Stocks on our Buy/Sell/Hold are picked from gainers and losers of the previous week, as well as various analyst reports.

This week’s edition is a somewhat special one, as trading for the week closed on Thursday, due to the Easter holidays. As such, the gainers and losers are picked from this week’s trading session.  

Access Bank: HOLD  

Recent Results

Results for the first quarter ended March 2019 show that gross earnings increased from N137 billion in 2018 to N160 billion in 2019. Profit before tax jumped from N27.2 billion in 2018 to N45.1 billion in 2019. Profit after tax also rose from N21.9 billion in 2018 to N41.1 billion in 2019.  

Price Information 

Current Share Price: N6.85  

Price to Earnings Ratio: 1.74X

Price to Book Ratio: 0.42 

Year to Date Return: 0.74% 

One Year Return: -34.86% 

External View 

Analysts at United Capital have a ‘Hold’ recommendation on the stock. They have a oneyear target price of N7.10, which represents a potential upside of 19.3% from the stock’s price of N6.9as at when the report was prepared.  

Analysts at Afrinvest have a Buy recommendation on the stock. They have a target price of N10.44 which represents a potential upside of 75.5% from the stock’s price of N5.95, as at when the report was prepared.  

Our View  

Though it is trading at a low multiple within the tier one space (and the larger market as a whole), Access Bank is a HOLD in Nairametrics opinion.

While the bank’s Q1 2019 results have shown a massive improvement quarter on quarter, investors would be better off waiting for the bank’s H1 2019 results which would contain detailed information on the combined entity. 

Nestle Nigeria: HOLD 

Recent Results: Results for the 2018 financial year show that revenue increased from N244 billion in 2017 to N266 billion in 2018. Profit before tax rose from N46.8 billion in 2017 to N59.7 billion in 2018.  Profit after tax also increased from N33.7 billion in 2017 to N43 billion in 2018.  

Price Information 

Current Share Price: N1,580 

Price to Earnings Ratio: 29.12X 

Price to Book Ratio: 24.9  

Year to Date: 6.4% 

One Year Return: 14.55% 

External View 

Analysts at Afrinvest have an ‘Accumulate rating on the stock. They have a target price of N1,799.62 which represents a potential upside of 23.6%, from the stock’s price of N1,456 as at when the report was prepared.  

Coronation Research

Analysts at United Capital have a Buy recommendation for the stock. They have a 12month target price of N1,636.1 which represents a potential upside of 12.4%, from the stock’s price of N1,580 as at when the report was prepared. 

Our View 

Nestle Nigeria is a HOLD in Nairametrics opinion. Investors would be better off waiting for the company’s first quarter 2019 results to be released before deciding to either Buy or Sell. 

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 Julius Berger: HOLD  

Results for the 2018 financial year show that revenue increased from N141 billion in 2017 to N194 billion in 2018. Profit before tax jumped from N3.7 billion in 2017 to N10.1 billion in 2018. Profit after tax also rose from N2.5 billion in 2017 to N6.1 billion in 2018.  

Price information 

Current Share Price: N25  

Price to Earnings Ratio: 3.94X 

Price to Book Ratio:  

Year to Date: -3.92%

One Year Return: 14.55% 

External View 

None  

Our View 

Julius Berger is a HOLD in Nairametrics opinion. Investors would be better off waiting for the release of the company’s Q1 2019 results before making a Buy/Sell decision.  

The company had sent a notice to the NSE, stating that its board audit committee would meet on Thursday, April 25, 2019, to consider the results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. 

Disclaimer 

Please consult a financial adviser before making an investment decision. 

 

  

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