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Nigerian Breweries stays NSE most capitalised company

•As most capitalised companies' value drop


NIGERIAN Breweries Plc remains the most capitalised public quoted company in Nigeria with a market capitalisation of N400.9 billion.

This was disclosed in Stakes 55, a review of the top quoted companies published by Stakes Capital Limited. The review profiles the current and the most recent happenings in the companies. The quarterly release was conceived to provide a ranking comparison of companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The brewery giant led the group of 55 largest companies in Nigeria in the fourth quarter of 2009. First Bank Nigeria Plc and Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc followed with a market capitalisation of N347.3 billion and N341.6 billion.
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc moved up to the fourth position from fifth position it held in the previous review with N292.7 billion, leaving the position for United Bank for Africa Plc which has N232.7 billion.

The sixth to tenth position were occupied by Guinness Nigeria Plc, N188.05 billion, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, N181.2 billion, Nestle Nigeria Plc, N158.2 billion, StanbicIBTC Bank N140 billion and Access Bank Plc, N125.034 billion.

The review stated that the combined value of the top 55 dropped by 4.1 per cent or N180 billion from N4.4 trillion in the preceding quarter to N4.23 trillion.
The value of the 55 companies was 89.5 per cent of the total market capitalisation of the first tier equities listed on the NSE as at December 31, 2009.
The Gold Club, which represents the top 10 ranked companies, fell by 3.75 per cent or N100 billion to N2.4 trillion as against N2.5 trillion in the last quarter.

EcoBank Nigeria Plc lost its position in the Gold Club to Nestle Nigeria Plc and StanbicIBTC Bank Plc, which moved to the eighth and ninth positions respectively. Access Bank Plc moved up three places to join this quarter's club of top ten most capitalised companies to make six the number of banks in the cadre.

The top 55 club is led by banks which constitute 32.7 per cent, 16.36 per cent Food/ Beverages and Tobacco subsector, 11 per cent to the Insurance subsector, 11 per cent also to the Petroleum Marketing.

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