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MTN seeking to sell stake in Jumia Technologies AG

MTN has been trying to dispose of its non-core assets to minimize debt and open new markets.

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MTN Group is planning to sell part or all of its $243 million interest in Jumia Technologies AG. This is part of the telco’s effort to raise funds to pay down debt and enter new frontiers.

According to Bloomberg, MTN would be taking advantage of the fact that Jumia’s shares have gained about 142% so far in 2020, recovering from its record lows in 2019.

However private sources told Bloomberg News that no decision about the sale has been reached yet.

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Jumia, Africa’s largest online retailer, is operational in 14 African countries including Nigeria. Jumia Technologies AG is headquartered in Germany and run by its two French founders, Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara.

At the time this report was drafted, MTN Group was trading  ZAR 6,000, gaining 4.42% while Jumia AG was down 22.48% to trade at $16.28

READ MORE: MTN launches e-sim, a virtual sim card for more security and quality service

Why this could be happening:

MTN has been trying to dispose of its non-core assets as part of the business strategy to minimize debt and open new markets.

MTN Group also has about a 29% stake in IHS Towers, which could be put for sale. MTN Group by footprint has generated about $812 million in asset sales that included selling its towers holdings in Ghana and Uganda to American Towers Inc.

Africa’s biggest carrier plans to bid for a license to enter Ethiopia, one of Africa’s largest markets that have not yet privatized its telecoms industry.

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected] He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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Sell-offs resume in Nigerian stock market, catalyzed by Ecobank, Fidson

Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth was negative with 24 decliners and 14 advancers.

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Nigerian Breweries brings the Bears to party, Investors down N20.5 billion 

Nigerian bourse ended the fourth trading session on a negative note. Nigeria’s All-share index depreciated by 0.31% today to 40,095.49 index points.

Year-to-date return and market capitalization settled at -0.43% and N20.97 trillion respectively.

  • A total volume of 326.0 million units of shares, valued at N3.7 1billion exchanged hands in 4,567 deals.
  • Across coverage sectors, the performance was mostly negative as most tracked indices finished south. The NSE banking, consumer goods, and oil & gas fell by 1.44%, 0.79%, and 0.15% respectively.
  • On the flip side, the NSE insurance improved by 0.24%, while the industrial index closed flat.
  • Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth was negative with 24 decliners and 14 advancers. LASACO (-9.68%) led the laggards today, while CHAMS (+9.09%) finished top gainer.

Top gainers

  1. CHAMS up 9.09% to close at N0.24
  2. ROYALEX up 8.00% to close at N0.27
  3. WEMABANK up 7.69% to close at N0.7
  4. REDSTAREX up 5.77% to close at N3.3
  5. PRESTIGE up 4.55% to close at N0.46

Top losers

  1. LASACO down 9.68% to close at N1.24
  2. FIDSON down 8.41% to close at N4.9
  3. ETI down 6.31% to close at N5.2
  4. MBENEFIT down 5.13% to close at N0.37
  5. UACN down 5.03% to close at N7.55

Outlook

Nigerian stocks ended the second trading session of the week on a bearish note amid profit-taking across the market spectrum.

  • Downtrend was driven by price depreciation medium and large capitalized stocks amongst which are; ETI, FIDSON, UACN.
  • That being said, Nairametrics envisages cautious buying on the account that certain market indicators reveal investors are taking some of their gains across the market spectrum.

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Nigeria’s pension asset under management hits N12.3trillion in December 2020

Nigeria’s pension asset under management hits N12.3trillion in December 2020.

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PenCom, unremitted pensions, Lagos State Pension Commission, LASPEC, Pension Fund Assets, PFAs make N1.69 trillion ROI  

Nigeria’s pension asset under management, as of December 2020, stands at N12.3trillion which represents a modest growth of 20% year-on-year and 0.003% month-on-month (no significant change), according to the monthly report by National Pension Commission (Pencom).

According to the report, total RSA funds increased by 20% year-on-year while the funds under both existing schemes and Closed Pension Fund Administrator (CPFA) as well, grew by 21% year-on-year.

Other Key highlights

  • As of December 2019, investments in FGN Securities accounted for 72% of the total pensions assets fund, out of which 73% was invested in Bonds and 26% in Treasury Bills.
  • As of December 2020, investments in FGN Securities accounted for 66% of the total pensions assets fund, out of which 84% was invested in Bonds and a paltry 8% in Treasury Bills, which is not unrelated to the subsisting very low yield of TB in the money market.
  • The investments in FG Bonds represent 56% of the total pension assets fund under management. The renewed and increased investments in FG Bonds can be attributed to the attractiveness of the yields of FG bonds over the Treasury Bills.
  • RSA Fund II and III accounted for 89% of the total RSA funds and 69% of the total pension assets under management as of December 2020, while others – Funds I, IV and V accounted for 31%
  • All the RSA funds, including existing scheme and CPFA recorded year-on-year growth as follows: Existing scheme (13%), CPFA(28%), Fund I (49%), Fund II(19%), Fund III(21%), Fund IV(18%).
  • As of December 2020, only N80.54million was invested under the newest RSA fund (Fund V) – specifically created for micro pensions.

What you should know

There are 4 pension fund types, with the newest recently introduced for the micro pension scheme.

The Multi-Fund structure is a framework that aims to align the age and risk profile of RSA holders, as follows:

  • Fund I – This is an optional fund. Contributors must write formally to opt for this Fund.
  • Fund II – This is the default fund for contributors aged 49 and below.
  • Fund III – This is the default fund for contributors aged 50 and above.
  • Fund IV – This is the Retiree Fund.

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