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BREAKING: FBNH, which is now a capitalized banking stock in Nigeria

Nigeria’s oldest bank, FBN Holdings became the most capitalized bank in Nigeria at the close of trading on Monday, February 25, 2024.

The bank’s share price closed trading at N34 per share, making it the largest bank in the country by market capitalization.

The stock opened trading at N31 per share and fell to as low as N30 per share before closing at N34 per share, thus topping GTCO as the most capitalized stock.

FBNH stock has also rejoined SWOOT and is also among the 10 most capitalized stocks on the NGX.

FBNH Surge
FBNH’s share price has seen a remarkable increase in market value following the announcement of billionaire investor Femi Otedola as a majority shareholder of the bank last year.

Since then, the share price has surged by 230%, making it one of the best-performing banking stocks over the past year.
The stock first entered the SWOOT (Stocks Worth Over One Trillion) category in December 2023, when its share price reached N30 per share.
It remained above this threshold in the early part of 2024 before dipping below a market capitalization of N900 billion two weeks ago.
However, the stock is experiencing a resurgence, coinciding with the bank’s recent accolade from Euromoney, being named the Best Corporate Bank in Nigeria for 2023.
Additionally, FBNH recently unveiled its unaudited results for the fiscal year 2023, which showed profits soaring by 127% to N309.8 billion, marking the highest ever recorded by the bank.

Otedola Factor
FBNH’s rise to become the most capitalized stock likely didn’t come as a surprise to stock market investors familiar with the significant impact Femi Otedola’s involvement can have on a company’s fortunes.

Otedola is renowned as a pivotal investor in the stock market, as evidenced by the remarkable performance of stocks under his ownership.
For instance, his acquisition of shares in Transcorp Group catalyzed a sustained increase in the stock’s price even long after his exit, culminating in Transcorp ending the year as one of the best-performing stocks.
Furthermore, following his recent announcement of purchasing shares in Dangote Cement, the stock has surged by as much as 139% this year.
Otedola’s flagship investment, Geregu Power, has seen an exponential increase, up by ninefold in just over a year and a half since its debut at around N100 per share.
These strategic share acquisitions have not only boosted the performance of the involved companies but have also propelled Otedola back onto the Forbes Billionaire list, with his net worth estimated at $1.2 billion, ranking him as the 4th richest Nigerian.
Otedola was recently appointed chairman of the bank.

Rest of the FUGAZ
In the meantime, GTCO is now the second-most capitalized bank on the exchange, having just recently toppled Zenith Bank.

GTCO has a market capitalization of N1.14 trillion after its share price closed at N39.05 per share
Zenith Bank shares closed at N35.3 with a market cap of N1.1 trillion, closely behind GTCO
UBA is third with a market cap of N813.9 billion
Access Bank has a market cap of N12.6 billion

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