Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications company in Africa, on Thursday confirms the default currency and options on currency election for interim dividend, and the currency exchange rates that will be applicable Great Britain Pound or the Nigerian Naira.
In a statement signed by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary, Airtel Africa, and released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the telecom giant said shareholders that hold London Stock Exchange may elect to receive their entire dividend payment in GBP or USD Dollar. See the details below.
Arrangements for Shareholders that hold their shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE):
Shareholders that hold their shares on the London Stock Exchange may elect to receive their
entire dividend payment in GBP or USD Dollar.
Partial elections are not permissible.
Holders electing to receive a dividend should specify a choice of currency by completing the
Currency Election Form and return to Computershare Investor Services plc.
Shareholders holding their shares on the LSE who do not indicate their currency of choice
before 27 November 2020 will receive their dividends in USD.
The closing date for the dividend currency election to the Company’s Registrars
Computershare Investor Services plc in the UK is 27 November 2020.
Currency election forms can be obtained by contacting the Company’s Registrars,
Computershare Investor Services plc, on the Company’s dedicated telephone line: +44
Arrangements for Shareholders that hold their shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE):
Shareholders that hold their shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange may elect to receive their
entire dividend payment in Dollars.
Partial elections are not permissible.
Holders electing to receive a dividend in Dollars should complete the Currency Election Form
and return to United Securities Limited (address as shown above) or email to
Shareholders holding their shares on the NSE who do not indicate their currency of choice
before 27 November 2020 will receive their dividends in Naira.
The closing date for the dividend currency election to the Company’s Registrars United
Securities Limited in Nigeria is 27 November 2020.
Currency election forms can found on the website of the Company’s Registrar’s at
www.unitedsecuritieslimited.com or this direct link: https://bit.ly/2IhpY2o
The following currency exchange rate will be applicable in the determination of the interim dividend
payment to any shareholders that qualify for and have elected to receive the interim dividend
1 USD = 386 Naira
1 USD = 0.7534 GBP
The exchange rate for the Naira amounts payable was determined by reference to the exchange
rates applicable to the US Dollar available on 10 November 2020.
Investors Lose N720bn in Midweek Sell-Offs
Investors at the Nigerian Exchange Group lost N720 billion on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of bearish activity on the exchange.
The Exchange has now lost a combined N1.54 trillion in the last three days.
On Wednesday, the All-Share Index plummeted by 1.31% to 99,302.37 points while market capitalization dropped to N54.32 trillion. This downward spiral brought the year-to-date returns to 32.80%.
Market breadth remained negative with only five gainers compared to 52 decliners.
Notable gainers included PZ Cussons, Juli Plc, and Axa Mansard, while FCMB Group, Lafarge Africa, and Nigerian Breweries led the decliners with losses of 10% each.
Bearish sentiments spread across various sectors, particularly Banking, Insurance, and Consumer Goods, experiencing declines of 6.90%, 3.72%, and 1.20%, respectively.
The negative trend was fueled by sell-offs in prominent stocks like Sterling Financial Holdings, Wema Bank, and AccessCorp.
Despite improved trading volume and total deals, which rose by 41.28% and 15.40% respectively, the total traded value fell by 4.80% to N5.83 billion.
Transcorp Plc emerged as the most traded security by volume, while Zenith Bank led in traded value at N1 billion, indicating mixed sentiments among investors amidst market uncertainties.
FBN Holdings, Multiverse, MTN Nigeria Lead Losers on Nigerian Exchange
FBN Holdings, Multiverse, and MTN Nigeria emerged as the top losers on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Tuesday as market capitalisation dipped by N773 billion.
FBN Holdings, one of the most capitalized financial firms, declined by 10% to close at N30.60 per share.
This drop comes after the company had recently risen to prominence in the financial sector.
Multiverse, an active player in the industrial goods sector, also shed 10% to settle at N15.30 per share while MTN Nigeria saw its shares dip by 9.94% to N222.90 per share.
The downward trend in these key stocks contributed to the overall bearish performance of the Nigerian Exchange as the All-Share Index dipped by 1.39% and market capitalisation moderated to N55.04 trillion.
Market sentiment remained negative, with 27 losers outweighing 10 gainers, indicating widespread sell-offs across various sectors. Africa Prudential Plc, Omatek, and Juli Plc were among the few gainers.
Despite the challenges faced by these companies, market analysts remain cautiously optimistic about the prospects of the Nigerian Exchange.
They emphasize the importance of monitoring market dynamics and making informed investment decisions amidst the prevailing volatility.
As the Nigerian Exchange navigates through turbulent waters, investors are advised to exercise prudence and diligence in their investment strategies to mitigate risks and capitalize on potential opportunities that may arise in the market.
Nestle, Eterna, Fidson Drag Nigerian Exchange Down, Wiping Out N51bn
The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) opened the week in the red as Nestle Plc, Eterna, and Fidson Healthcare Plc closed lower to wipe out a combined N51 billion from the market capitalization.
Nestle Plc shed 10 percent to close at N990 per share while Eterna and Fidson Healthcare Plc plummeted by 9.97 percent and 9.82 percent to settle at N15.80 and N15.15 per share, respectively.
At the close of trading, the All-Share Index (ASI) dipped by 0.09 per cent to 101,995.53 points and the NGX market capitalization fell to N55.81 trillion.
This downturn reflects investors’ concerns about the stability of these key companies amidst broader economic uncertainties.
Analysts had anticipated a bearish sentiment as investors sought guidance from economic policymakers and corporate earnings reports.
With the NGX struggling to find solid footing, investors remain cautious about their portfolio allocations, especially with rising fixed-income yields and impending monetary policy decisions.
The trading session saw a marginal increase in transaction volume, rising by 1.14 percent to 294.32 million units.
However, the value of transactions surged by 12 per cent to N6.72 billion, indicating intensified trading activity despite the overall market decline.
Also, the number of deals rose by 29 percent to 9,957, showcasing heightened market participation.
While the banking sector recorded a modest 1.35 percent gain, driven by increased interest in FBN Holdings, JaizBank, and Sterling Financial Holdings Plc, other sectors faced challenges.
The consumer goods and oil/gas sectors experienced notable declines, contributing to the overall negative sentiment.
As market participants await corporate earnings reports and the outcome of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting, the NGX remains susceptible to volatility, highlighting the need for cautious investment strategies in the current economic landscape.
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