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Bears Pull Back NASD Trading Platform by 0.08%

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Nigeria's Unlisted Securities Market Sheds 0.78%, NASD Shares up 8.31%

By Adedapo Adesanya

The bears showed up at the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange on Wednesday, pulling back the trading platform by 0.08 per cent.

They came into the unlisted securities market through two bellwethers and depleted the market capitalisation of the exchange by N550 million to N655.54 billion from N656.09 billion it closed on Tuesday.

Also, they ransacked the NASD Unlisted Security Index (NSI) by 0.64 points and brought it down to 754.21 points from the preceding session’s 754.85 points.

Business Post reports that FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was one of the worst-performing stocks recorded yesterday as its value went down by N7.05 or 5.9 per cent to sell at N120.20 per unit compared to N127.25 per unit it ended at the previous session.

The second decliner was the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc, which fell by 19 kobo or 1.1 per cent to settle at N17.10 per share in contrast to N17.29 per share on Tuesday.

The market was not without a price gainer as the share value of Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc appreciated on Wednesday by N1.34 or 7.3 per cent to close at N18.45 per unit versus the prior day’s N17.11 per unit.

During the session, the volume of securities reduced by 98.4 per cent to 4.7 million units from 290.3 million units, the value of stocks transacted by investors equally dropped by 73.1 per cent to N112.1 million from N112.1 million, while the number of deals went down by 11.1 per cent to 32 deals from 36 deals.

At the close of transactions, Geo Fluids Plc did not give up its position as the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 1.0 billion units of its shares traded for N700.1 million. NGX Group maintained its second spot with 359.7 million units worth N7.7 billion, while Food Concepts Plc still held tight to third place with 292.0 million units worth N383.6 million.

However, NGX Group remained as the most traded stock by value (year-to-date) for transacting 359.7 million shares worth N7.7 billion. VFD Group Plc kept the second spot with 4.1 million units worth N1.3 billion, while Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc retained the third position for trading 3.2 million stocks for N978.8 million.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Nigeria’s Oil, Gas Export Sales Rise 180.3%

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Gas Export Sales

By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigeria witnessed a 180.3 per cent increase in the total crude oil and gas export sales in May, standing at $219.8 million compared to the value in April 2021.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) disclosed in its Monthly Financial and Operation Report (MFOR) for the month of May 2021 that crude oil export sales contributed $181.2 million (82.5 per cent) of the dollar transactions compared with $4.22 million contributions in the previous month.

Similarly, the export gas sales component stood at $38.6 million in May.

The MFOR showed that between May 2020 and May 2021, the corporation exported crude oil and gas worth $1.6 billion, while natural gas production in the country increased by 6.2 per cent at 222.23 billion cubic feet in May 2021.

The report noted that, “In the gas sector, natural gas production in the month under review increased by 6.19 per cent to 222.23 billion cubic feet (bcf) compared with output in the previous month, translating to an average production of 7,177.53 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas per day.

“For the period May 2020 to May 2021, a total of 2,898.34 bcf of gas was produced, representing an average daily production of 7,322.94mmscf during the period.

“Period-to-date production from Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) contributed about 60.94 per cent, 20.04 per cent and 18.99 per cent respectively.

“Out of the 216.29 bcf of gas produced in May 2021, a total of 133.56 bcf was commercialised, consisting of 44.02bcf and 89.54 bcf for the domestic and export markets respectively.”

This translates to a total supply of 1,419.83 mmscfd of gas to the domestic market and 2,893.66 mmscfd to the export market for the month.

This, it said, implied that 61.8 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialised, while the balance of 38.2 per cent was either re-injected, used as upstream fuel or flared.

In the downstream sector, the report indicated that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a downstream subsidiary of the NNPC, posted a total sum of N295.7 billion from the sales of petroleum products in the month under review, compared with N220.1 billion sales in April 2021.

“Total revenues generated from the sales of petroleum products for the period of May 2020 to May 2021 stood at N2.345 trillion where Premium Motor Spirit (PMS),  also known as petrol, contributed about 99.6 per cent of the total sales with a value of N2.336 trillion.

“In terms of volume, the figure translated to a total of 2.241 billion litres of white products sold and distributed by PPMC in the month under review, compared with 1.673 billion litres in the month of April

“Total sales of petroleum products for the period of May 2020 to May 2021 stood at 18.651 billion litres and PMS accounted for 99.69 per cent of total volume,’’ it added.

The state oil company noted that in May, 64 pipeline points were vandalised representing a 39.1 per cent increase from the 46 points recorded in April 2021.

It noted that the Port Harcourt area accounted for 65 per cent, while Mosimi and Kaduna Areas accounted for 30 per cent and five per cent respectively of the vandalised points.

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Ngige Confirms FG Borrows from World Bank, Others to Pay Salaries

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Ngige FG Borrows to pay salaries

By Dipo Olowookere

Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, has confirmed that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari borrows funds from international sources to pay salaries of workers because of a shortfall in the country’s revenue.

Mr Ngige, while speaking on Sunday night on a programme monitored by Business Post on Channels TV, stated that the government takes borrowed funds from foreign institutions like the World Bank to offset some recurrent expenditures.

Last week, after the Senate resumed plenary, a letter from President Buhari requesting approval for fresh offshore loans of $4 billion and €710 million was read to the lawmakers by their head, Mr Ahmad Lawan.

This generated different reactions from various quarters. The government defended the borrowings, arguing that they were being used to develop the country, especially in the area of infrastructure.

In the midst of these, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said the nation’s total debt at the second quarter of this year stood at N35.5 trillion.

Some Nigerians had argued that the penchant for this government for borrowing was becoming unbearable, especially when the country was using about 98 per cent of generated revenue to service the debts.

But the government has maintained that the loans being taken by the federal government were not above the limit and that the projects being executed with the funds, including rails, were capable of generating revenue to repay them.

Next month, Nigeria will borrow between $3 billion and $6.2 billion from local and international investors through the sale of Eurobonds, adding to the debts already on ground.

While speaking on Sunday Politics anchored by Mr Seun Okinbaloye, Mr Ngige admitted that the central government truly takes funds from international lenders to pay workers.

“Talk in terms of something like the residency training funds; that money was appropriated in 2021. It was delayed because the President signed the supplementary budget [late] but because the resident doctors did not want to listen, they wanted the money to go into their accounts immediately, according to them.

“I told them, no, when the budget office explained [that] we don’t have this cash, the borrowing agencies [like the] World Bank and the rest will give us this money through the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Dollars and we change it to give to you, to pay you and others that are involved because we are funding the budget through some deficits.

“So, I will tell the budget office, expedite action, do this in one week because this is an emergency, these people are not accountants, they don’t understand and we put it down and the budget office rises up to the occasion, works day and night and put it out, Minister of Finance approves, AIE (Authority to Incur Expenditure) and the N4.8 billion is there, waiting to be disbursed.

“Give us the names of those to be paid and they bring (sic) their names through the post-graduate medical college and when the names come (sic), their parent body, which is the Ministry of Health discovered that there were names that were no resident doctors. So, how do you pay?

“Okay, they submitted 8,000 names, they have cleaned them down to 5,800, which means about 2,000+ are not resident doctors. How do you pay them?

“Further investigation, according to the Minister of Health, revealed that some of them are medical officers, senior medical officers, principal medical officers, who hold full appointments, some of them are not resident doctors but because they have been captured in resident doctors association, they want them to be paid; that’s wrong.

“We tell (sic) resident doctors, ‘give them more time to clean up’. They are cleaning it (the list) up, the money is there. So, I expected the resident doctors to go and help them clean up and submit the authentic list,” Mr Ngige said on the programme.

On Monday, while speaking on Politics Today with the same anchor, the spokesman of the President, Mr Femi Adesina, while asked if the government borrows for consumption, answered that the larger part of the borrowed funds is used for critical projects capable of boosting the economy.

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Selloffs Resume at Nigerian Exchange as Investors Lose N19bn

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Customs Street Nigerian Stock Exchange

By Dipo Olowookere

The first trading session on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited was on a negative note as the market went down by 0.10 per cent on Monday.

Selloffs mostly in consumer goods and banking stocks influenced the decline recorded at the exchange yesterday.

Business Post reports that the insurance index went down by 0.70 per cent, the banking counter declined by 0.27 per cent, while the consumer goods space shed 0.16 per cent.

But the industrial goods index appreciated yesterday by 0.13 per cent, while the oil/gas sector improved by 0.08 per cent.

At the close of transactions, the All-Share Index (ASI) decreased by 37.45 points to 38,906.42 points from 38,943.87 points, while the market capitalisation reduced by N19 billion to N20.271 trillion from N20.290 trillion.

The market breadth closed at equilibrium yesterday as there were 19 price gainers and 19 price losers when trading activities were stopped for the session at 2:30 pm.

Sitting on top of the losers’ chart was SCOA Nigeria as its share price went down by 9.43 per cent to settle at 96 kobo and was followed by Veritas Kapital, which lost 8.70 per cent to trade at 21 kobo.

Linkage Assurance depreciated by 6.56 per cent to 57 kobo, PZ Cussons slipped by 5.98 per cent to N5.50, while Cornerstone Insurance went down by 5.77 per cent to 49 kobo.

On the gainers’ log, Consolidated Hallmark Insurance sat on top after its equity price increased by 9.62 per cent to 57 kobo, followed by Chams, which gained 9.52 per cent to trade at 23 kobo.

Courtville appreciated by 6.90 per cent to 31 kobo, Wema Bank grew by 3.95 per cent to 79 kobo, while NAHCO increased by 3.62 per cent to N3.15.

A look at the activity chart showed that the trading volume rose by 23.12 per cent to 191.0 million units from 155.1 million units, the trading value increased by 20.92 per cent to N2.4 billion from N2.0 billion, while the number of deals leapt by 19.13 per cent to 3,462 deals from 2,906 deals.

Eko Corporation was the most active stock with the sale of 40.0 million units worth N231.6 million, UBA traded 10.8 million units valued at N82.2 million, Transcorp sold 9.8 million units for N8.9 million, Sovereign Trust Insurance transacted 9.6 million units valued at N2.3 million, while Fidelity Bank traded 9.3 million units worth N22.2 million.

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