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SEC Proposes New Rule For Public Companies and Capital Market Operators

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new rules for public companies and capital market operators to disclose penalties and sanctions imposed on them in their audited financial statements.

The commission stated this in a document titled, “Exposure of proposed new rule and sundry amendments to the rules and regulations of the commission,” posted on its website on Monday.

The new rule stated that “Public companies and capital market operators shall disclose penalties and sanctions in their subsequent Annual reports byways of notes to the account until all penalties owed the commission ae fully paid and sanctions fully complied with”. 

The amendments pegged the registration fee of brokers/dealers to N5 million against the N500,000 currently applicable.

Also, the broker/dealer is expected to pay N100,000 each as processing fees and registration of sponsored individuals in the new rule.

The fee for Sub-brokers (digital) was increased to N1 million from N200,000; sub-brokers (corporate) to N1 million from N200,000 and inter-dealer brokers to N5 million from the current N500,000.

“All CIS fund managers shall pay annual supervisory fees of 0.2 percent of the net asset value of the CIS under management not later than January 31 of every year to the commission,” SEC said.

It added that for failure to comply with the guideline, the fund manager shall be liable to a penalty of N100,000 and a further sum of N5,000 for every day of default.

“They shall continue to report outstanding penalties and sanctions in their subsequent annual reports by way of notes to the accounts until all penalties owed the Commission are fully paid and sanctions fully complied with.

“The commission shall publish on all public channels, including the SEC website or any other medium, the list of public companies and capital market operators with unresolved regulatory issues,” SEC added.

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Nigeria Leads Africa in Private Equity Deals, Records $2.59 Billion in Q1 2024

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Nigeria has emerged as the epicenter of private equity activity across Africa as $2.59 billion worth of deals were done in the first quarter of 2024.

This surge represents a 321.8% increase compared to the same period last year, indicating Nigeria’s robust potential amidst global economic shifts.

The data, analyzed by DealMakers Africa, a leading authority on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance in the continent, revealed Nigeria’s pivotal role in driving regional investment trends.

According to the report, this surge in private equity investments was predominantly fueled by strategic transactions in the energy sector and the burgeoning educational technology (edtech) industry.

Nigeria’s ascendancy in private equity deals marks a reversal from previous trends, where in Q1 2023, other African nations like Zimbabwe had momentarily surpassed it in mergers and acquisitions value.

This year, however, Nigeria not only reclaimed its leading position but also outpaced other significant economies in the region, with Zambia, Morocco, Kenya, and Egypt following with notable but comparatively lower investment figures.

Among the standout deals contributing to Nigeria’s stellar performance, Shell’s $2.4 billion divestment of its onshore oil and gas subsidiary to Renaissance Africa Energy stands as the largest transaction in the quarter.

This landmark deal not only bolstered Nigeria’s overall investment portfolio but also signaled continued interest and confidence from global investors in the country’s energy sector potential.

Commenting on the findings, analysts highlight Nigeria’s strategic advantages, including a sizable market, abundant natural resources, and a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem that continues to attract substantial foreign and domestic capital.

The report also emphasizes West Africa’s prominence in regional investments, with Nigeria at its core, recording a cumulative $2.6 billion in deal value across various sectors.

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings to Raise N550bn Through Debt Issuance, Rights Issue

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, is set to raise a total of N550 billion through a combination of debt issuance and a rights issue.

This ambitious move comes amidst the backdrop of regulatory changes and the need for financial institutions to bolster their capital bases to meet new requirements set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The announcement was made in a notice of the company’s annual general meeting filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

According to the disclosure, Stanbic IBTC Holdings plans to establish a debt issuance program with a capacity of up to N400 billion.

This program will enable the company to issue various forms of debt securities, including senior unsecured or secured, subordinated, convertible, preferred, equity-linked, or other forms of debt obligations.

Also, the board of Stanbic IBTC Holdings is seeking shareholder approval to raise additional equity capital of up to N150 billion through a rights issue or offer for subscription.

Shareholders will also vote on increasing the company’s issued and paid-up share capital to accommodate the proposed capital raise.

Stanbic IBTC Holdings has been a key player in Nigeria’s financial landscape, with a strong track record of performance and a diverse range of financial services.

The proposed capital raise is expected to provide the company with the necessary resources to pursue growth opportunities, enhance its market position, and continue delivering value to shareholders and stakeholders alike.

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Nigerian Breweries to Raise N600 Billion to Tackle Foreign Exchange Debt

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Nigerian Breweries Plc, the largest brewery in Nigeria, has announced plans to N600 billion through a rights issue, with the primary objective of clearing its N500 billion foreign exchange debt burden.

This initiative was unveiled by Uaboi Agbebaku, the company’s secretary and legal director, during a pre-annual general meeting press conference held in Lagos.

Agbebaku stated that Nigerian Breweries is committed to implementing a comprehensive company-wide reorganization strategy to ensure a resilient and sustainable future for all stakeholders.

“The additional capital raised via rights issue will be utilized to settle all overdue foreign exchange debts and payables, effectively eliminating foreign exchange exposure,” Agbebaku explained.

He further highlighted the importance of strengthening the company’s balance sheet and liquidity position to restore profitability in the shortest possible time frame.

Hans Essaadi, the managing director and CEO of Nigerian Breweries, echoed Agbebaku’s sentiments, acknowledging the challenging operating environment characterized by factors such as double-digit inflation rates, currency devaluation, and foreign exchange challenges.

Essaadi emphasized the urgency of addressing these issues to mitigate their adverse impact on the company’s financial performance.

To achieve its objectives, Nigerian Breweries intends to leverage the support of its majority shareholder, Heineken Plc, which has committed to contributing over 50 percent of the N600 billion fundraising target.

This partnership underscores the strategic importance of the rights issue in revitalizing Nigerian Breweries’ financial health and positioning it for sustainable growth.

As part of its broader business restructuring efforts, Nigerian Breweries had previously announced plans to temporarily suspend operations at two of its nine breweries.

Sade Morgan, the director of corporate affairs at Nigerian Breweries, explained that the company is committed to executing its 2024 business recovery plan, which comprises cost management, operational optimization, and portfolio innovation.

“Our strategy for success in 2024 revolves around strong cost management, operational efficiency, and the introduction of exciting innovations to delight our customers,” Morgan stated.

“We remain dedicated to our employees, communities, and stakeholders as we navigate through these challenging times.”

With the proposed rights issue, Nigerian Breweries aims to not only alleviate its foreign exchange debt burden but also to fortify its financial resilience and drive sustainable growth in the dynamic Nigerian market.

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