Weekly Market Review & Stock Recommendations – December 13, 2021

Weekly Market Review & Stock Recommendations – December 13, 2021

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Global Economic Roundup

Oil Rises After Saudi Price Hike Signals Confidence in Demand

Oil prices rose after Saudi Arabia boosted the prices of its crude, signalling confidence in the demand outlook despite the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Futures in New York advanced 2.9% to trade near $68 a barrel. The kingdom increased its oil prices for customers in Asia and the U.S. for January, just days after the OPEC+ alliance agreed to boost output for the same month. Prices for its high-sulphur barrels in Asia were the highest since at least 2000.

U.S. Consumer Prices Climb at Fastest Annual Rate Since 1982

U.S. consumer prices rose last month at the fastest annual pace in nearly 40 years, magnifying how rapid and persistent inflation is eroding paychecks and increasing pressure on the Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy. The consumer price index climbed 6.8% from November 2020, according to Labour Department data released Friday. The widely followed inflation gauge rose 0.8% from October 2021, exceeding forecasts and extending a trend of sizable increases that began earlier this year. The S&P 500 gained 0.5% and Nasdaq 100 added 0.4% as the headline CPI rate came in at 6.8%, as expected.

Access Bank Announces Restructure into Non-Operating Financial Holding Company

The Chairman of Access Bank Plc has issued a letter to all shareholders of Access Bank informing them about the restructuring of the Bank’s Group into a non-operating financial holding company structure. The holding structure is expected to hold the banking group that is, Access Bank and its banking subsidiaries. According to the Chairman, the Board expects that the restructured group will have greater flexibility to adapt to future business opportunities, market and regulatory changes than is currently the case. Also confirming receipt of the requisite Approval-In-Principle from the CBN and SEC in respect of the Scheme, the chairman added that the Scheme will be presented to shareholders for consideration and approval at a Court-Ordered Meeting to be held at Access Bank Plc Head Office on December 16, 2021.

Some of our recommended stocks are mentioned below;

UBA PLC:

UBA Plc is projected to have a FY 2021 interest income of N450.96bn, up by 5.40% from N427.86bn in FY 2020. PAT is estimated to increase from N113.77bn in FY 2020 to N119.19bn in FY 2021, bringing the EPS up to N3.51. UBA Plc Q3 2021 result showed that Interest income advanced by 8.38% from N317 bn in Q3 2020 to N343bn in the current period. Net interest income increased by 23.25% to N229bn in Q3 2021 from N186bn in Q3 2020. Likewise, profit after tax advanced by 36.35% from N77bn in Q3 2020 to N104bn in Q3 2021 despite a 41.67% increase in tax expense. Consequently, earnings per share went up by 36.11% from N2.16 in Q3 2020 to N2.94 in Q3 2021. UBA has a BVPS of N23.34, P/BV of 0.34x and P/E ratio of 2.05x.

FIDELITY PLC:

Fidelity Plc is projected to have a FY 2021 interest income of N223.24bn, up by 8.80% from N205.18bn in FY 2020. PAT is estimated to increase from N28.03bn in FY 2020 to N30.5bn in FY 2021, bringing the EPS up to N1.05.

Fidelity Bank Q3 2021 results showed that interest income advanced by 3.73% from N132.47 bn in Q3 2020 to N137.41 bn in the current period. Net interest income decreased by 13.39% to N64.96bn in Q3 2021 from N75bn in Q3 2020. Profit before tax increased by 31.40% from N21.35bn recorded in Q3 2020 to N28.05bn in the current period. Profit after tax increased by 29.93% from N20.41bn in Q3 2020 to N26.51bn in Q3 2021, despite a 63% surge in income tax expense. Earnings per share increased by 31.43% from N0.70 in Q3 2020 to N0.92 in the current period. Fidelity Bank has a BVPS of N9.76, P/BV of 0.26x and P/E ratio of 2.07x. 

Please find here our Weekly Market Review & Stock Recommendations for this week.

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