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NSE Now to List Airtel Africa Plc on Tuesday

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Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has officially said that the postponed Airtel Africa listing on its platform has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.

 

Ahead of its secondary listing on the NSE, the telecom firm, at the weekend, unveiled plans to distribute 80 percent of its free cash flow as dividend to shareholders.

 

In a statement issued on Sunday, the NSE said, “The Exchange is aware of various media reports stating that the postponed Airtel Africa listing on NSE is scheduled for Monday, July 8.

 

“Please be informed that the official date for the listing is Tuesday, July 9.”

 

The NSE had on Friday postponed the listing of Airtel’s shares barely two hours to the planned time.

 

The bourse announced the postponement of the listing, saying there were processes yet to be followed by the firm.

 

The NSE, in a statement on Friday, said, “The cross-border secondary listing of 3,758,151,504 ordinary shares of Airtel Africa Plc has been postponed from the scheduled date of Friday, July 5, 2019.

 

“This postponement was necessitated by the need to ensure that the company meets all the post NSE approval pre-requisites for listing on the NSE.”

 

However, the facts before the listing event held as planned at 11.00 a.m. on Friday.

 

On Thursday, the NSE said in a circular that it granted a waiver to the firm as it did not meet the minimum requirement of 300 shareholders as of the day the listing was approved by the National Council of the Exchange.

 

Mr Oscar Onyema, chief executive officer, NSE, said there were processes yet to be followed and papers yet to be signed by the firm.

 

He said, “This is a highly-regulated matter; there are back-end processes that need to be followed by the company.”

 

Analysts at Vetiva Capital Management said Airtel’s addition of approximately N1.36tn in market capitalisation to the NSE would lift the bourse to a market cap of over N14tn, as well as effectively create a new major sector represented on the Exchange, the telecommunications sector.

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CBN Gives 3 New Banks Nod to Start Operations

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has confirmed the licensing of three new banks by adding them under different lists published on its website.

 

The new operators are Titan Trust Bank Limited, TAJ Bank Limited and Globus Bank Limited.

 

Though Titan Trust Bank Limited and Globus Bank Limited started operations earlier, the addition to the list of  Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and financial holding companies operating as on July 23, 2019, by the CBN has cleared every speculation.

 

The list also indicates that the regulator has issued a Non-Interest Banking license with regional authorisation to TAJ Bank Limited. While two of the newly licensed banks will operate as commercial lenders, the third one, TAJ Bank Limited was licensed to operate as a non-interest bank.

 

Before the banking reform of 2005, instituted by ex-governor of the CBN, Charles Soludo, Nigeria has as many as 89 banks operating as commercial and merchant banks. With the reform, which hiked minimum capital base to N25 billion from N2 billion, the number reduced to 24 universal banks.

 

However, subsequent alignment and take over by the regulators led to further consolidation in the operations of the banks, leading to a downward reduction in the number of operators.

 

The newly licensed TAJ Bank Limited has joined Jaiz Bank as only two operating as non-interest banks in the country.

 

Though details of the newly licensed lenders are still scanty, industry watchers revealed that Titan Trust Bank has as its Chairman, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Tunde O. Lemo, and Mr Mudassir Amray as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO).

 

Titan trust bank was established in 2018 but officially obtained its license in April 2019 as a national bank and started operations. The Executive director is Adaeze Udensi. The bank’s operations include Small and medium-scale enterprises (SME) banking, Digital banking and Commercial banking

 

Also, Globus bank limited obtained its regional banking license in 2019 and begun operations on May 2, 2019.

 

Available records show that the executive director of Globus Bank Limited is Elias Igbinakenzua. Igbinakenzua has had stints as an Executive Director of Zenith Bank and Access Bank respectively

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NDIC Pays N593.8m to Shareholders of Banks In-liquidation

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Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on Tuesday revealed that it paid the sum of N593.78 million to shareholders of some banks in-liquidation in 2018.

 

NDIC said this amount was paid to 48 shareholders of the affected lenders.

 

“The NDIC paid the sum of N593.78 million to 48 shareholders of Alpha Merchant Bank, Rims Merchant Bank and Continental Merchant Bank in 2018,” the report titled NDIC 2018 Annual Report.

 

It stated that the cumulative liquidation dividend paid amounted to N3.30 billion to 679 shareholders of six Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in-liquidation as at December 31, 2018 against N2.71 billion paid to 631 shareholders of DMBs in-liquidation as at December 31, 2017.

 

“However, the total liquidation dividend declared for shareholders of DMBs-in-liquidation stood at N4.04 billion as at December 31, 2018,” the report added.

 

The NDIC further said in the report that during the year, it paid the sum of N1.52 billion to uninsured depositors of 20 DMBs in-liquidation.

 

In total, the agency said it has paid the sum of N100.39 billion as liquidation dividend to uninsured depositors of closed DMBs as at December 31, 2018.

 

The report stated that through sustained and diligent liquidation activities, the NDIC has realized assets to fully pay the deposits of the customers of 17 out of the 49 DMBs in-liquidation.

 

“In effect, all the depositors of the 17 defunct banks who came forward to file their claims have been paid all their monies (both insured and uninsured) that were erstwhile trapped in such banks,” it said.

 

On the asset management activities in the year under review, the NDIC said it ensured the efficient conversion of assets of closed financial institutions to cash for the payment of liquidation dividend to uninsured depositors, creditors and shareholders.

 

“Overall, the NDIC realised the sum of N777.03 million from the disposal of risk assets, physical assets and investments for the DMBs, MFBs and PMBs in-liquidation during the year ended December 31, 2018,” it added.

 

Commenting on the major challenges faced in asset management activities in 2018, the agency said they were majorly inadequate documentation of borrowers’ information by failed banks; unwilling attitude of high net-worth debtors of failed banks to liquidate their debts; preponderance of uncollateralised loans; problems associated with identifying assets of judgment debtors; protracted legal processes due to frequent adjournment of cases; large outstanding insider-related debts usually characterised by poor documentation and insider abuse; and difficulties to repay loans induced by economic realities, policy inconsistencies as well as issues relating to moral hazards.

 

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Ecobank Takes Over Shoreline Power Company over N4.6Bn Debt

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Taiwo Ogbara, a receiver-manager appointed by Ecobank Nigeria Limited, has been empowered by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to have unrestricted access to one of the debtors of the financial institution, Shoreline Power Company Limited, into its premises.

 

The power firm was said to owe the lender about N4.6 billion and that when the bank appointed a receiver to take over the company, it resisted, which prompted a court action and Justice Chuka Obiozor restrained the firm’s management, including Orikolade Karim, Tunde Karim, Yinka Karim, Marc Hasenclever and Graeme Stout, from interfering with or obstructing Mr Ogbara in the course of his duties as receiver-manager, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

 

According to reports, the judge granted an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants or their agents from tampering with or disposing of the firm’s assets and properties covered by a Deed of All Assets Debenture of March 18, 2013 between Ecobank and Shoreline Power Company, registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

 

In his ruling, Justice Obiozor directed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and his officers and men to assist the receiver-manager in carrying out his duties over the firm’s properties and equipment and further granted an order of interim mareva injunction restraining all Nigerian banks from accepting or honouring any mandate or cheques presented by the defendants for the withdrawal of any sum kept in Shoreline Power Company’s account, pending hearing of the motion on notice.

 

The banks were also directed to file the company’s statements of account with them within 48 hours and to transfer such funds into a receivership account as may be requested by the receiver-manager.

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