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Fidelity Bank’s Regional Head purchases additional 1 million shares

Fidelity Bank Nigeria Plc has announced the purchase of additional 1 million units of the Bank’s shares by one of its managers.

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Fidelity Bank non-Executive Director purchases 3.1 million shares

Fidelity Bank Nigeria Plc has announced that one of its General Manager/Regional Head, Mr. Kenneth Opara, has purchased additional 1 million units of the Bank’s shares worth approximately N2.8 million.

In a disclosure, signed by the Bank’s Secretary, Ezinwa Unuigboje, the transaction occurred in two tranches with an average share price of N2.78 per unit.

READ: ValuAlliance distributes value fund of N10 per unit for H1, 2020

What you should know

Further checks by Nairametrics revealed that the shares purchased in two tranches were transacted at different prices.

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  • In the first tranche, 6,000 units were purchased at the price of N2.78 per unit, totalling N16,680.
  • In the second tranche, 994,000 units were bought at N2.79, amounting to N2,773,260
  • The transaction occurred on the 25th of November, 2020 and was reported inline with the rules of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
  • Nairametrics earlier reported that another Fidelity Bank Non-Executive Director had purchased additional 1 million units of the Bank’s share.

READ: CBN buys record high $4.19 billion in continuing strategy of defending the naira.

What this means

The recent purchase by top insiders of the bank could portray an optimistic outlook on the bank’s profit in the near future.

Also, the surge might also be attributed to a recent disclosure by the bank that it will close the window for internal purchase of its shares by December 1, 2020, until 24 hours after the release of its audited financials.

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Chidi Emenike is a graduate of economics, a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow and an Investment Foundations certificate holder. He worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Federal College of Education Kano and is also a trained National Peer Group Educator on Financial Inclusion

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  1. Peter Amao

    November 28, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Is this transactions not fraudulent? Undue advantage is always being exploited by fund managers. How can we be above board when occupying responsible positions.

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CitiTrust Financial Services Limited invests N395.9 million in additional LivingTrust Mortgage shares

CitiTrust has invested an additional N395.9 million for the purchase of an additional 659.8 million units of Living Trust Mortgage Bank.

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CitiTrust Financial Services Limited has disclosed that it has invested an additional N395.9 million for the purchase of an additional 659.8 million units of Living Trust Mortgage Bank (formerly known as Omoluabi Mortgage Bank) shares.

This is according to a disclosure signed by the firm’s secretary, Olabisi Fayombo, and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as seen by Nairametrics.

The breakdown of the transaction revealed that a total of N359.9 million were spent for the purchase of an additional 659,750,000 units at N0.60 per share, and on two different occasions, i.e., 18th and 19th of January, 2021.

Recall that in 2019, CitiTrust Financial Services (CFS) Group Plc became the majority shareholder in LivingTrust Mortgage Bank, after investing heavily into the bank, preparing the stage for the bank to be more efficient and competitive.

What you should know:

  • Nairametrics earlier reported a much more improved revenue of N192 million for LivingTrust Mortgage Bank in its last reported financials-Q3, 2020.
  • In 2014, LivingTrust listed its shares on the Alternative Securities Market (ASeM) of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and thus became the first company to do so.
  • The transaction might be an indicator of increased investors’ confidence in the firm’s future and potentials.
  • LivingTrust Mortgage Bank shares closed trading for the week at N0.60

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UBA, WAPCO, NEM drop amid profit-taking 

Market sentiment, as measured by the market breadth, closed negative as 33 stocks lost, relative to 21 gainers.

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market's, Bears clawing down on the naira, hits N425 to $1

Nigerian stocks ended the week on a bearish note as the All Share Index declined further by -0.24% today to close at 41,001.99 from 41,099.15 index points.

  • Year-to-date and market capitalization similarly fell by -0.24% to settle at 1.82%, and N21.44 trillion respectively.
  • A total volume of 591.4 million units of shares, valued at N5.07 billion exchanged hands in 5,767 deals. TRANSCORP (-1.72%) was the most traded shares by volume at 169.2 million units, while ZENITHBANK topped by value at N681 million.
  • Market sentiment, as measured by the market breadth, closed negative as 33 stocks lost, relative to 21 gainers. LIVESTOCK (-10.00%) led the laggards today, while NCR (+9.86%) topped the gainers’ list.
  • With losses recorded in all sectors, except for the consumer goods sector which advanced by +0.06%, the NSE banking, oil & gas, industrials, and insurance sectors fell by 0.17%, 0.29%, 0.50%, and 7.93%, respectively.

READ: Bargain hunters propel Nigerian stocks up, investors gain N50 billion

Top gainers

  1. NCR up 9.86% to close at N3.12
  2. CUTIX up 9.71% to close at N2.26
  3. CHAMPION up 9.55% to close at N1.95
  4. REDSTAREX up 3.03% to close at N3.4
  5. FLOURMILL up 1.27% to close at N32

READ: Race to recapitalization catapult Insurance stocks to best performing asset class in Nigeria

Top losers

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  1. LIVESTOCK down 10.00% to close at N2.52
  2. MRS down 9.68% to close at N11.2
  3. NEM down 9.67% to close at N2.43
  4. WAPCO down 6.98% to close at N26
  5. UBA down 2.79% to close at N8.7

READ: Unilever Overseas Holdings acquires N352 million worth of shares of Nigerian subsidiary

Outlook

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

  • Downtrend was driven by price depreciation in large and medium capitalized stocks amongst which are; MRS Oil Nigeria, WAPCO, Lafarge, NEM, and UBA.
  • That 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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Unilever Overseas Holdings acquires N352 million worth of shares of Nigerian subsidiary

Over 27 million shares of Unilever Nigeria Plc has been acquired by Unilever Overseas Holdings.

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Quick take: Disappointing Q3 renews growth concerns, Unilever Nigeria Plc announces close period for 2020 Q1 unaudited financial accounts

Unilever Overseas Holdings, the parent company of Unilever Nigeria Plc, has acquired over 27 million shares of its Nigerian Subsidiary, worth N352,036,698.

This is according to a “Notification of Share Dealing by an Insider” signed by the Company Secretary, Abidemi Ademola, and published on the NSE website.

It is important to note that the notification is compliant with The Exchange’s policy on insider dealing.

The statement revealed that the parent company increased stakes in its Nigerian subsidiary with the acquisition of 27,079,746 additional units of the company’s shares, in a single transaction, at an average share price of N13 per share.

This puts the total consideration for the shares purchased by Unilever Overseas Holdings on the 11th of January 2021 at N352,036,698.

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Why this matters

  • Dealings by insiders of listed companies are corporate actions to be disclosed by the management of the company, this is in compliance with NSE’s policy on insider dealing, as the disclosure is key in the effort to ensure transparency and reinforce the trust of the investing public.
  • The purchase of the shares of Unilever Nigeria Plc further cements Unilever Overseas Holdings’ position as a substantial shareholder of the company.

What you should know

  • It is important to note that as of 30th September 2020, Unilever Overseas directly owned 74.03% of the 5,745,005,417 issued and fully paid shares of Unilever Nigeria Plc.
  • However, with the recent purchase, Uniliver Nigeria Plc is still compliant with the Free float requirement for the Main Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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