Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has announced that its Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Friday, May 22, 2020, to take decisions on the company’s audited financial statements for the period that ended December 31, 2019, and unaudited financial statements for Q1, 2020 results.
Meanwhile, the closed period, which began and was communicated on January 23, 2020, stays in force until 24 hours after the filing of the audited financial statement for the year ended December 31, 2019.
In a notification issued by the company, it was disclosed that the announcement is in line with Rule 17.18 of Part 2 (Issuer’s Rules) of the NSE’s Rule Book (2015) which states that:
“The period of closure shall be effective from fifteen (15) days prior to the date of any meeting of the Board of Directors proposed to be held to consider any of the matters referred to above or the date of circulation of agenda papers pertaining to any of the matters referred to above, whichever is earlier, up to twenty-four hours after the price-sensitive information is submitted to the Exchange.
“The trading window shall thereafter be opened. Every issuer shall notify the Exchange in advance of the commencement of each closed period.”
Why this matters: The closed period will allow the company’s board to consider the FY 2019 audited financial statement; other company issues will also be discussed during the meeting.
What is a closed period? A closed period is a period before the release of a company’s result or financial statement when those with sensitive information are not allowed to trade on the stock. These individuals may include company directors, audit committee members, persons discharging managerial responsibility, employees, and consultants with sensitive information.
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 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.
Guinness plunges amid Nigerian stocks gains
The All-Share Index increased by +0.29% to close at 39,128.34 from 39,015.58 index points.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange market posted gains at the end of the trading session today. The All-Share Index increased by +0.29% to close at 39,128.34 from 39,015.58 index points. CONOIL topped the gainers list.
- Nigerian Stock Exchange market value currently stands at NGN 20.48Tr. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at – 84%.
- The market closed in profit as CONOIL led 21 Gainers and GUINNESS topped the chart of 22 Losers with a noticeable bullish movement by the NSE ASI.
- CONOIL up +9.97% to close at N18.75
- STUDPRESS up +9.88% to close at N1.78
- ETERNA up +9.48% to close at N6.35
- UPL up +9.40% to close at N1.28
- WAPCO up +6.83% to close at N21.90
- GUINNESS down -9.89% to close at N28.70
- PORTPAINT down -9.85% to close at N2.38
- ACADEMY down -8.26% to close at N0.37
- LEARNAFRCA down -8.26% to close at N1.00
- REGALINS down -7.41% to close at N0.25
The NSE ASI saw a bullish move supporting Tuesday gains and showing bullish dominance since the start of the week. However, the following stocks are on our watchlist: PZ, Guaranty, Access bank, STANBIC, HONYFLOUR, GUINNESS and Flourmills.
- Nairametrics advises cautious participation in the stock market in this era of growing uncertainties.
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