Stock recommendations for week of 03 December 2018   

03 December 2018 : The Nigeria equity market booked another week of loss, with the NSE ASI declining by 2.54% WoW to 30,874.17 pts and the market capitalization shedding N293.7 billion over the week. The loss was driven by declines in bellwether stocks in the banking (FBNH: -6.58%, GUARANTY: -5.63%, STANBIC: -2.04%, UBA: -3.85% and ZENITH: -3.33%), cement (DANGCEM: -4.15%, LAFARGE: -7.14%) and Oil & gas (SEPLAT: -9.68%) sectors. Top decliners during the week were DIAMONDBNK (-31.58%), PRESTIGE (-30.38%) and UNITYBNK (-18.82%).


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Fidelity Bank Plc – BUY (FVE: N2.92). Analysts are now more optimistic on their earnings expectation over 2018 largely on the back of lower loan-loss provisioning. Analysts have revised their FY 18E EPS higher to N0.82 (previously N0.76) which is 25% higher YoY. Analyst's FVE of N2.92 (previously N2.82) translates to a BUY rating on the stock. Based on Friday’s closing price, their dividend expectation translates to a dividend yield of 8%.


Nigerian Breweries Plc – SELL (FVE: N76.58): Reflecting the heated competition and further declines in volumes into Q4 18, analysts forecast FY 18E revenue to decline by 6.8% YoY to N321 billion. However, analysts envisage cost pressures due to rising barley prices. Thus, analysts forecast FY 18E gross margin at 40.8% (FY 17: 41.7%) and EBIT margin of 12.6% (FY 17: 17%). Having rolled forward their model, analysts cut their FVE on NB to N76.58 (previous: N121.30), translating to a SELL.


Guinness Nigeria Plc – UNDERWEIGHT (FVE: N73.96): As with NB, due to heated competition in the brewery sector, analysts foresee higher cost of sale over FY 19F due to rise in barley price and higher cost per unit due to loss of diseconomies of scale following weaker volumes. Having rolled forward their model, analysts cut their FVE on Guinness Nigeria to N73.96 (previous: N88.21), translating to an UNDERWEIGHT.


Okomu Oil Palm Plc – STRONG BUY (FVE: N97.75): Over their forecast period, analysts anticipate volumes growth emanating from the harvest of fresh fruit bunches from its extension 2 plantation. Based on their expectation for volumes growth, accompanied by margin expansion, analysts raise their FVE to N97.75.


Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc – 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.


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Last week


Diamond Bank received an approval from CBN to operate as a national bank subject to conclusion of sale of Diamond bank UK.


Fitch upgraded UBA Plc Long Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘B+’ with stable outlook. 


Continental Reinsurance (CRe Nigeria) received an offer from CRe African Investments Limited to acquire all the outstanding and issued shares of CRe Nigeria.


This week


Dividend Payment: Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc.


Reporting for EasyKobo on Monday , 03 December 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria


Source: ARM Securities Limited


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