LAGOS Feb 20 Nestle Nigeria shares
soared 9.89 percent to a new record high on Wednesday on low
volumes, as investors poured in cash on expectations of a
healthy full-year dividend announcement this week, traders said.
Nestle climbed 89.9 naira per share to 990 naira ($6.29) at
1115 GMT, on 48,934 units traded, helping lift the all-share
index up 1.44 percent to 33,814 points.
Nestle shares have risen more than 30 percent since the
interim dividend was paid 10 weeks ago, on low volumes, to
become the most expensive stock on the bourse on a per share
The company, which is majority owned by Swiss food firm
Nestle SA, paid an interim dividend of 1.50 naira per
share in December, raising hopes of a healthy full-year payout.
It pays out around 90 percent of its local profits as
dividends, brokers say.
(Reporting by Oludare Mayowa; editing by Chijioke Ohuocha and