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NAHCO and CAP Plc end the week at year lows

McNichols Plc was the worst performing stock on the @nsecontact declining by 18.18% to close at a year low of N0.45.

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There appears to be no end in sight to the negative performance on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as the market closed in the red, for the third week running. 

 The NSE All Share Index declined by 2.27% to close the week at 27,919.50 basis points. Year to date, the index is down 11.17%. 15 equities appreciated in price during the week, lower than 18 in the previous week.  

52 equities depreciated in price, higher than 39 equities in the previous week. 102 equities remained unchanged, lower than 111 equities recorded in the preceding week.  

 Top Gainers 

 Lasaco Assurance 

 Lasaco Assurance Plc was the best performing stock this week. The stock appreciated by 13.79% this week, opening at N0.29 and closing at N0.33, up N0.04. 

 Year to date, the index is up 10%. 

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 Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc 

 Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc opened the week at N0.90 and closed at N0.99, up N0.09 or 10%. 

 Year to date, the stock is up 1%. 

Shareholders of the bank, at its Annual General Meeting which held this week, approved by way of private placement, the sale of 2,261,538,462 ordinary shares at the rate of N1.05 to VFD Group.

 Cornerstone Insurance Plc 

 Cornerstone Insurance Plc also gained 10%, but had a smaller numerical rise. The stock opened at N0.20 and closed at N0.22, down N0.02. 

 Year to date, the stock is up 10%. 

 AG Leventis Plc 

 AG Leventis Plc appreciated by 6.67% this week. The stock opened at N0.30 and closed at N0.32, down N0.02. 

 Year to date, the stock is up 18.5%. 

 Dangote Sugar Refinery 

 Dangote Sugar Refinery opened the week at N10.60 and closed at N11.25, up N0.65 or 6.13%. 

 Year to date, the stock is down 26.2%. 

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 Vitafoam Nigeria Plc 

 Vitafoam Nigeria Plc appreciated by 4.52% this week. The stock opened at N3.54 and closed at N3.70, up N0.16. 

 Year to date, the stock is down 15.9%. 

 Sterling Bank Plc 

 Sterling Bank Plc opened the week at N2.21 and closed at N2.28, up N0.07 or 3.17%. 

 Year to date, the stock is up 20%. 

 Nestle Nigeria Plc 

 Nestle Nigeria Plc opened the week at N1225 and closed at N1250, up N25 or 2.04%. 

 Year to date, the stock is down 15.8%. 

 Dangote Flour Mills Plc 

 Dangote Flour Mills Plc gained 2.01% this week. The stock opened at N17.40 and closed at N17.75, up N0.35. 

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 Year to date, the stock is up 159%. 

 FCMB Group Plc 

 FCMB rounds up the top 10 gainers for the week. The stock opened at N1.57 and closed at N1.60, up N0.03.  

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 Year to date, the stock is down 15.3%. 

 Losers 

 Mc Nichols Plc 

 Mc Nichols Plc was the worst performing stock this week shedding 18.18%. The stock opened the week at N0.55 and closed at N0.45, down N0.10. 

 Year to date, the stock is down 4.26%, and is trading at a year low. 

 Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc 

 CCNN Plc opened the week at N14.50 and closed at N12, down N2.50 or 17.24%. 

 Year to date, the stock is down 38.1%. 

 Courteville Business Solutions Plc 

 Courteville Business Solutions declined by 16.67% this week. The stock opened at N0.24 and closed at N0.20, down N0.04. 

 Year to date, the stock is flat.  

 Union Bank Nigeria Plc 

 Union Bank Nigeria Plc opened the week at N7.50 and closed at N6.55, down N0.95 or 12.67%. 

 Year to date, the stock is up 17%. 

 Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc 

 NAHCO Plc declined by 11.65% this week. The stock opened at N2.66 and closed by N2.35, down N0.31. 

 The stock is down 35.62%, year to date, and is trading at its lowest point this year. 

 Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc 

Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc opened the week at N0.53 and closed at N0.47, down N0.06 or 11.32%.

 Year to date, the stock is down 21.7%. 

 Flour Mills Nigeria Plc 

 Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc declined by 11.11% this week. The stock opened at N16.20 and closed at N14.40,down N1.80. 

 Year to date, the stock is down 37.7%. 

 Okomu Oil Palm Plc 

 Okomu Oil Palm Plc shed 10% this week. The stock opened at N62 and closed at N55.80, down N6.20.  

 Year to date, the stock is down 26.8%. 

Berger Paints Plc 

 Berger Paints Plc also declined by 10% this week. The stock opened at N7 and closed at N6.30, down N0.70.  

 Year to date, the stock is down 26.7%. 

 CAP Plc 

 Chemical and Allied Products (CAP) Plc rounds up the top 10 losers for the week. The stock also fell by 10%, opening at N27.50 and closing at N24.50, down N2.75.  

 Year to date, the stock is down 29%, and is trading at a 5-year low. 

 

 

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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Just in: Lagos approves resumption of full services for churches, mosques

Resumption of full services in churches and mosques has been approved by the Lagos State Government.

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The Lagos State Government has announced the approval of churches and mosques to resume full services in the state. This disclosure was made by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a press briefing on Saturday, September 19, 2020, in Lagos.

According to a monitored media report, the government said mosques can hold their prayers 5 times daily, while churches can also resume weekly services. This is against the initial announcement, where worship centres were restricted to just one gathering weekly, after they were allowed to reopen on August 7, 2020, following the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Sanwo-Olu, however, warned that all safety protocols that had been announced by the government must be strictly adhered to.

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COVID-19: Transcorp Hotel loses about N1 billion every month – CEO

Transcorp Hotels has seen its revenues ravaged by COVID-19 induced lockdowns and implementing measures to save itself from further losses.

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COVID-19: Transcorp Hotel loses about N1 billion every month- CEO

Transcorp Hotels, owners of one of Nigeria’s largest hotel Transcorp Hilton reports it loses about N1 billion every month due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director/CEO of Transcorp Hotel Plc, Dupe Olusola, during an interactive session on Thursday. According to her, the management of the hotel met and decided to ensure that it kept costs down by restructuring its business strategy, diversifying into asset-light business models, and reducing the workforce, among others.

Olusola further disclosed that the company had suspended further commitment to buy fixed assets and operating equipment, as well as reduced its energy consumption and maintenance costs. She also confirmed Transcorp will be cutting back on all capital investments this year and in the foreseeable future until the outlook for the economy improves.

READ: Nigerian hotels count revenue losses due to pandemic-induced plunge

The hospitality sector has been one of the hardest-hit since the Covid-19 broke in late February. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics also reveal the sector contracted by as much as 40% in the second quarter of 2020, officially falling into recession.

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Nairametrics participated in the stakeholder’s session and noted a few critical remarks from the interview.

Below is the excerpt of the interview session:

How much has COVID-19 eaten into the fabric of Transcorp Hotels?

We had a drastic decline of over N9 billion. In March alone, we witnessed a N456 million loss. We have to remember that in March, there was a partial lockdown when everyone was trying to figure out what was happening. We were at N1.03 billion loss in April alone and this has continued to be the story every month. In June, we dropped by about N840 million.

READ: As Hotels resume operations, how prepared are they?

How will this development (loss) affect your staff strength?

We struggled to ensure that we would not ask people to go initially, that was our priority. We paid staff that did not work during lockdown 50% of their salaries and the ones that worked then were paid full salary. To keep the business running, we definitely have to let go of at least 40% now.

We engaged the staff Unions, both the Junior and Senior staff, before the implementation of that. We will ensure that employees are properly taken care of. The occupancies we have now are below 30% and with that, it’s impossible to have everyone around.

What is important to us is that we must ensure we are able to keep the hotel running as a national asset, because it has been in existence for over 30 years.

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We have ensured that we keep as many jobs as we can within this time frame, so this is an opportunity for us to engage the media and carry you along before such exercise. We have engaged actively with our employees and other key stakeholders. At the occupancy level that we are seeing, it is impossible for us to sustain the employees that we have to keep our doors open.

Precisely, how many will you lay off?

It is definitely a great burden to even consider a lay-off but we don’t have a choice but to keep the business afloat. We have over 1,000 staff and it appears we will not need more than 400 staff to ensure we keep the hotel running. What is happening is beyond everybody and it is just a situation we have found ourselves in.

What is your outlook for 2020, any hope of returning to the pre-COVID era?

We expect to get to the pre-COVID era by 2024 globally, because it requires the gathering of the people in preparing for events, etc. The new normal is real. We expect things to go back to what they used to be in Nigeria by 2024 also. We are not expected to do more than 30% of our occupancy this year and that is significantly low, and by this time next year, we don’t expect to see anything more than that. So, this is our trying time.

Strategy to sustain Balance Sheet before the end of 2020

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We are a hotel business, the food, room and the events we hold are our sustainers. We are definitely going to end at a loss in 2020. As I said, COVID will still be around in 2024. We will try as a business to be innovative, to look at different ways. We are reporting losses of almost N1 billion on a monthly basis and this is significant to us. We hope they can come up with some vaccination to help reduce the impact of the pandemic so that businesses can begin to pick up.

READ: Transcorp Hotels Plc Retains Positive A- (NG) GCR Rating

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Any palliatives from the government to hotels?

Governments across the world have given palliatives to hotels, but here there is no such package for big hotels in Nigeria. We have engaged at all levels of government on payroll support, tax rebate, support for employees, actively and widely as possible. Yet, these have not yielded any support, unfortunately. This is really why we have gotten to the point of disengaging our own staff. We have not seen any support from the government to actually help us.

How do you aim to restructure your loans and are there plans to raise funds?

This year is really just about losses. We have met with our stakeholders and lenders to work out how we can restructure our loans, considering some palliatives CBN brought on board like interest rate of 5%. We met the Bank of Industry (BOI) to get interest rates on our loan reduction. Some of these got a couple of positive responses. We are also considering raising funds through the right issues. We are raising N10 billion in order to pay off some of our existing obligations.

How will virtual tools affect your business model and future plans?

We are working round the clock to bring in solutions in line with the new normal to our guests and customers. How do we provide what they are looking for? How do we provide physical and virtual conferencing? We have also come up with Drive-in Movie Cinema, among others. We are going to ensure we run asset-light strategies to bring in new initiatives that can continue to help us remain standing in the business.

On our future plans, we have suspended our expansion plans. For instance, we initially planned to set up hotels in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, which has been suspended for now. Also, we suspended further commitment to buy fixed assets and operating equipment as well as reduced our energy consumption and maintenance costs.

Bottom Line: The hotel faces a tipping point and as things stand survival is what is its priority.

  • To do so the hotel will have to make tough decisions some of which as job cuts, reduction in overheads, and suspension of capex related activities.
  • This will be a very painful restructuring process for the hotel group but it appears this is the only way it can survive.

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Emirates Airlines banned from operating in Nigeria

UAE’s Emirate Airline has been banned from operating in Nigeria.

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Emirates Airline has been added to the list of airlines which have been banned from operating in  Nigeria. The ban will take effect from the 21st of September.

This was announced by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika in a social media statement on Friday.

READ: Nigeria’s Innovate 1 Pay expands into Dubai’s tech market 

“The PTF subcommittee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban. The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed & they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st Sept 2020.” Sirika stated.

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This comes as the UAE government has been accused of not renewing visas of Nigerians in Dubai and also rumours of a VISA ban for Nigerians applying for visas.

READ: Analysis: CBN bans maize importers from accessing FX

Last month, the UAE embassy in Nigeria denied there is a VISA ban on Nigerians entering the Middle Eastern country. They said: “At the onset of the COVlD-19 pandemic, the UAE took a number of precautionary measures to combat the virus’ spread, including the temporary suspension on issuing UAE visas for all nationalities as of March 17, 2020.

After entering the recovery phase of the pandemic, the UAE eased some measures on July 7, permitting visitors from various countries to adhere to the necessary precautionary measures, including by showing negative PCR test results within 92 hours of travelling to the UAE. This includes those visiting from Nigeria.”

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