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NSE Bounces Back With 29% Gain

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The Equities Market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) during the first half of 2013 posted an average return of 28.8 percent indicating investors capital gains of N2.45 trillion during the period.
Specifically, the cumulative market capitalisation of listed equities for the first half stood at N11.426 trillion as against its value-on-board of N8.974 trillion that opened the year. This represents an increase of 27.3 percent.
The All Share Index, the barometer for measuring the changes in the price of listed shares on the Nigerian bourse and also doubles as benchmark index for all listed equities and for Nigeria rose from the year’s opening figure of 28,078.81 basis points to 36,164.31 basis points.
The bears’ hold on the market during the latter half of June impacted on the performance of the market during the review period as the month finished on a bearish note with a value depreciation of N649 billion.
The first five months saw the listed equities trading in the green as the market recorded capital gains of N3.10 trillion according to the NSE data.
At the close of business in May the aggregate market capitalisation of listed equities finished at N12.075 trillion while the all share index had a five-month percentage average return of 34.6 percent.
The industrial goods stocks were the performing sub-sector during the review period with a six-month average return of 49.12 percent. The NSE-Lotus Islamic index recorded 42.31 percent return while the NSE which measures 30 most capitalised equities on the Exchange had a 27.38 percent return.
NSE Consumer Goods Index recorded 21.40 percent return during the first half. NSE Banking index indicated a return of 18.46 percent even as NSE Insurance index showed a return of 16.90 percent. The NSE oil and gas index indicated that investors in the downstream had a modest return of 12.18 percent.
Meanwhile the AS1 during the week ended 28, June 2013 nose-dived by 0.82 percent to close at 36,963.77 basis points while the aggregate market capitalisation of listed equities fell by 2.46 percent.
The equities market last week recorded a market turnover of 2.46 billion units of shares valued at N24.23 billion in 33,462 transactions. The activity chart for the week was led by the financial service sector which recorded a turnover of 1.43 billion units of shares worth N14.74 billion in 19,063 deals.
Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) and Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc were the most active in terms of turnover volume as they accounted for a total of  940.73 million units of shares worth N3.45 billion traded in 2,668 deals representing 38.3 percent of the overall market turnover during the week under review.
During the week under review, nineteen (19) stocks recorded price appreciation compared to twenty-seven (27) that depreciated in the previous week, MayBaker was first on the top gainers chart to close with 27.0%, followed by Transcorp with 15.65%, Neimeth with 13.22%, Presco with 41.14%, Ikeja Hotel with 10.26%, and JBerger with 10.00%. Other gainers in the top ten categories were Dnmeyer with 9.85%, Afriprud with 6.86%, Dangsugar with 5.50% and CCNN with 4.09%
On the flipside, fifty six (56) stocks depreciated in the price last week compared to fifty two (52) that deprecated a week ago. RTBriscoe led on the price losers’ table with 16.07% followed by UTC by 15.71%, Mansard by 15.22%, Ashakacem by 13.96%, Portpaint by 13.40%, Cutix by 10.62% Custodyins by 10,30%, Airservice by 10.00%, Mobil by 10.00% and PZ by 10.00%.
At the money market, a total of N31.84 billion worth of 91 day bills was offered and sold at the rate of 11.62 percent at the middle of last week compared with 11.50 percent during the previous week while N21.54 billion and N81.19 billion worth of 182 day and 364 day were offered and sold at the rates of 12.75 percent and 13.22 percent respectively against 11.82 percent and 12.99 percent at the previous auction.
The week recorded total subscription of N246.60 billion at the rate of 183.25 percent compared to N202.85 billion at the previous auction. A total of N92.62 billion worth of treasury bills across all maturities was allotted on a non-competitive basis according to money market data.

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NNPC, Partners End Dispute, Target $510m Revenue

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has signed a dispute resolution agreement with its partners, China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) and South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETROL) on the development of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130.
The peace deal is expected to rev up crude oil production to three million barrels per day and unlock gas revenues to about $225 million in the short term and $510 million in the long run for the federation.
Speaking at the signing of Head of Terms (HoT) agreement with the partners at the NNPC headquarters at the weekend, the Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Mele Kyari, said that the deal was part of the Corporation’s Production Sharing Contract (PSC) Dispute Resolution and Renewal Strategy of 2017 aimed at securing out of court settlement of all disputes around the 1993 PSCs and agreeing on terms for their renewal.
According to him, the OML 130 dispute arose from recognition of certain cost and discordant interpretation of the fiscal terms of the PSC by NNPC and the contractor parties.
Kyari added that with the resolution and signing of the Head of Terms (HoT) document which sets out the terms agreed in principle between parties in the course of negotiations, apart from unlocking over $225 million of gas revenues, it would also enable settlement of renewal fees and create an environment conducive to further development of OML 130 with associated benefits to the Federation.
“We are doing this with every other partner in the PSC dispute, we believe that we can close this engagement and conversation with all of you. The HoT will clearly enable us to proceed and have a full settlement, and this will benefit all of us,” Kyari stated.
In his response, the Managing Director of CNOOC, Mr Xie Vincent Wensheng, said that the agreement has opened a new chapter in his company’s relationship with NNPC, stressing that it has provided a win-win situation for all parties.
On his part, Managing Director of SAPETROL, Mr Toyin Adenuga, said that the resolution of the dispute was a very important step towards further development of OML 130 and other new fields as the terms are now clearly spelt out.
The execution of the HoT signals the resolution of a tax dispute that arose from the $2.3 billion acquisition of a 45 per cent stake in OML 130 by CNNOC from SAPETRO in 2006.
The OML 130 consists of the Akpo and Egina Fields, which have been producing since 2009 and 2018 respectively.

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FG Refineries Post N406.62bn Loss In Two Years

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The four refineries owned by the Federal Government made a total loss of N406.62bn in two years, the latest audited financial statements of the plants have shown.
The refineries, which are located in Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Warri, have a combined installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day but have continued to operate far below the installed capacity.
The country relies largely on importation for refined petroleum products as its refineries have remained in a state of disrepair for many years despite several reported repairs.
The Kaduna refinery recorded a loss of N64.34bn in 2018, down from N111.89bn in 2017, according to its financial statement.
Warri refinery posted a loss of N44.44bn in 2018, compared to N84.60bn in the previous year, while Port Harcourt lost N55.76bn in 2017 and N45.59bn in 2018.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said last week that the refineries were all idle.
At a summit organised by Seplat, he had said, “Today, unfortunately, all our four refineries are down.
“In Nigeria today, we are importing practically every petroleum product that we consume in this country.
“We are working to make sure that we are able to fix our refineries.”
In the first term of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), the NNPC had planned to rehabilitate the refineries to attain a minimum of 90 per cent capacity utilisation.
The plan was to use third-party financiers and the original refinery builders to provide the requisite funding and technical support.
However, after over one and a half years, negotiations with financiers were stalled in December 2018 due to varying positions on key commercial terms.
Kyari, who took over the NNPC leadership in July 2019, had reiterated his plan to revamp the refineries and end fuel importation by 2023.
The NNPC said in April that it had secured funding for the rehabilitation of the ailing refineries.
Kyari said the corporation was pursuing “a different model” for the refineries, including the type used by the Nigeria LNG Limited.
The NLNG is jointly owned by the Federal Government, represented by the NNPC (49 per cent), and three international oil companies, namely Shell (25.6 per cent), Total (15 per cent) and Eni (10.4 per cent).
Kyari said the corporation would no longer be involved in running the refineries after their rehabilitation.
He added that upon completion of the ongoing rehabilitation, the services of a company would be procured to manage the plants on an operations and maintenance basis.
The NNPC boss said last month that the issues around market structure had prevented private investors from building refineries in the country.
He said with the deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector, companies would be able to invest in the construction of refineries.
While 44 refinery licences have been given to private investors over the years, only a few projects, including the one being built by Dangote Industries Limited in Lagos, are underway.
There are a total of 38 proposed modular refineries with capacity ranging from 5,000 barrels per day to 30,000bpd, and six conventional plants with a total capacity of 1.35 million bpd, according to the Department of Petroleum Resources.
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, is building a refinery with a capacity of 650,000bpd, described as the world’s biggest single-train facility.

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Lagos Tanker Drivers To Begin Indefinite Strike Monday

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The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has directed petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw their services from Lagos State with effect from Monday.
NUPENG said on Friday that the directive followed the failure of various authorities in the state to address three major issues that had severely caused petroleum tanker drivers pains and harrowing experiences in the state for several months now.
It said this in a statement signed by the National President, Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, with the title ‘NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020.’
The union said, “The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonised by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until the Lagos State Government and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.
“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.”
NUPENG said it had made wide consultations with various leadership organs of its union and with other key stakeholders in the oil and gas industry.
It said it resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020, if there are no decisive and convincing actions from the Lagos State Government to address the concerns and challenges.
It said the three major challenges tanker drivers were facing in Lagos included extortion and harassment by various security agents and, area boys’ (miscreants).
NUPENG said it was disturbing and inexplicable that security agents who were expected to ensure the free flow of traffic and protection of road users were using their uniforms and arms to intimidate, harass and extort money from tanker drivers.
“This menace must stop and the leadership of these security operatives in Lagos State must go all out to call their men to order with immediate effect.”
The union also lamented that what it described as the menace of containerised trucks at Apapa, Kirikiri and Beach Land axis of Lagos and the collusion of government officials hindering fuel tankers from loading activities at depots and tank farms.
“Persistent traffic gridlock and indiscriminate parking of containerised trucks on major Lagos roads and bridges leading to Apapa port, Kirikiri, Beach Land, Satellite Town, Ijegun, are another major setbacks bedeviling the smooth running of the operations of Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State.”
According to the statement, MRS depot has been held captive for more than three months from discharging products to tanker drivers despite heavy availability of petroleum products stockpiled in their tank farm facilities.
“It’s really worrisome that Lagos State, which is known to be a mega city and centre of excellence, has now become a safe haven for area boys and area godfathers who now see petroleum tanker drivers as soft targets, extorting money from them every day, assaulting them and vandalising their trucks in some instances,” it added.

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