What to Make of GSK Nigeria’s Big Profit Drop

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This week GSK Nigeria (GLAXOSMI) announced that its profits through the first nine months of 2014 dropped 23% compared to the same time period last year.

The news came as a bitter pill to investors. The stock has fallen nearly 16% over the past thirty days and now trades at its lowest price in 16 months.

Are the shares bad medicine? Just what the doctor ordered? Or something in between?

Let’s have a closer look at the numbers and see what they reveal.

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Is There Hidden Value in Stanbic IBTC?

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Stanbic IBTC is Nigeria’s best-performing bank stock. Its share price has climbed 40.5% this year and 55.4% over the past twelve months. Is it nearing the end of its run? Or is the market still offering investors a discount to the bank’s real worth?

Here, Godfrey Mwanza, CFA shows us how he values the company.

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Is Nigeria’s 7-Up Bottling Company a Bargain?

7 Up Bottling Company

Nigeria’s 7-Up Bottling Company is one of the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s best performing shares this year, surging 107% on the back of strong sales and earnings growth.

Here we examine whether the Pepsi distributor’s current price offers value to long-term investors.

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Are Ecobank Shares a Bargain?

Are Ecobank shares a bargain?

Shares of Pan-African lender, Ecobank Transnational (ETI), have surged 7.1% in the month of September, blowing away the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s All Share Index.

Qatar National Bank’s purchase of a 23.5% stake in the firm triggered the big price move.

Now the stock trades at its highest point in over four years. Is there still value left on the table? Or would investors be better off looking elsewhere? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

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Is Nigeria’s Diamond Bank a Gem in the Rough?

Diamond Bank's Rights Issue a Gem in the Rough?

After some rocky years in the wake of Nigeria’s banking crisis, Diamond Bank looks like it’s regained its footing. Now it wants to grow.

Toward that end, the bank has launched a rights issue which offers existing shareholders the right to purchase three additional shares for every five shares they own.

Is it a good deal? Or should investors dig for value elsewhere? Let’s take a closer look and make an assessment.

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Why Cadbury Nigeria’s Sugar Rush Could Be Harmful to Your Wealth

Cadbury Nigeria: Sugar Rush?

Get ready for a stomach ache.

Investors’ big binge on Cadbury Nigeria shares may be nearing an unpleasant conclusion.

Like a sugar rush, the stock’s meteoric 372% rise over the past 24 months was fun while it lasted, but judging from the company’s 2013 results, the stock’s valuation is now sickly sweet.

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Nigeria’s 10 Best Stocks of 2013

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It was a remarkable year for the Naija exchange. The All Share Index surged 44.6% in US dollar terms thanks to impressive profit growth and a raft of market reforms.

Let’s take a closer look at the year’s best performers.

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How to Sell Your Shares If Your Broker Goes AWOL

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Reader Tomi writes, “My mum wishes to sell shares of her Nigerian stock, but her broker seems to have disappeared. How can she go about getting her shares sold?”

Unfortunately, Tomi’s mum isn’t the only Nigeria investor to face this problem. In the wake of Nigeria’s financial crisis, the Nigerian Stock Exchange made an attempt to restore investor confidence by suspending 61 brokerage firms that failed to meet minimum capitalization requirements. This resulted in lots of confusion for these brokers’ customers, leaving them with questions much like Tomi’s.

But don’t despair, Tomi. Your mum’s shares most likely haven’t disappeared, and as I’ve learned from the Nigerian brokers quoted below, there are a number of people who can assist you with tracking them down.

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New ETF Makes Nigerian Stocks More Accessible Than Ever

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I literally jumped out of my chair last week when Jan Schalkwijk told me a new Nigeria ETF had just listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Why was I bouncing around my office like I’d hit a buzzer-beating jump shot?

Because, at this moment, I believe the Global X Nigeria Index ETF is one of the most accessible, pure, and cost-efficient ways for US retail investors to tap into the Sub-Saharan growth story.

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Who Else Wants to Invest in Nigerian Stocks?

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In case you missed it, the Nigerian Stock Exchange is making investors wealthy of late.

Thanks to a raft of reforms and a growing realization of the investment opportunities in Africa’s most populous nation, the MSCI Nigeria Index is up 78.6% over the past 12 months.

And this bull run looks like it may have some real legs. The market remains well below its five-year high. The five largest companies on the exchange have an average P/E ratio of 15.4 in spite of them averaging earnings growth of 40.6%. And 23 foreign portfolio managers are poised to dive into the market.

I’m guessing some of you would like to do the same. Unfortunately, the market isn’t as easily accessible as its larger counterpart in Johannesburg. So how exactly can a non-resident invest in Nigerian stocks?

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