Fixed Income Market Close The Week With Improved Demand 

Money markets

The overnight and OBB rates ticked higher to 41.67% and 38.33% from 27.67% and 26.67% respectively, as market liquidity remains tight following the debit for the retail SMIS auction last Friday.

Rates are expected to remain high until the later part of the week when there is an OMO bill maturity.

Interbank spot: USD/NGN

Activity in the NIFEX market has remained muted, with the CBN being the major supplier of liquidity. NAFEX trade volume for yesterday slid to US$78.48bn, down
from closing levels of US$346.36bn last week. The exchange rate has remained stable on the back of sustained interest in the Nigerian fixed income and equity markets. We expect the pair to continue to trade in the 360-362 range in the short term.

Offer rates 17-Nov 20-Nov Change
NIFEX 329.87 330.00 0.13
NAFEX 359.84 360.06 0.16

Fixed Income

Yields on short-dated papers rose by 14bp yesterday as funding charge remains relatively high. The FGN bond space saw demand persist on the day as positive GDP data for 3Q17 as well as the successful issuance of the 10-year and 30-year Eurobond of US$1.5bn each, with a reported bookbuild of over US$11.0bn. The cut-off rates were 6.500% and 7.625% respectively.

The MPC commenced its two-day meeting yesterday. We expect the status quo to be maintained when the decision is announced later today. We expect to see yields drop at the short end of the curve in anticipation of the liquidity inflow from the OMO bill maturity and monthly statutory disbursement. Similarly, interest in the bond space should persist on the back of the Eurobond news.

Tenor 17-Nov 20-Nov Change (bp)
91-day 16.37 16.37                  
182-day 18.78 18.80            0.02
364-day 17.00 17.36            0.36
Jun-19 14.65 14.60           (0.05)
Feb-20 14.50 14.44           (0.06)
Jul-21 14.86 14.55           (0.31)
Jan-22 14.50 14.53            0.03
Mar-24 14.70 14.68           (0.02)
Jan-26 14.92 14.70           (0.22)
Mar-27 14.92 14.64           (0.28)
Jul-34 14.66 14.60           (0.06)
Mar-36 14.63 14.60           (0.03)
Apr-37 14.62 14.46           (0.16)
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Current rate (%)   Current
LIBOR 30-day 1.28719 Brent Crude US$ 62.50
NIBOR 30-day 17.4873 NAFEX (Offer rate) 361.50
NIBOR 90-day 19.7184 Reserves (as at 06 Nov 2017) US$33.31bn

RMB Nigeria indicative term deposit rates1

NGN CALL 1-m 2-m 3-m 6-m 12-m
50,000,000 5.00% 11.50% 13.00% 14.00% 15.00% 16.00%
USD1 CALL 1-m 2-m 3-m 6-m 12-m
5,000,000 0.50% 1.20% 1.30% 1.40% 1.50% 1.80%

Note: 1. Indicative rates are gross of withholding tax (10%)

RMB Nigeria Note: The deposit placement is subject to the completion of on-boarding forms (KYC) for RMB Nigeria, a compliance requirement from the Central Bank of Nigeria. Currencies available on request: ZAR/EUR/GBP.

International rating – RMB Nigeria is a wholly owned subsidiary of the FirstRand Bank [BB+ /Baa3] S&P and Moody’s respectively.

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