UAC of Nigeria Plc closed at N7.60 in yesterday’s trading session on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), down 0.65%. Year to date, the stock is
Investors that have held the stock, in the last 5 years, have lost a key chunk of their holdings. In April 2014, the stock was trading at N53.78. Investors that have held since then, have thus lost over 85% of their holdings, in terms of share value.
The 10-year decline is worse
Measured over the last ten years, the stock is trading at levels unseen in the last 10 years.
Investors that bought the stock at a peak of N68.58 sometime in January 2014 have thus lost over 88.9% of their holdings in terms of share value.
Drivers of the tumble
Investors have shown apathy towards the stock in view of a recent string of poor results.
H1 2018 results showed a sharp dip in revenue, while profit rose marginally. The stock subsequently fell to a 5 year low.
Results for the half year ended June 2018 show revenue dropped from N47.3 billion in 2017 to N36.9 billion in 2018. Profit before tax rose from N1.8 billion in 2017 to N2.1 billion in 2018, profit after tax rose marginally from N1.1 billion in 2017 to N1.3 billion in 2018.
Results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, were much worse and led to the stock price tanking further.
While revenue fell from N68.2 billion in 2017 to N55.7 billion in 2018, profit before tax fell sharply from N3.1 billion in 2017 to N483 million in 2018. Profit after tax also declined from N2.2 billion in 2017 to N347 million in 2018.
Full year results released last week were one of the worst in the conglomerate’s history.
Results for the 2018 financial year show revenue fell from N89.1 billion in 2017 to N78.7 billion in 2018. The firm incurred a N9.4 billion loss after tax, compared to a profit after tax of N1.3 billion made in the corresponding period of 2017. The poor result was largely due to losses in the UPDC the company’s real estate division.
Where the problem lies
UAC’s real estate division was a major drag on group performance last year.
In an excerpt from a press release issued after the full year 2018 results were released, management gave a breakdown of the losses in that segment.
Revenue declined by 42.9% Y-o-Y in the Real Estate segment (2.8% of FY 2018 Group Revenue) to ₦2.2 billion in FY 2018, primarily because of reduced housing inventory sales. Market conditions, which remain challenging, together with capital constraints limited development activity. The segment incurred a ₦10.3 billion operating loss in FY 2018, against a ₦1.4 billion profit in FY 2017.
The decline in revenue was largely due to impairments and mark to market losses.
UPDC’s results include N4.0 billion in impairments on assets held for sale, N3.1 billion in impairment on JV receivables, N1.3 billion in mark to market losses on its real estate portfolio on account of pressure on asset values given the broader challenges in Nigeria’s real estate sector, and N0.4 billion in realised losses on disposed assets. UPDC fair valued its assets in Q4 2018.
How low will it go?
Movement in the company’s share price will largely depend on its performance going forward, as well as general market sentiments. If market sentiments remain negative, the stock may witness a downward decline.
Union Bank, LINKASSURE push NGX ASI into recovery
The market breadth closed positive with the bulls as LINKASSURE led 25 Gainers, and 16 Losers topped by NEM.
Nigerian stock exchange market made a bullish recovery on the last day of the week’s trading session. This surge was bolstered by gains made by UBN and LINKASSURE amongst others. The All-Share Index increased by +0.21% to close at 39,198.75 from 39,114.73.
- Nigerian Stock Exchange market value currently stands at N20.48 trillion. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stand at -2.66%.
- The market breadth closed positive with the bulls as LINKASSURE led 25 Gainers, and 16 Losers topped by NEM, showing a hint of consolation.
- LINKASSURE up +9.25% to close at N0.69
- JOHNHOLT up +9.26% to close at N59
- UBN up +9.09% to close at N5.40
- ROYALEX up +8.33% to close at N0.65
- CHIPLC up +8.33% to close at N0.39
- NEM down -9.50% to close at N1.81
- COURTVILLE down -9.09% to close at N0.20
- SUNUASSUR down -8.47% to close at N0.54
- INITSPLC down -6.98% to close at N0.40
- ETERNA down -6.89% to close at N5.81
The market recovered from a week-long loss as it posts profit at the end of the trading session.
- Market sentiments tend toward bullish momentum as the NGX ASI closes with 25 Gainers and 16 losers.
- Nairametrics however, advises cautious buying in this era of growing uncertainties.
SEC plans to monitor foreign stock brokers in Nigeria
SEC is proposing tighter and stricter regulatory oversight and requirements for foreign stockbrokers in the country.
In an attempt to reduce the demand for foreign stocks in Nigeria, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is proposing tighter and stricter regulatory oversight and requirements for foreign stockbrokers in the country.
In an interview monitored by Nairametrics, the executive commissioner for operations of the SEC, Dayo Obisan revealed the commission was planning to actively monitor the local facilitators of foreign stocks.
“At least 400,000 Nigerians have invested in foreign stocks through brokers in the past 18 months,” Obisan said, with Nigerians actively trading or holding foreign equities now exceeding those investing in the local market and about 70% of these participants being less than 40 years of age.
This is despite the Nigerian Stock Exchange being dubbed the best performing last year after it gained 50% YTD. Stocks are however down 5% YTD.
In contrast, the S&P 500 Index is currently trading 14.50% YTD, creating a new all-time high.
Also, the value of transactions is down YTD as demand shifts from the Nigerian stock exchange market to the Cryptocurrency and foreign stock market.
“There is an increasing interest among the younger population and this is of concern to the commission primarily because it creates an avenue for exploitation,” Obisan said.
The SEC intends to license firms offering foreign stocks under a “digital sub-broker” regulation, which Obisan says should provide a form of clarity to their activities.
He also stated the requirement will ensure “regulatory responsibilities in on-boarding clients, custody of assets, and compliance with reporting requirements are met”.
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