It is no longer news that the performance of the Nigerian Stock Exchange – the world’s best-performing stock market for 2020 – was disappointing in the first quarter of 2021.
Despite a positive annual reporting season which provided investors with the opportunity to earn remarkable dividend from some top-performing companies, compared to the less risky government fixed-income market, the NSE All-share index closed the first quarter of 2021 in red, as a result of sustained sell-offs in the market, driven by the rising yield in the fixed income space.
Despite this poor outing which impacted on the performance of key consumer goods listed on the NSE, some consumer goods companies saw their shares surge by more than 50% within 97 days of 2021. Some of these shares are:
Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPION), 158% YTD GAINS
The brewery stock is one of the best-performing stocks on the NSE, with YTD gains in excess of 155% in less than 96 days of 2021.
The medium capitalized brewery stock has lost more than half of its value when compared with its 52-week high price of N4.13. In recent times, the shares of the company have dropped down to a low of N1.68, presenting bargain hunters with an upside potential of about 55% should Heineken launch a takeover bid of N2.60 per share.
This expectation looks reasonable, as Heineken acquired 24.3% of the total issued shares of the brewer at N2.6 per share in the second week of the new year, while the news of the acquisition saw the shares of Champion Breweries surge by more than 350% in less than a month.
At N2.20 per share, the shares of Champion Breweries present investors with a slim 18.8% upside potentials, should Heineken launch a takeover bid of N2.60 per share.
Guinness Nigeria Plc (GUINNESS), YTD 74%
The stock of one of the leading brewers on the NSE, Guinness Nigeria Plc has been on the rise in recent times.
The impressive 74% surge in the shares of the famed producer of Guinness Stout can be attributed to investors buying interest in the shares of the brewer.
The buying interest (driven by the expectation of a sustained reopening of the on-trade channel as restaurants and bars reopen) has seen the shares of the company gain about 74% year-to-date.
In line with this, the market capitalization of the brewer has increased by about N31 billion since the beginning of 2021. At the close of the market today, the market capitalization of Guinness was valued at N72.8 billion.
McNichols Plc (MCNICHOLS), YTD GAINS 57%
McNichols Plc, an indigenous fast-moving consumer brand, with a market capitalization of N261 million, has seen its shares increase by more than 57% since the year started, despite being a small-cap stock.
The company has witnessed tremendous buying interests from investors who see great value in the underlying operations of the consumer goods company.
The shares of McNichols since the beginning of this year have increased by a whopping 57%, with the shares rising from N0.51 per share on December 31st, 2020, to N0.80 per share.
Shares of the company since its migration to the NSE Growth Board on the 30th of November 2020, have surged by about 60%, from N0.50 to N0.80.
Burger King to open first outlet in Nigeria by Q4 2021
Burger King is expected to employ about 6,000 people (direct and indirect) in Nigeria between 2021 and 2026.
Burger King, an American multinational hamburger fast food chain, is expected to start its operations in Nigeria by the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021.
The company is also expected to employ about 6,000 people (direct and indirect) in the country between 2021 and 2026, other things being equal.
These were disclosed by Antoine Zammarieh, the Franchisee of Burger King in Nigeria and Managing Director, Allied Food & Confectionary Services Limited, in an interview with Nairametrics on Tuesday.
He said, “Burger King will start operations by Autumn, i.e between September and November 2021. We have set up the Quality Control unit and have met some of our local suppliers to seal the deal. Also, we have sent some of the ingredients to America to test quality.
As a company, we are delighted to enter this new market being the largest country in Africa and are looking forward to serving our future guests with our world-famous Burger King meals.
Most importantly, our goal is to positively contribute to the economy by creating more jobs and employment opportunities. In five years, we hope to directly or indirectly employ between 5,000 and 6,000 people in Nigeria.”
Zammarieh added that the hamburger maker, in a show of interest in the Nigerian market, had signed a development agreement for the Nigerian market.
He explained that the development agreement of the chain in Nigeria, which was recently signed, would give more confidence to the Nigerian market and consumers in general, especially during these hard times.
What you should know
Nairametrics had reported, three weeks back, when Zammarieh said, “I always believed in Nigeria and in its people. I am confident this venture will go a long way and prove successful for Burger King, Nigeria, and our company.”
“I believe this will be a tremendous step towards giving more confidence to the Nigerian market and consumers in general.”
What to expect
The first outlet of the hamburger chain in Nigeria is expected to be launched in Lagos.
The Florida-based restaurant chain is set to join the likes of Dominos Pizza, Krispy Kreme, KFC, and Chicken Republic (pieXpress) in a stiff competition for market share and dominance in a saturated market, with hundreds of other traditional restaurant chains.
Burger King is expected to dig deep into its quiver of strategies to ensure an impressive performance and success in its first year of operation, as other players have been having it tough following their respective launches into the Nigerian market.
The COVID-19 pandemic however has affected the fast-food industry severely, as the disruption to the industry’s supply chain, especially the on-trade channel, which accounts for a significant percentage of restaurant sales, triggered declines in their profits in 2020.
Best performing mining, industrial and consumer goods stocks from last week
The shares of the following mining, industrial and consumer goods companies delivered gains in excess of 6.9% for investors last week.
Market data for the week ended 9th April 2021 revealed that the Nigerian Equity space closed on a negative note, as the All-Share Index and the market capitalization depreciated by -0.66%, to close the week lower at 38,866.39 and N20.335 trillion respectively.
This bearish move has been linked to the conclusion of an impressive annual reporting season, as this leaves few incentives to bet on slightly higher returns from equities, with the rising yields in the fixed-income market.
Some industrial, mining, and consumer goods stocks delivered decent returns during the week
Despite the prevailing bearishness in the market which impacted the performance of some key consumer and industrial good stocks on NSE last week, shares of the following industrial, mining, and consumer goods companies delivered decent returns for their holders during the week.
The gains were driven by buying activities on the exchange as some analysts and investors consider them to be trading at discounts, with tremendous value. This made bargain hunters scamper for the shares of these companies during the week ended 9th April 2021.
Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc (JAPAULGOLD), W-o-W gains: 40%
The rebranded and restructured mining company with a key focus on gold exploration was the best-performing stocks on NSE last week. The company also maintained the status of the best performing mining stocks.
The shares of the gold exploration company surged by an impressive 40% last week driven by buying pressures in the shares of the company.
The company’s relatively low price driven by the recent sell-down in its shares prompted bargain hunters to accumulate additional stakes in it, in a bid to capitalize on the upward swing in its share price.
This move saw the shares of the company increase from N0.41 to N0.63 per share, representing a whopping 40% gain in just a week.
Meyer Plc (MEYER), W-o-W gains: 19.51%
The shares of the key player in the paint and decorative industry increased from N0.41 per share at the market open last week, to N0.49 per share, to print a gain of 19.51% at the close of trading activities for the week ended 9th April 2021.
Prior to this move, the shares of the company declined by 24.07%, from N0.54 at the open of trade this year, to N0.41 per share on the 9th of March 2021.
At this price, buying activities in the shares of the paint manufacturer and marketer surged owing to the actions of bargain hunters. This led to the move up to N0.49 during the week.
Flour Mills Nigeria Plc (FLOURMILLS), W-o-W gains: 6.90%
Shares of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, one of the biggest brands in the food and agro-allied industry in Africa, surged by 6.9% last week, as the shares of the consumer goods company increased from N29.00 per share to N31 per share during the week ended 9th April 2021.
The impressive N2 per share or 6.9% gain in the shares of Flour Mills last week was driven by the buying interest in the shares of the flour miller, as investors anticipate an impressive financial performance ahead of the company’s earnings season.
This bullish move in the shares of Flour Mills pushed the market capitalization of the miller up by more than N8.2 billion on the exchange from N118.9 billion at market open to N127.1 billion at the close of the market last week.
What you should know
Ayodeji Ebo, head of retail investment at Chapel Hill Denham in Lagos, in a conversation with Bloomberg revealed that the market will be bearish in the first half of 2021.
He added that after the result season, the investing public should expect a further depression because there will be no further catalysts to drive the market.
Ayodeji suggested that the growing yield in the fixed income space will continue to be a major issue as investors will become more inclined to get a one-year Treasury bill at 7% now, than taking a risk of 8 or 9%.
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