were reported from 14 states- Lagos (121), FCT (70), Bauchi (25), Rivers (18), Oyo (16), Kaduna (15), Gombe (14), Edo (13), Ogun (13), Jigawa (8), Enugu (6), Kano (5), Osun (2), Ondo (2).

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

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The latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 5663, followed by Kano (985), Abuja at 862, Katsina (385), Edo (364), Kaduna (335), Oyo (334), Ogun (329), Borno (322), Rivers (308), Jigawa (282),  Bauchi (281),  Gombe (184), Kwara (127).

Delta State has recorded 116  cases, Sokoto (115), Plateau (113), Nasarawa (90), Ebonyi (80), Zamfara (76),  Yobe (52), Osun (49), Imo (47), Akwa Ibom (45), Adamawa (42), Niger (41), Ondo (38),  Kebbi  (33), Bayelsa and Enugu (30), Ekiti (25), Taraba (18), Abia (15), Benue (13), Anambra (12), while Kogi state has recorded only 3 cases.

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.



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June 5, 20201184432833310369678157
June 4, 2020115163503238353576467
June 3, 2020111663483151332975227
June 2, 20201081924131415323972667
June 1, 20201057841629912312271579
May 31, 20201016230728714300768687
May 30, 2020985555327312285667267
May 29, 202093023872612269763447
May 28, 202089151822595259260647
May 27, 202087333892545250159787
May 26, 2020834427624916238557107
May 25, 202080682292337231155247
May 24, 202078393132265226353607
May 23, 202075262652210217451317
May 22, 2020726124522110200750337
May 21, 2020701633921111190748987
May 20, 202066772842008184046377
May 19, 202064012261921173444757
May 18, 202061752161919164443407
May 17, 202059593881826159441837
May 16, 202056211761765147239737
May 15, 202054452881713132039544
May 14, 202051621931683118038154
May 13, 202049711841646107037374
May 12, 20204787146158695936704
May 11, 202046412421521090235894
May 10, 202043992481421777834794
May 9, 202041512391271174532784
May 8, 202039123861181067931154
May 7, 20203526381108460128184
May 6, 20203145195104553425071
May 5, 2020295014899548123704
May 4, 2020280224594641722912
May 3, 2020255817088240020702
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April 22, 2020873912931976482
April 21, 20207821172631975602
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April 18, 2020541482021663562
April 17, 2020493511841593172
April 16, 2020442351311522772
April 15, 2020407341211282672
April 14, 202037330111992632
April 13, 202034320100912422
April 12, 20203235100852282
April 11, 202031813103702382
April 10, 20203051770582402
April 9, 20202881471512302
April 8, 20202742260442262
April 7, 20202541661442042
April 6, 2020238650351982
April 5, 20202321851331942
April 4, 2020214540251850
April 3, 20202092542251800
April 2, 20201841020201620
April 1, 2020174352091630
March 31, 202013982091280
March 30, 2020131202181210
March 29, 2020111221031070
March 28, 20208919103850
March 27, 2020705103660
March 26, 20206514102620
March 25, 2020517102480
March 24, 2020444102410
March 23, 20204010112370
March 22, 2020308002280
March 21, 20202210001210
March 20, 2020124001110
March 19, 20208000170
March 18, 20208500170
March 17, 20203100030
March 16, 20202000020
March 15, 20202000020
March 14, 20202000020
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Dangote, BUA Cement drag Nigerian Stock market down, investors lose N154.28 billion

Investors lost N154.28 billion in value, as market capitalization dropped to N13.04 trillion at the Nigerian Stock market.



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Nigeria’s stock market finished the week on a poor note, extending its previous day’s loss. The ASI declined by -1.17% to 25,016.00 index points. Consequently, the Year to Date loss dipped to -6.88%. Also, investors lost N154.28 billion in value, as market capitalization dropped to N13.04 trillion.

In terms of activity levels, market activity mirrored the broad index as total volumes and values declined by -20.61% and -52.51% to 214.49 million units and 2.51 billion respectively. ZENITH BANK was the most traded stock by volume at 22.2 million units, while NB topped by value at N666 million.


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Market sentiment, measured by market breadth, was however positive with 22 gainers led by BOCGAS (10.00%), against 18 losers topped by CABDURY (-9.47%).

Across the major indexes we cover, four out of five indexes closed negative. The Industrial goods (-3.91%) index was the worst performer, due to BUACEM (-5.44%) and DANGCEMENT (-2.04%) price decline. The Consumer Goods (-1.23%) and Energy (-0.96%) indices followed, owing to sell-offs in CADBURY (-9.47%); NB (-4.55%); GUINNESS (-3.68%) and OANDO (-2.22%).

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Also, the Banking (-0.28%) index lost points, as prices of GUARANTY (-2.45%) and FBNH(-1.82%) fell. The Insurance index was the lone gainer, up +0.06% on price appreciation in CHIPLC, CUSTODIAN & AIICO Insurance.

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Top gainers

BOCGAS up 10.00% to close at N4.4; SKYAVN up 9.64% to close at N2.73; NASCON up 1.77% to close at N11.5; CUSTODIAN up 3.42% to close at N6.05; and NEIMETH up 9.94% to close at N1.77.

Top losers


CADBURY down 9.47% to close at N7.65; BUACEMENT down 5.44% to close at N40; NB down 4.55% to close at N42; GUINNESS down 3.68% to close at N18.3; and DANGCEM down 2.04% to close at N139.



Market dropped close to the N13 trillion market capitalization support level, as heavy selling was observed among blue-chip stocks. Nairametrics recommends caution as price swing momentum strengthens.

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Buhari reappoints Danbatta as NCC Vice Chairman/CEO

With the reappointment, Danbatta will continue serving in the capacity of NCC Vice Chairman and CEO for another 5 years.



Buhari reappoints Danbatta as NCC Vice Chairman/CEO

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta as Executive Vice Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

This means that Danbatta will continue serving in the capacity of NCC Vice Chairman and CEO for another 5 years.


Personal assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad announced this via his twitter handle on Friday evening.

READ MORE: Nigerian economy going into recession, might contract by -8.9% – Finance Minister

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This reappointment was based on the recommendations of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Ibrahim Pantami, and contained in a Press statement from the ministry.

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While wishing him well in his second tenure, Pantami urged Professor Danbatta to consolidate on gains and achievements of his first term.

“The honourable minister directed him to significantly improve on the overall performance of the commission as well as ensure that adequate mechanisms are put in place to facilitate the implementation of all policies of the Federal Government through the ministry” the statement read.


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The professor of Telecommunications engineering had lectured for about three decades before his previous appointments. At different times, he also served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano, as well as served as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil.

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