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Mixed Fortunes In Petroleum Sector … As Companies Roll Out Results

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There were mixed fortunes in the petroleum sub-sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as three major players, Oando, African Petroleum and Chevron Plc released their results recently.

These results have taken their toll on trading as investors’ reaction had begun to reflect on stocks prices in the sector on the floor of the Exchange.

Oando and AP results were impressive while Chevron was a disappointment to investors.

Oando Plc posted an impressive result for the year ended with a turnover of N339.4 billion as against N185.9 billion in 2007, representing an increase of 82.59 per cent in its revenue. The company’s profit after tax, which recorded an impressive 31.5 per cent rise, stood at N8.34 billion compared with N6.34 billion in 2007. the directors of the company thus recommended a dividend of N8.00 per share to their shareholders. Investors approval immediately reflected in an upward movement of its share price. AP declared its audited result for the year ended December 31, 2008, with a turnover of N162.6 billion in contrast with N102.5 billion in 2007, representing an increase of 58.63 per cent in its revenue.

Profit after tax stood at N5.73 compared with N5.10 recorded in the previous year. The company’s board of directors proposed to pay N5.20 dividend per share to its shareholders with the closure date being July 7, 2009 and payment will be on July 27, 2009.Investors were, however disappointed with chevron Plc’s audited result for the year ended December 31, 2008. The result showed a turnover of N48.67 billion in 2007, indicating 32.96 per cent decrease. The company declared a loss after tax of 225.43 million as against profit after tax of N1.959 billion in 2007, indicating 111.51 per cent drop.

According to the Managing Director of Dakar Services Limited, Mr. Gerald Ibe, chevron’s result compared with its peers is a disappointment. “The other companies may not have paid much in dividend but their profit didn’t decline” He pointed out that Chevron had an internal crisis and urged the management to work on taking the company back to profitability. Analysts cited the intractable youth restiveness in the Niger Delta, relative stability in fuel pump price and the deregulation of the downstream sector of the industry as being responsible for this downturn in the fortune of the oil companies.

“The impact of activities of these youths obviously informed the instability of the oil sector listed on the floor of NSE as the prices fluctuate”, the Managing Director of Laksworth Investment & Securities Limited, Mr. Kayode Awotile said.

He attributed the decline in the PAT by some of the companies to the crisis in the Niger Delta and current global economic situation.

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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian  Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.

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