By Dipo Olowookere
The growing interest in Nigerian stocks saw an increase in investment in the stock market last week to N34.6 billion from N18.4 billion in the preceding week.
Data obtained by Business Post from the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited indicated some investors are already taking position ahead of the end-of-the-year rush for stocks in anticipation of dividend declaration for the financial year, which ends next month.
In the week, bargain-hunting drove the volume of equities transacted by traders higher to 3.0 billion units from 1.6 billion units and pushed the number of deals higher to 25,932 deals from the previous week’s 21,621 deals.
It was observed that financial stocks were investors’ toast last week, accounting for 1.6 billion units worth N15.6 billion traded in 14,065 deals, contributing 53.33 per cent and 45.18 per cent to the total trading volume and value respectively.
Energy shares trailed with 845.7 million units worth N11.7 billion in 1,706 deals, while the third place was occupied by conglomerates stocks with 220.1 million units worth N335.2 million in 1,238 deals.
The trio of Eterna, FBN Holdings and Transcorp were the most active stocks with the sale of 1.7 billion units valued at N19.7 billion executed in 4,207 deals, accounting for 57.66 per cent and 56.97 per cent of the total trading volume and value respectively.
On the price movement chart, 47 equities appreciated in price during the week, higher than 34 equities in the previous week, while 25 equities depreciated in price, lower than 36 equities in the previous week, with 84 equities closing flat, lower than 86 equities recorded in the previous week.
University Press was the biggest price riser as its value rose by 44.67 per cent to N2.17 and was followed by AIICO Insurance, which grew by 31.91 per cent to N1.24.
Guinness Nigeria appreciated in the week by 23.05 per cent to N36.30, Cadbury Nigeria gained 18.13 per cent to sell for N9.45, while Ecobank went up by 17.88 per cent to N8.90.
At the other end, GlaxoSmithKline finished as the heaviest price decliner after its equity value depreciated by 12.86 per cent to N6.10.
FTN Cocoa dropped 10.20 per cent to sell at 44 kobo, Transcorp Hotels fell by 9.88 per cent to N5.38, FBN Holdings decreased by 9.80 per cent to N11.05, while Regency Assurance lost 9.76 per cent to trade at 37 kobo.
In terms of the overall performance of the stock market last week, it closed positive with a week-on-week growth of 0.66 per cent as the All-Share Index (ASI) and market capitalisation both higher at 42,038.60 points and N21.938 trillion respectively.
Also, all other indices finished higher with the exception of NGX CG and NGX Meri Value indices, which went down by 0.04 per cent and 2.20 per cent respectively, while the ASeM and growth indices closed flat.
Tough Times Await Promoters of Unregistered Investment Schemes
By Dipo Olowookere
Promoters of Ponzi schemes and unregistered investment schemes in Nigeria may soon be in big trouble if the law being proposed by the National Assembly is passed into law and signed by the President.
On Thursday, a bill to amend the Investment and Securities Act 2007, sponsored by Mr Babangida Ibrahim, representing MalumFashi/Kafur Federal Constituency in Katsina State at the House of Representatives, scaled the second reading.
The amendment is titled A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Investments and Securities Act, 2007 and Enact the Investments and Securities Bill to Establish Securities and Exchange Commission as the Apex Regulatory Authority for the Nigerian Capital Market as well as Regulation of the Market to ensure Capital Formation, the Protection of the Market to ensure Capital Formation, the Protection of Investors, Maintain Fair, Efficient and Transparent Market and Reduction of Systematic Risk; and for Related Matters.
The bill intends to combat the menace of Ponzi schemes and ensure that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is well equipped to stem the tide.
According to Mr Ibrahim, there has been a lot of complaints by Nigerians on the activities of these schemes that promise unreasonably high returns and at the end of the day, they fleece Nigerians of their hard-earned money hence the need for more regulations to monitor them.
Under the proposed law, ‘A bill to repeal the Investment and Securities Act 2007 and to enact the Investments and Securities Act, 2021’ which passed the second reading at the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday, SEC will be empowered to address the challenges of Ponzi schemes.
Section 195 (1) of the Bill empowers SEC thus: “The Commission shall have the power to enter and seal up all prohibited schemes and shall obtain an Order of court to freeze and forfeit all assets of such schemes to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“(2) The cost and expenses incurred under subsection (1) above shall be a first charge from the funds and properties of the illegal scheme including assets of its owners, promoters and or managers, whether acquired legitimately or otherwise.
“(3) For the purposes of this Bill, “prohibited scheme” including those commonly known as a Ponzi or Pyramid scheme means: (a) Any investment scheme that pays existing contributors with funds collected from new contributors to the scheme promising high returns with little or no risk: i) Whether or not the scheme limits the number of persons who may participate therein, either expressly or by the application of conditions affecting the eligibility of a person to enter into, or receive compensation under the scheme; or ii) Whether the scheme is operated at a physical address or through the internet or other electronic means. (b) Any scheme where participants attempt to make money by recruiting new participants usually where: (i) the promoter promises a high return in a short period of time, and (ii) no genuine product or service is actually sold; or (iii) the primary emphasis is on recruiting new participants
“(4) The promoter(s) and operator(s) of any entity engaged in a prohibited scheme commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term of ten (10) years or a fine of N5,000,000 or both”.
According to Mr Ibrahim, “The current ISA 2007 is old and we all know a lot has happened between that time and now like technological advancements. The capital market has to be dynamic in today’s world in a bid to contribute its quota to national development and that is one of the reasons why we are pushing this.”
“A lot of things have happened between that time and now hence the need for an amendment. When that law came into existence we did not have derivatives and commodities markets as we do now, these are some of the issues that are necessitating this amendment.
“The plan is to make this Bill a little bit flexible so some national government can be able to approach the capital market to source for fund either for developmental projects,” he added.
Another part of the amendment is to increase the period within which a claim for compensation could be made for the Investor Protection Fund to six years from the date of occurrence of the defalcation, revocation, cancellation, insolvency or bankruptcy of the dealing firm. The period in the current Act is six months.
The objectives of an Investor Protection Fund is to compensate investors who suffer pecuniary loss arising from the insolvency, bankruptcy or negligence of a dealing member firm of a securities exchange; defalcation committed by a dealing member firm or any of its directors, officers, employees or representatives in relation to securities, money or any property entrusted to, or received or deemed received by the dealing member firm in the course of its business as a capital market operator; and revocation or cancellation of the registration of a dealing member firm.
According to the proposed amendment, two new subsections have been introduced to complement the existing provisions on the manner in which a claim to the investor protection fund can be made.
This is a departure from Section 213 (2) of the 2007 Act, which requires a claim for compensation to be made in the first instance to the securities exchange.
In addition, subsection (4) of the Act has been modified to take care of such preconditions for compensation as may have been prescribed by the Board of Trustees.
Specifically, it added that a verified claim must be paid by the investor protection fund to an investor within 14 days of such verification by the securities exchange.
It said, “A claim for compensation under this part of the Bill shall be made in writing to the board of trustees within 6 years from the date of occurrence of the defalcation, revocation or cancellation of the registration of the dealing member firm and insolvency or bankruptcy of the dealing member firm, and any claim which is not so made shall be barred unless the Commission otherwise determines.
“No action for damages shall lie against a securities exchange or against any member or employee of a securities exchange or of a board of trustees or management sub-committee by reason of any notice published in good faith and without malice for the purposes of this section.”
Mr Ibrahim expressed the optimism that when the Bill is passed into law, it would empower the SEC with the necessary backing to effectively regulate the capital market and emphasize the independence of the agency in line with the requirements of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
NCDMB, Navy Collaborate to Enforce Oil and Gas Act
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigerian Navy have reached an agreement to collaborate closely to enforce the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act in maritime operations.
The partnership will help curb the use of non–compliant and non–categorized vessels and intercept illegal vessels and non–compliant crew members on oil and gas locations.
The two organisations would set up a high-level committee that would work out detailed modalities for the collaboration and enable both organizations to accomplish their respective mandates.
These decisions were reached during the visit of the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr Simbi Kesiye Wabote to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo in Abuja.
According to the Executive Secretary, the board receives alerts regularly via its whistle-blowing portal and would like to investigate such information and recommend genuine cases to the Navy.
Other possible areas of collaboration include support to the board in assessment visits to vessels and provision of information to the board on vessels and tankers plying the Nigerian waters and oil and gas locations.
Mr Wabote indicated that the Navy is well situated to drive the security aspect of the industry’s operations, particularly in securing the nation’s shores against piracy and illegal oil bunkering.
He said the Navy’s role was critical because the bulk of Nigeria’s oil and gas reserves lie along with the coastal areas of the country including major infrastructure and plants for hydrocarbon processing and exports.
He also commended the Navy for its efforts in promoting Nigerian content, notably by engaging the services of indigenous engineers and service companies in the fabrication and maintenance of Navy boats, thereby boosting local content in the industry.
He highlighted the need for closer ties particularly because of the Board’s long-term vision to increase Nigerian Content levels in the oil and gas sector from the current level of about 40 per cent to 70 per cent by the year 2027 as part of the Nigerian Content 10-Year Strategic Roadmap.
He identified the board’s marine vessels development and categorization strategy as one of the core initiatives that would support the actualisation of the 10-year roadmap.
The goals of the marine vessel initiative are to promote the construction and maintain vessels in Nigerian yards, stimulate ownership of marine vessels by Nigerian entities, grow flagging & registration of vessels in Nigeria, deepen Nigerian manning of marine vessels, and develop world-class ship repairs and shipbuilding yard.
He reported that the board had made progress in the various aspects of these objectives such as support for the acquisition of marine vessels by Nigerians via the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund managed by the Bank of Industry (BoI), provision of sea-time training for marine cadets, patronage of in-country dry-docks, and the completion of the feasibility study and site selection for the proposed development of shipyard.
Listing some of the achievements of the board in the past five years, Wabote stated that it had begun the first phase of developing the Brass Island Terminal in Bayelsa State.
The facility will carry out repair and maintenance of large ships and vessels such as LNG LNG carriers, VLCCs and maritime equipment such as jack-up rig vessels.
In his comments, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu lauded the Board for the numerous achievements it had recorded in implementing the NOGICD Act and pledged the support of the Nany in deepening stakeholders’ compliance with the NOGICD Act.
He also sought the assistance of the Board in upgrading the Naval shipyard in Lagos, particularly the slipway.
While highlighting the Navy’s milestones in research and development, the Naval chief sought the board’s collaboration in improving the Navy’s R&D capabilities as well as creating a market for their products in the oil and gas industry.
Stanbic IBTC Begins Sale of N20bn Series 3 Commercial Paper
By Dipo Olowookere
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc has commenced the sale of its series 3 commercial paper under its N100 billion multicurrency commercial paper programme.
The financial institution intends to sell N20 billion worth of the corporate debt instrument to interested investors in a period of one week.
Subscription for the commercial paper commenced on Thursday, January 20, 2022, and will end on Thursday, January 27, 2022, according to details of the exercise obtained by Business Post.
It was gathered that the tenor of the commercial paper is 269 days, maturing on Thursday, October 27, 2022, and it is with a discount rate of 9.00 per cent and an implied yield of 9.64 per cent.
Subscription for the Stanbic IBTC series 3 commercial paper is a minimum of N5 million and subsequent addition of N1 million.
According to the programme memorandum, the net proceeds from the paper would be used solely to support the company’s short-term funding requirements, as part of its asset and liability management strategy for its banking operations.
As for the payment at maturity, the issuer said only noteholders named in the register as at the close of business on the relevant last day “shall be entitled to payment of amounts due and payable in respect of notes.”
Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC emerged from the merger of Stanbic Bank Nigeria Limited with IBTC Chartered Bank Plc in September 2007.
IBTC Chartered Bank Plc was itself a merger of three institutions (Investment Banking &Trust Company Plc (IBTC Bank), Chartered Bank Plc. and Regent Bank Plc.).
Stanbic IBTC Bank offers its clients a wide range of commercial banking products through its 180 branches spread across every state in Nigeria, and via a range of self-service channels powered by sophisticated technology to bring convenient banking to clients.
The lender is also a key player in financial inclusion and is poised to take banking to the doorsteps of its clients in different personal and business categories who desire bespoke banking services.
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