Refinitiv Partners With Nairobi Stock Exchange to Enhance Transparency of Secondary Fixed Income Market in Kenya
KENYA – Refinitiv partnered with the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) to enhance Fixed Income (FI) price discovery and raise market transparency in Kenya.
As part of the partnership, the NSE will roll out Refinitiv Fixed Income Callouts in Kenya, an automated workflow that facilitates negotiations and agreements of secondary Fixed Income (FI) bond trading among banks, brokerage firms, and real-time integration with the Central Securities Depository (CSD).
The primary FI market has been steadily growing in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as governments explore better access to financing. According to the 2020 Refinitiv investment banking review, SSA debt issuance totalled US$19.0 billion in 2020. With the increased accessibility to technology, electronic trading has emerged as a significant channel to the growth of a secondary FI market across the continent.
The deployment of Refinitiv’s solution will enable the NSE to benefit from an automated Over the Counter (OTC) FI workflow that is integrated in real time with both, the Securities Exchange and the CSD in Kenya.
Geoffrey Odundo, Chief Executive Officer, Nairobi Securities Exchange, said: “We are excited to be working with Refinitiv and the fixed income community to drive innovations in our market and adopt global best practices. Refinitiv’s trading workflow combined with NSE’s post-trade system will help us improve trade life cycle, reduce operational risks and encourage price discovery and transparency in the market.”
Nadim Najjar, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Refinitiv, said, “We are proud to partner with the NSE and the local regulators to foster transparency, latency and liquidity. Refinitiv Fixed Income Callouts will allow market participants to benefit from real-time price discovery across bonds and bills. The deployment will also facilitate collaboration among Kenyan banks, brokerage firms, and the CSD.”
“The Kenyan financial markets have seen significant growth over the past few years. This partnership reinforces our commitment to enable the local regulators and financial community with advanced technologies and workflows to achieve efficiency and growth. The adoption of Refinitiv Fixed Income Callouts will create an effective market infrastructure, build greater long-term confidence amongst investors, and ensure strong governance processes,” he added.
GTBank Approves N79.464 billion Final Dividend for 2020 Financial Year
Shareholders of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, have approved the payment of N79,464,186,000 as the final dividend from the N201.4 billion profit after tax recorded for the financial year ended December 31, 2020.
At the bank’s thirty-first Annual General Meeting held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island in Lagos, shareholders received and passed final dividend of N2.70k per 50 ordinary share for the 2020 financial year. Bringing the total dividend paid to shareholders for the 2020 financial year to N3.00k per ordinary share of 50 kobo each.
In the year under review, the leading financial institution realised N253.668 billion net interest income in the year under review, up from N231.363 billion achieved in 2019.
Commenting on 2020 financial year, Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, GTBank, said “2020 was arguably the most challenging year that the world has faced in decades. In such unprecedented times, we sought to live out the full extent of our values; safeguarding lives and livelihoods for our people, our customers and across the communities where we operate.”
“We were on solid footing going into 2020; the strength, scale and liquidity of our balance sheet, coupled with the quality of our past decisions and the efficacy of our digital-first customer-centric strategy gave us the resilience and flexibility to navigate the economic shocks and market volatility that dominated the year.”
Jaiz Bank Proposes N0.03k as Final Dividend in 2020
Jaiz Bank Plc, a non-interest bank operating under Islamic banking principles in Nigeria, has proposed N0.03k per 50k ordinary share for the financial year ended December 31, 2020.
The amount is subject to appropriate withholding tax and approval will be paid to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on June 10, 2021.
Jaiz Bank said the Register of Shareholders will be closed from Friday June 11, 2021 to Friday June 18, 2021.
It said the qualification date is June 10, 2021 but the payment date will be announced later.
However, shareholders who are yet to complete the e-dividend registration are advised to download the Registrar’s E-Dividend Mandate Activation For, from the company’s Registrar’s website at https://africaprudential.com/forms-offers/, complete and submit to the Registrar or their respective Banks.
Hallmark Insurance, Japaul Gold Lead Gainers as Equities Market Closed in Green
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc and Japaul Gold led gainers on Thursday as the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed in the green.
Investors exchanged 145.332 million shares valued at N1.576 billion in 3,525 transactions during the trading hours of Thursday.
Market value of listed equities inched slightly higher to N20.300 trillion while the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index gained 0.07 percent to 38,799.83 index points.
Banks’ stocks led the most traded stocks with First Bank of Nigeria Holdings leading with 21,851,331 shares valued at N157,179,233.85. This was followed by GTBank’s 20,500,310 shares estimated at N589,173,071.90. See the details below.
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