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GTBank retains N977 billion market capitalization at close of trade for November

GTBank Plc retains its market capitalization at N977 billion on the local bourse after crossing the N1 trillion mark.

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Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has retained its market capitalization of N977.12 billion on the local bourse, after crossing the N1 trillion mark amid renewed buying interests in November.

  • At the close of trade yesterday, the last trading session in the month of November, the market capitalization of the bank stood at N977,115,150,236.80.
  • The shares of the bank closed at N33.2 per share, with total shares outstanding is 29,431,179,224.

The drive behind these gains

Buying interests in the shares of the bank were renewed as a result of the long-term fundamental strength of the bank, its impressive financial results in the third quarter of 2020, as well as, the expectations of the bank’s transition into a Holding Company structure.

A structure that will enable the bank to look into other businesses outside its core business segment, such as payment, asset management, and pension fund administration, in a bid to boost the company’s intrinsic value and returns to shareholders.

This reality and expectation, coupled with the optimism from the Covid-19 vaccines and the bearish state of the money market in the month of November, triggered buying interests in the shares of the bank, as the market capitalization of the bank crossed the N1trillion mark in November.

However, widespread profit-taking and portfolio rotation by institutional investors on NSE, led to the retracement of the bank’s market capitalization to the tune of N977billion to close below the trillion-naira mark in November.

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(READ MORE: GTBank shores Nigerian stocks up)

What you should know

At the start of 2020, the widespread pessimism over the performance of equities due to the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global economy and performance of equities in the global markets, which impacted the Nigerian Stock Exchange, triggered a huge sell-off on the local bourse in the month of March.

This development affected the valuation of companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as their share prices declined markedly.

  • During this period the share price of GT Bank plummeted, owing to the huge sell-offs by investors on the NSE.
  • The market capitalization of the bank fell below N660 billion in March 2020 as a result.
  • Market capitalization is the aggregate valuation of a company, based on its current share price and the total number of outstanding stocks.
  • Market capitalization tells how much investors value a company, and gives an idea of what a company is worth on the stock exchange, as well as investors’ perception of a company’s future prospects.

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Omokolade Ajayi is a graduate of Economics, and a certificate holder of the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundation Program. He is a business analyst, and equity market researcher, with wealth of experience as a retail investor. He is a business owner and a stern advocate of Financial literacy, who believes in the huge economic prospect of the Nigerian Payment channels and Fintech space.

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  1. Jacob John Yashim

    December 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    GTB GDRs. Paymens have been suspended for too long. Which way is GTB GDRs going..?!

  2. Mulbah Buway

    December 1, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Why is GT Bank Liberia not paying security well? We have been underpaid.

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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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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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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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