Dangote Cement outstrips MTN as NSE’s biggest firm

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Aliko Dangote

Dangote Cement Plc has reclaimed its position as the biggest listed firm on the Nigerian Stock Exchange as sell-offs were witnessed in MTN Nigeria Communication Plc’s shares on Tuesday.

On Monday, MTN Nigeria dethroned Dangote Cement, becoming the most capitalized company on the NSE just three months after its listing, as its share price increased to N138.70 from N135 on Friday.

However, this feat was short-lived as Dangote Cement saw a 0.91 per cent increase in its share price from N164.50 on Monday to N166 on Tuesday, which pushed its market capitalization to N2.83tn, compared to MTN’s market capitalization of N2.69tn.

At the end of trading on Monday, MTN Nigeria overthrew Dangote Cement by N1bn as its market capitalization stood at N2.82tn as against Dangote Cement’s N2.81tn.

Shares belonging to Dangote Cement closed at N164.5 per share.

In May, when MTN Nigeria listed on the NSE, the company’s market capitalization was N1.3tn, leaving a N782bn margin between Dangote Cement.

The firm, which was the first telecommunication company to be listed on the NSE, became the second most capitalized company on the Exchange, until Monday when it overtook Dangote Cement.

At the end of trading on Tuesday, MTN was pushed back to its second position as the margin between MTN Nigeria and Dangote Cement stood at N130bn in favour of Dangote Cement.

MTN’s listing on the NSE was part of negotiations with Nigerian authorities to reduce a fine of N5.3tn by the Nigerian Communications Commission for misdeeds with sim card registrations.

It listed a total of 20.35 billion ordinary shares at a listing price of N90 per share.