The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) called on policymakers and capital market stakeholders to leverage technology to increase access to financial services and deepen financial inclusion in the country.
The Director-General of the SEC, Lamido Yuguda made these comments at the 2021 Capital Market Correspondents Association of Nigeria workshop which was held in Lagos during the weekend.
He said there were over 191 million active mobile subscribers and 140 million active data subscribers in Nigeria as of the 3rd of October 2021 and that presented a cost-effective means of providing financial services to the untapped market, especially in the rural areas.
His full statement was “Leveraging technology to offer financial services has advantages over traditional means because it breaks down geographical constraints, It also simplifies the means of serving existing customers, for example through the use of mobile banking agents to perform banking transactions”.
Financial institutions in Nigeria are increasingly using electronic channels to onboard clients and address customer queries and bring financial product offerings to prospective users.
When he was asked what steps the SEC is taking to boost financial inclusion, he said the SEC has taken steps such as working with the Fund Managers Association of Nigeria to accelerate financial inclusion to collective investment schemes.
The SEC is also proposing a hackathon challenge to help develop a comprehensive suite of mobile internet-based services targeted at having an end-to-end process of the entire capital market.
The Deputy Director, Securities offerings at SEC, Abdulkadir Abbas also spoke during the event and said there was a need for active collaboration of all capital market shareholders to help drive the initiative. He said the adoption of technology can help open up the capital market and bridge the gap of the unbanked. He also said the average age of participants in the capital market is 53 years and that youths need to be motivated to come and trade on the capital market.
BUA Foods Crosses N1 Trillion Market Value in Four Days
BUA Foods Plc, the newly listed arm of BUA Group, on Monday hits N1.053 trillion market capitalisation just four days after it was listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).
BUA Foods listed 18 billion ordinary shares at N40 a unit on the main board of NGX on Wednesday 5, 2022. At N40 per share, BUA Foods’ market capitalisation was N720 billion. However, because of its attractiveness to both local and foreign investors, the stock rose by over 20 percent in the first two trading days to N48.4 per unit.
Demand for BUA Foods continues as investors scooped 204,599,864.00 on Friday, bolstering the price to N53.2 a unit. On Monday, another 101,356,308 shares were traded at N58.5 to increase market capitalisation to N1.053 trillion from N720 billion it was listed just four trading days ago.
The company has now added N1.05 trillion to NGX liquidity in line with the Exchange projection. “It is expected that this listing will also increase the visibility of the food manufacturing, processing, and distribution company, BUA Foods, to investors on the African continent and across the globe.,” stated NGX.
BUA Foods Plc presently focuses on cultivating, processing, manufacturing, producing, mixing, packing, preserving, extracting, refining, importing, exporting, buying, selling, trading, and dealing in all kinds of foods, consumables, food materials or derivatives as well as raw materials for making all kinds of foods, food products and ingredients for making any kind of foods and consumables.
BUA Foods was created in November 2021 following a restructuring by way of a scheme under Section 711 of CAMA (the “Restructuring”) among BUA Sugar Refinery Limited (“BUA Sugar Refinery”), IRS Flour Mills Limited, IRS Pasta Limited, BUA Rice Limited, BUA Oil Mills Limited, and BUA Foods Limited (the “Entities”), further to which BUA Sugar Refinery (a private limited liability company, incorporated on 13 April 2005 and commenced business operations in September 2008) emerged as the surviving entity. As part of the Restructuring, the name of the enlarged entity was changed to BUA Foods with its operations reorganised into five business divisions: Sugar, Flour, Pasta, Rice and Edible Oils. In December 2021, the Company was converted into a public limited liability company. BUA Foods is affiliated with diverse group companies under the BUA brand that span the food and infrastructure sectors.
Lagos Ranked Top Destination Of Capital Investment As Importation Value Rises By 97% In Q3’21
Lagos state remains the top destination of capital investment in Nigeria in the third quarter (Q3) of 2021 with $1,481.58 million accounting for 85.57 percent of total capital investment in the country.
In second place is the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja with investments valued at $249.19 million (14.39%).
According to the Capital Importation Report for Q3’21 recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the total value of capital importation into Nigeria in the third quarter of 2021 stood at $1,731.37 million from $875.62 million in the preceding quarter of 2021, showing an increase of 97.73%.
When compared to the corresponding quarter of 2020, capital importation as well increased by 18.4 percent from $1.46 billion.
The report also revealed that the largest amount of capital importation by type was received through Portfolio investment, which accounted for 70.30% ($1,217.21 million) of total capital importation. This was followed by Other Investment which accounted for 23.47% ($406.35 million) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) amounted to 6.23% ($107.81 million) of total capital imported in Q3 2021.
By Sectors, capital importation into financing had the highest inflow of $469.17 million amounting to 27.10% of total capital imported in the third quarter of 2021. This was closely followed by capital imported into the Banking Sector valued at $460.39 million (26.59%) and Production sector $323.83 million (18.70%).
“Capital Importation by country of origin revealed that the United Kingdom ranked top as source of capital imported into Nigeria in the third quarter of 2021 with a value of $709.8 million accounting for 40.99% of total capital imported in the period under review. This was followed by capital imports from South Africa and United States of America valued at $389.54 million (22.50%) and $257.12 million (14.85%) respectively”, the NBS said in its report.
Also, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc ranked highest in Q3 2021 with $537.92 million (31.07%) of total capital investment in Nigeria. This was followed by Standard Chartered Bank (18.83%) and Citibank Nigeria Limited (14.34%).
91m Shares Of Ronchess Global Resources Listed on Growth Board of NGX
Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), has announced the listing of 91,000,000 ordinary shares of Ronchess Global Resources Plc on the Growth Board of the exchange.
The Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), Temi Popoola, made this known during the Closing Gong Ceremony to commemorate the successful listing held last Friday.
According to the information posted on the website of NGX, the new entrant to NGX, Ronchess, is a leading provider of traffic solutions, construction, and procurement services in Nigeria with a large client base cutting across corporates and MDAs. The listing according to NGX signals the importance of the Growth Board and reinforces NGX’s commitment to supporting issuers in achieving their strategic objectives.
The Chief Executive Officer, NGX, represented by the Divisional Head, Listing Business, NGX, Olumide Bolumole, at the ceremony marking the successful listing stated that the NGX All Share Index (ASI) has continued to remain resilient in the face of major macro-economic shocks including; increased insecurity, foreign exchange volatility amongst others.
According to information available on NGX website the CEO representative similarly noted that in spite of the challenges, the NGX has continued to play its role as a capital aggregator connecting investors with opportunities across sectors including in infrastructure through companies such as Ronchess.
“In the course of the year, our support for capital raising have continued with NGX facilitating the financing of over N5 trillion in capital raised by governments and corporates,” Mr Bolumole added.
In his remarks, Managing Director, Ronchess Global Resources Plc, Mr. Jackson Ukuevo, express profound gratitude to the board and management of Nigerian Exchange Limited and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the regulatory approval given to Ronchess to list on NGX.
The Growth Board of NGX is designed to encourage growth-oriented companies to leverage the capital market in raising long-term capital, stimulate growth, and promote liquidity. The board targets fast-growth companies such as Ronchess, who have demonstrated the appetite to enhance their attractiveness in the global market and connect them with an extensive pool of both local and international investors.
The exchange similarly expressed optimism that the listing will spur activities on the Growth Board even as it continues to encourage businesses to list their securities in the market and investors to deploy capital across its various financial products.
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