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Dangote refinery will sell petrol at international price, says FG

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The Minister of Finance , Budget and National Planning , Zainab Ahmed , has said when Dangote Refinery kicks off next year , it may not significantly reduce the price of petrol because the refinery will be selling at the international price .
Ahmed said this is because the refinery is located at the Export Processing Zone in Lagos State.
The minister said this on NTA’ s ‘ Good Morning Nigeria ’ programme on Monday , which was monitored by our correspondent .
She said the only thing Nigeria would not need to pay is shipping cost .
Zainab said , “ What we are doing is enabling the petroleum sector to actually grow . There have been a number of refineries that have been licensed for several years . None of them was willing to start refining under the regime that we had were fuel was controlled .
“ The Dangote refinery is sitting within an Export Processing Zone so they are insulated from that . When we buy fuel from Dangote , we will be buying fuel at the international market price . The only savings that we will be making is the savings of freight which is shipping .
“ But we will still have landing cost ; labour cost and the marketers will still have to put a margin . These refineries being those that are supposed to have come to operate can now come in because they are assured that when they produce , they can sell at market rate and recover their investments and make some reasonable profits. ”
She said the deregulation of the sector which led to the increase in petrol price was good for the economy as it would encourage investments in refineries .
Ahmed added, “ It will mean more refineries will open , they will employ people and fuel will be available in different parts of the country and not just relying on the government refineries .
“ Those refineries are old and even if we turn them around , we will not be able to operate them at optimal capacity , so while the NNPC is trying to rehabilitate them, we also need to encourage the private sector refineries to come on stream and even state governments that have the capacity . ”
Also speaking , the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources , Timipre Sylva , said the pump price of petrol would not drop significantly even if Nigeria is refining crude oil locally .
He said the major determinant of the cost of petrol was crude oil and as long as it remains high , the cost of petrol will not drop .
Sylva said the only thing that could make local production cheaper is that there would not be a need to pay for shipping cost .
He said the cost of labour would not be too different from the international price because local refineries would be paying expatriates .
The minister added, “ For now, our supply is coming mostly from imports as we all know . And that doesn ’t really have an impact on the price as people would think . The only difference that will happen if our supply was coming from in- country would have been the freight price . But whether it is coming from outside or coming from within , it will be about the same cost because when you import , the only difference is that you will have to pay the freight. But it is the same cost of crude and whether you are refining or not , you will have to pay the market price for the crude .”
The Dangote refinery is expected to commence operations next year with a capacity of refining 650 ,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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Bearish sentiment strengthen at NSE amid weakening economic indices

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Nigeria’s stock market again closed lower for the second consecutive week with the trading pattern and negative sentiments revealing selloffs in banking stocks, which pulled down the NSE market capitalisation down by N14 billion week-on-week (w-o-w).

The negative performance was down to profit taking in the shares of Zenith Bank, Stanbic, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) and FBN Holdings. This led to the All Share Index (ASI) falling by 0.08 per cent to 25,572.57 points.

Consequently, the Month-to-Date (MtD) gain declined to 1.0 per cent, while the Year-to-Date (YtD) loss increased to -4.7 per cent.

Performance across sectors was mixed although positively skewed as three of six indices trended northward. The Industrial Goods index led gainers, up 0.5 per cent w/w on the back of bargain hunting in CAP (+8.6 per cent). Trailing, the Consumer Goods and Insurance indices rose 0.1 per cent and 0.01 per cent w/w respectively due to price appreciation in Nigeria Breweries (+2.3 per cent) and Wapic (+12.1 per cent).

Conversely, the Oil & Gas index led losers, down 1.0 per cent w-o-w following sell-offs in Oando (-4.2 per cent)while price depreciation in FCMB (-6.4 per cent) dragged performance in the Banking index by 0.7 per cent w-o-w. Finally, the AFR-ICT index closed flat. Reacting to the market performance, analysts who spoke to Daily Sun, attributed the downturn to the weak macroeconomic state of the nation and added that profit taking is likely to persist as the month of September progresses in the midst of profit booking, mismatch of economic policies and negative macroeconomic indices.

This is coming on the back of persistent pressure on consumer prices in August 2020 as headline inflation rose to 13.2 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) from 12.8 per cent in July, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Investigations by Daily Sun show that this is the 12th consecutive rise in inflation and the highest level since March 2018 while the sharp increase in headline inflation was driven by a faster m/m inflation, which was up 10 basis points to 1.3 per cent, the highest since June 2017.

Chief Operating Officer, Ambrose Omordion, explained that the August inflation data came worse than expected at 13.22 per cent, thereby deepening the negative returns of many investment windows. Omordion noted that mixed (positive and negative) sentiments would continue to dominate the market as the month of September progresses in the midst of profit booking, mismatch of economic policies and negative macroeconomic indices.

According to him, this is against the backdrop of the fact that the capital wave in the financial market may persist in the midst of relatively low-interest rates in the money market, high inflation, negative Q2 GDP of 6.1 per cent and unstable economic outlook for the rest of 2020 as government and its economic managers are going front and back with mismatch polices and implementation.

“Also, investors and traders are positioning amidst the changing sentiments in the hope of improved liquidity and positive economic indices which may reverse the current trend. We see investors focusing on portfolio adjustment and rebalancing by targeting companies with strong potentials to grow their Q3 earnings and dividend on the strength of their earnings capacity as the year last quarter is at the corner.

Again, the current undervalue state of the market offers investors opportunities to position for the short, medium and long-term, which is why investors should target fundamentally sound, and dividend-paying stocks for possible capital appreciation for the rest of the year”, He said.

For their part, Cordros Capital, said, “In the absence of a positive catalyst, and given the still uninspiring macro story, we guide investors to trade cautiously in the short term. However, we expect the market might benefit over the longer term on compelling valuations and as investors seek alpha-yielding opportunities in the face of negative real returns in the fixed income market”.

Meanwhile, a total turnover of 1.139 billion shares worth N12.692 billion in 17,109 deals were traded by investors, in contrast to a total of 1.226 billion shares valued at N10.842 billion that exchanged hands last week in 19,529 deals.

The Financial Services industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 870.300 million shares valued at N7.863 billion traded in 9,427 deals; thus contributing 76.43 and 61.95 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

The Industrial Goods industry followed with 62.689 million shares worth N1.162 billion in 1,557 deals while the ICT industry recorded a turnover of 50.859 million shares worth N2.552 billion in 619 deals. Trading in the top three equities namely FBN Holdings Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc. (measured by volume) accounted for 353.048 million shares worth N4.018 billion in 3,095 deals, contributing 31.00 and 31.66 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

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CIS, others, to float Securities Institute

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The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) in collaboration with three other professional bodies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment Management (CISIM) to bring securities dealers and investment managers in Nigeria under one umbrella.

The CISIM’s Bill, which is currently with the National Assembly, will replace the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers Act 105 of 1992 when passed into law. At the last count, apart from the CIS, the three other professional bodies that signed the historic MoU are the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers (AIPM) The Fund Managers Association of Nigeria (FMAN), Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria (AIHN) with ASHON’s Chairman, Chief Onyenwechukwu Ezeagu, as an observer.

The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers Act 105 of 1992 , which established the CIS provides that individual operators that deal in securities, including Stocks,Treasury Bills, Bonds, Commodities etc, shall be trained and certified by the Institute. At the moment, certain gaps in the Act are exploited by some individuals to deal in securities without any form of certification and requisite training.

Therefore, the CISIM Bill when passed into law, will bring capital market professionals under a common objective without encroaching on one another’s business, make regulation easier, and enhance global competitiveness.

“We share common goals and there is a need for standardization to enhance our advocacy. The Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers (AIPM) subscribes to the ideals of the proposed Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment Management (CISIM) in Nigeria.

“ Our collaboration will bring about rapid development of the entire financial system. Nigeria is in dire need of funds for infrastructure development. Substantial part of the fund can be mobilised from the capital market. We implore the National Assembly to hasten the passage of the Bill in the overall interest of the economy “, said the President, AIPM, Prince Abimbola Olashore.

Commenting on the MoU, CIS President, Olatunde Amolegbe, said the proposed bill was nothing unusual, and commended the professional bodies that signed the MOU for sincerity and unity of purpose.

Amolegbe explained that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the apex regulator and Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) respectively, regulate stockbrokers but the ISA provides for individual operators that deal in securities to be certified by the Institute while their organisations are regulated by SEC and the NSE .

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Prestige Assurance extends Rights Issue

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Prestige Assurance Plc has extended its offer period for its Rights Issue of 13,635,796,006 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at 50 kobo per share on the basis of 38 New Ordinary Shares for 15 ordinary shares held.

In a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), it informed dealing members that the offer which was initially scheduled to close last Thursday, September 17 2020, will now close on Wednesday, September 30 2020.

“Dealing Members are hereby informed of the extension of the offer period of Prestige Assurance Plc Rights Issue of 13,635,796,006 ordinary shares of N0.50 each at N0.50 per share on the basis of 38 new ordinary shares for every 15 ordinary shares held as at the close of business on January 31 2020.

The NSE has received a confirmation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to extend the offer period by two weeks. With this extension, the offer, which was initially scheduled to close on Thursday, 17 September 2020, will now close on Wednesday, 30 September 2020”, it said.

Shareholders of Prestige Assurance had created additional new 14 billion ordinary shares to create headroom for the new capital raising. It increased its authorised share capital from N3 billion of six billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to N10 billion of 20 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each through the creation of more 14 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each.

They further authorised the Board of Directors of the company to raise capital by way most suitable to the company in line with the recapitalisation requirement of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM).

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