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Nigerian Stock Market trades on a negative note

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) ended Wednesday’s trading session in negative territory. The All-Share Index closed at 27,319.64 basis points, down 0.97%.



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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) ended Wednesday’s trading session in negative territory. The All-Share Index closed at 27,319.64 basis points, down 0.97%. Year to date, the index is down by 13.08%.

Top Gainers

UAC of Nigeria Plc was the best-performing stock today. The stock gained 9.89% to close at N5. UACN Property Development Company Plc gained 9.76% to close at N0.90. Africa Prudential Plc gained 8.82% to close at N3.95. Linkage Assurance Plc also gained 8.33% to close at N0.52. International Breweries Plc rounded off the top five gainers for today. The stock gained 8.18% to close at N11.90.

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Top Losers

On the flip side, Guinness Nigeria Plc was the worst-performing stock, declining by 9.90% to close at N37.30. Ikeja Hotel Plc fell by 9.79% to close at N1.29. Forte Oil Plc fell by 9.73% to close at N14.85. UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust Plc fell by 9.26% to close at N4.90. Eterna Plc also rounded off the top five losers for the day. The stock shed 5.36% to close at N2.65.

Top Trades by Volume

Access Bank Plc was the most actively-traded stock today. 81.8 million shares valued at N542.3 million were traded in 210 deals. Lafarge Africa Plc was next with 40.6 million shares valued at N587.3 million traded in 101 deals, followed by Zenith Bank Plc with 27.5 million shares valued at N481.4 million traded in 326 deals.

FBN Holdings Plc was next with 19.2 million shares valued at N89.5 million traded in 285 deals. Transnational Corp of Nigeria Plc rounded off the top five most actively traded stocks today with 13.7 million shares valued at N14 million traded in 56 deals.

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Corporate Action

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc notified the general public that all MTN stores and service centres would be closed until further notice as a precaution to the Xenophobic situation. Meanwhile, the Company will remain committed to providing uninterrupted services.


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Heavy sell-off in Guinness shares leads to N6.9 billion market value loss in a single day

Shares of Guinness Nigeria Plc suffered a 9.89% loss today.



Guinness Nigeria Plc Reports Full Year F19 Results

Guinness Nigeria Plc suffered a 9.89% loss today following a heavy sell-off in the shares of the brewer. This triggered a market value loss amounting to about N6.9 billion at the close of trading activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as investors scaled-down stakes in the brewer.

Data tracked at the close of the market today revealed that the shares of GUINNESS declined from N31.85 per share at the market open, to N28.70 per share at the close of the market today, to print a loss of 9.89%.

This decline saw the market capitalization of the leading maker of beer and spirits fall from N69.75 billion to N62.86 billion at the close of trading activities today, putting the total market value loss at N6.89 billion.

The shares of Guinness at the close of the market today cleared at N28.70 per share, 9.89% lower than the closing price of N31.85 per share yesterday.

At the current price, Guinness shares are currently trading 20.27% lower than their 52-week high of N36.00 per share. However, the shares of the company have returned about 120.8% gains for investors who bought them at their 52-week low trading price of N13.00 per share last week.

During trading hours on the Exchange today, about 159,380 ordinary shares of Guinness Nigeria Plc worth about N4.57 million, were exchanged in 27 executed deals.

The shares of Nigerian Breweries Plc and Golden Guinea Breweries Plc closed flat at N50.1 per share and N0.81 per share respectively, while the shares of International Breweries Plc shed 0.88% to close low today at N5.65 per share.

What you should know

  • At the close of trading activities today, the NSE All-Share Index and market capitalization appreciated by 0.29% to close higher at 39,128.34 index points and N20.477 trillion respectively.
  • The NSE Consumer Goods Index, an investable benchmark designed to track the performance of the shares of consumer goods companies like Guinness Nigeria Plc, depreciated by -0.35% to close the day lower at 553.26 index points.

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NAICOM revokes operational licence of UNIC Insurance, appoints Receiver/Liquidator

NAICOM stated that it had appointed Hadiza Baba Gimba as the Receiver/Liquidator to wind up the affairs of the company.



Recapitalisation: 26 firms get NAICOM's approval

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of the operational licence issued to UNIC Insurance Plc.

Although no official reason has been provided for the revocation of the insurance firm’s operating license, NAICOM, however, stated that the decision of the regulator was in the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the enabling laws.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this disclosure is contained in a notice which was issued by the commission in Lagos to the general public and policyholders, where it noted that the revocation of the operational license, RIC 043, is with effect from March 25.

NAICOM, thereafter stated that it had appointed Hadiza Baba Gimba as the Receiver/Liquidator to wind up the affairs of the company.

NAICOM in its statement said, “The general public/policyholders are by this notice required to direct all inquiries and correspondence regarding UNIC Insurance to the receiver/liquidator.

The receiver/liquidator will be dealing with the company’s liabilities in accordance with the provision of Insurance Act 2003.’’

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that NAICOM, for the third time in June 2020, gave insurance firms in the country a one-year extension to meet the recapitalisation obligation that was recently set for them apparently due to the coronavirus pandemic which had disrupted the activities of most insurance companies.
  • Some insurance companies had been going through some bad patches with a good number of them struggling to meet up with their obligations and the recapitalization requirements.
  • The recapitalisation programme requires life insurance firms to meet a minimum paid-up capital of N8.0 billion, up from N2.0 billion previously. In the same vein, general insurance companies are required to raise their minimum paid-up capital to N10.0 billion from N3.0 billion previously.
  • The regulatory capital for composite insurance was raised to N18.0 billion from N5.0 billion previously while reinsurance businesses are now required to have a minimum capital of N20.0 billion from a previous N10.0 billion.

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