Airtel Africa has confirmed that it will pay an interim dividend of 2.18 cents per ordinary share on or around December 9, 2022 to all shareholders of the company.
The leading telecommunications company disclosed this in a statement obtained by Investors King.
According to the company, dividends will be paid in U.S. Dollars, except in a situation where shareholders elect to receive their dividend payments in Naira or Pounds Sterling through the company’s currency elections.
The dividend timetable dates are below:
Ex-dividend date: 10 November 2022
Record date: 11 November 2022
Last Date for Currency Elections: 28 November 2022
Payment date: On or around 9 December 2022
The company further stated that details regarding the default currency and options on currency election for the dividend, and the currency exchange rates that will be applicable in determination of the Half Year 2022-23 interim dividend payment to any shareholders that qualify for and have elected to receive the Half Year 2022-23 interim dividend payment in Pounds Sterling or Naira will be issued in due course.
Airtel Africa reports a 12.9% increase in revenue in the first half ended September 30, 2022 to $2,565m while the total customer base grew by 9.7% to 134.7 million.
During the period, mobile services revenue grew by 19.7% in Nigeria while in East Africa posted 12.4% and 12.1% increase was recorded in Francophone Africa.
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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