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Naira Falls Against Dollar at Parallel, BDC Markets

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By Adedapo Adesanya 

Foreign exchange scarcity continues to bite hard at the parallel market, causing the Naira to dropped N5 against the US Dollar to trade at N455/$1 on Friday, May 15.

At the previous session on Thursday, the local currency had traded at N450/$1 at the same market segment.

Against the the Euro, the local currency was weakened by N5 to sell at N465/€1 in contrast to N460/€1 of the previous session.

However, the domestic gained N5 against the Pound at the parallel market to trade at N535/£1 compared with N540/£1 it traded at the preceding session.

At the Bureaux De Change (BDC) segment of the forex market, operators in Lagos market sold the Dollar for N452 compared with N446.50/$1 they traded the foreign currency on Thursday.

However, against the Pound and the Euro, they maintained the previous day’s exchange rates of N498/£1 and N440/€1 respectively.

In Abuja, the local currency shed N8 against the American currency to close at N448/$1 as against N440/$1 it was traded on Thursday. Against the Pound, it dropped N4 to sell at N542/£1 versus N538/£1 and fell by N23 against the Euro to N473/€1 from N450/€1.

At the Port Harcourt BDC market, the domestic currency lost N18 against the Dollar to sell at N448/$1 in contrast to the previous day’s N430/$1. Against the Pound, the Naira lost as much as N27 to close at N542/£1 compared with N515/£1 and against the Euro, it weakened by N23 to close at N473/€1 versus N450/€1.

Also, at the Kano market, the Nigerian currency lost N8 against its American ‘colleague’ to trade at N448/$1 compared with N440/$1 it sold on Thursday. It also shed N8 against the Pound to trade at N542/£1 as against N538/£ of the previous day and against the Euro, the Naira lost N5 to close at N473/€1 versus N468/€1.

However, at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) segment of the market, it was a different outcome as the Naira appreciated against the US Dollar by 58 kobo or 0.15 percent to sell at N386/$1 in contrast to N386.58/$1.

This was boosted by the decline in the demand for forex at the market, which resulted in a lower transaction value for the day.

Trades worth $18.55 million were executed at the I&E window on Friday, compared with $44.87 million achieved on Thursday, indicating a reduction by $26.32 million or 58.7 percent.

At the interbank segment of the foreign exchange market, the Naira remained unchanged against the United States Dollar at N361/$1.

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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Investors Give Nigeria’s Orda $1.1m to Grow Services in Africa

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By Adedapo Adesanya

A Nigerian restaurant management startup, Orda, has raised a $1.1 million pre-seed funding round to speed its growth and expand across Africa.

The pre-seed round was led by Lofty Inc Capital Management, with participation from Techstars – Boulder, Magic Fund, Hustle Fund, Norrsken Foundation, Microtraction, DFS Labs, Oxford Seed Fund, Enza Capital and Agroly Advisors, as well as Ire Aderinokun, Jesse Ovia, Ademola Adesina and other angel investors.

Following the raise, the startup is looking to increase its rate of growth and expansion across the continent.

Orda has developed a full-stack approach to integrating local payments, logistic companies while building inventory management, and business analytics for small to medium-sized food businesses.

It says it is the only technology solution on the continent that allows restaurants to accept and process all their in-store, website, social media, WhatsApp, Jumia Food, Glovo and Bolt Food orders from one easy-to-use interface.

The startup’s cloud-based solution is currently available for restaurants in Nigeria and Kenya.

In addition, its Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) has been growing at more than 15 per cent week-on-week as Orda now processes thousands of weekly transactions.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the technology, Mr Guy Futi, the startup’s CEO, said the team had kept trying to address the real pain points of chefs, caterers and small restaurants.

“From that Orda grew. Before Orda, a small food business owner could spend up to four hours a day reconciling transactions while trying to figure out losses. We looked to alleviate that burden. In the process, we noticed that food business owners were not fully integrated with local payment solutions, online sales channels, and logistic providers. This made their operations even more difficult,” he said.

On his part, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Mr Fikayo Akinwale said, “Orda was built from a near 18 months of a collaborative customer feedback loop. We listened to everything, from how African restaurants reconcile inventory, how customers pay, to how they handle logistics and more.

“We can confidently say that no one has done as much work as we have to build an end-to-end solution for our food business owners. We are excited to usher in much-needed digitisation to the sector.”

Mr Idris Ayodeji Bello, a managing partner of LoftyInc Capital Management, said his team invested in Orda because it was building the core digital infrastructure for restaurants across Africa.

“The team has done the hard work of figuring out the core problems that African restaurant owners are facing and is building a solution that can revolutionise the food business across the continent. LoftyInc is excited to back a solution-focused team like Orda,” he said.

Launched in 2020, Orda is a cloud-based restaurant management system provider that hopes to provide one operating system to power African restaurants. Since its launch, the Lagos-based startup has worked with several well-known African and global restaurants including Barcelos, Eric Kayser, Johnny Rockets and Ofadaboy.

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Unlisted Securities Market Closes Flat on Wednesday

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The key performance indices of the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed flat on Wednesday, January 19 as investors begin to trade cautiously.

It was observed that during the trading session, none of the securities on the platform recorded a movement as their prices remained unchanged at the close of business.

According to data obtained by Business Post, the market capitalisation of the NASD Exchange retained its previous value of N633.06 billion, while the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) remained at 747.61 points.

However, trading data showed that there were declines in the volume, value, and deals carried out at the unlisted securities market.

Investors traded a total of 195.2 million units of securities in contrast to the 453.7 million units of securities transacted at the preceding session, indicating a fall of 56.9 per cent.

The value of shares exchanged by the market participants also depreciated, this time by 58.4 per cent to N4.1 billion from N9.8 billion published at the bourse at the Tuesday session.

In the same vein, the total number of deals executed by traders went down by 9.1 per cent as 10 deals were performed at the exchange as against the 11 deals printed at the preceding session.

At the close of transactions, the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis was Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc with the sale of 844.7 million units valued at N17.7 million. VFD Group Plc followed with 916,161 units of its stocks valued at N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was in third place with 207,030 units valued at N24.5 million.

Also, CSCS Plc closed as the most traded stock by value (year-to-date) with the sale of 844.7 million units exchanged for N17.7 million, VFD Group Plc was also in second place with 916,161 units worth N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was in third place with 207,030 units valued at N24.5 million.

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Naira Trades N566.22/£1 at Interbank, Bitcoin Gains 0.8%

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira appreciated by 84 kobo against the British Pound Sterling at the interbank segment of the foreign exchange (FX) market on Wednesday to close at N566.22/£1 compared with the preceding day’s N567.06/£1.

Equally, the indigenous currency edged higher by N2.73 against the Euro at the same market window to finish at N470.99/€1 in contrast to N473.72/€1 it was exchanged a day earlier.

However, against the United States Dollar, the local currency suffered a loss as it depreciated by 30 kobo to close at N415.30/$1 versus N415.00/$1 it ended on Tuesday.

It was not the same scenario with the Naira at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window as the Naira closed stronger than the greenback, appreciating by 17 kobo or 0.04 per cent to trade at N416.33/$1 compared with the previous day’s exchange rate of N416.50/$1.

This occurred amid an increase in the FX trades at the market window as the turnover went up by 12.2 per cent or $13.55 million to $124.57 million from the preceding session’s turnover of $111.02 million.

Meanwhile, at the digital currency market, the bulls took control amid a renewed investor confidence, causing seven of the 10 tokens tracked by Business Post to end in the positive territory yesterday.

The highest gainer for the session was Tron (TRX) as its value went up by 1.7 per cent to sell for N39.43, followed by Ripple (XRP) which appreciated by 1.4 per cent to N436.99, and Binance Coin (BNB), which grew by 0.9 per cent to trade at N192,540.74.

In addition, Bitcoin (BTC) gained 0.8 per cent to trade at N24,183,994.94, Dash (DASH) recorded a 0.7 per cent appreciation to sell at N74,381.31, Litecoin (LTC) added 0.7 per cent to its value to close at N80,114.51, while Ethereum (ETH) made a 0.4 per cent jump to trade at N1,802,564.40.

However, Cardano (ADA) depreciated during the session by 7.3 per cent to N805.27, Dogecoin (DOGE) retreated by 0.6 per cent to sell at N99.9, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) declined by 0.1 per cent to sell for N577.45.

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