Ten of Nigeria’s commercial banks posted stock losses in the first three months of this year as N187.81bn was wiped off their combined market capitalisation, an analysis of data from the Nigerian Exchange Limited showed.
The affected banks are United Bank for Africa Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Wema Bank Plc, FCMB Group Plc and Jaiz Bank.
Four banks, namely FBN Holdings Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Holding Plc, and Unity Bank Plc saw their market value increase in Q1.
The shares of UBA, Zenith and Access fell by 18.49 per cent, 9.07 per cent and 4.98 per cent respectively in the first quarter of 2021, erasing from each bank’s market value N54.71bn, N70.64bn and N16bn.
Market capitalisation — or market cap — refers to the total value of a company’s shares of stock. It is calculated by multiplying the current share price by the total number of outstanding shares.
Zenith saw its market value fall to N707.99bn on March 31 from N778.63bn at the end of last year as its share price dropped to N22.55 from N24.80.
The market value of Access Bank dipped to N284.36bn at the end of March from N300.36bn as of December 31 as its share price fell to N8 from N8.45.
UBA’s market value dropped to N241.11bn on March 31 from the N295.82bn at which it closed in December.
The market capitalisation of Union Bank dropped by N1.45bn to N154.34bn as its share price fell to N5.30 from N5.35.
Ecobank Transnational Incorporated’s market value declined by N17.42bn to N92.67bn as its share price fell to N5.05 from N6.00.
Sterling Bank Plc saw its share price dip to N1.70 from N2.04, making its market capitalisation reduce by N9.79bn to N48.94bn.