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  Stock Recommendations for the week of 16 July 2018


16 July 2018 ( Lagos ) : Nigeria’s equity market continued its losing streak last week, as it lost 0.62%, making it the second consecutive week of decline. The decline was largely due to negative performances in Guaranty Bank (-3.73%), Dangote Flour Mills Plc (-3.0%), Dangote Sugar (-5.41%), UBA (-3.38%), Total (-4.76%) and Flour Mills (-5.54%). Dissecting the performance on a sectorial basis, the Construction, Banking and Brewers sectors were the worst performer for the week.

All opinions and recommendations on below stocks are from analysts at ARM Securities limited. Easykobo does not endorse or oppose any recommendations expressed in this article.

ZenithBankPlc ( ZENITHBANK ) STRONGBUY(FVE:N35.25).Analysts see sizable upside in Zenith Bank due to substantial compression in funding cost and improving asset quality with NPL ratio expected to moderate 50bps YoY to 4.2%.

DangoteCementPlc–( DANGCEM ) OVERWEIGHT(FVE:N256.85).Analysts remain broadly positive on DANGCEM and expect the company to sustain earnings growth, albeit at a much slower pace than 2017. Specifically, analysts see volume induced revenue growth and lower energy cost as key drivers of earnings in FY 18, relative to the price-induced growth story in prior year.

Guinness Nigeria Plc – ( GUINNESS ) SELL (FVE: N88.21). Guinness is poised for further earnings recovery into 2019 underpinned by lower operating and finance expenses. However, from a valuation standpoint, analysts believe the stock is expensive due to the dilutive impact of the recently concluded rights issue.

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc – ( DANGSUGAR ) OVERWEIGHT (FVE: N20.23). Analysts are cautiously optimistic on Dangote Sugar due to the recent smuggling of cheaper refined sugar which impacted on the company’s market share and, by extension, revenue. Irrespective, analysts believe the moderation in input costs would provide some support to 2018 earnings.

PZ Cussons Plc – ( PZ ) SELL (FVE: N16.57). Analyst's sell rating on PZ is premised on expected slower recovery in volumes due to weak income levels. Additionally, the recent rise in Brent crude is expected to stoke pressures on petrochemical prices which would weigh on gross profit and earnings.

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc – ( SPELAT ) STRONG BUY (FVE: N975.27). The case for Seplat remains higher crude oil prices and volumes, unrecognized capital allowance, reserve accretion, higher receipt from crude oil lifted in OML 55 as well as the company’s extended debt maturity profile which feeds into an improved cash position.

Okomu Oil Plc – ( OKOMUOIL ) NEUTRAL (FVE: N102.33). Okomu is analyst's most preferred pick in the Palm oil sector, as 2018 presents opportunities for stronger growth in volumes, better operating efficiency, and lower finance cost which guides to improved earnings over FY 18.

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Last week

C&I Leasing Plc announced the buyout of 27.5% minority stake in C&I Petrotech Marine Ltd – a Joint Venture company, with C&I Leasing Plc taking ownership of 6 boats in the process. Click here to read more.

Dangote Cement Plc announced that no decision has been finalized on the international listing of its shares, although the company continues to consider all strategic and financial options which may include a possible international listing of its shares. Click here to read more.

This Week

AGM: Nigerian Aviation Handling Co. Plc.

Dividend Payment: Nigerian Aviation Handling Co. Plc.

Reporting for EasyKobo on Monday, 16 July 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria

Source: ARM Securities Limited



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