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Stocks Open Week With 0.40% Loss at Nigerian Exchange



Nigerian Exchange

By Dipo Olowookere

The first trading session of the new week at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) opened bearish on Monday by 0.40 per cent after investors embarked on profit-taking.

The situation left the market with 20 price losers with Stanbic IBTC as the worst-performing stock as its share price went down by 9.94 per cent to N43.50.

Guinness Nigeria on its part depreciated by 9.93 per cent to N26.75, Custodian Investment lost 8.40 per cent to close at N6.00, NAHCO fell by 7.73 per cent to N2.03, while PZ Cussons declined by 5.15 per cent to N4.60.

Business Post reports that a total of 15 equities closed in green with Japaul as the best-performing stock as its value went up by 9.52 per cent to settle at 69 kobo.

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UAC Property gained 9.33 per cent to sell for 82 kobo, Africa Prudential rose by 8.33 per cent to N5.85, Royal Exchange also appreciated by 8.33 per cent to 39 kobo, while Sterling Bank improved by 7.69 per cent to N1.68.

Apart from the banking sector which gained 0.20 per cent and the industrial goods space which closed flat, every other sector closed in red yesterday.

The insurance counter depreciated by 0.80 per cent, the energy index went down by 0.12 per cent, while the consumer goods counter declined by 0.10 per cent.

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At the close of transactions, the All-Share Index (ASI) lost 153.84 points to finish at 38,712.55 points as against the previous 38,866.39 points, while the market capitalisation went down by N75 billion to N20.260 trillion from N20.335 trillion.

There was an improvement in the level of activity on Monday as investors traded 194.0 million stocks worth N1.4 billion in 4,287 deals compared with the previous 160.6 million shares worth N1.3 billion traded in 3,507 deals. This signified that the trading volume went up by 20.75 per cent, the trading value rose by 6.51 per cent and the number of deals increased by 22.24 per cent.

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Fidelity Bank was the most active stock yesterday because of the sale of 30.9 million units of its equities valued at N77.6 million by traders.

Chams transacted 29.5 million stocks worth N6.0 million, Access Bank exchanged 23.4 million shares for N189.0 million, FBN Holdings traded 11.3 million equities worth N82.6 million, while Mutual Benefits Assurance transacted 11.1 million equities valued at N4.3 million.

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

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SEC Introduces Regulatory Incubation Program for Fintechs




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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