A Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space

Must Read

List of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Sort Codes & Branches (with addresses) in Nigeria

The sort code is a number that usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is held. The sort...

List of Access Bank Sort Codes & Branches (with addresses) in Nigeria

The sort code is a number which usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is...

List of First Bank of Nigeria Sort Codes in Nigeria

The sort code is a number that usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is held. The sort...
- Advertisement -

The FGN bond market kicked off the new week on a sluggish note, with light trading volumes consummated in the market despite bond coupon inflows hitting the system. Bond maturities, especially at the curve’s belly, remained aggressively offered throughout the day with very few bids to match.

However, towards the close of business, activities picked up slightly on the 2028s and 2029s bond, which traded within the range of 7.85%-8.00%. Consequently, yields expanded by c.4bps on the average across the benchmark bond curve.

We expect the market to remain sluggish tomorrow as institutional investors queue up their demand towards the monthly FGN Bond auction scheduled to hold on Wednesday. 

Treasury Bills

The Treasury bills market started the week on a tepid note as market participants continue to shy away from the market due to the unattractive yields. Offshore players remained firm sellers of OMO T-bills throughout the trading session as they seek to position for another OMO auction expected to hold later this week.

We saw a few trades executed on the January 2021 bills at 2.50%; however, this was not enough to lift the market mood. The NTB space was also quiet, although we saw few order-driven demands for the new 1yr issue, with trades executed around 0.80%.

- Advertisement -

We expect trading activities to improve slightly as inflows from tomorrow’s OMO maturities (N226.31BN) should support T-bills’ market appetite. 

Money Markets

Interest rates remained depressed (trading sub 1%) as the Money Market remained flush with cash. System liquidity opened the day at c. N374.62bn positive, buoyed by the 2034 bond coupon inflows of c. N66bn hitting the system.

Read Also:  Inefficiency at Apapa Port Gridlock Puts $300 million Cashew Export at Risk

We expect funding rates to drop further tomorrow as inflows from OMO T-bills maturity of N226.31Bn are expected to boost market liquidity. 

FX Market

The I&E FX Market started the week on a positive note, supported by inflows from exporters, which was duly matched with outstanding demand. Consequently, rates strengthen slightly by N0.84k (0.21%) to close at N393.89/$ with trading volumes improving by 71% D/D at the window.

- Advertisement -

Parallel market rates continued to weaken as the Naira depreciated by N1.50k (0.32%) against the greenback to close at N474.00/$ in the cash market. In contrast, the transfer rate held steady, closing at N485.00/$ for another consecutive trading session. 

Eurobonds

Trading activities in the SSA Eurobond space today was muted mainly as most participants remained on the sidelines due to the U.S. market closure for MLK Day. For the NIGERIA Sovereigns, the 2032 bond was the major loser today (+10bps) D/D, while the sovereign curve expanded by an average of c.5bps.

In a similar vein in the SSA space, yields on both the ANGOLA and GHANA bond curves closed lower by -c.2bps on the average.

We also witnessed a slow trading session in the NIGERIA Corps space, with yields expanding slightly on most tracked papers except on the ACCESS 2021s, which compressed by -c.2bps.

- Advertisement -
A Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space - Brand SpurA Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space - Brand Spur

Subscribe to BrandSpur Ng

Subscribe for latest updates. Signup to best of brands and business news, informed analysis and opinions among others that can propel you, your business or brand to greater heights.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

A Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space - Brand SpurA Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space - Brand Spur

Latest News

Vivocom’s Group Game Changer – Multi-Billion Sand Project Secured

  • Initial contract worth RM3.79 billion for three years
  • Aspires to be a major industry player 'with exponential growth prospects'


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 26 February 2021 - In a filing to Bursa Malaysia this evening, Vivocom Intl Holdings Berhad ('Vivocom') announced that V Development Group via one of its subsidiaries has secured a 'massive win' worth approximately USD934.7 million or the equivalent of RM3.79 billion.

Rain International Sdn Bhd ('Rain International') is a 97% owned subsidiary under the V Development Group which was recently merged into the Vivocom Group. The Company's proposed acquisition of V Development Group had been recently approved by the relevant authorities.

Rain International is principally involved in the mineral trading and exportation business, supplying sand to its client mainly in Hong Kong and China for reclamation and construction works. The Company had recently signed a contract for the supply of marine sand for a minimum period of three years.

The contract is for the supply of sand to Zhen Hua Engineering Company Ltd-China Communications Construction Company Ltd-CCCC Dredging (Group) Company Ltd. (ZHEC-CCCC-CDC), a Joint Venture contractor appointed to undertake the main reclamation works for the Hong Kong International Airport Three Runway System Project.

Read Also:  Nigeria Global Markets Daily Update (November 15, 2017)

Director Mr William Chan Ching-Kee said: "As the appointed agent for the ZHECC-CCCC-CDC Joint Venture, we are looking forward to the exportation of sand from Malaysia to our client in Hong Kong to commence without any further delay."

Dato Seri Chia is optimistic that the contract would be extended for another two to three years and could potentially generate revenue of up to RM6 billion.

"The sand business is a major boost because it gives us tremendous visibility. The potential revenue is huge, recurring and highly scalable," its jubilant CEO, Dato Seri Chia Kok Teong exclaimed.

"The potential for explosive growth in the sand business is real and tangible, and bodes well for the Group in the next few years."

"We are starting with 3 years but the contract can easily be increased to 5 years and beyond, with higher tonnage shipped every 6 months. The exportation of sand will increase sharply over time," he added.

Besides the reclamation works for the Hong Kong International Airport, the rapid pace of construction and reclamation works in China and Singapore also requires heavy demand for sand, which is a considerable boon to Malaysia.

"The market for sand export is extremely humongous and will fuel the Group's rapid growth for the next several years. The RM3.79 billion Win is the first of many more to come."

"I have in fact urged my team to secure up to RM10 billion worth of sand contracts by the end of 2021. This is part of our overall transformation strategy to become a multi billions conglomerate," declared Dato Seri Chia.

"It is our core strategy to strengthen and diversify the Group's revenues generation capabilities and capacities and not be too narrowly focussed."

"Presently, we are already in negotiations for another RM2 to RM3 billion sand contract. Once finalised, we will make the relevant announcement as per Bursa Malaysia's requirements," Dato Seri Chia elaborated.

The sand would be procured from an approved permit holder to export sand overseas, and sourced from concession areas in Sandakan and Sungai Beluran in Sabah and throughout Malaysia.

"Even with this massive sand contract already secured, we will not be complacent. I have earlier promised to transform Vivocom into a behemoth Conglomerate and I will work non-stop to deliver on the promise," Dato Seri assured.

Since Dato Seri Chia's entry into Vivocom in January 2020 when its price was at 15 cents, the share has climbed sharply and last closed at RM1.06 on Thursday, 25th February 2021.

"I am very optimistic that Vivocom shares will continue to grow strongly and be worth a lot more than presently over time. I'm proud to say that we are no longer a penny stock," he reflected.

"My team is totally committed to building Vivocom into a reputable and profitable public company, one with solid fundamentals, sustainable profits and healthy cashflows."

"As a priority, we will work towards getting the Group elevated to the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia and be a dividends-paying company soonest possible," quipped Dato Seri.

To show his commitment, Dato Seri Chia has undertaken a voluntary self--imposed moratorium (or SIM) in that he will not dispose his personal stakes in Vivocom for the next 3 years. This will ensure the company's long-term price stability and sustainability.

"We want a stable and strong share price so that the Company can use its shares with its high liquidity as a currency for M&A activities to fund and fast-track expansion and growth," he explained.

"A strong share with high liquidity is a most valuable and prized asset. We will use it to buy Companies with game-changing and disruptive strategies. To look for the Next Big Thing."

"The enormous followings in the Company are what is driving in tremendous liquidity and momentum giving our share price added impetus," Dato Seri proudly asserts.

"We aspire to emulate Berkshire Hathaway strategy started over 40 years ago by Mr Warren Buffet. Mr Masayoshi Son built SoftBank Group of Japan along the same philosophy and Alphabet in US adopted similar strategies."

"These three companies are presently amongst the most valuable and admired companies in the world. I have the same dream for Vivocom. I am determined to leave behind an enduring legacy for all our valued shareholders," concluded Dato Seri Chia.

A Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space - Brand Spur
- Advertisement -
BrandsPur Weekly Cartoons
- Advertisement -A Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space - Brand SpurA Slow Start into The New Week as Market Activities Remain Dampened in The Fixed Income Space - Brand Spur