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91m Shares Of Ronchess Global Resources Listed on Growth Board of NGX

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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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Royal Exchange Plc Rights Issue Falls Short, Closes at 75.83%”

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Royal Exchange Plc, a leading player in life assurance, health insurance, and credit financing, recently concluded its rights issue with a subscription rate of 75.83%, indicating a shortfall in investor uptake.

The rights issue aimed at raising capital through the issuance of additional ordinary shares saw only a portion of the offered shares subscribed by existing shareholders.

According to the weekly report of the Nigerian Exchange Limited, an additional 3,121,328,866 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each were listed on the market, resulting from the completion of Royal Exchange’s rights issue.

This falls short of the total intended issuance of 4,116,296,059 ordinary shares at a price of N0.50 per share.

Despite the lower-than-expected subscription rate, Royal Exchange remains optimistic about its future prospects.

The company’s unaudited 2023 report revealed significant growth in earned income, soaring by 253% to N882.32 million compared to the previous year.

This boost in earnings was attributed to increases in net interest income and profits from investments in associates, totaling N591.55 million.

Also, Royal Exchange reported a profit of N46.09 million for the year 2023, a stark turnaround from the loss of N150.47 million recorded in 2022.

The company’s restructuring efforts, with a focus on asset management, have contributed to its improved financial performance.

Despite the shortfall in its rights issue, Royal Exchange Plc remains committed to its growth trajectory, leveraging its strengthened financial position to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the insurance and financial services sectors.

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Fast Credit CEO Emeka Iloelunachi Proudly Announces Seamless Redemption of Series 2 Commercial Paper

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Fast Credit Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, Emeka Iloelunachi, proudly announced the successful redemption of the Series 2 Commercial Paper Issuance in a statement released on Monday.

This achievement marks another significant milestone for the financial institution, reinforcing its reputation for fiscal resilience and adherence to sound financial practices.

The Series 2 Commercial Paper, a pivotal element in Fast Credit’s diversified financing strategy, was efficiently redeemed, underlining the company’s meticulous financial planning and disciplined execution.

The payout, executed seamlessly on November 30, reflects the company’s dedication to transparency and accountability.

Fast Credit has consistently demonstrated its commitment to meeting financial obligations punctually, fostering trust and confidence among investors and stakeholders alike.

Investors who participated in the Series 2 Commercial Paper Issuance on June 5, 2023, received their payout, further solidifying Fast Credit’s position as a reliable investment choice.

The timely redemption underscores the company’s ability to navigate the complexities of the financial landscape and strategically manage its debt instruments.

Emeka Iloelunachi expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to announce the successful payout of our Series 2 Commercial Paper Issuance. This achievement reflects not only the strength of our business but also the dedication of our team and the trust our investors place in us. We remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of financial integrity and transparency.”

The redemption of the Series 2 Commercial Paper adds to the positive narrative surrounding Fast Credit’s financial performance, enhancing its reputation within the financial markets.

This triumph resonates not only within the company but also across the broader community of investors, analysts, and stakeholders closely monitoring Fast Credit’s financial trajectory.

Fast Credit’s ability to deliver on its financial commitments reinforces its position as a leading financial institution and sets a benchmark for excellence in the industry.

As the company continues its trajectory of success, investor confidence remains buoyant, signaling a positive outlook for Fast Credit in the competitive financial landscape.

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Nigeria’s Commercial Papers Surge to Over N1 Trillion

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Commercial Papers (CPs) listed on the FMDQ Exchange in the first 10 months of the year now worth N1 trillion.

This represents a 279.38% increase compared to the same period in 2022, signaling a significant shift in corporate financing strategies.

The financial services sector takes the lead, contributing approximately 55% of the listed CPs while the manufacturing sector closely follows with 37 CPs and the real estate and agriculture record 24 and 19 CPs, respectively.

The trend aligns with the observation of David Adonri, Vice Chairman of Highcap Securities, who notes that the surge in high-interest rates prompts companies to seek more cost-effective funding sources, turning to CPs as a viable solution for short-term capital needs.

Adonri emphasizes the advantage of CPs, especially in financing working capital, as they offer a lower cost compared to traditional bank borrowing.

Echoing similar sentiments, Johnson Chukwu, CEO at Cowry Asset Management Limited, underscores the impact of the high-interest rate environment, driving companies to explore the money market for funding.

The ease of issuing commercial papers adds to their appeal.

Tajudeen Olayinka, CEO of Wyoming Capital and Partners, sheds light on the practicality of CPs for real sector businesses facing prohibitive capital costs.

The surge in CP listings in the fixed-income market reflects the strategic utilization of this short-term funding source.

This financial shift comes against the backdrop of Nigeria’s inflation figure at 27.33% and a Monetary Policy Rate of 18.75%.

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent approval of an explicit inflation-targeting framework further emphasizes the need for adaptive financial strategies in the face of evolving economic conditions.

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