Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications company in Africa, on Tuesday announced default currency and options on currency election for the proposed final dividend.
According to the telecommunication giant, shareholders on the register as of the close of business on 24 June 2022 would be paid 3 cents per ordinary share on July 22, 2022.
However, the management has said shareholders can receive their dividend payment in U.S. Dollars, GB Pounds or Nigerian Naira.
For Airtel Africa London Stock Exchange Investors
Shareholders that hold their shares on the London Stock Exchange may elect to receive their entire dividend payment in GB pounds or U.S. dollars.
Partial elections are not permissible.
Holders electing to receive a dividend should specify a choice of currency by completing the Currency Election Form and return to Computershare Investor Services plc.
Shareholders holding their shares on the LSE who do not indicate their currency of choice before 11 July 2022 will receive their dividends in U.S. dollars.
The closing date for the dividend currency election to the Company’s Registrars Computershare Investor Services plc in the UK is 11 July 2022.
Currency election forms can be obtained by contacting the Company’s Registrars, Computershare Investor Services plc, on the Company’s dedicated telephone line: +44(0)370 7030027.
For Airtel Africa Nigerian Exchange Limited Investors
Shareholders that hold their shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange may elect to receive their entire dividend payment in Nigerian naira or U.S. dollars.
Partial elections are not permissible. Holders electing to receive a dividend in U.S. dollars should complete the Currency Election. Form and return to Coronation Registrars Limited or email to email@example.com. Shareholders holding their shares on the NSE who do not indicate their currency of choice before 11 July 2022 will receive their dividends in Nigerian naira.
The closing date for the dividend currency election to the Company’s Registrars Coronation Registrars Limited in Nigeria is 11 July 2022.
Currency election forms can found on the website of the Company’s Registrar www.coronationregistrars.com or this direct link: https://coronationregistrars.com/currencyelection-form/
The following currency exchange rate will be applicable in the determination of the final dividend payment to any shareholders that qualify for and have elected to receive the final dividend payment:
1 USD = 419.50 Nigerian naira
1 USD = 0.8163 GB pounds
The exchange rate for the Nigerian naira or GB pounds amounts payable was determined by reference to the exchange rates applicable to the U.S. dollar available on 20 June 2022.
Otedola Set to Pocket N15.728 Billion as Geregu Declares N20 Billion Dividend
Billionaire Femi Otedola, Chairman of Geregu Power Plc, stands to earn N15.728 billion in dividends for the 2023 financial year following Geregu’s announcement of a final dividend of N8.00 per ordinary share.
With 2.5 billion outstanding shares issued by the organization, the total dividend amounts to N20 billion.
Otedola, who holds a 78.64% stake or 1.966 billion shares in the company, will receive a N15.728 billion dividend payout.
Geregu revealed that the final dividend will be disbursed to shareholders listed in the Register of Members as of the close of business on February 27, 2024.
The Register of Shareholders is scheduled to close on February 28, 2024, with dividends to be paid out on March 28, 2024.
Shareholders who have not completed the e-dividend registration process are urged to download the Registrar’s E-Dividend Mandate Activation Form and submit it to the Registrar or their respective banks.
Furthermore, shareholders with outstanding dividend warrants and unclaimed share certificates are advised to complete the e-dividend registration process or reach out to the Registrar for assistance.
Nigerian Exchange Group Delivers on Shareholders’ Demands with Interim Dividend
The Nigerian Exchange Group Plc has announced its intention to pay an interim dividend of 25 kobo per ordinary share of 50 kobo each.
This translates to N491.029 million when multiplied by the company’s outstanding shares of 1,964,115,918.
This development stems from an emergency board meeting held in July, where the company decided to embrace the electronic distribution of dividends, a move aligned with its demutualisation of 2021.
The decision to declare an interim dividend comes in response to a resounding call from shareholders during the annual general meeting in July when shareholders expressed their desire for a dividend payout, prompting the Nigerian Exchange Group to take proactive action.
Commenting on the dividend announcement, the Chairman, NGX Group, Umaru Kwairanga, said, “The announcement of the dividend will send a signal to our shareholders the company has a listening and responsive board following the request at the last annual general meeting. We hope to continue enjoying the support of our valued shareholders as NGX Group seeks to execute on its strategy to create sustainable growth in the medium to long term.”
Unclaimed Dividend in Nigeria Hits N190 Billion, SEC Takes Reform Measures
Dayo Obisan, the Executive Commissioner in charge of operations at the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), disclosed that unclaimed dividends in Nigeria have reached N190 billion.
Obisan made this announcement during the post-Capital Market Committee (CMC) press briefing, held on Friday following the CMC meeting convened on August 24, with a press briefing on August 25.
During the briefing, Lamido Yuguda, the Director General of SEC, shed light on the significant reforms currently underway within the commission.
He stated, “What we are currently doing in the Capital Market are reforms on custody, derivatives, trading, commodities exchange, in-house reforms (regulators) making them more efficient and technology-friendly, crowdfunding, and global advisors.”
Yuguda also emphasized the gravity of the unclaimed dividends issue, attributing it to problems such as identification issues, multiple subscriptions, and the frequent change of company names.
In response, he announced, “We are now tightening our Know Your Customers (KYC) requirements so that all information needed will be fully captured, and these unclaimed dividends will be a thing of the past.”
Addressing concerns about companies listing dollar bonds, Yuguda expressed confidence, stating, “I don’t see any problem with dollar bonds; any bond should be an obligation that is backed by the commitment to pay both principal and interest on the bond.”
In line with the SEC’s commitment to serving investors effectively, Yuguda shared the commission’s intentions to offer products that cater to investor needs. As a result, the Capital Market master plan has undergone revisions.
He commented, “The capital market has a ten-year master plan from 2015-2025. We conducted a midterm review of the plan, which has been instrumental in our achievements, and we continue to build on these successes in 2023.”
These developments reflect the SEC’s dedication to fostering a robust and investor-friendly capital market environment, with a keen focus on addressing the issue of unclaimed dividends and enhancing regulatory efficiency.
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