The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to Nigeria has advised that the country needs to embrace the broad market and exchange rate reforms to address recurrent Balance of Payment (BOP) pressures and raise the medium-term growth path.
The IMF mission stated this on Friday in a statement issued by Ms Jesmin Rahman, in Washington D.C at the conclusion of the virtual mission, which had been conducted from October 30 to November 17, in preparation of the 2020 Article IV Consultation with Nigeria.
Ms. Rahman disclosed that low crude oil prices this year, due to the covid-19 pandemic, had negatively affected Balance Of Payments (BOP) pressures, citing the lockdown measures which caused economic hardships in Nigeria.
She added that the IMF projected that Nigeria’s economy would shrink by 3.4% in 2020.
“The recovery is projected to start in 2021, with subdued growth of 1.2 per cent and output recovering to its pre-pandemic level only in 2022,”she said.
“In spite of an expected easing of food prices, inflation is projected to remain in double-digits and above the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) target range and absent monetary policy reforms.”
She urged that the FG needed to do more in the area of monetary reforms to address BOP issues and improve short term growth.
“However, more needs to be done. Major policy adjustments embracing broad market and exchange rate reforms are needed to address recurrent BOP pressures and raise the medium-term growth path.
“A durable solution to Nigeria’s recurrent BOP problems requires recalibrating exchange rate policies to reduce it risks, instill market confidence and facilitate private sector planning.
“The adjustments in the official exchange rate made earlier this year are steps in the right direction and the mission recommended a multi-step transition to a more unified exchange rate regime, with a market-based, flexible exchange rate,” Rahman said.
She further said that significant revenue mobilisation, through tax policy and administration improvements, was required to create space for higher social spending and reduce fiscal risks and debt vulnerabilities.
She added that revenue mobilization through improved tax and administrative governance would be required to improve the Nigerian government’s revenues and reduce fiscal risks
“The mission also welcomed fiscal transparency measures introduced to facilitate tracking and reporting of budget emergency funding,” she said.
“The mission welcomed the recent submission of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to the Parliament.
The Fiscal Framework chapter of the bill appropriately rebalances the government take in onshore and offshore production, with the aim of providing a fair share to the government while remaining attractive to investors,” she said.
What you should know
- It was reported in June that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had announced that the Nigerian economy would witness a deeper contraction of 5.4% and not the 3.4% it projected in April 2020. But the global lender expected Nigeria’s economy to rebound by 2.6% in 2021.
- The World Bank also stated this week that the $1.5 billion loan to Nigeria was still in the works, and called for more monetary reforms going forward.
- “That is why our shareholders and our management are still saying we recognise how much Nigeria has done, but for this $1.5 billion to really be a part of the larger effort to put Nigeria on a sound macro-fiscal footing going forward, there needs to be a little bit more” Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, said.
SEC issues Cease and Desist Order on Crowdyvest Halal Fund operations
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that cooperative-driven fintech product, Crowdyvest Halal Fund, is an “unregistered entity purporting to operate as a corporative society” and has issued a cease and desist order.
The SEC disclosed this in a statement earlier this week, citing that the Fund is not part of the list of authorised Halal Funds.
What the SEC is saying
The statement from SEC reads in part:
“The attention of the Commission was drawn to the proposed launch of a Crowdyvest Halal Fund by Crowdyvest, an unregistered entity purporting to operate as a corporative society.
The Commission has since issued a Cease and Desist Order to Crowdyvest to stop the launch and operations of the Crowdyvest Halal Fund and any other investment activity which involves soliciting investments and deposits from the public.”
The SEC alerted Nigerians to confirm and verify the registration status of entities offering investment products with the Commission and entities offering savings products with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
What you need to know about SEC guidelines on crowdfunding
The SEC recently issued updated guidelines and rules governing the operation of Crowd Funding activities in Nigeria, ordering that anyone seeking to raise money through a crowdfunding service will have to go through a Crowd Funding Intermediary (CFI). The commission also limited the amount retail investors can invest in a crowdfunding transaction to just 10% of their net annual income in a year.
According to the Commission, a Halal Fund is a form of Sukuk which refers to investment certificates or notes which evidence proportionate interest in ownership of tangible assets, usufructs and services or investment in the assets of particular projects or special investment activity that adhere to the principles of Shariah.
Top 8 penny stocks outperforming Nigeria’s inflation rate
For starters, penny stocks have a low price per share value that falls within the price range of N5 and below, which means you don’t need a ton of cash to invest in them. They are also often capable of providing massive returns to investors, and this is what attracts investors to them.
Penny stocks are quite prone to massive drawdowns due to their high volatility and can be viewed as a blend of high risk and strong profit instruments. Consequently, some stock analysts discourage purchasing them for long-term buy-and-hold investments as the sector is often built on short-term trades. It is, therefore, critical for investors to know when to take profit as these stocks often offer cyclic returns.
That being said, it is important to note that there are no guarantees when it comes to investing in equities during high inflation. At best, such investments may be inflation-safe, but returns can never be 100% guaranteed.
In this article, we bring you some of Nigeria’s leading penny stocks outperforming the country’s inflation rate of 18.12%.
Livestock Feeds Plc
The medium-capitalized company known for manufacturing animal feeds has recorded significant buying pressures from investors, as its bottom line continues to impress investors.
Recall the animal feed manufacturer, some months ago, reported pre-tax profits of N520.77 million in the 2020 Financial year compared to N112.63 million reported in 2019, thereby posting a surge of 362%.
The company, led by Adegboyega W Adedeji, presently trades at N1.80 with yearly gains of 157%.
Champion Breweries Plc
The fast-rising Nigerian brewery company is currently enjoying significant buying pressures for multiple reasons. The brewery stock presently posts a yearly gain of 112%, with the stock trading at N1.91 after Tuesday’s trading session.
The company recently disclosed that its profit before tax rose by 102% to N418.16 million in the financial year 2020 from N206.57 million in 2019.
Recall early this year, Heineken expanded its footprint to Africa’s biggest economy through the increase of its stake in Champion Breweries to 84.5%, thereby giving the stock’s value an additional boost.
NEM Insurance Plc
The company, led by Tope Smart, has outperformed many of its peers amid recent price corrections prevailing in the Nigerian stock market.
The stock posts a yearly return of 97% as it trades at N2.07 per share. Recall, the company announced the distribution of bonus shares of 4.7 billion units at N0.50k worth N2.36 billion, triggering increased buying pressures.
The Nigerian underwriter’s key area includes car insurance (29.1% of gross written premiums), fire insurance (23.8%), accident insurance (20.2%), oil and gas insurance (14.8%), marine insurance (10.9%), and reinsurance (1.2%).
First City Monument Bank
The top tier-2 bank, in the past few years, has been able to please its stakeholders with its impressive performance as the bank posted Q1 ’21 Profit Before Tax of N4.2 billion coupled with its recent payment of a dividend of N2.97 billion, translating to 15 kobo per ordinary share for the year ended December 31, 2020, despite headwinds in Nigeria’s banking sector.
Prior to Wednesday’s opening bell, the banking stock traded at N3.15, with yearly gains of 90%.
AXA Mansard Insurance Plc
AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, a member of the AXA group and a global leader in insurance and asset management, has increasingly attracted a significant number of investors amid its recent impressive results.
The fast-rising underwriter, prior to Wednesday’s trading session, was priced at N0.90 with yearly gains of about 77%. It recently posted its gross written premium ticked up by 19% to N25.08 billion in the first quarter of 2021 from N21.09 billion in the corresponding period of 2020.
AIICO Insurance Plc
AIICO Insurance Plc, the insurance company in Africa’s biggest economy that is certified with a Quality Assurance Scheme accreditation by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), has recorded significant gains in its share price, posting yearly gains of 68% with the stock trading at N1.19 after Tuesday’s trading session amid impressive results recently recorded by Nigeria’s fast-growing underwriter.
The company’s gross written premium grew by 12.2 percent year-on-year to N19.7 billion in the first quarter of 2021 from N17.6 billion in the corresponding period of 2020.
The Insurance firm also revealed that it recorded a whopping underwriting profit of N27.7 billion in Q1 2021 from N131 million in Q1, 2020.
May & Baker Nigeria Plc
The leading Nigerian pharmaceutical company, known for producing and distributing pharmaceutical products such as vaccines, antibiotics, etc., has yearly gains currently standing at 34% with its share price trading at N4 at the time this report was drafted.
The company, led by Patrick Ajah, is known for producing and marketing pharmaceuticals, beverages, personal care and other contract-manufactured products.
Investors are keenly watching for the success of Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd, a joint venture between the FG and May & Baker Nigeria Plc, amid the resurging viral attacks despite the aggressive rollout of foreign-based vaccines.
Fidelity Bank Plc
The fast-growing Tier-2 Nigerian bank is presently trading at N2.23, and printing a yearly gain of about 31%.
The leading Nigerian bank recently astonished market analysts when it posted a profit after tax for Q1 2021, which swelled by nearly two-thirds, with profit before income tax expense surging from N6.85 billion (for the corresponding period of 2020) to N10.13 billion in Q1 2021.
To be launched crypto payment gateway FinRik’s native token Wavycoin launches presale
Wavycoin (WVY) the native coin of payment gateway cum exchange FinRik will be launching a presale by May 1 according to insider news, the utility coin boost of an ecosystem that aims at making betting decentralized while also allowing individuals to place bet on the most minimum activity that they find interesting.
Wavycoin will be built on Binance smart chain contract and the total supply of the token is 100million and its expected to debit at presale at $0.5.