Ellah Lakes Nigeria Plc has announced plans to sell down a fraction of its shares held by substantial shareholders of the company
The company made this announcement via a press statement published on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
The statement revealed that three major shareholders of the company have each undertaken to sell down 25% of their shares held in Ellah Lakes on or before the 15th of March, 2021.
In 2019, following the acquisition of Telluria, the free float of Ellah Lakes was reduced to 13% as the majority of the company’s shares were consolidated. However, the free float of the company currently stands at 14.55%, below the regulatory threshold of 20%.
In a bid to bring the Company into compliance with the 20% free float requirements of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, CBO Capital Partners, Blackman & Co, Osaro Oyegun who are substantial shareholders of Ellah lakes have resolved to sell down 25% of their holdings in the company.
Noting that the decision will help to put more shares of the company in the hands of the public, and resolve the lack of liquidity in the shares of Ellah lakes.
What they are saying
While speaking on this development the CEO of Ellah Lakes Plc, Chuka Mordi explained that the company needs to have more of its shares in the hands of the public, which is one of the reasons why Ellah Lakes is a publicly listed company.
He said: “We are working towards compliance, and we fully expect that we can achieve this by the deadline of 15th March 2021, so as to galvanize and encourage liquidity in the shares of Ellah lakes Plc.”
What you should know
- CBO Capital Partners Limited and Blackman & Co. Limited who are substantial shareholders with more than 15% stakes in Ellah Lakes Plc recently acquired additional shares of the company.
- Ellah lakes maintain a free float rate of 14.55%.
- According to figures contained in the Company’s 2020 Annual report, CBO Capital and Blackman & Co. Limited held 28.20% and 16.92% of the issued share capital of the company respectively, as of 31st July 2020.
- While Enotie Ogbebor and Osaro Oyegun, who are both directors in the company held 18.8% and 4.7% of the company’s shares respectively.