…As UPDC lists N16bn rights issue***
Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday grew N48 billion in capitalization, with the All-Share Index increasing further by 0.27 per cent, due to investors’ interest in Dangote Cement and 19 other stocks.
Specifically, the index increased by 67.28 points, representing a growth of 0.27 per cent to close at 25,383.43 against 25,316.15 recorded on Monday.
Similarly, the market capitalisation which opened at N13.193 trillion increased by N48 billion or 0.36 per cent to close at N13.241 trillion.
The 0.36 per cent growth in market capitalisation was due to the listing of UACN Property Development Company (UPDC) Plc N16 billion rights issue of 15.96 billion at N1 per share.
The uptrend was impacted by gains recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Dangote Cement, Guaranty Trust Bank, MTN Nigeria Communications, NASCON Allied and Skyway Aviation Handling Company.
United Capital Plc in its report titled ‘Equities Market: On the path of recovery’, predicted that low yield environment in the fixed income space would spur local interest for equities.
“This month, we expect the low yield environment in the fixed income space to continue to spur local interest for equities, especially in stocks with prospect of paying interim dividends.
“In all, we advise investors to continue to position in value and growth stocks, that can deliver profitable returns on their portfolios,” it said.
Market sentiment, as measured by market breadth, was positive, with 20 gainers and 18 losers.
An analysis of the price movement chart indicates that Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals led the gainers’ chart in percentage terms, gaining 9.84 per cent to close at N1.34 per share.
University Press followed with 9.65 per cent to close at N1.25, while Skyway Aviation Handling Company rose by 9.52 per cent to close at N2.07 per share.
Japaul Oil & Maritime Services grew by 9.09 per cent, to close at 24k, while Associated Bus Company appreciated by 8.57 per cent to close at 38k, per share.
Conversely, Prestige Assurance led the losers’ chart in percentage terms, dropping by 10 per cent, to close at 54k, per share.
Omatek Ventures Plc followed with 9.68 per cent to close at 28k, while Champion Breweries declined by 9.09 per cent to close at 90k, per share.
Union Bank of Nigeria lost 8.21 per cent to close at N6.15, while UACN shed 6.67 per cent to close at N8.40, per share.
Also, the total volume of shares transacted rose by 49.18 per cent as investors bought and sold 377.88 million shares valued at N6.06 billion exchanged in 4,585 deals.
This was in contrast with a turnover of 253.31 million shares worth N2.65 billion traded in 4,775 deals on Monday.
Transactions in the shares of Nigerian Breweries topped the activity chart with 50.46 million shares valued at N2.22 billion.
Guaranty Trust Bank followed with 40.45 million shares worth N1.01 billion, while Zenith Bank accounted for 34.89 million shares valued at N599.03 million.
AIICO Insurance sold 29.46 million shares worth N31.13 million, while FBN Holdings transacted 27.69 million shares worth N151.08 million.
In the meantime, the UACN Property Development Company (UPDC) Plc on Tuesday, listed N16 billion rights issue of 15.96 billion ordinary shares at N1 per share on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
With the listing, the company became yet another beneficiary of the Exchange’s commitment to providing continued access to capital even in the face of COVID-19.
Mr Oscar Onyema, NSE’s Chief Executive Officer, speaking at the virtual Closing Gong ceremony to commemorate the listing, commended the company for the successful completion of the rights issue.
“We congratulate the management and team at UACN Property Development Company, as well as the professional parties to the issue for the successful completion of the transaction.
“At the NSE, we prioritise our responsibility to support the development of issuers, dealing member firms and the investing public, and we continue to work assiduously to respond to the needs of our stakeholders at every time.
“We are, therefore, pleased to provide support to UPDC on this successful capital raise, and we remain committed to providing opportunities for trading activities across multiple asset classes – equities, bonds, ETFs,” Onyema said.
He said the Exchange would remain focused on leveraging technology and business innovation to sustain full operations during this pandemic.
Commenting on the transaction, Mr Folasope Aiyesimoji, UPDC Group Managing Director, lauded the NSE for embracing technology.
“I am deeply honoured to virtually sound the Closing Gong at the NSE today.
“The innovation and forward thinking displayed by the Exchange in harnessing technology to make this possible is truly commendable.
“We at UPDC are excited about the milestone we have achieved today, and we are confident that the funds raised will further strengthen our capital structure and position us for growth.
“We count ourselves fortunate to be listed on the NSE which exposes us to a wide pool of investors and funding options.
“We must also commend the NSE for its efforts in building investor confidence, which has made it possible for us to access this capital.
“We are grateful for the trust reposed in us by investors and we are keen to get on with the invaluable projects this capital will support,” Aiyesimoji said.