Sell pressure: NSE’s capitalisation drops to N10trn mark

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…As Rabiu says more BUA Group coys will be listed on NSE***

Investors’ networth on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) dipped further by N291 billion on Wednesday, just as the market capitalisation fell to the N10 trillion mark.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation lost N291 billion or 2.33 per cent to close at N10.939 trillion compared with N11.200 trillion on Tuesday.

Also, the All-Share Index which opened at 30,036.15 shed 699.35 points or 2.33 per cent to close lower at 29,336.80, amid Dangote Cement loss.

Specifically, Dangote Cement recorded the highest loss, shedding N16 to close at N170 per share.

It was trailed by Guaranty Trust Bank with a drop of 70k to close at N31.30, while Eterna dropped by 40k to close at N3.95 per share.

Custodian and Allied Insurance dipped by 35k to close at N5.60, while Access Bank also dropped 35k to close at N5.50 per share.

On the other hand, Unilever led the gainers’ table, increasing by N3.25 to close at N37 per share.

Julius Berger followed with a gain of N2.35 to close at N25.85, while Flour Mills Nigeria increased by 85k to close at N18.85 per share.

Zenith Bank added 70k to close at N21, while Mobil Oil grew by 40k to close at N184 per share.

In the same vein, the volume of shares transacted dipped by 8.52 per cent as investors bought and sold 234.89 billion shares valued at N2.25 billion in 2,806 deals.

This was in contrast with 216.45 million shares worth N2.67 billion achieved in 4,508 deals on Tuesday.

Specifically, Diamond Bank drove the activity chart with an exchange of 54.67 million shares valued at N103.94 million.

Guaranty Trust Bank followed with an account of 27.68 million shares worth N865.70 million, while Zenith Bank traded 25.82 million shares valued at N526.34 million.

FBN Holdings exchanged 21.52 million shares worth N152.10 million, while Transcorp sold 15.48 million shares valued at N17.95 million.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of  Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), Alhaji AbdulSamad Rabiu,  on Wednesday said that plans were underway to ensure the listing of more companies in the BUA Group on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Rabiu stated this at a bell ringing ceremony in commemoration of the merger and  acquisition between CCNN and Kalambaina Cement Company (KCC) Limited at the NSE in Lagos

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CCNN, which is a member of the BUA Group, recently had a successful merger with KCC.

He said the group was in discussion with the Exchange to ensure listing of other companies from the BUA Group on the nation’s bourse.

“As you know,  BUA Group has other companies apart from CCNN that is already listed.

“We are discussing with the NSE so that we can list some of the companies on the exchange as well,” Rabiu said.

He lauded the management of the NSE and stockbrokers for their support during the merger of CCNN with KCC.

Rabiu noted that the new entity was now stronger to produce more products and deliver enhanced returns to investors and all stakeholders.

He said that the merger had increased CCNN’s total issues and fully paid shares from 1.257 billion shares to 13.144 billion shares.

Speaking on the merger, Rabiu said the expanded CCNN would remain the market leader in its regional market of North West Nigeria, the third largest market for cement in Nigeria by consumption.

He said that the company would continue to explore the huge opportunities that exist in the export markets of Niger, Burkina Faso and the West African sub region to increase market share.

“Traditionally, the huge cost of transportation to CCNN’s home region from other cement plants in Nigeria – the nearest being about 900km away – has always given us a strategic advantage in that region over competing cement companies and brands.

“The expanded entity would leverage on the cost and energy efficiency of the newly commissioned Kalambaina Plant whilst providing additional value through its products in terms of better quality, higher yields and a stronger cement than competing premium cement brands,” Rabiu said.

He said that with the  merger, the total installed capacity of the merged entity would  be two million metric tonnes per annum.

According to him, this is expected to bring the total capacity of BUA’s cement operations to eight million MTPA with the completion of three million MTP Obu II Cement Plant in Okpella, Edo.

NAN also reports that CCNN in 2018 led other 24 stocks on NSE to emerge as the best performing stock in percentage terms.

Data obatined by NAN from the Exchange showed that the company appreciated by 104.21 per cent to close at N19.40 against N9.50 recorded in 2017.