BVB Trading Activity in December 2022

By the end of December 2022, BET decreased by 0.57% MoM, and on the YoY basis, it declined by 10.7%, ending December at 11,663.65 points.

The Bucharest Stock Exchange, published its monthly trading report for December 2022, while also commenting on 2022 as a whole. According to the report, 2022 was a year of all-time highs in terms of the total trading value recorded. This pertains to all markets with all types of financial instruments, with the total transactions exceeding RON 24bn. The average daily liquidity reached a new high, at RON 95.6m (EUR 19.4m), an increase of 11% compared to 2021. Also, they noted that BVB share itself, increased by 38% during the year, marking the best performance in the BET index.

It is noted that these results were achieved despite a difficult regional and international situation, marked mainly by the war in Ukraine, the increase in monetary policy interest rates, double-digit inflation rates, the persistence of inflationary phenomenon, the increase in energy prices, as well as the disruption of supply chains. As such, almost all regional and global indices recorded declines, but BET managed to decline less than say, S&P500 in the US or STOXX600 in the EU. In fact, even though the BET index dropped by 10.7% by the end of the year, BET-TR, which also takes into account the dividend yield, fell by only 1.9%. Compared to these, STOXX600 fell by 12.9%, while S&P500 declined by 19.4%.

Moving on to the monthly data, total equity turnover amounted to RON 2.07bn (EUR 421m) in December 2022, representing a 2.5x increase MoM, and 1.6x times increase YoY. However, it should be noted that a lot of this turnover (RON 1.15bn or EUR 233m) came as a result of the ABB of OMV Petrom, during which over 1.78bn shares of the Company were sold by Fondul Proprietatea.

Performance of BET constituents in December 2022 (MoM, %)

Source: Bloomberg, InterCapital Research

Looking at the BET index and its constituents, on an MoM basis, 9 out of 20 companies recorded growth. However, 5 companies are within +/-1%, and as such, the changes are minuscule. Of the largest gainers, Transgaz and MedLife both increased by 8%, followed by Electrica at 7%, Fondul, and BVB at 6%, and Transelectrica and Transport Trade Services at 4%. On the other hand, OMV Petrom declined the most, at 9%, followed by Romgaz at 6%, and Sphera Franchise Group, at 4%.

Performance of BET constituents in 2022 (YoY, %)

Source: Bloomberg, InterCapital Research

On a YoY basis, the largest increase was recorded by the already mentioned BVB, at 38%, followed by Transgaz at 17%, and Transport Trade Services and Fondul Proprietatea, both at 3%. The remaining companies all recorded decreases, meaning that 16 out of 20 companies declined in 2022. Of these, the largest declines were recorded by TeraPlast, at 44%, followed by Purcari at 43%, Aquila, at 41%, MedLife, at 29%, BRD, at 27%, and Digi, at 23%.

Overall, it could be said that 2021 was a year of growth and recovery for the Romanian equity market, and while 2022 was one of continued growth and expansion as well, the returns on the stocks, for the most part, weren’t reflective of that, but considering just the amount of outside pressures facing these companies, it isn’t surprising.

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