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AELP Link to Boost Trading Between NGX and Other African Exchanges

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Cross-border trading from one African securities exchange to another comes a step closer today after the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) signed a contract to procure an order-routing system. Seven of Africa’s leading securities Exchanges are working together in the African Exchanges Linkage Project (AELP) to boost pan-African investment flows and bring more liquidity to African markets.

The contract is for the design and rollout of the AELP Link technology platform for routing orders and trade confirmations between stockbrokers on the seven Exchanges participating in the pilot phase of the AELP. The Supplier is DirectFN, a global IT firm experienced in capital markets solutions across the Middle East and many emerging and frontier markets, which was awarded the contract after a competitive bidding process that attracted applications from top international suppliers in 18 countries.

The AELP is a joint initiative by ASEA and the African Development Bank (AfDB) aimed at unlocking Pan-African investment flows, promoting innovations that support diversification for investors, and addressing depth and liquidity in the markets. It is funded by a grant from the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Trust Fund managed by the African Development Bank.

Speaking on the development, Mr. Temi Popoola, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, said: “At NGX, we are optimistic that today’s milestone will further hasten efforts at capital market integration across Africa. The work of the AELP is significant, as it will serve to ultimately boost Pan-African investment flows, promote innovations that support the diversification needs of investors in Africa, and help address the lack of depth and liquidity in Africa’s financial markets. We, therefore, take this opportunity to commend the efforts of ASEA and AfDB, and reiterate our continuing support of the AELP.”

With the AELP Link, investor orders in one market will be channeled by a domestic stockbroker to a stockbroker on the foreign market where the security is listed, to enter into that market for execution in the foreign market. African Listed Securities to be accessed through the AELP Link include all securities that are available for cross-border investors.

Equity investments available include Africa’s most promising and profitable businesses as well as some global leaders among more than 1,050 companies listed. Investors will also buy or sell corporate and government bonds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and derivatives where these are listed on the participating exchanges and the sponsoring stockbroker provides access.

Commenting, Dr. Felix Edoh Kossi Amenounvé, President of ASEA and CEO of the BRVM, said: “We are excited with this big step towards free movement of investments across Africa and free flow of capital. Our aim is to open new opportunities for individual and institutional investors to invest productively into Africa’s growth story. The Exchanges continue to support African enterprises and governments to raise long-term capital for African jobs, business growth, infrastructure, and development.”

Dr. Walid Al Ballaa, the Managing Director, of DirectFN, said: “With innovative technology and focus to bring digital maturity in building digital relationships through the AELP-Link technology platform establishment, DirectFN feels equally excited to assist practically in realizing the goals across the participating African Exchanges and to enable the African capital market ecosystem digitally to create a positive impact on the overall economy.”

The AELP exchanges are Nigerian Exchange (NGX), Casablanca Stock Exchange, The Egyptian Exchange, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Nairobi Securities Exchange, Stock Exchange of Mauritius and Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (stock exchange for the West African Economic and Monetary Union’s eight West African countries).

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Facebook, Apple, Others Lose Big in Market Value

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The global financial market rout has plunged the value of the world’s largest technology companies by over $1 trillion in the last three trading days. This was after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25% last week, below the 0.75% projected by experts.

The Federal Reserve had attributed its decision to a series of global uncertainties due to the Russia-Ukraine war and extended COVID-19 restrictions in China, the world’s second-largest economy. These were a few of the uncertainties predicted by a global investment bank, Deutsche Bank to plunge the U.S and the rest of the world into a recession by 2023.

Concerns over projected recession have led to a broad-based selloff in risk assets across the world.

“When risk assets fall and fall fast enough, there’s no question they’re going to hurt growth,” said LaVorgna, who was chief economist for the National Economic Council under former President Donald Trump. “If anything, the relationship is even better when asset prices decline than when they go up.”

Apple Inc, the world’s most capitalised company shed $200 billion in the last three trading days.

While Microsoft lost $189 billion in market value. Tesla, Amazon, Alphabet, Nvidia and Meta (Facebook) lost $199 billion, $173 billion, $123 billion, $85 and $70 billion, respectively.

In only three trading sessions the “Stocks at large have sold off since the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday, but technology has endured more pain than other sectors of the economy.”

 

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MTN Nigeria to Raise N150 Billion via Commercial Paper

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MTN Nigeria Communications Plc on Monday announced plans to raise N150 billion via Commercial Paper (CP) to diversify the company’s financing options.

The leading telecommunications company declared in a statement signed by Uto Ukpanah, Company Secretary for MTN Nigeria and obtained by Investors King.

Commercial paper is an unsecured, short-term debt issued by a company to finance short-term liabilities like payroll, accounts payable, inventories, etc. Maturities of most Commercial Paper range from a few weeks to months.

According to MTN Nigeria, the N150 billion would be raised in two tranches, Series 1 & 2 commercial paper.

Explaining the reasons for the new fundraising, the telecom company said it is part of its strategy to diversify financing options. The proposed funding rasing would be deployed towards working capital and general corporate purposes.

The new fundraising would be in addition to the N200 billion commercial paper issued in 4 series in 2021.

The statement reads “MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria or the Company) hereby notifies the Nigerian Exchange Limited and the investing public of its N150 billion Commercial Paper Programme. To this end, the Company proposes the issuance of Series 1 & 2 Commercial Paper (the “Issuance”) of up to N150 billion.

“MTN Nigeria had initiated and successfully concluded 4 series of issuances under its previous N200 billion Commercial paper shelf program.

“Further details on the issuance (as well as subsequent issuances) will be communicated to the market as the transaction(s) occur.”

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Abbey Mortgage Bank Lists Additional 3.692 Billion Shares

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Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading mortgage banks, announced it has listed an additional 3,692,307,692 ordinary shares on Wednesday, 16 February 2022 on the Daily Official List of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The additional shares listed on NGX arose from the Company’s Rights Issue at 82 kobo per share on the basis of four (4) new ordinary shares for every seven (7) ordinary shares held as at Friday, 8 October 2020.

With this listing of the additional 3,692,307,692 ordinary shares, the total issued and fully paid-up shares of Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc. has now increased from 6,461,538,462 to 10,153,846,154 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each.

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