The Nigerian Stock Exchange recorded a total loss of N145 billion on equities at the close of trading activities in November, blaming poor financial results of quoted companies on the downturn.
The market value of the 215 listed equities which opened the month at N5.143 trillion closed on the last trading day of November at N4.998 trillion, accounting for 65 per cent of the total market capitalisation of the 300 quoted securities, valued at N7.7 trillion.
Also, the Exchange All-Share Index (ASI), which opened at 21,804.69 closed at 21,010.29. This shows a decline by 794.40 points or 3.64 per cent during the month compared to decline by 260.31 points or 1.2 per cent in October. Compared with an opening value of 31,450.78 on December 31, 2008, the year-to-date decline in the NSE ASI stood at 33.2 per cent.
The Information Department of the stock exchange explained that most companies performed below expectation because the “harsh operating environment” continued to hamper their operations. It added that “the gloomy economic outlook so far in 2009 affected the quarterly results of some quoted companies.
Consequently, stock market indicators recorded downward movements. The stock exchange further explained that the stock market recorded a monthly negative return of 5.32 per cent on a dividend-adjusted basis, a reversal from the positive 0.35 per cent recorded in October. It noted that the 11-month average return remained negative at 38.41 per cent.
The market recorded a low turnover of 9.33 billion shares valued at N56.12 billion in 114,607 deals in November in contrast to the 10.7 billion shares worth N73.31 billion exchanged during October in 134,394 deals. Hence, trading volume and value dropped by 12.51 per cent and 23.45 per cent but rose by 17.9 per cent and 11.1 per cent in October.
Total turnover between January and November 2009 was 95.3 billion shares valued at N638.11 billion. In the comparable period during 2008, 183.45 billion units valued at N2.33 trillion were traded.
Virginus Agada, stockbroker at Eurocomm Securities Limited said the low turnover recorded could be attributed to the fall in the prices of equities and the slow pace of activities witnessed in all sectors of the market.
Measuring by turnover volume, the banking subsector was the most active in November with traded volume of 5.75 billion shares valued at N36.83 billion; the insurance subsector was second with traded volume of 1.7 billion shares valued at N1.3 billion, while the Information Communication and Technology subsector came third with transaction volume of 373.1 million shares worth N1.1 billion.
FinBank Plc was the most active stock with transaction volume of 1.054 billion shares followed by First Bank of Nigeria Plc with 758.03 million shares while Access Bank Plc placed third with 742.2 million shares.
Over-The-Counter (OTC) bond market recorded a turnover of 1.4 billion units worth N1.74 trillion in November, in contrast to a total of 1.71 billion shares valued at N1.9 trillion exchanged during the preceding month.
The most active bond, in terms of volume, was the 5th Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Bond 2028 Series 5 with traded volume 275.4 million units valued at N477.7billion. It was followed by the 6th FGN Bond 2012 Series 1 with a traded volume of 111.9 million units valued at N125.02 billion. Only 32 of the available 37 FGN Bonds were traded during the month, compared to 29 in the previous month.
Between January and November, total transactions on FGN Bonds through the OTC market were 16.34 billion units valued at N17.7 trillion. During the same period in 2008, transactions on the OTC market for the FGN Bonds were 9.5 billion units worth N1.28 trillion.
Partners Execute Shareholder Agreement For Brass Products Terminal
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), along with their partner, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and Zed Energy have executed a shareholders’ agreement for the establishment of a 50 million litre Petroleum Products Terminal in Brass, Bayelsa State.
The N10.5 billion Brass Petroleum Products Terminal project is expected to deliver an automated 50 million litre depot with two-way product jetty, automated loading bay, and 6 automated tanks for storage of 30 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)and 20 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
While speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his giant strides in the Niger Delta which is making a huge impact on the people of the area.
“I make bold to say today without any fear of contradiction that no President has impacted the people of the Niger Delta like President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside from what we are witnessing today, remember there is also the Brass Fertilizer & Petrochemical Company, the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil & Gas Park in Ogbia, all under Mr. President,” the Minister stated.
Sylva added that the establishment of the Terminal further demonstrates Mr. President’s commitment to the enhancement of the livelihood of the Niger Delta people particularly, the riverine communities in Bayelsa State where people purchase products at exorbitant prices due to logistics challenges associated with transporting products to that area.
Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari said the Corporation was proud to be part of the project which aside ensuring products availability in all nooks and crannies of the Niger Delta, will also guarantee the nation’s energy security and generate employment.
“This Terminal will create 1,000 direct jobs during the construction phase, and over 5,000 indirect jobs during its operation. Considering the potential for employment when completed, this will definitely reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta area and will also address the problem of illegal refining in the area,” Kyari stated.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote stated that this milestone was as a result of strong interagency collaboration and public-private sector partnership.
“The NCDMB will continue to drive such partnerships across the industry to bring development in Nigeria,” he noted.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Project and Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti stated that the project would enhance the economics of marine petroleum products distribution.
Senate Hails NNPC’s Drive Towards Profitability
The senate has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its efforts towards attaining profitability and stamping out corruption from its system.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, gave the commendation at a hearing which was held at the national assembly complex, Abuja.
Kwari said it was heart-warming to learn that the NNPC was making great strides towards profitability and urged the corporation to sustain the gains recorded so far for the good of the country.
In his presentation at the hearing, Mele Kyari, the group managing director of NNPC, said the corporation was championing the fight against corruption in the oil and gas industry by placing measures to curb incidences of corruption across its various business portfolios and by enlisting as a partner company of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
He also said that the corporation has reported several incidences of infractions such as products diversion and crude oil theft to the police, EFCC and other investigating agencies of the federal government to stem corruption within the oil and gas industry.
In an effort to clampdown on fuel smuggling, the ministry of petroleum resources launched the operation white project in October 2019 to monitor and track the movement of petroleum products in the country.
Also in February 2021, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) launched the downstream remote monitoring system (DRMS) to track the movement of petroleum products from depots to retail outlets.
“We have created an anti-corruption desk in NNPC that engages the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies on a regular basis,” NNPC GMD said.
“The desk ensures that in all our operations, every staff complies to the code of conduct procedures with consequence management.
“We have established a regulatory compliant governance charter and transparency policy; this is a mark of our compliance to the anti-corruption strategy.
“For the first time in 43 years, NNPC, as a part of the evolving culture of transparency and accountability, published its Audited Financial Statements (AFS) for 2018 and 2019. We are going to publish that of 2020.
“The AFS is the only document that tells how a company does its transaction. We are happy that by the time the 2020 AFS will be published, Nigerians will see the dividends of our accountability.”
Chevron Spends $10bn On Nigerian Suppliers, Service Providers
Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Rick Kennedy, said the company has in the last 10 years spent an estimated annual average of $1 billion on Nigerian suppliers and service providers in line with its commitment to Nigerian Content Development.
Highlighting the opportunities and new approaches to the future of hydrocarbons at the ongoing 2021 NIPS in Abuja, Kennedy stressed the need for robust policies and regulations to address and remedy existing challenges in the oil and gas industry; digital technology/innovations; cost efficiency initiatives; sustained social investments as well as continued support for Nigerian Content Development.
Kennedy, who was represented by Monday Ovuede, director, NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, identified opportunities in lowering carbon emissions and harnessing Nigeria’s gas resources as key enablers in complementing the new approaches to future of hydrocarbons in the Nigerian oil and gas industry in the post COVID-19 era.
According to him, the global community has continued to scale up the collaboration towards lower carbon emissions, adding that Chevron supports global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and is actively investing in operations to improve environmental performance while also working with industry to develop new innovative technology and best practices to achieve these objectives.
He emphasised that CNL’s gas strategy is to end routine gas flaring and build a profitable gas business through a portfolio of projects, and stated that in Nigeria, CNL, with its joint venture (JV) partners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has progressively reduced routine gas flaring by over 95% in the past 10 years and remained ahead in terms of maximising supply of on-spec gas into the Nigerian domestic market.
He also highlighted the NNPC/CNL’s Gas Sales and Aggregation Agreements with Egbin Power Plc, Dangote Fertilizer Limited, and Olorunsogo Generation Company Limited, while mentioning the positive impact of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) through which Nigeria supplies gas to countries in the West African sub-region – specifically, Ghana, Togo, and Benin – thus, helping to boost economic development in West Africa.
Kennedy also noted that Chevron has joined other energy companies supporting the Methane Guiding Principles to reduce methane emissions from natural gas exploration and production operations through digital innovation and deployment of best practices, which include designing, constructing, and operating its facilities in a manner to reduce emissions from its operations.
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