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eTranzact international PLC may have a capital raise on the horizon going by a recent notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

In the notice, the firm stated that an Extraordinary General Meeting would hold on Thursday, January 17, 2019. The main agenda at the meeting is to obtain shareholders approval to raise additional capital to the tune of ₦7 billion.

Details of the proposed raise 

The capital raised could either take the form of equity, debt, private placement or a combination that would be determined by eTranzact international Plc board of directors.

eTranzact international would, however, be raising its authorized share capital from ₦2.1 billion divided into 4.2 ordinary shares of ₦0.50 each to ₦9.1 billion divided into 18.1 billion ordinary shares of ₦0.50 each by the creation of additional 14 billion ordinary shares.

Reasons for the proposed raise 

In a separate notice to the NSE, the company shed more light on the reasons behind the proposed raise, and how the capital raised will be utilized.

The decision to raise additional capital became imperative considering the need of the Company to expand its operations, deepen its market share and to remain competitive in the financial technology industry.

The firm may also be considering an expansion of its operations to stay ahead of the new players in the fintech space.

rapid development in the Electronic Payment System has led to the emergence of many key players and stiffer competition with the industry. The financial, technological, workforce and corporate governance requirements have also changed to an unprecedented level as a result of key reforms within the sector.

How the funds will be applied  

According to the firm

The funding will be used to upgrade and enhance the Company’s technology infrastructure and network security systems and also to improve on its service delivery among other lawful purposes.

In addition, the eTranzact international PLC plans to invest in an agent network expansion Program, as well as human resources, and employee development.

eTranzact international closed at ₦3.95 in yesterday’s trading session on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, unchanged from the prior day.

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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 onome.ohwovoriole@nairametrics.com


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