SEC Tasks Quoted Companies on Regulatory Compliance Lists Benefits
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged quoted companies to take regulatory compliance seriously, saying that keeping track of compliance requirements is essential for the promotion of sustainable development of businesses.
Lamido Yuguda, Director-General, SEC, made the call while delivering a goodwill message at the third symposium of the Issuers and Investors Alternative Dispute Resolution Initiative (IIADRI) with the theme: “The Burden of Regulatory Compliance on Companies in Nigeria” in Lagos.
He explained that the overriding rationale for the sundry obligations of public companies is needed for an efficient market driven by transparency, accountability, full disclosure and good governance amongst others.
“While these regulatory requirements may appear burdensome to companies, they exist for the protection of investors who rely on accurate and timely information to make an informed judgment and for the proper governance of the companies.
“Failure to comply with these requirements exposes companies to the risk of being sanctioned by the relevant regulatory authorities. Sanctions for non-compliance could be in form of fines and penalties which could, in turn, lead to drains on the bottom-line, value erosion and loss of investors’ confidence in the business with attendant effects on the capital markets.
“Non-compliance also causes reputational risk in terms of bad publicity to the defaulting company and may ultimately result in revocation and withdrawal of license and permits issued by relevant authorities,” he said.
He, however, said that the Commission is engaging with quoted companies and has put measures in place to ease some of the observed burdens on companies.
Also speaking, Mrs. Cecilia Madueke, the Company Secretary for Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, charged companies to see regulation and compliance as a significant risk to their businesses, saying that compliance should always be on the front burner for the governance body of each company.
“In what is clearly a challenging time for businesses, keeping pace with new and changing federal and state regulation is one of many factors that will be critical to success in 2021,” she said.
She lamented the regulatory contradictions in Nigeria, saying that government agencies set up to enable and facilitate the “Ease of Doing Business” constitute themselves into clogs in the wheels of business competitiveness and sustainability, thereby eroding the government’s efforts and commitment leading to the weekly loss.
Analysis by sectors revealed that the industrial goods sector emerged as the lone gainer, appreciating by 1.4 percent.
In their projections for the current week, analysts at Cowry Asset Management said the equities market would trade further southwards as investors stay on the sidelines to target new support levels, “especially in Zenith Bank share price that will be marked down by N2.70k dividend payment.”
Making a similar projection, analysts at Cordros Capital said investors are expected to take advantage of the significant moderation in the share prices to make a re-entry in dividend-paying stocks in the week ahead.
“However, we believe that investors will remain reluctant to leave gains in the market. As such, we expect intermittent profit-taking to continue due to uncertainties about the direction of yields in the FI market. As a result, we think the market will be choppy,” they said.
Demutualisation: Nigerian Stock Exchange Rebrands to NGX Group
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday announced it has rebranded following the demutualisation the led to the establishment of non-operating holding company NGX Group Plc and its subsidiaries: Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited; NGX Regulation (NGX RegCo) Limited, and NGX Real Estate (NGX RelCo) Limited.
Speaking on the development, the Group Chief Executive Officer, NGX Group, Mr. Oscar Onyema, said: “We are very excited about the launch of our new brand identity and website at this pivotal time in our history. Influenced by the dynamism and resilience of our market in both good and challenging times, our new identity, which builds on our rich heritage, reflects who we are today, our ambitions for the future, and our resolve to deliver superior value to our stakeholders. As we step into the NGX era, we remain committed to achieving the highest level of competitiveness, both in African and global capital markets.”
According to Onyema, NGX Group, with the new vibrant and responsive website, will offers an enriched user experience.
“Accessible via ngxgroup.com, information about the group and the various subsidiaries are independently situated but featured as one website. With its centralised home page and clearly delineated tabs for each subsidiary, the new site delivers relevant content in a clean and organised way to provide visitors easy access and navigation to all the information they require,” he noted.
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.
Delist: 11 Plc Opens Escrow Account to Settle Shareholders
In a bid to complete its ongoing delisting process and settle shareholders accordingly, 11 Plc, formerly Mobil, has opened an escrow account with Greenwich Registrars and Data Solutions Limited and provided sufficient funds to shareholders, who as of March 15, 2021, have accepted the Exit Consideration of N213.90 per share based on the highest price of N213.90 at which 11 Plc traded in the last 6 months preceding the date of the Annual General Meeting where the resolution to delist was passed in line with the Nigerian Stock Exchange guidelines.
The company said, “Further to the application made to The Exchange by 11 Plc on the Voluntary Delisting of the Company from The Exchange as recommended by the Board of Directors, the Exchange approved the delisting application subject to 11 plc’s evidence of opening an escrow account in the Registrar’s name and evidence that shareholders who have accepted to exit have been paid.”
11 Plc attributed the decision to delist from NSE to the need to strategise for better performance, minimise costs, and stay competitive within its industry.
On the escrow account, it said “the consideration accruing to shareholders of 11 plc that elect to accept the Exit Consideration has been computed as of March 15, 2021. The cash consideration will be settled by way of electronic transfer to the respective bank accounts of Shareholders and it is expected to be completed on or before April 16, 2021.”
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