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Linkage Assurance, PZ Close as Best-Performing Stocks

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By Dipo Olowookere

On Thursday, Linkage Assurance and PZ Cussons were the best-performing stocks at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited.

The two equities were among the 19 price gainers recorded at the trading session, which outweighed the 15 price losers, making the stock market to further rise by 0.10 per cent at the close of transactions.

Business Post reports that during the trading day, Linkage Assurance appreciated by 9.09 per cent to 60 kobo, with PZ Cussons growing by 7.14 per cent to N6.00.

Also, Chams improved by 5.00 per cent to 21 kobo, May & Baker gained 5.00 per cent to sell for N4.20, while Unilever Nigeria improved by 4.96 per cent to N12.70.

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On the losers’ log, CWG was on top after its share price went down by 9.60 per cent to N1.13. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance reduced by 8.97 per cent to 71 kobo, ABC Transport dropped 7.50 per cent to 37 kobo, Coronation Insurance fell by 6.78 per cent to 55 kobo, while Mutual Benefits Assurance lost 6.52 per cent to close at 43 kobo.

On the activity chart, the number of deals increased by 3.51 per cent to 3,330 deals from 3,217 deals, while the volume of shares reduced by 12.76 per cent to 158.4 million units from 181.5 million units just as the value of shares decreased by 43.52 per cent to N2.2 billion from N4.0 billion.

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For another trading session, Zenith Bank was the most traded stock with the sale of 27.3 million equities worth N629.2 million, trailed by Sterling Bank, which exchanged 22.0 million stocks worth N35.1 million.

UBA transacted 21.7 million shares valued at N154.2 million, Transcorp traded 9.2 million equities valued at N8.2 million, while Chams sold 8.3 million stocks worth N1.7 million.

In terms of the performance of the key sectors of the market, the insurance and industrial goods sectors were down by 1.04 per cent and 0.01 per cent respectively, while the banking and consumer goods counters closed higher by 0.52 per cent and 0.44 per cent apiece with the energy index closing flat.

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When trading activities were wrapped up for the day, the All-Share Index (ASI) was up by 39.15 points to 39,210.10 points from 39,170.95 points, while the market capitalisation was up by N20 billion to N20.437 trillion from N20.417 trillion.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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SEC Introduces Regulatory Incubation Program for Fintechs

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A regulatory incubation (RI) program for financial technology (fintech) companies operating or seeking to operate in Nigeria has been introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A circular issued by SEC disclosed that this framework would be officially launched in the third quarter of 2021 and will operate by admitting identified Fintech business models and processes in cohorts for a one-year period.

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Participation in the RI program will encompass an Initial Assessment Phase and the Regulatory Incubation Phase.

The categories to be admitted into each cohort will be determined based on submissions received through the Fintech Assessment Form and communicated ahead of each take-off date.

SEC explained that the scheme was designed to address the needs of new business models and processes that require regulatory authorisation to continue carrying out full or ancillary technology-driven capital market activities.

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The RI Program has thus been conceived as an interim measure to aid the evolution of effective regulation which accommodates the innovation by fintechs without compromising market integrity and within limits that ensure investor protection.

It was disclosed that review of completed Fintech Assessment Forms will continue on an ongoing basis and those who consider that there is no specific regulation governing their business models or who require clarity on the appropriate regulatory regime for seeking the authorisation of the commission, are encouraged to complete the Fintech Assessment Form.

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NGX Suspends Trading on GTBank Shares Ahead of Delisting

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By Dipo Olowookere

In preparation for the eventual delisting of shares of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc from its trading platform, the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Friday, June 18, 2021, placed the banking stock on a full suspension.

GTBank, a tier-one lender trading its equities on the exchange, intends to transform into a financial holding company (Holdco) so as to offer a wide range of services it is restricted to do.

Some years ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed banks in the country to offload their subsidiaries not performing core lending services.

This was after many deposit money banks (DMBs) were delving into different business ventures, including insurance, stockbroking, asset management, amongst others.

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For the CBN, which regulates the banking industry in Nigeria, most of these banks were losing focus and were not supporting businesses that need funds to grow and then stimulate the economy in the process.

To address this issue, the apex bank asked banks to sell off their non-banking assets and this forced many of them to offload their companies not offering core banking services.

However, there was an opening for banks to still delve into other sectors within the financial and capital markets and this was by operating as a Holdco.

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A few of them towed this path, including FBN Holdings, Stanbic IBTC Holdings and FCMB Group.

Not wanting to be left out, GTBank is joining the party and to achieve this, it is delisting its banking arm, which is the popular GTBank from the stock exchange.

GTBank will now operate as a private company, while the new Holdco, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, will now be a public company. The shares of this new firm will be listed on the NGX after the delisting of GTBank.

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Last Friday, the stock exchange informed the investing community of the latest development, announcing the suspension of trading on GTBank shares.

In the circular sighted by Business Post, the NGX explained that the rationale behind placing GTBank stocks on full suspension is to “prevent trading in the shares of the bank” in preparation of its “eventual delisting”

Before trading on its stocks was suspended on Friday, GTBank closed at N28.55 on Thursday after appreciating by 50 kobo or 1.78 per cent.

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DLM Capital Remains Best Structured Finance & Securitization Team in West Africa

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A prominent developmental investment bank, DLM Capital Group, has emerged winner at the Capital Finance International (CFI) 2021 awards as the best-structured finance and securitization team in West Africa.

This award has been won consecutively in three years and affirms the group’s strong performance as a leading investment institution and asset manager.

CFI awards seek to identify the contributions of individuals and organizations that contribute significantly to the advancement of economies and truly add value for all stakeholders.

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DLM Capital Group creates bespoke business solutions for alternative financing and harnessing funds for growth.

The group focuses on four key sectors — consumer credit, agriculture, microfinance, and education with a mandate to reduce poverty and improve living conditions for Africans while mobilizing resources for the continent’s economic and social development.

“In the past three years, our portfolio management team’s performance has remained consistent, and our clients have benefited immensely from exposure to our solutions, including the NMRC securitization deal and the DLM Primero BRT Securitization,” said Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing, DLM Capital Group, Ms Chinwendu Ohakpougwu.

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“We are positioned to provide services to an expansive client base of retail, high net-worth and institutional customers.

“DLM Capital Group remains committed to constantly providing financial solutions that will enable our clients to make a difference, and we are honoured to be recognized once again as a reflection of the quality of support offered to our clients,” she added.

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DLM has won recognition in West African capital markets, acting as a sole arranger to over 80 per cent of structured finance transactions in Nigeria — and all the securitization transactions. It provides deal structuring, advisory execution and capital raising services across the Nigerian capital market.

The institution recently launched an asset financing scheme and is preparing a venture into digital banking under its subsidiary, Sofri.

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