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Payments, Trading and Crowdfunding are Boosting Nigeria’s Fledgeling Fintech Sector

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While Nigeria’s financial technology sector is not exactly booming, it shows steady growth signs with promise for the short, medium, and long term. Over the last 12 months, Nigeria has witnessed the fintech sector emerge and take significant strides, especially when compared to data from 2020. For example, the value of all instant payments made in 2021 was more than N241 trillion, almost double that of 2020’s figures.

But it is not just payments where there is growth and potential. Overall, in 2021, nearly $1 billion was pumped into the Nigerian startup sector, which was a whopping 501% more than in the previous year. It now ranks second in Africa in terms of funding and investment for startups, equivalent to 41% of what reaches the entire continent. Not only this, but three different Nigerian startups all hit a valuation of $1 billion, becoming what is known as a “unicorn”.

Trading companies

In the first four months of 2022, the top 10 Nigerian stock broking firms traded some NGN 579 billion in stocks, over 63% of the country’s total. The country has a population of over 200 million people, with more and more coming online every year. Recent figures from Statista show that over half of the population is online, meaning many are gaining interest in trading and other forms of investment. According to data from various trading stakeholders, domestic trading transactions accounted for a significant amount (78%) of the market, demonstrating the interest of locals.

There is widespread interest in various sectors such as forex, stocks, and of course, CFD trading. The latter, short for contract for difference, is popular due to the fact there is no need to purchase the asset or security, instead, the trader simply estimates how much they think the value will rise or fall. Various sources put the number of active traders in the country at around 300,000, a number which has shot up over the last two years and is expected to grow at a steady pace.

Payment companies

Digital payment companies have done exceptionally well over the last year. Out of the new Nigerian unicorns, Flutterwave made significant waves along with Interswitch, Moove and Quickteller. Flutterwave managed to raise some $250 million in funding back in February, while Moove raised $105 million. These kinds of sums are significant for the country and set a promising precedent for the years to come.

Other signs of positivity include collaborations with big names such as Flutterwave with Paypal, Paystack with Apple Pay, and Carbon with Visa. There is also growth in alternative banking models that aim to serve the unbanked and provide better access to financial systems to those living in rural areas.

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Nigeria's Fledgeling Fintech Sector

Due to challenges with the unbanked and a lack of access to conventional lending solutions, many Nigerians look to other solutions for financing their startups. These include crowdfunding which has taken off in a big way in the country. As it can be expensive to borrow from traditional financial institutions, crowdfunding apps and platforms have become very popular with entrepreneurs.

In the agricultural sector, agritech companies are particularly fond of using such methods to raise all-important capital. There are many big crowdfunding companies in the country, such as ThriveAgric, Farmcrowdy, and Porkmoney. By the end of this year, Statista predicts it will be worth $1.98 million with a CAGR of almost 6% over the next few years.

The Nigerian fintech sector has plenty of potentials and shows signs of sustainable growth in the medium and long term. This will lead to a more financially literate society and more opportunities for entrepreneurs, startups, and the community as a whole.

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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FrieslandCampina Boosts NASD OTC Bourse by 0.08% at Midweek

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed in the positive zone by 0.08 per cent on Wednesday, June 29 driven by a bullish price movement from FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc.

The milk-producing company appreciated during the midweek session by 99 Kobo or 1.03 per cent to settle at N96.79 per share compared with the previous closing price of N95.80 per share.

The NASD OTC bourse recorded a price loser and it was Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc, which depreciated by N6.21 or 3.14 per cent to N191.79 per unit from N198.00 per unit.

But the gains printed by FrieslandCampina offset the losses reported by NDEP as the market capitalisation expanded by N810 million to N1.005 trillion from N1.004 trillion, while the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) increased by 0.62 points to wrap the session at 763.24 points compared with the 762.62 points recorded in the previous session.

Securities worth N10.1 million were bought and sold by traders at the market on Wednesday compared with the N1.8 million securities transacted a day earlier, indicating an increase of 462.5 per cent.

However, the volume of the securities went down by 18.9 per cent as investors traded only 72,550 units, 18.9 per cent lower than the 89,440 units transacted in the preceding session.

The transactions were carried out in 20 deals as against the 11 deals executed on the bourse on Tuesday, implying a decline of 81.8 per cent rise.

AG Mortgage Plc remained the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc stood in second place with 674.4 million units worth N14.1 billion, while Food Concepts Plc was in third place with 146.5 million units valued at N127.2 million.

On the flip side, CSCS Plc was the most active stock by value (year-to-date) with 674.4 million units exchanged for N14.1 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 10.9 million units worth N3.2 billion, while FrieslandCampina Plc was in third place with 9.7 million units valued at N1.3 billion.

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Crude Oil Drops as Economic Worries Offset Tighter Supply Signals

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Prices of crude oil were in red on Wednesday as worries about a weaker global economy offset data showing a weekly drawdown in crude stockpiles, indicating supplies remained tight.

Investors are also worried a slowing economy could dent energy demand as central banks hike interest rates to battle inflation, causing the price of the Brent crude to fall yesterday by 1.75 per cent or $2.06 to $115.90 per barrel, with the United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropping 1.98 per cent or $2.21 to $109.50 a barrel.

US crude inventories fell last week even as production hit its highest level since April 2020 during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even comments from the US central bank chief did nothing to quell the fear as prices went down.

The US Federal Reserve Chair, Mr Jerome Powell, announced that the economy would not be allowed to slip into a “higher inflation regime” even if it means raising interest rates to levels that put growth at risk.

The oil market had been propelled in the previous session as concerns over tight supplies due to Western sanctions on Russia outweighed fears that demand may slow in a potential future recession.

Analysts are concerned that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may not have enough spare capacity to make up for the lost Russian supply.

French President, Mr Emmanuel Macron, said this week he was told these producers will struggle to increase output further.

However, the UAE energy minister said the country, which is producing about 3 million barrels per day, has some spare capacity above its OPEC quota of 3.17 million barrels per day.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies such as Russia, which form the OPEC+ group, began a series of two-day meetings on Wednesday and will hold its official meeting on Thursday.

There are no indications that there will be changes to the current level of output as was agreed earlier this month.

At its last meeting in early June, OPEC+ sped up production cuts and agreed to raise output each month by 648,000 barrels per day in July and August, up from earlier increases of 432,000 barrels per day.

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Naira Plunges to New Low at Spot Market, Trades N610/$1 at Parallel Market

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira on Wednesday, June 29 depreciated to its lowest level in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) segment of the foreign exchange (FX) market.

Amid a biting forex crunch, the local currency fell by N3.88 or 0.80 per cent against the US Dollar to close at N424.88/$1 versus the N421.00/$1 it was sold on Tuesday despite a decline in the value of transactions at the spot market.

According to data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange, the turnover for the midweek session was $112.83 million, 45.4 per cent or $93.82 million lower than the turnover of $206.65 million published the day before.

Also, in the parallel market, the domestic currency reported a dismal performance against the greenback as it lost N1 to quote at N610/$1 compared with the previous day’s value of N609/$1.

However, the value of the Naira to the Dollar remained unchanged at the Peer-to-Peer market window at N619/$1.

In the interbank segment of the market, the Naira appreciated against the British currency – the Pound Sterling and the Euro.

Against the Pound Sterling, it was strengthened by N3.91 to N505.91/£1 from N509.82/£1 and against the Euro, it gained N1.90 to settle at N437.59/€1 versus N439.49/€1 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, four of the 10 tokens monitored by Business Post closed in the green territory, with the TerraClassicUSD (USTC) recovering more grounds as it traded higher by 59.9 per cent to $0.0691. Dogecoin (DOGE) rose by 5.4 per cent to trade at $0.0707, Litecoin (LTC) went up by 1.9 per cent to settle at $54.15, while Bitcoin (BTC) added 0.3 per cent to its value to close at $20,315.78.

However, Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a 4.7 per cent fall to sell at $221.44, Ethereum (ETH) depreciated by 3.7 per cent to $1,116.72, Solana (SOL) decreased by 3.6 per cent to $34.68, Ripple (XRP) recorded a 1.9 per cent slide to sell for $0.3329, Cardano (ADA) dropped 0.2 per cent to trade at $0.4722, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) moved downwards by 0.02 per cent to $0.9989.

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