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SEC Reduces Cost of Raising Capital



  • SEC Reduces Cost of Raising Capital

The Securities and Ex change Commission, SEC, yesterday, released a draft rule seeking reduction in cost of primary equity and fixed income issues by various trade groups in the capital market, including the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, and the Commission.

In the draft rule, titled: “Exposure of Proposed New Rule and Sundry Amendment to the Rules and Regulations of the Commission”, SEC stated that the total cost of issue should not exceed 2.833 per cent and 2.293 per cent of the total gross proceeds of the issue for equity and bonds respectively, this excluding underwriting commission and registrars’ fees.

A breakdown of the new cost structure indicates that on equity, any N500 million to be raised by an issuer would attract 0.275 per cent fee from SEC as against 0.30 per cent previously charged; next N500 million will attract 0.225 per cent fees, while balance above N1 billion will attract 0.15 per cent commission.

For the NSE, listing fee on the Main Board will henceforth attract 0.25 per cent of offer size subject to maximum fee of N200 million; listing fee for the Premium Board stands at 0.25 per cent of offer size subject to maximum fee of N400 million, while listing on ASeM attract flat fees of N100,000.

For every initial N1 billion being raised by companies from the equities market, issuing houses are expected to charge 1.35 per cent of offer size, next N1 billion will attract 1.225 per cent fee, while balance over N2 billion will cost the issuer 1.15 per cent of the offer size.

The Central Securities and Clearing System, CSCS’ commission is capped at N5million at 0.0075 per cent of the offer size as against 0.01 per cent previously charged.

For fixed income primary issuance fees, the SEC is expected to charge 0.15 per cent on the first N500 million being raised by an issuer compared to 0.15 per cent of offer size previously charged. The next N500 million will as well attract 0.145 per cent fee, while balance above N1 billion will attract 0.1425 per cent fee. For the NSE, there is zero fee for companies already having equity listing, compared to 0.15 per cent of offer size originally paid by issuers. Meanwhile, companies without equity listing are expected to pay 0.0375 per cent issuance fee. While that of CSCS is capped at N5 million at 0.0075 per cent of the offer size, stockbrokers are expected to colect 0.13 per cent of offer size as fee.

On the other hand, the Commission proposed 900 per cent increase in registration filing fees for all categories of Capital Market Operators, CMOs, from N5,000 to N50,000, while processing fee is pegged at N200,000.

According to the proposed rule, registration for stock/commodities exchanges, bankers to an issuer, clearing and settlement agency/depository agency should be increased by 900 per cent from N100,000 to N1 million respectively, registration for an over-the-counter market is being raised to N1 million, while that of inter broker/dealer and capital trade points have been pegged at N500,000 respectively.

Registration for broker/dealer, fund manager, registrar and trustees should also be raised by 40 per cent from N100,000 to N500,000; the fee for issuing houses, market , custodian of securities and underwriters is being upped from N200,000 to N500,000, representing 150 per cent increase. For people seeking to enter the market as broker, dealers, capital market consultants (corporates), corporate investment advisers and rating agencies, the expected registration fees stands at N300,000 from initial N100,000. Capital market consultant (partnership), sub-broker and individual investment advisers will have their fees raised from N50,000 to N200,000.

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Adesola Adeduntan’s Early Departure Prompts First Bank Holdings to Scrap Capital Raise Plans



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First Bank Holdings Plc has decided to scrap its plans for capital raise following the early departure of its Managing Director, Adesola Adeduntan.

The decision to cancel the extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which was planned to discuss the proposed N300 billion capital raise, comes amidst Adeduntan’s resignation from his role, eight months before the scheduled expiration of his tenure.

The bank formally announced the cancellation of the EGM in a filing seen by Investors King on Friday.

The meeting, which was initially scheduled to be held virtually on April 30, 2024, aimed to seek authorization from the company’s members for the capital raise and address other related matters.

Adeduntan’s resignation, announced on the same day as the cancellation of the EGM, comes as a result of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s tenure requirements affecting bank executives.

In his retirement letter addressed to the Chairman of First Bank, Adeduntan expressed gratitude for the support received during his stewardship and highlighted the strides made by the bank during his tenure.

He stated, “During this period, the bank and its subsidiaries have undergone significant changes and broken new grounds. We have repositioned the institution as an enviable financial giant in Africa.”

Adeduntan further mentioned his decision to pursue other interests, prompting his early retirement effective April 20, 2024.

The cancellation of the capital raise plans shows the impact of Adeduntan’s departure on the bank’s strategic initiatives.

It reflects a shift in priorities for First Bank Holdings as it navigates leadership changes and seeks to chart a new course for its future direction.

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First Bank MD, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Resigns to Pursue New Opportunities



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Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the Managing Director of First Bank Nigeria Limited, has announced his resignation from the bank after nine years of leadership.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of First Bank, Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale, Dr. Adeduntan expressed his decision to step down voluntarily, effective April 20, 2024, to pursue new opportunities.

Having served as the CEO since January 1, 2016, Dr. Adeduntan’s tenure has been marked by significant transformations within the institution. Under his leadership, First Bank and its subsidiaries have undergone substantial changes, positioning the bank as a formidable financial powerhouse in Africa.

In his resignation letter, Dr. Adeduntan highlighted the achievements made during his tenure, stating, “We have repositioned the institution as an enviable financial giant in Africa.”

He expressed gratitude to the board of directors of First Bank and FBN Holdings Plc for their support throughout his stewardship.

Dr. Adeduntan’s decision to resign comes as he approaches the end of his contract, which was set to expire on December 31, 2024.

He stated, “After which I would no longer be eligible for employment within the bank.” Despite his departure, he wished the institution continued success and progress in its evolution.

Throughout his career in banking and finance spanning over three decades, Dr. Adeduntan has been recognized for his contributions and received numerous awards.

He holds a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, and an MBA from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Dr. Adeduntan’s departure marks the end of an era for First Bank, as the institution prepares to transition into a new phase of its evolution.

His leadership has left a lasting legacy of transformation and growth, and his contributions will be remembered in the annals of the bank’s history.

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UBA America Strengthens Commercial Diplomacy, Hosts Diplomats, Others at World Bank Summit




UBA America, the United States subsidiary of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc hosted diplomats, government officials and business leaders to a networking reception in partnership with the esteemed Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and the U.S. Department of States in Washington DC on Monday .

The event which was held on the sidelines of the ongoing IMF World Bank Spring Meetings was organised by the BCIU and US Department of State to enhance collaboration and fortify commercial diplomacy among nations, institutions and individuals.

Speaking during the event, UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, noted that the bank’s co-hosting of the event via its American subsidiary, underscores its commitment towards cultivating robust relationships within the development communities in the United States.

He said, “As a distinguished member of BCIU, a non-profit organisation providing customised commercial diplomacy services, UBA Group and UBA America share BCIU’s vision of actively pursuing strategic opportunities, contributing to global economic cooperation, deepening of economic diplomacy, facilitating ideas, forging partnerships, and adding value for all stakeholders.”.

“Our resolve to co-host this Networking Reception symbolises our dedication to fostering inclusive economic growth and partnership across borders. By leveraging platforms like this, we can collectively address shared challenges and seize opportunities for sustainable development,” he stated further.

BCIU is a non-profit Association comprising of policy experts, strategic advisors, and trade educators, and offers bespoke commercial diplomacy services to the world’s governments and leading organisations, from Fortune 100 companies to global investors and multilateral institutions.

Only last year, the CEO UBA America, Sola Yomi-Ajayi, was appointed to the Board of BCIU, where she collaborates with fellow board members to ensure the organisation operates in alignment with its by-laws and New York 501(c)3 non-profit legislation.

Yomi-Ajayi has been committed to nurturing long-term organisational growth and sustainability, thereby reinforcing the bond between UBA America, BCIU, and the broader international community.

UBA America is the United States subsidiary of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, one of Africa’s leading financial institutions with presence in 20 African countries, as well as in the United Kingdom, France, and the United Arab Emirates. UBA America serves as a vital link between Africa and the global financial markets, offering a range of banking services tailored to meet the needs of individuals, businesses, and institutions.

As the only sub-Saharan African bank with an operational banking license in the U.S., UBA America is uniquely positioned to provide corporate banking services to North American institutions doing business with or in Africa.

UBA America delivers treasury, trade finance, and correspondent banking solutions to sovereign and central banks, financial institutions, SMEs, foundations, and multilateral and development organizations. Leveraging its knowledge, capacity, and unique position as part of an international banking group, the Bank seeks to provide exceptional value to our customers around the world.

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