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Listings Improves Share Index On Stock Market

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For the outgoing 2009, many listings, where additional shares were added to existing shares, were done on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange under different names and categories. These included supplementary listings, which included bonuses, public offerings and right issues, irredeemable preference shares of Intercontinental Bank Plc, irredeemable non-cumulative convertible debenture stocks of  Crusader Plc, placements, and introduction.

Though in all, the new companies that joined the exchange were essentially through listing by introduction, in all, 12 new companies joined the league of quoted companies. They are IHS Plc, Pinnacle point Plc, Courteville Plc, MTECH Communications Plc, Beco Petroleum Plc, Honeywell Flour Plc, Resort savings & Loans Plc, and GT Assurance Plc.

 The volume of shares listed by these companies ranged from 400 million shares of Portland paints to 16.7 billion shares of African Alliance. Shares admitted for the year cut across many of the subsector of the exchange, with information and communication with the highest number of three equities. A summary of the value against volume showed that the exchange was boosted with over N271 billion. Honey well pulled the highest capitalization with N67 billion, African Alliance Insurance Pulled N58 billion while GT Assurance pulled N30 billion of that total value.

When the 2008 listing is compared with 2009, the pervious year had nine more equities. In 2008, many high capitalized equities like Dangote Flour Mills Plc, Star-comms Plc, Daar Communications, among others joined the league of quoted companies as against those that joined this year.  The bearish run in the market, which had formed a bad trend of share prille depreciation for newly listed shares, prevented many companies that had promised investors that they would list their shares this year in their private placement documents from doing so.

Speaking on the new listings, the Managing Director, DBSS securities Limited, Mr Emmanuel Etc, said having more companies to come and list their shares on the exchange gives symbiosis benefits for both the company and the exchange. According to Eze, the exchange becomes deepened with more shares being listed and the companies themselves have enhanced status to do business globally because of their public quoting status.

Once a company becomes quoted, it enhances the value, born at home and abroad they will not want to have anything to do with companies here if they are not quoted, so, it enhances their status. It enhances the value of original shares they have before, because now their shares are not traded.

So, once their shares are on the exchange they becomes subject to market forces, and when the market forces set in the share that is at par value begins to increase to N2, N4 and so on.” On that benefits to the market,  Eze said”, . One of the problems of the stock market today is still volume. The market is still shallow. So, the more companies that come the deeper the market becomes. This is to the benefit of the exchange and others stakeholders.

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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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