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Dangote Cement Plc Sets New Record with N10.1 Trillion Equity Capitalization, Reflecting Soaring Investor Confidence


Dangote Cement Plc, a cornerstone of the Nigerian stock market, achieved an unprecedented milestone on Monday as its equities capitalization surged to an all-time high of N10.098 trillion, propelling the market to a positive close. This remarkable feat reflects a resounding vote of confidence from investors and underscores the company’s robust performance in recent times.

The catalyst for this surge has been the remarkable 85.2 percent increase in Dangote Cement’s stock price since the beginning of the year. This surge has not gone unnoticed, drawing attention from both institutional and individual investors who recognize the company’s potential for sustained growth.

A notable development in recent weeks was the acquisition of significant shares in Dangote Cement by Nigerian billionaire investor Femi Otedola. Otedola, a shrewd businessman renowned for his strategic investments, expressed his optimism about the company’s future, stating that his decision to acquire shares in Dangote Cement was a clear endorsement of its strong growth prospects.

At the close of trading on Monday, Dangote Cement’s shares stood at N592.60, having risen from the previous day’s low of N538.80, marking a substantial increase of N53.80 or 9.99 percent. The positive momentum extended beyond Dangote Cement, with other notable gainers including Eterna, which rose from N22.95 to N25.20, adding N2.25 or 9.80 percent, and Cutix, which increased from N2.70 to N2.94, adding 24 kobo or 8.89 percent.

The broader market also witnessed a robust performance, with a 1.30 percent increase on Monday, bringing the year-to-date return to a new high of 28.08 percent. The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) All-Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalization reflected this positive trend by rising from 94,538.12 points and N51.735 trillion, respectively, to 95,768.12 points and N52.408 trillion.

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In the course of the trading day, investors actively participated in the market, engaging in 15,757 deals and exchanging a total of 721,813,844 shares valued at N14.407 billion. These numbers underscore the vibrancy of the Nigerian stock market and the growing interest in equities as an investment avenue.

Femi Otedola’s emphasis on long-term wealth preservation, export potential, and shareholder value is evident in his recent acquisition of Dangote Cement shares. As a seasoned investor, Otedola’s strategic move aligns with his overarching investment philosophy, emphasizing sustainable growth and value creation.

Dangote Cement’s unique position in the market is further highlighted by its status as the only cement company in Nigeria with two export terminals, boasting a combined export capacity of 8 million tons per annum. This strategic advantage positions the company to tap into international markets and solidifies its commitment to delivering sustainable shareholder value.

As Dangote Cement continues to chart new heights in the stock market, investors are closely monitoring its trajectory. The company’s resilience, strategic initiatives, and commitment to excellence position it as a key player in Nigeria’s economic landscape, contributing significantly to the growth and development of the nation’s capital market.

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