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Naira falls to another 3-year low at black market as forex liquidity still remains scarce

The drop is due to pressure on the black market as a result of a scarcity of dollars.

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The exchange rate at the parallel market fell to another new 3-year low on Friday closing at N465/$1. However, on the officially recognized NAFEX Market, the Forex turnover was somewhat stable with only a slight drop of 0.08% on Friday as the exchange rate was weakened to N387/$1.    

Parallel Market: At the black market where forex is traded unofficially, the Naira depreciated by N2 to a dollar to  close at N465 to a dollar on Friday, as against the N463 to a dollar on Thursday, another new 3-year low for the Naira. The exchange rate at the beginning of the week was N461 to a dollar. The drop is due to pressure on the black market as a result of scarcity of dollars, especially at the official. This has made most businesses to source for their foreign exchange at the black market. 

NAFEX:The Naira depreciated against the  dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window on Friday, closing at N387 to a dollar, compared to the N386.50 that was reported on Thursday, July 9, representing a 50 kobo drop. This is as traders are still confused over CBN’s adjustment of the exchange rate at the SMIS window. The opening indicative rate was N386.13to a dollar on Friday. This represents an 83 kobo gain when compared to the N386.96 to a dollar that was recorded on Thursday.  

READ MORE: World Bank says Nigerian banks are at risk of being destabilised by COVID-19

Nigeria maintains multiple exchange rates comprising the CBN official rate, the BDC rates, SMIS, and the NAFEX (I&E window). Nairametrics reported last week that the government has set plans in motion to unify the multiple exchange rates in line with requirements from the World Bank. Nigeria is seeking a world bank loan of up to $3 billion. The country has been under pressure from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for currency reforms.  

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Forex Turnover      

Meanwhile, forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window was somewhat stable on Friday, July 10, 2020, as it dropped by an insignificant 0.08% a day on day. According to the data tracked by Nairametrics, forex turnover slightly droppedfrom $25.19million on Thursday, July 9, 2020, to $25.17 million on Friday, July 10, 2020. The low turnover is an indication of the liquidity pressure in the foreign exchange market and a far cry from an average of $200 million recorded at major trading days during the last few weeks.    

Rate Adjustment    

Nairametrics reported last week that the CBN official rate has been adjusted from N360 to a dollar to N381 as reflected on the website of the FMDQ.  However, the confusion in the forex market still persists as official rate quoted on the website of the CBN remains at N360/$1.    

According to Bloomberg, Nigeria quietly devalued its official exchange rate last week, a nod to IMF suggestions that foreign investors would appreciate the unification of a currency that has traded at multiple rates for five years. In the event, the handling of the 5.5% devaluation of N381 per dollar still served to sow confusion. The Central bank hasn’t announced the change and is yet to adjust the rate on its website.’’       

READ MORE: Analysts predict outlook for naira as forex unification plans gain momentum

What this means: Unifying the Naira around the NAFEX rate is effectively another round of devaluation. If this is carried out and forex liquidity improves, then it could lead to an exchange rate being strengthened in the parallel market just like it occurred in 2017.    

The parallel market rate is currently N465/$1 and could converge to the NAFEX rate, meaning those who bought above the black market rate could lose money if they sell.  

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The country’s monetary authority had imposed multiple exchange rates to manage dollar demand after oil prices crashed, but dollar shortages which have become prevalent stifles growth in the economy.  

According to a report from Nairametrics, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has expressed its support to the recent CBN’s exchange rate unification drive. They said that this will boost investor confidence and enable stable planned production for the manufacturers thereby leading to economic growth in the country. 

This, however, contradicts the views of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), who does not support the exchange rate adjustment at the SMIS window as it will lead to inflation. They believe that the rate adjustment is badly timed and counterproductive, as the nation depends a lot on importation of raw materials, equipment and petroleum products. This will lead to higher cost of all imported goods.  

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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Nigerian’s should expect “a significant devaluation” to N550/$1 – Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs believes Nigeria will devalue past N500 between 12-18 months.

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A leading global investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs Group, this week, predicted that a significant devaluation of the naira is expected within the next 12 to 18 months.

The investment firm believes this will help bring about “the desired balance” required to stabilize the currency. This was contained in an exclusive Bloomberg Terminal report published on Bloomberg. However, Bloomberg cited the link in an article reviewing the state of Nigeria’s equities market.

According to Bloomberg, “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. this week said a significant devaluation of the naira is likely in 12 to 18 months to stabilize Nigeria’s external accounts. An exchange rate of 500-550 per dollar should bring about the desired balance…. compared with a current rate of about 407”. Bloomberg

Nigeria’s one year forward trades at N408.21/$1.

Nigeria’s Forex Challenges

Nairametrics reported during the week that the central bank had devalued the official exchange rate to N380/$1 from N360.1/$1. The adjustment occurred on Thursday, August 6th, 2020. The adjustment is thought to be a move towards unification of the multiple exchange rate windows

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The CBN has adjusted the official exchange rate twice this year. The first one was from N307/$1 to N360/$1 and then just last week, from N360/$1 to N380/$1. At the NAFEX market were the exchange rate is determined by market forces, the exchange rate trades between N388-N390 though turnover remains thin. The SMIS window currently exchanges forex at N380.69/$1 and BDC segment N447/$1. The parallel market exchange rate has averaged N475/$1 more recently.

Last month, the Nairametrics tracker indicates only $937 million was exchanged in July at the NAFEX market compared to $875 million in June. Forex analysts suggest pent up demand for forex is between $1.5 billion to $5 billion some of which include dividends and investments waiting to be repatriated out of Nigeria. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele has promised to meet this demand when economic activities pick up in the country.

What this means: According to Nairametrics Research Team, whilst Goldman Sachs projection is shared by some hawkish analysts a lot is still yet to be considered. A reopening of the economy and return to full economic activities could change the demand and supply dynamics.

The direction of the exchange rate will be determined by oil prices, growth in the global economy, and Nigeria’s forex policies. The last time, Nigeria wrestled back from an exchange rate above N500/$1 the CBN created the I&E window allowing foreign investors to trade forex freely. The CBN also offered high-interest rates for OMO bills allowing foreign investors to keep their forex within the country.

The exchange rate disparity is currently due to low forex supply at the BDC, SMIS, and NAFEX markets respectively. These scarcity is forex is caused in part by the Covid-19 pandemic which has kept foreign investment out of the country limiting the supply available to the government. If this situation improves, then we could see a convergence between the parallel market to the NAFEX market with the former strengthening towards the latter.

However, a further devaluation could occur if forex scarcity persists and corporates find it difficult to purchase forex at the NAFEX(I&E) window driving up demand at the black market.

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Note: This article was updated to reflect new information.

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Daily Parallel Market exchange rate – ₦475/$1

The US dollar closed at ₦475/US$1 in the parallel market

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The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar as of Thursday, August 13th 2020 closed at 475/US$1 in the parallel market. The exchange rate also closed at 475/US$1 on Wednesday 12th August 2020.

  • Naira:475
  • Dollar: $1
  • Date: August 13th, 2020

The exchange rate between the naira and the British pound sterling closed at  ₦575/₤1 on Thursday 13th August same as recorded on Wednesday 12th August 2020.

  • Naira: ₦575
  • Pounds Sterling: ₤1
  • Date: August 13th, 2020

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The exchange rate between the naira and the European euro closed at ₦530/€1 on Thursday 13th August 2020. The exchange rate also closed at ₦530/€1 on Wednesday 12th August 2020.

  • Naira: ₦530
  • Euro: €1
  • Date: August 13th, 2020

Activity: USD closed at 475/US$1 in the parallel market

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DateCurrencyBuy(AM)Sell(AM)Buy(PM)Sell(PM)Volatility
8/13/2020Dollar470475
8/13/2020Pounds570575
8/13/2020Euro525530
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8/12/2020Pounds570575570575Low
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8/6/2020Pounds575587578585Low
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8/5/2020Pounds570580575587Low
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7/31/2020Dollar470480470485High
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7/30/2020Euro495520500525High
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Exchange rate falls at the NAFEX window on a depressed forex market

FX turnover is still a far cry from the over $200 million turnovers recorded in January.

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Nigeria’s exchange rate at the NAFEX window depreciated to close at N386 during intraday trading on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. In another development, the exchange rate at the parallel market remained stable for a third consecutive trading day on Wednesday as it closed at N475/$1.

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Parallel Market: At the black market where forex is traded unofficially, the Naira remained stable again for the third consecutive day against the dollar to close at N475/$1 on Wednesday, according to information from Abokifx, a prominent FX tracking website. This was the same rate that it exchanged on Tuesday, August 11.

NAFEX: The Naira depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window on Wednesday, closing at N386/$1.

  • This represents a 50 kobo drop when compared to the N385.50 rate close that was reported on the last trading day, Tuesday, August 11.
  • The opening indicative rate was N386.25 to a dollar on Wednesday. This represents a 5 kobo drop when compared to the N386.20 to a dollar that was recorded on Tuesday.
  • The N387 to a dollar is the highest rate during intraday trading. It also sold for as low as N380/$1 during intraday trading.

Forex is sold at several prices and at different times during the day.

(READ MORE:Forex turnover at NAFEX hit $1.6 billion since June 2020)

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Forex Turnover: Meanwhile, forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window recorded a decline on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, as it dropped by 32.57% a day on day.

  • According to the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ, forex turnover declined from $31.96 million on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, to $21.55 million on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
  • The forex turnover for this week is still not as impressive as the market is still experiencing low volumes. This just as dollar supply has remained very weak.
  • The average forex sale for last week was about $50.6 million which is an improvement on the $32 million that was recorded the previous week. FX turnover which hit a record low of $3.97 million on Monday recorded an improved figure on Wednesday but is still a far cry from the over $200 million turnover that was recorded in January.
  • Total forex trading at the NAFEX window in the month of July was $937 million compared to $875 million in June.
  • The exchange rate disparity between the official NAFEX rate and the black-market rate is still as wide as N89. Nigeria maintains multiple exchange rates comprising the CBN official rate, the BDC rates, SMIS, and the NAFEX (I&E window). The wide disparity between the 2 rates has created huge arbitrage opportunities for some highly connected individuals.

Exchange rate unification remains on the cards and yet to be implemented weeks after the central bank governor confirmed it will be executed.

The foreign exchange market appears to be getting used to the recent adjustment of the official exchange rate by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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