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Number of U.S. IPOs increased by 108% to 407 in 2020, highest in two decades



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Number of U.S. IPOs increased by 108% to 407 in 2020, highest in two decades

Data researched by Trading Platforms indicate that the United States IPOs increased by 108.71% between 2019 and 2020 from 195 to 407. This is the highest number in two decades.

Highest U.S. IPO number recorded in 1999

Over the last 21 years, 1999 registered the highest number of IPOs in history at 486, which dropped to 429 in 2000. The number also dropped sharply by 79.48% to 88 in 2003 before rising to 260 in 2004.

In 2007, the number of IPOs rose to 296 before declining by 80.74% to 57 in 2008. This was the lowest number of IPOs in the last two decades. The IPOs slightly rose to 69 in 2009 and then 168 in 2020.

Over the last decade, the IPOs fluctuated to stand at 123 (2011), 132 (2012), 220 (2013), 268 (2014), 162 (2015), 100 (2016), 176 (2017), and 214 (2018).

The report issued a future outlook for the U.S. IPO market after a successful 2020 despite the pandemic. According to the research report:

“The growth should continue as the country returns to normal operations from the pandemic, thanks to the vaccine roll out and increasing investor confidence. Furthermore, with investing becoming more attractive to young people, participation in IPO is expected to grow in-line with the trend.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

Nigerian Stock Exchange

Investors Jump on Union Bank of Nigeria’s Shares Amid Acquisition Rumour



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Shares of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, rose by 50 kobo or 9.26 percent on Monday following reports that Atlas Mara Limited, a 49.7 percent owner in the bank has been talking to investors to sell its stake.

Investors King had reported that Bloomberg sources claimed Atlas Mara Limited, a London Stock Exchange-listed pan-African banking group started by Mr. Bob Diamond is in talks with Zenith Bank, Access Bank and other investors across Africa to sell its holding in the bank.

Since the report became public investors have been acquiring shares of Union Bank in case Zenith Bank or Access Bank, one of the leading banks in the country, acquire it. Even the bank’s CEO, Godson Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, purchased an additional 2,431,917 ordinary shares of the bank on Thursday, according to the bank’s latest disclosure filing.

Union Bank of Nigeria was the third-highest gainer on Monday.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N59.4 billion on Monday to close at N20.491 trillion on Monday.

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Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Exchange Limited Gains N59.4 Billion on Monday



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Stocks in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, gained N59.4 billion on Monday amid positive first-quarter results.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited All-Share Index rose by 0.29 percent from 39,198.75 index points it closed on Friday to settle at 39312.74 index points on Monday.

During the trading hours of Monday, investors traded 324.187 million shares valued at N3.281 billion in 4,867 deals.

The market value of listed stocks grew by N59.4 billion from N20.431 trillion recorded on Friday to N20.491 trillion on Monday.

Regency Assurance Plc (Regalins) led gainers with N0.03 or 9.68 percent to close the day at N0.31 per share.

Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRANS) followed with the same amount of gain, N0.03 or 9.68 percent to settle at N0.31 a share. Union Bank of Nigeria came third with N0.5 or 9.26 percent to close at N5.5 per share. See the details below.

Top Gainers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
REGALINS N0.31 N0.34 0.03 9.68%
ABCTRANS N0.31 N0.34 0.03 9.68%
UBN N5.40 N5.90 0.50 9.26%
LINKASSURE N0.69 N0.75 0.06 8.70%
MBENEFIT N0.37 N0.40 0.03 8.11%

Top Losers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
UNITYBNK N0.60 N0.55 -0.05 -8.33%
JAPAULGOLD N0.60 N0.56 -0.04 -6.67%
NEIMETH N1.82 N1.71 -0.11 -6.04%
FLOURMILL N31.00 N29.50 -1.50 -4.84%
CHAMS N0.22 N0.21 -0.01 -4.55%

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
ETRANZACT 72,175,979.00 N162,395,952.75
ZENITHBANK 44,000,748.00 N1,015,465,286.05
ACCESS 22,978,740.00 N189,173,515.95
UBA 16,585,198.00 N119,352,727.00
MANSARD 16,429,809.00 N14,202,316.49

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Nigerian Stock Exchange

Okey Nwuke, Access Bank Non-Executive Director, Purchases 1.3 Million Shares in the Bank



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Dr. Okey Nwuke, a non-executive director in Access Bank, has purchased 1.3 million shares of Access Bank, according to the latest disclosure filing from the bank.

Nwuke bought 1.3 million shares at N7.45 a unit on May 5, 2021 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Dr. Nwuke has over 28 years’ experience in finance and corporate governance working with top corporates and leading commercial banks in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, an honorary member of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and a member of Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners.

He has garnered considerable expertise in credit analysis and bank financial management through professional training as a Chartered Accountant, from relevant training programmes as well as on the job training. He was an Executive Director in Access Bank from 2004 to 2013 and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank’s subsidiaries in Rwanda and Burundi. Dr. Nwuke was a pioneer Non-Executive Director of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited representing Access Bank.

Dr. Nwuke’s key competencies include finance, strategy development and execution, organizational restructuring and transformation, leadership and change management. He joined the Board of Coscharis Group in August 2014 and is currently responsible for the strategic drive to position it for sustainability. He currently chairs the Shareholders’ Audit Committee of NASCON Plc and sits on the Boards of Access Pension Fund Custodian Limited, First Ally Asset Management Limited, Claritus Limited and Simply Gifts and Interiors Limited.

He holds a B.Sc. Degree in Accountancy from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA (Distinction) in International Banking and Finance from the Birmingham Business School, United Kingdom. Dr. Nwuke holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University, Minnesota, USA with a research focus on leadership transition challenges in family businesses. He has been exposed to several leadership and professional development programmes at renowned institutions including Harvard Business School, Boston (AMP 175), Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania (both in U.S.A), INSEAD and IMD.

He joined the Board in November 2019 and currently chairs the Board Credit and Finance Committee. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Board Technical Committee on Retail Expansion.

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