By Dipo Olowookere
A meeting to formalise the commencement of the restructuring and recapitalisation of the Bank of Agriculture kicked off on Tuesday in Abuja.
The meeting, convened at the instance of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) was attended by both managements of the appointed financial advisers – Lead Capital Consortium and the Bank of Agriculture.
Speaking during the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, said, “This new arrangement is a crucial step we are taking to bring the Bank of Agriculture to life and to make it a very potent instrument that will make the agriculture sector of our economy stronger.
“We have a new vision for agriculture in Nigeria, part of that vision is to create a farmer’s bank that allows farmers buy shares and become co-owners of the Bank of Agriculture. The BOA has the potential of becoming a very large and strong bank in the future.
“One of the few challenges of agriculture in the past has been the issue of credit but there has also been the issue of the management of the credit and sometimes good agronomic practices which were not in place. Many high profile borrowers took loans from the bank, many did not pay back. I do not believe they did not want to pay, I will say they failed to pay and looking back we know why.”
The Minister said further that, “Most of them were big time farmers but absentee farmers. Many of them invested in agriculture but failed to put in place the requirements for a good agronomic practice. To help our farmers succeed, the ministry of agriculture is going to make sure that we give support to the bank including our seed supply to farmers to make sure they don’t fail and provide support in soil testing and security of investment.”
Director General of BPE, Mr Alex Okoh, in his remarks said, “This event signals the commencement of the recapitalisation and restructuring of the BOA, which has performed sub-optimally due to inadequate funding, poor lending philosophy, lack of robust monitoring and evaluation to recover non-performing loans, lack of proper governance structure and poor risk management strategy among others.
“It has become apparent that the bank cannot in its current status deliver on its mandate. We have developed a new strategy to transform the bank into a truly Agricultural finance bank, a farmer’s bank, substantially owned by farmers.”
Managing Director, Lead Capital Consortium noted that, “We are motivated by the zeal of the present government to revive the Bank of Agriculture so that it can live up to it’s full potential, to empower the entire Agriculture value chain ik the country and elevate Agriculture to the becoming the mainstay of the economy. We are fully set to move forward with the process.”
Also speaking on the occasion, Minister of State, Mr Heineken Lokpobiri, said, “If capitalised, the Bank of Agriculture will be able to compete favourably with its counterparts in agric financing and lending. This is an opportunity to truly access funding not just for agricultural production but also for processing and value addition.”
In his vote of thanks, Permanent Secretary, Mr Mohammed Bello Umar, disclosed that, “No country in the world can develop without a clear direction for its agriculture to grow. The restructuring of the BOA is a welcome development and we look forward to working with the financial advisers and the BPE to transform the bank into the farmer’s bank”.
The restructuring and recapitalisation of the Bank of Agriculture is expected to be completed in 90 calendar days.
Champion Breweries, Others Champion 0.17% Growth on NGX
By Dipo Olowookere
The key performance indicators of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) improved by 0.17 per cent on Friday as the shares of Champion Breweries and 11 others gained points.
The positive momentum was sustained yesterday despite a weak investor sentiment caused by sell-offs in Oando, GTCO, Nigerian Breweries and 15 others.
From the analysis of the data from the bourse, the insurance, consumer goods and energy sectors depreciated by 0.71 per cent, 0.56 per cent and 0.46 per cent respectively, while the banking counter expanded by 0.06 per cent, with the industrial goods space closing flat.
At the close of trades, the All-Share Index (ASI) increased by 86.88 points to 51,705.61 points from 51,618.73 points, while the market capitalisation grew by N47 billion to N27.875 points from 27.828 points.
A total of 156.1 million stocks worth N1.8 billion were traded in 4,312 deals yesterday compared with the 223.3 million stocks worth N2.9 billion traded in 4,028 deals on Thursday, implying a decline in the trading volume and value by 99.93 per cent and 35.82 per cent apiece and growth in the number of deals by 7.05 points.
Oando was the most active stock during the session as it traded 19.3 million shares valued at N110.3 million, Linkage Assurance transacted 12.0 million stocks for N6.4 million, Transcorp exchanged 9.1 million equities valued at N11.4 million, Access Holdings sold 10.0 million shares for N85.326 while UBA exchanged 8.9 million shares valued at N66.7 million.
The biggest price gainer was Champion Breweries as it gained 10.00 per cent to sell at N3.74, John Holt appreciated by 8.62 per cent to trade at 63 kobo, May and Baker appreciated by 8.47 per cent to N3.97, International Breweries rose by 5.26 per cent to N6.00, while FBN Holdings grew by 4.46 per cent to N10.55.
The worst-performing stock was Livestock Feeds as it fell by 9.09 per cent to N1.40, Red Star Express lost 8.64 per cent to settle at N2.75, Unity Bank dropped 8.16 per cent to 45 kobo, Courteville depreciated by 6.00 per cent to 47 kobo, while FCMB retreated by 5.71 per cent to N3.30.
19.2% Ease in FX Trades Bolsters Naira by 0.01% at I&E
By Adedapo Adesanya
A 19.2 per cent moderation in the value of foreign exchange (forex) transactions recorded at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the FX market helped the Naira with extra weight to push down the value of the Dollar by 0.01 per cent or 5 kobo on Friday, June 24.
According to data obtained by Business Post from the FMDQ Securities Exchange, the exchange rate of the Naira to the Dollar at the market window was N420.12/$1 in contrast to N420.17/$1 it closed on Thursday.
The value of FX trades at the window was $162.98 million, $38.83 million lower than the $201.81 million achieved in the preceding trading day.
At the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segment, the local currency further appreciated against the American currency by 0.32 per cent or N2 to trade at N618/$1 compared with the N620/$1 it was traded a day earlier.
But at the interbank window of the market, the Naira depreciated against the British Pound Sterling by N1.96 to trade at N510.02/£1 versus the preceding session’s N508.06/£1 and slid by N1.04 against the Euro to close the day at N437.60/€1 compared with N436.56/€1 of the previous day.
Meanwhile, the recovery recorded by TerraClassicUSD (USTC) in the cryptocurrency market on Thursday appeared to be short-lived as it lost 11.5 per cent on Friday to trade at $0.0100.
It was the only digital coin of the 10 tokens tracked by this newspaper to shed weight yesterday as Solana (SOL) posted a 10.3 per cent growth to settle at $42.28.
Ethereum (ETH) went up by 7.4 per cent to sell at $1,236.08, Dogecoin (DOGE) appreciated by 6.2 per cent to trade at $0.0691, Binance Coin (BNB) jumped by 4.3 per cent after a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo to quote at $241.40, Bitcoin (BTC) recorded a 2.7 per cent rise to trade at $21,508.22, Cardano (ADA) jumped by 2.6 per cent to $0.5053, Litecoin (LTC) leapt by 0.6 per cent to $57.02, Ripple (XRP) recorded a 0.07 per cent rise to trade at $0.3718, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) gained 0.01 per cent to sell for $0.9995.
NASD Exchange Closes Last Day of the Week 0.42% Higher
By Adedapo Adesanya
The last trading session of the week on the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed on a positive note on Friday by 0.42 per cent.
This was influenced by the gains recorded by Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc and Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc.
NDEP grew during the day by N18 or 10 per cent to close at N198.00 per unit compared to the previous day’s N180.00 per unit, while CSCS Plc rose by 20 kobo or 1.37 per cent to close at N14.80 per unit as against the N14.60 per unit it was previously sold.
At the end of the day’s trading, the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) gained 3.24 points to settle at 768.27 points compared with the earlier day’s 765.03 points.
In the same trend, the bourse’s market capitalisation closed at N1.011 trillion as investors expanded the total value of securities on the platform by N4.27 billion. On Thursday, the market capitalisation stood at N1.007 billion.
At the market, the total volume of shares bought and sold by investors increased by 251.7 per cent to 323,519 units from 91,997 units, the total value of transactions appreciated by 53.1 per cent to N8.9 million from N5.8 million, while the total number of trades went down by 15.4 per cent to 11 deals from 13 deals.
AG Mortgage Bank Plc finished the trading week as the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 2.3 billion units worth N1.2 billion, CSCS Plc also retained the second spot with the sale of 674.2 million units valued at N14.1 billion, while Food Concepts Plc was in third place for trading 146.0 million units valued at N126.7 million.
In the same vein, CSCS Plc maintained its position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 674.2 million units valued at N14.1 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 10.9 million units worth N3.2 billion, while FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc retained the third place with the sale of 9.6 million units valued at N1.2 billion.
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