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30% equity of MTN’s shares could go to retail investors

This amount of free float is aimed at ensuring that a reasonable amount of the company’s shares get to be owned by the retail investors, otherwise known as the investing public.

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Ahead of MTN Nigeria’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) which is expected later this year, sources close to the situation are claiming that the company intends to target retail investors with about 30% of its ordinary shares.

This amount of free float is aimed at ensuring that a reasonable amount of the company’s shares get to be owned by the retail investors, otherwise known as the investing public.

The Nation reports that the notable telco’s earmarked 30% free float is “significantly above the minimum listing requirement at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)”.

A look at MTN’s current shareholding ratios 

About 75.8% of MTN Nigeria’s shares are currently held by MTN Group. This makes the South Africa-based group the majority shareholder in the leading Nigerian telco. Similarly, about 19% equity is held by some high net-worth Nigerian investors. Also, 2.8% of the company’s shares are currently owned by MTN NIC BV, while 1.7% is owned by Public Investment Corporation Limited.

According to the unnamed sources earlier referenced, MTN Nigeria Limited plans to use its Initial Public Offering to change the current make up of its shareholding in a way that it favours minority shareholders.

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More on MTN’s planned IPO and the proposed 30% free float

Anytime this year, MTN Nigeria will be listed on the NSE’s premium board.

Companies listed on this board are expected to have at least 20% free float, which translates to about ₦40 billion. This 20% free float represent shares held by ordinary shareholders in quoted companies. In other words, companies on the NSE premium board must set aside at least 20% of its shares for potential investors asides such companies’ primary shareholders, associate companies/subsidiaries, directors etc.

This 20% free float rule by the NSE is aimed at preventing “undue concentration of securities in the hands of the core investors and related interests”, The Nation reports. This is important because aside availing the investing public the opportunity to take advantage of IPOs as means of wealth creation, this rule also forestalls the possibility of stock prices’ manipulation which can occur when securities are concentrated in the hands of a few investors.

It is, therefore, a very good development that MTN Nigeria Limited is proposing a 30% free float.

Meanwhile, many details about MTN’s IPO are yet certain… 

From all indications, the MTN Initial Public Offering is earnestly expected this year. Some analysts have projected that the company will raise between $400 million and $500 million during the IPO. These projections are made in view of the fact that the company’s shares will be viable, thereby attracting lots of investors.

However, an MTN spokesperson who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on condition of anonymity, recently debunked rumours that MTN had earlier declared to offer shares valued at $500 million during its IPO.

The spokesperson also stated that MTN Nigeria Limited has yet to fix a definitive date for its IPO, a declaration that inevitably cast doubt over earlier speculations that the main event would happen before November and December this year.

Recall that the company had agreed to list on the NSE as part of the fulfillment of the sanctions slammed on it in 2015 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

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Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs.He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor.Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan.If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Economy & Politics

Senate President lists benefits of PIB as public hearing on the bill opens

Ahmad Lawan has listed the benefits of the PIB presently before the National Assembly for consideration.

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which is presently before the National Assembly for consideration and passage will ensure that Nigerians benefit optimally from crude oil production and sale of fossil fuel reserves.

According to a statement that was issued by the Special Assistant, Press to the Senate President, Tabiowo Ezrel, this disclosure was made by Lawan, while declaring open a 2-day public hearing on the bill by the National Assembly on Monday, January 25, 2021.

The Senate President pointed out that the National Assembly in its consideration of the piece of legislation would ensure that the bill when passed into law, guarantees improved revenue earnings for the country.

What the Senate President is saying

Lawan in his statement said, ‘’Let me say this, we (National Assembly) will pass this bill not without ensuring that it is a bill that satisfies certain conditions. Nigeria is blessed with these resources, we want Nigeria to benefit optimally from them. In fact, we are in a hurry because we have lost so many years of benefits that we could have had.’’

He, however, noted that the non-passage of the PIB had been a major drag on the industry over the years, significantly limiting its ability to attract both local and foreign capital at a time when many other countries are scrambling to exploit their oil and gas resources.

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Going further, Lawan said, ‘’The mere knowledge that the nation’s oil industry is still being governed by laws enacted more than 50 years ago is ludicrous and extremely disappointing.

‘’As legislators, we will strive to deliver a Bill that will enhance the growth of our oil and gas industry, modernize our fiscal system and enhance competitiveness, while creating harmony for all stakeholders. This is a promise we have made and that we shall achieve.’’

‘’Nigeria must have an oil and gas industry that benefits its people. Equally, our oil and gas industry must be competitive. We must create a sustainable investment climate, where business in the sector will flourish,’’ he said.

He also added that the determination by the legislature to pass the Bill is driven by the need to overhaul a system that has refused to operate optimally in line with global standards, resulting in loss of continental competitiveness, transparency, accountability, good governance and economic loss for the petroleum industry and the country.

The Different chapters of the PIB

The Senate President revealed that the PIB comprises of 4 chapters that outline;

  • How to create efficient and effective governing institutions with clear and separate roles for the petroleum industry,
  • Establish a framework for the creation of a commercially oriented and profit-driven National Petroleum Company,
  • Promote transparency, good governance and accountability in the administration of the petroleum resources of Nigeria among others.

Other benefits of the PIB

He also noted that the PIB upon passage and assent into law by the President;

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  • Would foster sustainable prosperity within host communities, provide direct social and economic benefits from petroleum operations to host communities,
  • Create a framework to support the development of host communities among others
  • Establish a progressive fiscal framework that encourages investment in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry,
  • Balancing rewards with risk and enhancing revenues to the Federal Government of Nigeria,
  • Provide a forward-looking fiscal framework that is based on core principles of clarity, dynamism and fiscal rules of general applications,
  • Establish a fiscal framework that expands the revenue base of the Federal Government while ensuring a fair return to investors.

Lawan assured that the National Assembly during the public hearing would deal with all issues relating to the oil and gas industry with thoroughness and effectiveness so as to avert colossal losses to the nation’s economy.

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Nigeria’s Sparkle partners with Network International for virtual and physical payment cards

Nigeria’s Sparkle signs with payment experts Network International for virtual and physical payment cards.

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Nigerian fintech startup Sparkle, a digital ecosystem providing financial, lifestyle, and business support services, has partnered with Network International, to power its recently launched payment card offering.

This is coming months after collaborating with Visa to enable them to issue Visa cards to its users.

Founded by former Diamond Bank chief executive officer (CEO) and tech entrepreneur, Uzoma Dozie with the aim of providing seamless solutions to Nigerian individuals, SMEs, and retailers. Sparkle’s new virtual and plastic debit cards are targeted at SMEs and upwardly mobile, unbanked consumers across Nigeria, bringing them the convenience, flexibility, safety, and security of cashless payments across various channels.

What they are saying

  • According to Uzoma Dozie, “Digital adoption and customer experience are going to be dependent on the people, platform, and partnership. In the area of payment processing and data insights, Network International brings that to our platform, and we are truly excited about the future of the partnership and what it means for the enablement and transformational impact for Nigerians anywhere in the world who are connected to the Sparkle platform.”
  • Also speaking on this new partnership, Andrew Key, Managing Director – Africa, Network International, said, “We are delighted to strengthen our strategic alliance with Sparkle as it seeks to further disrupt the payments offering to consumers and retailers in Nigeria. Building on our two decades of experience within payments and deep insight of the African market, we look forward to deploying our trusted platform and best-in-class technology towards supporting digital and financial inclusion of Nigerian consumers and businesses.”

Sparkles’ collaboration with Network International is based on their shared commitment to further the adoption of digital payments among emerging markets across Africa and the Middle East. Its users can make in-app payments with the new virtual card, and also make e-commerce transactions with the cards attached to their Sparkle profile.

This collaboration will offer Sparkle access to the Network’s years of experience and expertise in creating card solutions for emerging markets. The company can also benefit from Network’s advanced digital infrastructure and robust security protocols, avoiding the need to invest in expensive card management infrastructure.

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AFEX appoints Kamaldeen Raji as MD of AFEX Fair Trade Limited

Mr Kamaldeen Raji has been appointed as the Managing Director of AFEX Fair Trade Limited.

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AFEX appoints Kamaldeen Raji as Managing Director of AFEX Fair Trade Limited

Leading commodities market player, AFEX has announced the appointment of Kamaldeen Raji as the Managing Director of AFEX Fair Trade Limited (AFEX Fair Trade).

This information was contained in an exclusive disclosure sent to Nairametrics today the 25th of January 2021.

According to the information contained in the press statement, the appointment is in line with AFEX’s mandate of strengthening trade infrastructure for Nigeria’s commodities market, while providing support for smallholder farmers, who are key players in the agricultural value chain.

What they are saying

The CEO of AFEX, Ayodeji Balogun, who commented on the appointment of the New Managing Director, said:

  • “I am delighted to have Kamaldeen stepping into the leadership at AFEX as the Managing Director of AFEX Fair Trade. This is in alignment with AFEX’s five-year strategy that consolidates the best aspects of our business into business units that will deliver impressive wins in trading, financing and market system development for Africa’s commodities market.”

Kamaldeen Raji, Managing Director, AFEX Fair Trade limited said:

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  • “AFEX has delivered on its promise for a working commodities exchange model for West Africa after six years of operations in Nigeria. I am excited to join the executive leadership to contribute to our next five years as a business.”
  • “As I drive our strategy to reach one million farmers and expand our national storage capacity to 500,000 MT over the next five years, AFEX Fair Trade will build on the success of previous years.”
  • “Through AFEX Fair Trade, AFEX will continue to contribute to impact metrics that align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, 5, and 8; no poverty, zero hunger, gender equality, and decent work and economic growth.”

Kamaldeen prior to his appointment as the Managing Director of AFEX Fair Trade Limited had previously served in Commercial Manager’s capacity for AFEX. This position monitored all commercial partnerships with a focus to drive revenue activities and growth opportunities.

It is important to note that, AFEX Fair Trade is one of AFEX’s business units, responsible for commodities trading and storage, the company is charged with the task of providing extension services to farmers in a bid to boost their productivity and incomes across all segments of the agricultural value chain.

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