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Daily Update: CBN cuts long tenor OMO rate by 10bps amid significant over-subscription

Daily performance of major economic indicators and highlights from tradings sessions and key statistics such as Treasury Bills, bonds, FX rates, inflation, oil price.

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Welcome to daily performance of major economic indicators and highlights from trading sessions and key statistics such as Treasury Bills, bonds, FX rates, inflation, oil price.

The report is dated May 6th, 2019.

***NNPC records N15bn trade surplus for January 2019***

Key Indicators

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Bonds: The Bond market opened the week on a relatively quiet note, with yields marginally higher by c.2bps on average, following some profit taking on the 2024s which posted some gains in the previous session. We also witnessed slight sell interest on the longer end of the curve (36s & 37s).

We expect yields to remain relatively well supported at current levels, barring a worsening in global EM positioning given the renewed US-China trade spats.

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Treasury Bills: The T-bills market traded on a slightly bullish note, with demand mostly on some short and mid tenored bills due to the robust sytem liquidity levels from FAAC inflows into the system. The Longer end of the curve however remained relatively stable as market players awaited confirmation of stop rate levels from the OMO auction conducted by the CBN.

On the back of the significant over-subscription on the 353-day bill offered, the CBN cut the long tenor OMO rate by 10bps to 12.94%. The rate on the 199-day bill (Mid-tenor) was also managed lower by 7bps to 12.88%, while the 108-day bill (Short-tenor) rate was unchanged at 11.80%. The CBN eventually sold a total of N313bn OMO T-bills from total subscriptions of c.N413bn, with the most sale (N265bn) on the longer tenored bill.

We expect the market to remain slightly bullish on the back of the moderation in OMO stop rates by the CBN.

Money Market: The OBB and OVN rates trended higher by c.6pct, as outflows for an OMO Sale and Wholeale FX funding compressed system liquidity, despite the significant inflows from FAAC payments. The OBB and OVN rates consequently ended the session at 11.36% and 12.07%, with system liquidity estimated at c.N150bn positive.

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We expect rates to be relatively stable tomorrow, barring a renewed OMO sale by the CBN.

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FX Market: At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rate was unchanged at N306.95/$ (spot) and N356.46/$ (SMIS). The NAFEX closing rate in the I&E window however declined by 0.16% to N361.24/$, outside the long sustained (360.00 – 361.00) closing rate band. At the parallel market, the cash rate depreciated by 0.06% to N359.00/$, while the transfer rate remained unchanged at N363.50/$.

Eurobonds: The NGERIA Sovereigns remained slightly bearish, with the most selloff witnessed on the 2047s which lost c.0.35pct despite the low traded volumes on the day.

In absence of UK flows, the NGERIA Corps were relatively muted, with some profit taking witnessed on some longer dated tickers.

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Energy

TCN restores collapsed electricity grid

TCN has now restored the electricity grid system which collapsed across the country over the past weekend.

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has restored the collapsed electricity grid system across the country.

This was disclosed by the Acting Managing Director of TCN, Mr Sule Abdulaziz, during a media briefing on Wednesday.

According to the TCN boss, the system which collapsed on Sunday evening was restored within 40 minutes of the incident.

He said, “The company immediately went into action and stabilised the system in Abuja, before other parts of the country. There is nothing strange but it is normal for a system to collapse and that can happen in any country of the world.

“Since I came on board, we never had any system collapse and this one that happened on Sunday was restored immediately which is the fastest system collapse recovery. We are guarding the grid, we don’t want the system collapse to happen, but when it happens, the most important thing is what was done and how it was done to restore the system.”

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What you need to know

Three days ago, Nairametrics reported that the recent power blackout in the country was due to multiple trippings.

General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, who made the announcement through a statement said the company had started the process of restoration to the national grid.

Mbah pointed out that the places that power is yet to be restored were Calabar, Makurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, Ugwuaji and Maiduguri axis.

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She stated, “The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) regrets to inform electricity consumers nationwide that at 11:25 am today, the nation’s electricity grid experienced multiple trippings, which led to the collapse of the system.’

“TCN has since commenced grid restoration; power has been successfully restored to every part of the country, except Calabar, Ugwuaji, Markurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, and Maiduguri axes. The effort is however ongoing to ensure full restoration nationwide.”

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Energy

N250bn to be spent to fund compressed Natural Gas infrastructure

The CBN is to make available the sum of N250 billion to fund Compressed Natural Gas infrastructure.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is poised to make available the sum of N250 billion to fund Compressed Natural Gas infrastructure.

This move is in a bid to expand gas use and cut reliance on imported fuel, as the government looks forward to offering free conversion to enable some cars run on gas.

It is expected that by 2021, about 1 million cars would have been converted from PMS to Autogas for free.

The National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, is part of the country’s effort to free itself of costly gasoline subsidies and conserve the hard-earned foreign reserves from petroleum product imports, making it imperative to focus on gas as an alternative fuel.

(READ MORE: Nigeria to import petroleum products from Niger Republic, sign MoU on transportation, storage)

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What they are saying

According to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari,

“Select NNPC stations across the country will offer free conversion of ‘some cars’ to enable them to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or compressed natural gas (CNG). There are currently 80 locations in the country capable of fuelling the vehicles.”

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Bottom line

This is a welcome development as it is cleaner, safer, and affordable to run the cars on gas.

It would also, to a large extent, conserve the foreign reserves being depleted from huge petroleum product imports, as well as offer millions of job opportunities.

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Companies

ABC Transport to raise N1.4 billion through rights issue

ABC Transport Plc has secured the approval of its shareholders to raise additional capital through a rights issue.

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The Board of Directors of ABC Transport Plc has secured the approval of its shareholders to raise additional capital through a rights issue from existing shareholders.

This disclosure was made by the board of ABC Transport in a notification issued by the Company’s Secretary, Onyekachukwu C. Chigbo, after announcing shareholders’ resolutions at its 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on Friday 27th November 2020.

According to the information contained in the notification, the rights issue is N1.4billion, which could be raised via the issuance of shares and debt securities as determined by the Directors of the firm.

However, the rights issue is subject to the approval of regulatory authorities.

What this means

A rights issue is an invitation to existing shareholders to purchase additional new shares in the company. This type of issue gives existing shareholders the “rights” to purchase new shares at a discount to the market price on a stated future date.

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However, shareholders are not obligated to exercise this right.

In this regard, the company may decide to use the additional capital raised from these offerings to existing shareholders to acquire assets, make a take-over, repay debts or save itself from bankruptcy.

This is expected to strengthen the company’s balance sheet, free up capital for the management to execute revenue, and profit optimizing projects, plans, and strategies.

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What you should know

  • It is important to know that the board decided to raise additional capital after it had secured shareholders’ approval to increase the company’s authorized share capital from N1billion to N2.5billion by the creation of 3billion additional shares of 50 kobo each, ranking pari-passu in all respects with the existing shares in the Company’s equity.
  • In this regard, clause 6 of the Company’s Memorandum of Association and clause 5 of the Articles of Association respectively, will be amended to reflect the increase in the Authorized Share Capital.
  • This amendment will be done by deleting the words, “the authorized Share Capital of the Company is N1billion divided into 2billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each,” and substituting therewith the words “the authorized Share Capital of the Company is N2.5billion divided into 5billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each.”

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