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Corporate Actions: 6 red cards and an exit from sugarland

Corporate actions are decisions taken by companies’ boards of directors.

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Corporate actions are decisions taken by companies’ boards of directors or management teams, that could have an impact on the firms themselves or shareholders.

Examples of corporate actions include the payment of dividends, closing of shareholders’ registers, announcing qualification dates and Annual General Meeting (AGM) dates.

Here is a review of corporate actions that took place last week and those scheduled for this week.

Corporate Actions that took place last week

LASACO Assurance Plc

LASACO Assurance Plc held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on the 10th of October. Shareholders approved an increase in the company’s share capital.

An exit from Sugarland

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc announced the resignation of its Group Managing Director, Abdullahi Sule. Few weeks ago, Nairametrics had reported that Sule might step down following his clinching the APC gubernatorial ticket for Nassarawa State.

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Six red cards

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) placed the shares of DN Tyre & Rubber Plc, FTN Cocoa Processors, International Energy Insurance Plc, Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc, Union Dicon Salt Plc and Unic Diversified Holdings Plc on suspension.

The companies were suspended for failure to submit their results as at when required. Union Dicon and Thomas Wyatt have since responded with the release of most recent results.

A N10 billion raise

Eterna Oil Plc this week announced the proposed issuance of a N10 Billion 270 – day Commercial Paper (CP). Funds raised in the CP will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.

Corporate Actions taking place this week

PZ Cussons Nigeria and Royal Exchange Plc will be holding their Annual General Meetings (AGMs) on the 18th of October 2018.

A week full of board meetings

RT Briscoe, Transcorp Hotels Plc will be holding their board meetings on October 16, 2018.

Guaranty Trust Bank and Royal Exchange Plc will be holding board meetings on October 17, 2018.

Diamond Bank and Africa Prudential Plc will hold board meetings on October 18 2018.

Chemical and Allied Products Plc and Dangote Cement Plc will hold their board meetings on October 19 2018.

Main agenda is to consider Q3 2018 results.

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Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training. He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy. You can contact him via [email protected]

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Cryptocurrency

Ripple’s chairman transfers 500,000,000 XRP

Chris Larsen, Ripple’s co-founder and Chairman transferred 499,999,979XRP. 

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The fourth most valuable crypto in the crypto-verse is on limelight again. Data from Whale Alert revealed that Chris Larsen, Ripple’s co-founder and Chairman transferred 499,999,979XRP  worth (115,847,491 USD) to unknown wallet.

The Ripple’s co-founder, via his Twitter feed, commented on the move, and further revealed the unknown wallet, he transferred the huge stacks of Ripple.

“As some of you may have noticed, I moved an $XRP wallet to NYDIG. I’ve known the founders for a while, and am impressed by their security and top-notch institutional standards — this is truly custody 2.0.,” Larsen tweeted.

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What we know: NYDIG provides digital asset services to investors around the world. NYDIG’s custody platform, built fully in-house, is designed to satisfy the highest regulatory, audit, and governance standards, and NYDIG’s team is comprised of professionals with deep experience in capital markets, technology, and digital assets.

Quick fact: Ripple (XRP) plays dual roles as a payment platform and a currency. The platform is an open-source platform that is created to allow quick and cheap transactions.

Unlike its crypto rival, Bitcoin, which was never intended to be a simple payment system, Ripple has gained the attention of major global banks such as Standard Chartered and Barclays for international transactions worldwide.

Global banks having a relationship with Ripple

Japan-based Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, with assets of more than USD 2.8 trillion, announced in November 2018 that, in cooperation with Ripple, it would provide an international money transfer service on the payment corridor from Japan to Brazil.

Banks using Ripple include Europe’s banking giant, HSBC Holdings Plc, with assets of about $2.5 trillion, which disclosed in 2019 that it would use the XRP payment solution.

Japan Post Bank with assets of USD 1.9 trillion, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, and Mizuho Financial Group with trillions of dollars in assets, also have a close relationship with Ripple Asia. Others having a relationship with Ripple include Banco Santander, Barclays PLC, Royal Bank of Canada, and Toronto-Dominion Bank.

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Stock Market

MTN Nigeria records gain, investors profit up by N42 billion

REDSTAREX led 9 Gainers as against 17 Losers topped by UBN at the end of today’s session.

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Nigerian bourse on Tuesday closed its trading session on an impressive note. The All Share Index gained by +0.31% to close at 25,574.35 points as against +0.01% appreciation recorded on Monday.

  • Its Year-to-Date (YTD) returns currently stands at -4.42%. Nigerian Stock Exchange capitalization presently stands at N13.408 trillion.
  • Investors gained N42.09 Billion.
  • Nigerian bourse trading turnover printed positive as Nigerian Stock Market trading moved and gained 33.61% as against +1.36% uptick recorded on Monday.
  • ZENITHBANK, FBNH, and TRANSCORP were the most active to boost market turnover.
    Market breadth ended negative as REDSTAREX led 9 Gainers as against 17 Losers topped by UBN at the end of today’s session – an unimproved performance when compared with the previous outlook.

Top gainers

  • REDSTAREX up 9.80% to close at N3.25
  • TRANSEXPR up 9.33% to close at N0.82
  • MTNN up 2.41% to close at N123
  • FBNH up 2.04% to close at N5
  • DANGSUGAR up 0.83% to close at N12.1

Top losers

  • UBN down 6.54% to close at N5
  • INTBREW down 2.94% to close at N3.3
  • UACN down 1.56% to close at N6.3
  • PRESCO down 0.80% to close at N49.5
  • DANGCEM down 0.22% to close at N134.7

Outlook

Nigerian bourse unsurprisingly ended higher amid rising oil prices and high buying pressures noticed in NSE30 stocks like Dangote Sugar, First Bank, and MTN Nigeria.

  • Market liquidity was notably higher as institutional investors increased their stakes on decent stock brands.
  • In spite of the sell-offs in global markets, and the dollar strengthening upward, as Local investors are taking advantage of undervalued stocks across the spectrum
  • Nairametrics, however, envisages caution in selecting stocks, as market indicators show high uncertainty in the coming days.

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Debt Securities

United Capital Plc lists N10 billion fixed rate bonds

United Capital Plc has listed its N10bn, 5 Year 12.5% Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Series I Bonds.

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Today, September 22, 2020, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) announced the listing of United Capital Plc’s N10 billion, 5 year senior unsecured fixed-rate series bonds due 2025, with a 12.5% interest.

In a statement made available on the NSE website, and signed by Godstime Iwenekhai, Head, Listings Regulation, the medium-term bond will be issued as part of the N30 billion Debt Issuance Programme.

The subscription for the offer will last for twelve (12) days, as the offer will open on the 4th of May, 2020, and close on the 15th of May, 2020.

Summary of the offer

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  • Issuer: United Capital Plc
  • Offer date: 28th of May, 2020
  • Maturity date: 28th of May, 2025.
  • Units of sale: 10,000,000
  • Price: N1000 per units offered
  • Coupon rate: 12.5%

Redemption: Semi-annually, and payable in arrears on 28th November and 28th May of each year, up to and including the Maturity Date.

Note: Senior unsecured bonds are a non-convertible corporate bond, that is not subordinated to any other unsecured indebtedness of the related issuer. Hence, it guarantees bondholders a quick payout in cases of default. While a fixed rate bond is a long-term bond, with an already specified coupon rate (Interest).

United Capital Plc, is a leading African financial and investment banking group, providing bespoke value-added service to its client. The firm was incorporated in Nigeria on March 14, 2004.

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