Royal Exchange Plc has announced the completion of the 39.25% acquisition of Royal Exchange General Insurance Company Limited (REGIC) by Germany’s InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF).
The Details: This information was disclosed by the insurance firm in a notification to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), shareholders, and the investing public at large.
Royal Exchange Plc, which is the parent firm of REGIC, explained that the investment was borne out of the need to spur growth in the company by increasing its underwriting capacity in the agriculture insurance space.
Further Developments: The insurance firm also promised to tap into the goldmine of over 30 million under-insured small-scale farmers in Nigeria via leveraging on technology to increase the resilience of small-scale farmers to climate change.
It also pledged to develop innovative products that would cater to insurance needs of the general public.
This development is coming after the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) approved the acquisition deal in July this year.
The partnership was designed to use the proceeds of the investment to leverage REGIC’s growth by increasing its risk capital and supporting its underwriting capacity in agriculture, thereby extending its outreach to low-income farmers.
What you should know: The Luxembourg-based IIF was set up by KfW, the German Development Bank, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The investment fund is being managed by Swiss-based impact investment manager, BlueOrchard Finance Limited.
The overall objective of the IIF is to contribute to the adaptation to climate change by improving access to and the use of insurance in developing countries. The specific objective of the Fund is to reduce the vulnerability of low-income households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to extreme weather events.
A look into the company’s financials: Royal Exchange’s financial statement showed that it generated N11 billion in its Gross Premium Income over the past nine months of 2019. This indicated a 0.9% decline compared to N11.1 billion generated as at Q3 2018.
Profit Before Tax: The Group recorded a loss before tax of N72.8 million as at Q3 2019, compared to a profit before tax of N163.5 million in the last three quarters of 2018, representing a 145% decrease.
Profit After Tax: Royal Exchange recorded a loss after tax for the period under consideration to the tune of N96.2 million, compared to a profit after tax of N111.1 million as at Q3 2018, representing a 187% decline.
OPEC crude oil production drops to its lowest in nearly 30 years
Crude oil production of OPEC+ members for June reduced by almost 2 million barrels.
The over-performance by Saudi Arabia that has cut its crude oil production by 1 million barrels per day (more than mandated), has helped in reducing OPEC crude oil production to its lowest point in nearly 30 years, thus sending crude oil price soaring to about $42 support levels, and dampening growing concerns of COVID-19 resurgence.
In the month of July, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed a 108% compliance rate against 89% a month earlier.
Crude oil production of OPEC+ members for June reduced by almost 2 million barrels, compared to the month of May showing 33.4 million barrels per day. This agreement by major oil producers has helped in limiting oil production.
The report from International Energy Agency (IEA) said, “On the supply side, global oil production fell sharply in June to stand 13.7 million barrels per day below the April level. The compliance rate with the OPEC+ supply agreement was 108%.”
Data from the report also shows that in the month of June, major oil producer, Russia fulfilled its quota for reducing oil production by 100%.
“This solid performance by the OPEC+ group has been supplemented by substantial market-driven cuts, mainly in the United States,” the report added.
Meanwhile, Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, in a note, said that Crude prices got a boost for the session, in part due to the “upbeat COVID-19 vaccine and treatment news” and a softer dollar, but U.S. benchmark prices remain “anchored below the $41 level and will likely struggle for any major moves” until after next week’s OPEC+ Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee meeting.
He added that, “The demand outlook risks warrant a discussion for OPEC+ to consider extending production cuts into August.”
Nigerian bourse falls by 0.12% WoW despite gains from GTBank & Zenith
The NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization both depreciated by 0.12%.
The Nigerian All-Share Index and Market Capitalization both dropped by 0.12% to close the week at 24,306.36 and N12.680 trillion respectively.
Nigeria’s bourse closed the week with a total turnover of 901.542 million shares worth N13.453 billion in 18,676 deals traded this week by investors on the floor of The Exchange. This is in contrast to a total of 961.833 million shares valued at N9.181 billion that exchanged hands last week in 20,058 deals.
The NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization both depreciated by 0.12% to close the week at 24,306.36 and N12.680 trillion respectively.
The Financial Services industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 629.368 million shares valued at N5.186 billion traded in 9,887 deals; thus contributing 69.81% and 38.55% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The ICT industry followed with 59.506 million shares worth N5.161 billion in 684 deals. The third place went to the Consumer Goods industry, with a turnover of 57.136 million shares worth N1.385 billion in 2,993 deals.
Trading in the top three equities namely; Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 293.678 million shares worth N4.042 billion in 4,334 deals, contributing 32.58% and 30.05% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.
25 equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than 13 equities in the previous week. 33 equities depreciated in price, lower than 59 equities in the previous week, while 105 equities remained unchanged, higher than 91 equities recorded in the previous week.
RED STAR EXPRESS PLC up 18.52% to close at N3.52.
P Z CUSSONS NIGERIA PLC up 15.38% to close at N4.50.
STERLING BANK PLC. up 13.04% to close at N1.30.
CORNERSTONE INSURANCE PLC up 10.00% to close at N0.55.
ZENITH BANK PLC up 9.51% to close at N16.70.
CHAMS PLC up 9.09% to close at N0.24.
NIGERIAN AVIATION HANDLING COMPANY PLC up 9.00% to close at N2.18.
GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC. up 7.93% to close at N22.45.
FIDELITY BANK PLC up 7.19% to close at N1.79.
LAW UNION AND ROCK INS. PLC. up 7.00% to close at N1.07.
CUSTODIAN INVESTMENT PLC down 10.91 to close at N4.90.
CONOIL PLC down 10.00 to close at N18.90.
BETA GLASS PLC. down 9.95 to close at N61.55.
MRS OIL NIGERIA PLC. down 9.78 to close at N12.45.
UNILEVER NIGERIA PLC. down 9.78 to close at N12.45.
LIVESTOCK FEEDS PLC. down 9.68 to close at N0.56.
AXAMANSARD INSURANCE PLC down 9.66% to close at N1.59.
BERGER PAINTS PLC down 9.63% to close at N6.10.
ARBICO PLC down 9.52% to close at N1.71.
UACN PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC down 9.09% to close at N0.90.
The Nigerian bourse struggled on most reference levels all week, with the exception of most tier-1 banks, that put up a good show in terms of turnover and gains recorded for the week.
However, with daily case surges in COVID-19 caseloads in major cities around Nigeria, and the high volatility ongoing on Nigeria’s black gold (Brent Crude), Nairametrics envisages cautious buying as geopolitical and economic uncertainty strengthens across the spectrum.
ChainLink’s digital coin skyrockets 388% in 130 days, still soaring
LINK continues to see sky-high daily active addresses.
LINK, an altcoin powered on Chainlink’s decentralized network, is smashing BTC and many other fast-growing digital coins, in terms of the rate at which it has been appreciating in dollar terms lately.
Data from a crypto analytic ranking firm, Coinmarketcap, shows the 12th most valued crypto asset is presently valued at over $2.2 billion dollars (1.2 times more valuable than Nigeria’s most valued bank) with a daily trading volume of over $595 million. It traded as low as $1.60 dollars to its present-day value of over $6.20, showing a percentage gain of more than 387.5% as the price keeps drifting up.
Crypto behavior analytics platform, Santiment, in it feeds detailed that its on-chain volume, along with social volume and daily active addresses, is a “great triple thread to track.” These macros help track whether a given crypto asset is poised to continue its bullish momentum, and in LINK’s case, it shows that the momentum is still on.
$LINK is continuing to see sky-high daily active addresses, indicating just how active the network has been. The four highest outputs in network activity over the past year for #Chainlink have occurred in the past six days. https://t.co/9Vn1WSNKjX pic.twitter.com/1xVMVgfWAV
— Santiment (@santimentfeed) July 10, 2020
Chainlink is a blockchain that is designed to bridge the space between blockchain technology-based smart contracts (created by ETH), and other user programs. Since blockchains by principle can’t have access to data outside their paths or networks, a defi instrument is needed to facilitate data feeds in smart contracts, and Chainlink helps to solve such needs.
Among the leading 20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, it is viewed as the only top-20 token with a broad, adaptable business application that is easily explained to an average person. Chainlink is the first successful Blockchain application to interact with the outside world.