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Airtel Africa Plc Investors lose N1.83trn in three days



Airtel Africa Plc Investors lose N1.83trn in three days

Investors of Airtel Africa Plc have continued to count their losses as the telecom giant’s share price fell for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

ENigeria Newspaper reports that Airtel Africa Plc stock has now recorded a cumulative loss of N1.83 trillion.

Since the Nigerian bourse opened for weekly trading on Monday, the telecom stock has continued to slide in what market operators have described as an adjustment to the current bearish market sentiment.

Airtel Africa Plc led the losers’ chart with a maximum 10per cent loss over the past three days, resulting in a loss of about N676 billion on Monday, N609 billion on Tuesday, and N548 billion on Wednesday; representing a cumulative loss of N1.833 trillion.
A further look at the share movement revealed that Airtel Africa closed its last trading day (Wednesday, October 19, 2022) at a share price of N1,312.20 per share and N4.931 trillion worth of market capitalization.

On Monday, the company began the weekly trading session with a share price of N1,800 per share and a market capitalization of N6.764 trillion.

The market sentiment for the telecoms firm has remained very low amidst buy-interests and sell-offs as bears dominated proceedings during the period under review following the build-up to 2023 the general elections, interest rate hike, and rising inflation.


Analysts at CardinalStone Partners Limited also that the build-up to the 2023 election will keep foreign investors at bay and throw up more financial account-related concerns.

Airtel Africa Plc Investors lose N1.83trn in three days


The analysts, while commenting on the state of the nation in their 2022 mid-year outlook themed: ‘Same Challenges, New Shocks’ argued that pre-election year concerns and fears of negative pass-through to inflation will likely limit the magnitude of currency adjustment made at the official market in the current year.

According to them, akin to the trend witnessed in emerging and frontier markets, Nigeria was also mostly unappealing to foreign capital providers in H1’22.

They attributed the sentiment to geopolitical uncertainties and hawkish rendition from global central banks.
In addition to these global factors, they pointed out that the lack of market-reflective FX rates, illiquidity, and a backlog of uncleared foreign exchange demand dampened investors’ sentiments.


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