07 June 2018 ( Lagos)
Oil and Gas sector exhibits a healthy outlook.
Nigeria’s current account surplus rose from ?1.8 trillion in Q4’17 to ?2.2 trillion in Q1’18, supported by continued recovery from the 2014 oil price slump. Exports rose 20% q/q, as both oil and non-oil exports increased in the period, with the former supported by stronger oil prices and production volumes. Meanwhile, imports also rose 19% q/q, primarily due to a spike in petroleum imports at the start of the year. Analysts expect Nigeria’s current account balance to be supported by a healthy outlook for the oil & gas sector in 2018.
VAIDs rakes in N30 billion
According to the head of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Dr. Babatunde Fowler, the government’s flagship tax amnesty program, Voluntary Assets & Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) has accrued ?30 billion since inception (spanning an 11-month period), and expanded the tax net from about 14 million to 19 million people. The VAIDS closes at the end of June and is the government’s primary vehicle for expanding the tax base. Whilst we are pleased by the increase in the tax net, we are slightly underwhelmed by the ?30 billion extra tax revenue raised as it only constitutes less than 1% of Nigeria’s current tax earnings.
Yields head north in fixed income market
The Interbank Call rate declined 67bps to 2.83% in the absence of an OMO auction.
Trading in the T-bills space was mildly bearish as yields advanced 10bps on average. Notably, yields on the 29DTM, 99DTM and 183DTM bills advanced 66bps, 78bps and 52bps to settle at 12.76%, 13.13% and 13.43% respectively. Sentiment in the bond space was likewise tilted negative as yields on benchmark bonds advanced 4bps on average, with sell pressure apparent across different tenors. Specifically, yields on the 15.54% FGN FEB 2020 and 16.2499% FGN APR 2037 bonds advanced 45bps and 5bps to settle at 12.97% and 13.47% respectively.
We foresee another session tilted towards selling as the CBN is likely to return to the market to mop-up liquidity amid today’s ?215 billion OMO maturity. The CBN released the Q3’18 bill issuance calendar indicating that ?1.1 trillion will be maturing and getting rolled over during the period.
Equity market continues strong recovery
The Nigerian bourse posted another strong green close yesterday (+153bps) to return ytd returns back to positive territory.
The Industrial Goods (+416bps) sector led gainers yet again after upticks in ( WAPCO ) (+935bps) and ( DANGCEM ) (+88bps) outweighed a dip in ( CCNN ) (-328bps). Likewise, the Consumer Goods (+251bps) sector closed in the green, buoyed by advances in ( DANGFLOUR ) (+909bps), ( FLOURMILL ) (+578bps) and NB (+494bps). The Banking (+115bps) sector also closed up as positive performances in ( DIAMONDBNK ) (+946bps), ( ZENITHBANK ) (+351bps) and ( UBN ) (+182bps) overshadowed declines in UBA (-44bps) and ( GUARANTY ) (-24bps). Finally, the Oil & Gas sector closed 63bps higher on the back of gains in ( ETERNA ) (+491bps), ( FO ) (+423bps) and ( CONOIL ) (+220bps).
Market breadth remained positive with 44 advances and 16 declines.
Many market indicators were overwhelmingly positive: market breadth was widely positive, trading turnover rose, and intra-day trading momentum was directed towards buying. Thus, we expect this market uptrend to persist in today’s session.
( DIAMONDBNK ) has risen 25% to ?1.62 in the last six sessions. The stock trades below our ?4.45 target price and has returned 8% YTD, slightly better than the Banking sector’s YTD return of 5%.
Red Star Express Plc. announced that its Board of Directors will meet on Thursday June 21, 2018 at 11.00am at the Company’s office 4, Adeola Ajayi Crescent Street, Mafoluku, Lagos to review and approve the Audited Financial Statements of the company for the year ended 31 March, 2018.
Universal Insurance Plc. announced the appointment of Mr. Paulinus Oluchukwu Offorzor as the Executive Director, Technical of the Company.
Source: Analysts from Vetiva Capital Management Limited.
Reporting for EasyKobo on Wednesday, 07 June 2018 from Lagos, Nigeria
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