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NGX provides an efficient market to enhance securities lending

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Consistent with its commitment to contribute to the growth and development of capital market in Nigeria and Africa, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) says it will continue to collaborate with market stakeholders to enhance securities lending transactions and provide an efficient and liquid market for investors.

This is even instructive as the Exchange noted that securities lending presents significant benefits to investors in a bull or bear market – either as lenders or borrowers.

Speaking during the NGX Securities Lending Forum 2022 in collaboration with Stanbic IBTC which held in Lagos via Zoom, the Divisional Head, Capital Markets at the NGX, Jude Chiemeka, stated that securities lending transactions have become an important element of capital markets all over the globe.

He added that in today’s capital markets, securities seldom lie unutilized, noting that if not being bought and sold in outright market transactions, securities are frequently lent to parties wanting to borrow them, or used as collateral to raise short-term finance.

Quoting a 2021 report done by International Securities Lending Association (ISLA), Chiemeka said the total value of securities made available globally by institutional investors within lending programmes stood at $34trillion with about $2.9 trillion on-loan globally across all asset classes; 48 per cent Government Bonds, 39 per cent Equities, six per cent, Corporate Debt Securities, four per cent, ETFs three per cent, Other Fixed Income in December 2021.

He also noted that the global securities lending industry generated $9.28 billion in revenue for lenders in 2021, according to DataLend – a 21.2 per cent increase from 2020, adding that this shows the huge potential available in securities lending transactions.

“Domestically, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), in response to the need for market expansion and development, introduced many products – securities lending being one of them – to give investors (retail and institutional) a wide array of asset classes to choose from. Since the Securities Lending and Borrowing (SLB) services was officially launched in the Nigerian market in December 2015, uptake has steadily risen, though not as robust as envisaged.

“According to a report by Nigerian Exchange Limited, in 2020, the market recorded impressive transactions, with about 7.4 million units worth N95.2 million traded. In 2021, while the volume in traded equities fell to about 6.8 million units the value grew to N513 million,” he said.

The Divisional Head explained that from the lender’s point of view, the benefits of securities lending include the ability to earn additional income through the fee charged to the borrower to borrow the security while adding that from the borrower’s point of view, it allows them to take positions like short selling. It also gives investors more options to take different views on the market.

“It is vital in the development of the capital market by providing liquidity, which in turn reduces the cost of trading and promotes price discovery.

The Exchange no doubt remains keen to provide an efficient and liquid market for investors and businesses in Africa, to save and access capital and investments. We promise to continue our collaboration with all market stakeholders, to collectively contribute towards the enhancement of securities lending transactions, and ultimately towards the growth and development of capital market in Nigeria and Africa at large,” he said.

For his part, the Managing Director, Stanbic IBTC Nominee Limited, Majiyagbe Babatunde while giving a historical breakdown on how securities lending has evolved said the securities lending market which started over 40 years ago has grown, generating about $9.28 billion (N4.2 trillion) in revenue for lenders in 2021 and went up by 21.20 per cent from 2020 globally.

With Nigeria reporting N600 million in trade value and N5bn assets pledged by lenders, only a few trades have been done in the securities lending universe. Given the size of the capitalisation of the equities market and how mature we have now become, the market needs to do more.

“There also needs to be liquidity of the Securities Lending market. Unfortunately, there has been so much reliance on the period when the market goes long without proper planning for when the market goes short. Securities lending will create value for both situations so that even when the market goes short, you borrow and sell off and buy back when the securities have become low. In the end, there are equal benefits for all players in the market with the Securities Lending market,” he added.

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Stock market recovery short-lived as investors lose N199bn

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Investors in the Nigerian equities market lost N199 billion at the close of trading on Tuesday.

Before Monday’s N70 billion gain, investors had endured over two weeks of consecutive bearish trading sessions.

Yesterday’s loss followed the dip in the value of stocks like Honey Well Flour, FBNH, Oando and FTN Cocoa Processors, amongst others on the trading floor today.

After five hours of trading at the capital market, the equity capitalisation decreased to N56.1 trillion from N56.3 trillion posted by the bourse on Monday.

Similarly, the All-Share Index (ASI) decreased to 99,311.54 from 99,665.05 achieved by the bourse the previous day.

The market breadth was negative as 16 stocks advanced, 24 declined, while 75 others remained unchanged in 7,324 deals.

Sunu Assurances Nigeria led other gainers with 10 percent growth in share price to close at N1.10 from its previous N1.00 per share.

Japaul Gold and Ventures, CAP, and Omatek Ventures also raised their share prices by 9.58 percent, 9.38 percent, and 9.21 percent respectively.

On the flip side, Honeywell Flour Mills led other price decliners as it shed 9.89 percent off its share price to close at N3.19 from its previous N3.54 per share.

First Bank of Nigeria Holdings (FBNH), Oando, and FTN Cocoa Processors equally shed their share prices by 9.88 percent, 9.82 percent, and 9.40 percent respectively.

On the volume index, Transcorp traded 125.700 million shares valued at N1.8 billion in 467 deals followed by United Bank for Africa (UBA) which traded 55.486 million shares worth N1.27 billion in 685 deals.

Access Holdings traded 51.473 million shares valued at N883.2 million in 958 deals.

On the value index, Transcorp also recorded the highest value for the day trading stocks worth N1.89 billion followed by UBA which traded equities worth N1.27 billion in 685 deals.

Access Corp traded stocks worth N833 million in 958 deals.

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MRS Oil Nigeria seeks shareholders’ approval to delist from NGX

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The Board of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc will, at the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), request shareholders’ endorsement to voluntarily delist from the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The decision to exit from the NGX was contained in the notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held in Lagos on May 21, 2024.

The company will also seek shareholders’ approval for its Memorandum and Articles of Association (MemArts) to be modified to allow for a share buyback and share capital reduction.

This will be carried out in accordance with applicable laws and regulations at the discretion of the board.

It will also seek an understanding that following the conclusion of voluntary delisting and while the company remains public, the board is empowered to facilitate the admission of its shares on the NASD OTC Securities Exchange.

This action ensures compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s rules on trading in unlisted securities.

According to the statement signed by O.M Jafojo, Company Secretary, as part of special business, the company will request the shareholders to consider, and if thought fit, pass, with or without modification, the following sub-joined resolutions as special resolutions:

“That the voluntary delisting of all the Company’s issued shares from the daily official list of Nigerian Exchange Limited (the ‘Voluntary Delisting’) be and is hereby approved, on such terms and conditions (including but not limited to timing of implementation, arrangements for dissenting shareholders (if any) and the fulfilment of specific conditions precedent to effectiveness (if any)), that the Board of Directors of the Company (the ‘Board’) deems appropriate in connection with the Voluntary Delisting; and subject to obtaining all requisite regulatory approvals.

“That the Memorandum and Articles of Association (‘MemArts’) of the Company be and are hereby amended to authorize the Company to undertake a share buyback and share capital reduction.

“That the Company be and is hereby authorised to undertake a share buyback and share capital reduction in connection with any of its issued shares which may be purchased from dissenting shareholders where necessary as a consequence of the Voluntary Delisting; on such terms and conditions, in such volumes and at such times as the Board deems fit; subject to, and in accordance with, applicable laws and regulations.

“That the MemArts of the Company be amended upon completion of the share buyback and share capital reduction, to reflect the Company’s updated share capital.

“That upon conclusion of the Voluntary Delisting, and whilst the Company remains a public limited liability company, the Board be and is hereby authorised to take all such action as may be required, to admit the Company’s shares on the NASD OTC Securities Exchange in order to ensure that dealings in the Company’s shares are implemented in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Rules on Trading in Unlisted Securities.”

The company will also seek approval to authorise the board to take all such lawful actions and steps (including but not limited to entering into/executing such agreements and documents, appointing professional advisers and other parties, complying with directives of any regulatory authority) deemed necessary to give full effect to the above-referenced resolutions.

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Bearish trend halted as investors gain N70.87bn

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Investors in the Nigerian equities heaved a sigh of relief as the losing streak on the bourse was halted on Monday, April 22, 2024 as investors recorded a profit of N70bn at the end of trading.

This followed the boom in the share value of stocks like Japaul Gold, GTCO, FTN Cocoa, Universal Insurance Company and RT Briscoe amongst others on the trading floor today.

After five hours of trading at the capital market, the equity capitalization increased to N56.367 trillion from N56.296 trillion posted by the bourse on Friday, last week.

Similarly, the All-Share Index (ASI) grew to 99,665.05 from 99,539.75 achieved by the bourse the previous day.

The market breadth was negative 16 stocks advanced, 18 stocks declined, while 85 stocks remained unchanged in 8, 298 deals.

Japaul Gold and Ventures Plc led other gainers with 9.58 percent growth to close at N1.83 from its previous price of N1.67, Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), FTN Cocoa Processors, and Universal Insurance Plc are amongst other gainers that also grew their share prices by 9.55 percent, 8.76 percent, and 8.57 percent respectively.

On the flip side, The Initiate Plc led other price decliners as it shed 10% off its share price to close at N1.80 from its previous close of N2.00. Prestige Assurance, Omatek Ventures, and VitaFoam Nigeria Plc are amongst other losers that also shed their share prices by 9.84 percent, 9.52 percent, and 9.26 percent respectively.

On the volume index, Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Plc traded 50.158 million units of its shares in 630 deals, valued at N1.1774 billion followed by Access Holdings Plc which traded 48.067 million units of its shares in 951 deals, valued at N815.925 million and United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc which traded 41.746 million units of its shares in 776 deals, valued at N956.455 million.

On the value index, GTCO recorded the highest value for the day trading stocks worth N1.773bn in 630 deals followed by UBA which traded equities worth N956bn in 776 deals and ACCESSCORP which traded equities worth N815m in 951 deals.

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