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NSE Grants Listing Waiver to Airtel, Admits Shares Today

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange says it granted a listing waiver to Airtel Africa Plc as the company did not meet the minimum requirement of 300 shareholders as of the day the listing was approved by the National Council of the Exchange.

The NSE said in a circular on Thursday that Airtel Africa, the parent company of Airtel Nigeria, would be listing through a cross border secondary listing at N363 per share, following an Initial Public Offering by way of book building.

Secondary listing arises when securities already listed on a primary exchange are subsequently listed on other securities exchanges. The issuer is not subjected to the full requirements applicable to listing on the other securities exchange(s) at which it seeks a secondary listing.

In this case, Airtel Africa’s primary listing exchange is the London Stock Exchange while the NSE is the secondary listing exchange.

The NSE said Airtel Africa Plc would be listed on the Main Board of the Exchnage, subject to regulatory approvals.

It said Airtel, through an IPO by way of book building, issued 39,227,968 ordinary shares of $0.50 each at N363 per share in Nigeria and 637,178,959 ordinary shares of $0.50 each at £0.80 per share in London.

“The company is, however, listing its entire issued share capital of 3,758,151,504 ordinary shares at $0.5 per share on the LSE and NSE. The value of the total shares to be listed in Nigeria is N1.36tn, based on the listing price of N363,” the NSE said.

The circular read in part, “The book building was at an offer price range of 80 pence and 100 pence per ordinary share and is to be admitted to the premium listing segment of the official list of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

“In Nigeria, a price range of N363 and N454 per ordinary share was offered to qualified institutional and high net worth investors as defined in Rule 321 of Rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria.”

It added that the free float of the company was computed as the percentage of shareholders holding less than five per cent of the company’s issued share capital with no representation on the board.

According to the NSE, the free float of Airtel across the LSE and the NSE at the close of the book building is about 25 per cent.

It noted that because Airtel had a secondary listing status on the NSE, it would be required to comply with the rules of its place of primary listing, as well as such other rules of the NSE as may be applicable.

“Having two big telecommunications companies in our market is a testament of the Exchange’s commitment to building a dynamic and inclusive market and creating channels for sustainable investment,” the bourse said.

It added, “These listings create telecoms and technology asset class for investors and provide opportunities for a wider group of Nigerians to be part of the Nigerian telecom growth story.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Total Currency in Circulation Increased by N56.44bn in September

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Currency in Circulation Rose by N56.44bn in the Month of September to N2.426 trillion

The total currency in circulation increased to N2.426 trillion in the month of September, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) report has shown.

In the report released on Wednesday, the apex bank said the total currency in circulation stood at N2.369 trillion as of the end of August.

The amount then rose by N56.44 billion in September to N2.426 trillion.

A further breakdown of the report revealed that currency in circulation declined by 6 percent in the first quarter of the year to N2.29 trillion, about 7.5 percent below the same quarter of 2019.

The figure stood at N2.35 trillion in May, then rose to N2.39 trillion by the end of July.

While reserve money expanded by 5.9 percent to N12.96 trillion when compared to a 20.7 percent growth recorded in April 2020.

The report also noted that at N10.61 trillion, liabilities to other depository corporations grew 70.5 percent above the previous month’s growth rate of 59.7 percent.

The report said, “The heightened uncertain outlook due to the lockdown encouraged more cash to be held by the public.

“This was evident from the increase in currency in circulation, compared with the level in the preceding month.

“Currency in circulation rose by two per cent to N2.35tn at the end of May 2020, compared with the increase of 0.5 per cent at the end of April 2020.”

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CBN Directs Banks to go After COVID-19 Financial Criminals

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Central Bank Asks Banks to Stay Abreast Frauds and Rising COVID-19 Financial Crimes

The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed all financial institutions in Nigeria to update alert protocols in their Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism monitoring tools, in accordance with emerging trends of rising COVID-19 related financial crimes.

In a circular titled, ‘Administrative letters to all banks and other financial institutions’ issued on Monday and signed by J.M. Gana, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, the apex bank said changes in business activities and financial transactions due to the shift caused by COVID-19 pandemic have led to the surge in financial crimes globally.

Therefore, it said financial institutions must now adapt quickly and keep abreast of the new emerging financial risks and other developments to arrest this new and emerging ML/TF.

According to the circular, this includes strategic investment in data mining and artificial intelligence software to monitor financial transactions effectively and report as quickly as possible.

The central bank said the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, the central repository of suspicious transactions and other financial information, had released a comprehensive report on STRs and others.

It stated that the NFIU had identified cybercrimes, frauds, counterfeiting and substandard goods, diversion of public funds and misuse of non-government organisations funds as some of the ongoing crimes that banks across the nation need to stay abreast and report.

Other suspicious transactions and red flags identified in the report were some e-commerce companies with little or zero history or internet presence suddenly receiving multiple payments from unrelated third parties.

Similarly, it said individuals with zero or little history of financial transactions receiving multiple payments from unrelated third parties. It also noted that customers who suddenly start delaying in the supply or purchases of medical supplies and payment of goods linked to known brands, yet the beneficiary is an individual, not a corporate company should be flagged.

The measures, the apex bank said were necessary due to the rising numbers of unusual transactions from banks’ customers and unscrupulous individuals.

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Union Bank Secures US$40 Million Facility from IFC Global Trade Finance

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Union Bank Secures US$40 Million Facility from IFC Global Trade Finance

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc said it has secured a US$40,000,000 finance guarantee facility from the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

In a note to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the lender said the facility would help boost access to finance for local businesses and enable increased international trade for Nigeria.

It explained that the facility “will support Union Bank to establish working partnerships with nearly 300 major international banks within the GTFP network, thereby broadening access to finance and reducing cash collateral requirements for Nigerian businesses.

“The facility will enable the continued flow of trade credit into the Nigerian market at a time when imports are critical, and the country’s exports can generate much-needed foreign exchange.

Under the IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) terms of the agreement, GTFP offers benefiting banks partial or full guarantees covering payment risk on Union Bank’s trade-related transactions.

Accordingly, these guarantees are transaction-specific and may vary depending on underlying instruments like letters of credit, trade-related promissory notes, guarantees, bonds, and advance payment guarantees.”

Emeka Emuwa, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, said, “Union Bank is pleased to join the IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program. This is a significant achievement as we continue to expand our trade financing offerings to our
customers. Even in these peculiar times, we remain focused on contributing to economic growth by developing tailored solutions that help our customers harness the teeming opportunities that still exist in the Nigerian market.

Eme Essien Lore, IFC’s Country Manager for Nigeria, said, “Keeping trade moving is essential to growth and job creation, especially during the challenging economic times we are living through today. We welcome Union Bank to IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program and value a partnership that will make a positive impact on Nigeria’s economy.

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