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MTN CEO Designate, Karl Toriola acquires shares worth over N41 million

Karl Toriola acquired 253,982 ordinary shares of MTN Nigeria Plc, worth over N41 million.

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The CEO designate of Nigeria’s telecommunication behemoth, Karl Toriola , has acquired 253,982 ordinary shares of MTN Nigeria Plc, worth over N41 million.

This information was made available today, 4 January 2021 in a Notification of Share Dealing by Insiders, issued and signed by the Company Secretary, Mrs Uto Ukpanah.

READ: MTN leads with market share of 40.14% in telephony subscription

According to the information disclosed by Mrs. Ukpanah, the CEO designate of MTN Nigeria PLC acquired 253,982 ordinary shares of the largest telecommunication company in Africa on 31 December 2020.

The purchase of the shares was made over a spread of three deals/transactions on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, at an average price pegged at N162.96, over the course of the transactions.

At this price, the total consideration for the 253,982 shares purchased by Mr. Toriola is put at N41,388,906.72

READ: MTN shareholders have made approximately N1 trillion since April 2020

Why this matters

Dealings by insiders of listed companies are corporate actions to be disclosed, as required by the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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This is in compliance with the exchange policy on insider dealing, as the disclosure is key in the effort to ensure transparency and reinforce the trust of the investing public.

READ: MTN Nigeria revenues rises to over N100 billion monthly in 2020

What this means

The purchase of the shares of MTN Nigeria Plc by Mr. Toriola shows the confidence the incoming CEO has in the fundamental strengths of the company, as well as the valuation of the company in 2021 and beyond, despite the stemming regulatory tensions spiked by the Federal Government, as the FG moves to profile all active mobile phone subscribers, which may affect the profit of the company which was pressured in 2020.

READ: Increase in data, voice revenue in 2020 9M failed to impact profit of MTN Nigeria

What you should know

  • Nairametrics reported that the Management of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc announced the appointment of Mr Karl Toriola as the CEO designate.
  • His appointment as the CEO will become effective 19 March 2021, providing enough time for an orderly handover by Mr Ferdinand Moolman, the current CEO.

READ: Is MTN getting too big?

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.

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PRESCO and MEYER upsurges as FCMB and CHIPLC plunge

The All-Share Index increased by +0.21% to close at 39,395.71 from 39,312.74.

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange market maintained a bullish recovery as the trading session begins this week. This surge was bolstered by gains made by PRESCO and MANSARD amongst others. The All-Share Index increased by +0.21% to close at 39,395.71 from 39,312.74.

  • Nigerian Stock Exchange market value currently stands at N20.5 Trillion. Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stand at -2.17%.
  • The market closed positive with the bulls as MEYER led 17 Gainers, and 18 Losers topped by CHIPLC showing a hint of consolation.

Top gainers

  1. MEYER up +9.62% to close at N0.57
  2. PRESCO up +9.58% to close at N78.90
  3. UNITYBNK up +9.09% to close at N0.60
  4. UAC-PROP up +7.89% to close at N0.82
  5. COURTVILLE up +5.00% to close at N0.21

Top losers

  1. CHIPLC down -9.52% to close at N0.38
  2. ROYALEX down -7.69% to close at N0.60
  3. HONYFLOUR down -5.83% to close at N1.13
  4. CUTIX down -4.98% to close at N2.10
  5. FCMB down -3.97% to close at N2.90

Outlook

The Nigerian Stock Market maintained the recovery as MEYER and PRESCO made an appearance for the second consecutive time pushing the NGX ASI upwards at the end of the trading session today.

  • Market sentiments tend toward a bullish momentum as the NGX ASI closed with 17 Gainers and 18 Losers.
  • Nairametrics advises cautious buying in this era of growing uncertainties.

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Wall Street drops from record high amid inflationary concerns

Concerns about inflationary spillovers pushed up an indicator of inflation expectations to its highest level since 2006.

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Concerns over accelerating inflation weighed on stocks on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average snapping back from a record peak, while the dollar struggled at a 10-week low. Concerns regarding inflationary spillovers pushed up an indicator of inflation expectations to its highest level since 2006.

The rise in raw materials prices is fueling debate ahead of a U.S. CPI study due on Wednesday, which is expected to show a strong increase in April. The pandemic shocks a year ago will amplify the year-on-year reading, but it feeds into a wider market fear that the Federal Reserve will be forced to lift interest rates faster than current guidance suggests to keep inflation in check.

Since rising to 1.60 percent earlier this week, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield has dropped once again. The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped about one basis point to 1.59%. Investors punished Big Tech equities during the daily session, pushing both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 off record highs, sending Nasdaq futures lower on Monday evening.

On Monday, investors sold Apple and Microsoft stocks, causing the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to fall below their all-time highs. To begin the week, each of those stocks had lost at least 2% of their value.

S&P 500 futures were down 0.6 percent while Dow futures were down 67 points. Nasdaq 100 futures were hit by selling pressure and fell 1%. The Nasdaq Composite took the brunt of the selling, falling 2.5 percent to close at its session low. Facebook is down more than 4%, while Amazon and Netflix are also down more than 3%. After Citigroup downgraded Alphabet, the stock fell more than 2%.

After a ransomware attack forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down the country’s largest fuel pipeline over the weekend, gasoline futures swung back and forth in choppy trading on Monday. Sections of the company’s 5,500-mile grid are being brought back online Monday afternoon, and service is expected to be restored by the end of the week, according to the company.

Gasoline futures were 0.31 percent higher at $2.1334 per gallon at the end of the day. Gasoline futures soared as much as $2.217 during the overnight session, the highest amount since May 2018.

Concerns about rising inflation could prompt the Federal Reserve to alter its interest rate policy. As a result, a rise in interest rates decreases market liquidity, resulting in a drop in stock performance.

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