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NGX Group Nets N1.84b as Employees Get Incentives



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Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc recorded a net surplus after tax of N1.84 billion in 2020 as shareholders approved incentive and reward plans for employees of the company.

At the 60th annual general meeting (AGM) of the NGX Group yesterday in Abuja, the first AGM after the demutualisation of the defunct Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to NGX Group, shareholders voted in support of major resolutions.

Shareholders approved proposals to introduce equity-based incentives to employees’ remuneration, including an Employee Share Ownership Plan and a Long-Term Incentive Plan, aligning the interests of internal stakeholders with those of shareholders in long term value creation.

The audited report and accounts of NGX Group for the year ended December 31, 2020 showed gross income of N6.02 billion and surplus after tax of N1.84 billion. Net asset grew by 10 per cent to N31.28 billion.

Group Chairman, Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc, Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo said the NGX Group has remained resilient as it continues to demonstrate consistent growth after over six decades.

“Despite the global pandemic and other economic shocks, it is indeed noteworthy that we have already begun to actualise the benefits of demutualisation including the alignment of stakeholders’ interests in the value created by the new group under a revised corporate governance framework,” Ogunbanjo said.

He said the approval of the new equity-based incentive schemes for employees were in line with the authority granted to directors by then members of NSE at an extraordinary general meeting conducted in March 2020 and in line with global best practices allowing the group to attract and retain the best talent.

“Today, I am more confident than ever that the group is well-positioned to deliver value to shareholders as we move into a new growth phase,” Ogunbanjo said.

Group Managing Director, Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc, Mr. Oscar Onyema said the 2020 results reflected the challenging macroeconomic and market conditions as well as operational resilience of the group.

According to him, in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the group maintained tight cost controls, which reduced expenses by 13 per cent despite investments in technology that allowed it to operate remotely with zero downtime.

He added that NGX Group and its wholly owned subsidiaries – Nigerian Exchange Limited, NGX Regulation, and NGX Real Estate – continue to advance the realisation of its vision to be Africa’s leading integrated capital market infrastructure provider.

“As the group progresses its plans to list on Nigerian Exchange, we look forward to welcoming a broader group of investors to share in our journey,” Onyema said.

In addition to the re-election of the Non-Executive Directors who were retiring by rotation and the election of the members of the Audit Committee, shareholders also approved the proposed remuneration for the Board and non-executive members of the erstwhile National Council of the NSE.

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.

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NGX to Host Inaugural TechNovation Conference



Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited is set to host the inaugural edition of its TechNovation Conference on Thursday, 30 September 2021.

NGX TechNovation Conference is a flagship event that provides a platform for local and global technology leaders to syndicate conversations around technology, partnerships and innovation that can advance technology adoption in the Nigerian capital market.

With the theme, “Technology, Platforms and Markets”, the event will be hosted by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Mr. Temi Popoola, CFA and will feature leading industry experts across the public and private sectors including the Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Lamido Yuguda; Dr. Segun Aina, President, Africa Fintech Network; and Olugbenga Agboola, Co-Founder and CEO, Flutterwave.

Key topics to be addressed during the conference are: The Future is Digital – Digital Transformation, New Tech and Emerging Markets; The Path to Exponential Growth – New Technology, Platforms, Emerging Markets, Data & Regulation; and Beyond Tech – Partnerships, Business Models and Innovation. Interested participants can register online at

Some of the other confirmed speakers at the event include; Iyin Aboyeji, Founder & General Partner, Future Africa; Bayo Adekanbi, Chief Transformation Officer, Data Science Nigeria; Dayo Obisan, Executive Commissioner (Operations), SEC; Abasi Ene-Obong, CEO, 54Gene; Oremeyi Akah, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Interswitch; Ini Akpan, Country Manager, Opay; and Andreas Itern, Co-Founder & CEO, F10.

The advancement and exponential growth of technology around the world has signaled a new wave of opportunities for forward thinking organisations. NGX remains committed to leveraging technology to provide a broad range of services including but not limited to smart capital formation. TechNovation will, therefore, serve as a platform that can create opportunities for smart business leaders looking to tap into the next level of growth and competitive advantage.

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SEC Implements 100% Custody Requirement in Collective Investment Schemes



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Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it has commenced implementation of 100 percent custody requirement in the Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) sector to protect investors.

The Director-General of the SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda said this in a statement that the custody requirement covered all Funds and Portfolios being managed by registered Fund/Portfolio Managers.

He explained that all clients’ assets managed under discretionary and non discretionary mandates were to be held under independent custodial agreement and custodial banks.

According to Yuguda, this was in addition to CIS, Mutual Funds, authorised for public offering.

Yuguda said that although it was a natural operational requirement of CIS, the SEC was having some new enforcement and insistence on the compliance that has been in the books, but have not been implemented before now.

“For example, we have the collective business sector where you have the fund managers. We have a dichotomy between public funds, which are funds that are publicly traded, and you can see the unique values on the stock exchange and in newspapers daily.

“There are also private, which are investment agreements between fund managers and specific investors. A lot of these funds in the privately held fund management mandates are in our custody.

“The investment manager before now did not only have the investment management responsibility for the fund, but also kept the securities and cash as whole shares in this investment.

“The risk is that if the investment manager should go bust, then the investor loses and that is not acceptable in financial markets around the world. I think with the introduction of total custody in that sector, we are likely to see a massive uptake of these kinds of products.

“We have released some regulations recently in this area for the different types of fund managers, and I think this is an area that is now becoming increasingly attractive to investors and is also receiving the attention of the commission”.

According to Yuguda, with the SEC having 100 per cent custody agreement in the CIS sector, any investor in the capital market should be confident that their investments were secure.

He added that it was a good thing for the market and an area that can bring about a lot of growth in the market because it offered a very good opportunity to save.

The SEC D-G also said that the commission was also looking at the market to see how it could formulate regulations that would help investors protect their investments.

“We have a Fintech division in the commission that was set up purposefully to understand these new types of investment structures and to collaborate with Fintech firms that wish to register as capital market operators and offer services to the investing public. “This is a developing area, and we intend to issue new regulations from time to time,” he added.

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Chemical and Allied Products Plc Lists Additional 88,259,520 Ordinary Shares After Merging With Portland Paints



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The Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP Plc) on Friday announced listing of 88,259,520 ordinary shares of 50 kobo on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The announcement came few weeks after CAP Plc and Portland Paints merged to deepen market reach and enhance quality of production.

In a statement released by CAP, the company said “Trading License Holders and the investing public are hereby notified that the resultant Scheme shares of 88,259,520 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each were listed on the Daily Official List of Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Friday, 17 September 2021.

“With the listing of the additional 88,259,520 ordinary shares, the total issued and fully paid up shares of CAP Plc has now increased from 700,000,000 to 788,259,520 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each.

“In addition, the entire 793,415,535 issued and outstanding shares of Portland Paints were delisted from the NGX’s Daily Official List effective, 17 September 2021 in accordance with the terms of the Scheme.”

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