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Nigerian Exchange Group Plc Releases Positive Financial Results for Q3 2021

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The Nigerian Exchange Group Plc released its financial results for the third quarter ended September 2021.

The results showed revenue increasing from N3.7 Billion in 2020 to N4.3 Billion in 2021 driven by an increase in listing fees from N376.5 Million in 2020 to N423.2 Million in 2021. The Exchanges’s investment in technology continued to bear fruit as revenue from Market data rose from N246 Million in 2020 to N253.8 Million in 2021.

Personnel expenses rose from N2 Billion in 2020 to N2.2 Billion in 2021, this saw operating profit increase from N327 Million in 2020 to N710 Million in 2021. Recognition of its share of profit in its associates of N1 Billion saw profit for the period increase from N1.3 Billion in 2020 to N1.5 Billion in 2021 (Nigerian Exchange Group has a 29.19% investment stake in CSCS Ltd as of September 2021 and has a 27.7% investment stake in NG Clearing as of September 2021)

The Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (“NGX Group”) formerly known as the Nigerian Stock Exchange, was incorporated in Nigeria as a private Exchange Limited by shares on 15 September 1960 as Lagos Stock Exchange and its name was changed to The Nigerian Stock Exchange on 15 December 1977. The Exchange was re-incorporated as an Exchange Limited by Guarantee on 18 December 1990. In 2021, the Nigerian Stock Exchange was fully demutualized changing from a member-owned not-for-profit entity into a shareholder-owned, profit-making entity. This gave rise to a new structure – Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group) with subsidiaries – Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX Exchange), NGX Regulation Limited (NGX REGCO), and NGX Real Estate Limited (NGX RELCO). The address of the NGX Group’s registered office is Stock Exchange House, 2/4 Customs Street, Lagos.

The principal activities of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (“NGX Group”) and subsidiaries (the Group) include listing and trading securities, licensing, market data solutions, ancillary technology, regulation, real estate, and more through its wholly-owned subsidiaries – NGX Exchange, NGX REGCO, and NGX RELCO.

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Leaf Investment & Realtors Limited Acquires 1.97 Billion Shares in Oando Plc

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Leaf Investment & Realtors Limited has acquired 1,968,452,614 shares in Oando Plc, according to the disclosure filing released via the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

Oando Plc, an indigenous oil company based in Nigeria, announced that Leaf Investment & Realtors Limited acquired Alhaji Dahiru Mangal’s interest in Oando Plc.

Therefore, based on the latest acquisition, Leaf Investment & Realtors Limited now holds a 15.83 percent stake in Oando Plc.

Oando’s statement reads “In accordance with Rule 17:13 (a) of the Nigerian Exchange Limited Issuers’ Rules, we hereby announce the acquisition of Alhaji Dahiru Mangal’s interest of 1,968,452,614, shares in Oando PLC by Leaf Investment & Realtors Limited.

“Based on the above, by Leaf Investment & Realtors Limited now holds 15.83% of Oando PLC.”

The statement is in line with the SEC disclosure act instituted two years ago to enforce transparency across the Nigerian capital market.

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Leadway Pensure’s First Bank Shares Belong to RSA Owners – PenCom

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The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has confirmed that any funds that have been invested in First Bank Holdings Ltd (FBNH) by Leadway Pensure Ltd belong to holders of Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA).

This has apparently silenced any claims that Tunde Hassan-Odukale and some entities related to him own a 5.36% stake in First Bank, which would have made Hassan-Odukale the single, largest shareholder in the company.

It seemed to be competitive, as after popular billionaire business Femi Otedola acquired a 5.07% stake in the bank, company secretary Seye Kosoko wrote to the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), signing off Leadway Pensure PFA’s (Pension Fund Administrator) whole 2.11% stake to Tunde Hassan-Odukale.

After this, Kosoko was also responsible for listing 1.36% of the investment stated as “ZPC/Leadway Assurance Prem & Inv Coll Acct” in the favour of Hassan-Odukale.

The clarification from PenCom confirmed that the shareholding which has been ascribed to Hassan-Odukale will most likely be reduced to not up to 4%, with Leadway Pensure’s stake in the bank being classified.

PenCom issued a statement on Friday which stated that it did not break any laws by investing in First Bank, contrary to reports circulating the media.

The Pension Commission however said that any equity investments made by Leadway Pensure in FBN Holdings on behalf of the pension funds which it manages are in the name of the pension fund and belong to the RSA. It went further to state that the investments cannot be considered shareholdings of any party related to the PFA.

The Commission’s statement attributed the media reports to the lack of knowledge of the Investment Regulation which was issued by the Commission.

The Commission made reference to records held by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which confirm that the equity investments in FBN Holdings are made in the name of the Pension Fund for RSA holders.

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Small Shareholders in Samsung Surpass Five Million

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The number of small shareholders in the Korean tech giant, Samsung has exceeded 5 million after huge stock investment by local investors. This was according to data gathered on Monday.

According to official data released by Samsung, about 5.18 million small investors now invest in the top company as of the end of September, triple the number recorded in the same period last year. The exponential increase in the number of investors was due to the company’s status as one of the world’s leading companies in smart technologies, including refrigerators, televisions, laptops, chips, mobile phones, etc.

A considerable amount of local and retail investors had bought into Samsung Electronics this year despite foreign holders relinquishing their holdings in the most coveted stock in Korea. In the first nine months of 2021, retail investors bought a net $27.9 billion or 32.9 trillion South Korean won worth of Samsung stocks.

The high number of investors from January to September 2021 alludes to a high level of confidence in the company’s present performance, as well as the company’s potential to perform even better in the future (either near or distant). The show of confidence in the company stock is likely to motivate a new wave of investors, who are convinced by the mass action taken concerning the Samsung stock.

According to discussions by analysts, investors may have been drawn to the country’s most valuable company, in the middle of a surge in market liquidity and tougher government regulations on the housing market. The recent surge in the number of small investors can be said to be an indication of greater standing in Samsung, the world’s top smartphone and memory chip maker.

However, this month they sold a net 486 billion South Korean won ($412 billion) worth of Samsung Electronics stock due to a slump in the company’s stock price.

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