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NGX CEO Pays Courtesy Visit to Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning

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Left– Right: Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Mr. Temi Popoola, CFA, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited during a courtesy visit to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, FCT, Abuja recently.

By Olushola Okunlade

…FG Commends NGX on Capital Market Development

The Federal Government has commended the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) for its efforts aimed at deepening the Nigerian capital market.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said this in a statement issued by Mr Tijjani Mohammad for Director, Information and Public Relations of the ministry on Wednesday.

Ahmed made the commendation when the management of the NGX, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Timi Popoola, paid her a courtesy visit in her office.

She urged the management to leverage technology and innovations which could ease the processes of trading on the exchange.Ahmed also called on them to ensure that ordinary citizens participated actively in the capital market.

She said the Federal Government had directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to organise a saving policy and programme that would encourage citizens to participate actively in the capital market as a means of unlocking the potential.

The minister also said the ministry was working on the Finance Bill 2021 and would address hindering investments such as Company Income Tax (CIT), among others.
Also, the Permanent Secretary, Aliyu Ahmed, urged Popoola and his team to scale up the operations of the NGX for the benefits of investors and the market.

Earlier, Popoola said the aim of the visit was to introduce the NGX’s new management to the minister and to also to appreciate the ministry for its support to the Nigerian capital market
Popoola assured the minister of the exchange’s support in making Nigeria a destination for foreign investment.

He, however, called for a reduction in CIT, from 25 per cent to 20 per cent, among others, stressing that it would ultimately attract more taxes to government.
Popoola also assured of the exchange’s commitment to support the ministry’s fiscal policy and willingness to serve on the committee of the Finance Bill 2021.

Left– Right: Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Mr. Temi Popoola, CFA, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited during a courtesy visit to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, FCT, Abuja recently.

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We’ll Continue To Provide An Efficient Market To Enhance Securities Lending – NGX

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We'll Continue To Provide An Efficient Market To Enhance Securities Lending – NGX

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Consistent with its commitment to contribute to the growth and development of the capital market in Nigeria and Africa, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) says it will continue to collaborate with market stakeholders to enhance securities lending transactions and provide an efficient and liquid market for investors.

This is even instructive as the Exchange noted that securities lending presents significant benefits to investors in a bull or bear market – either as lenders or borrowers.

Speaking during the NGX Securities Lending Forum 2022 in collaboration with Stanbic IBTC which was held in Lagos via Zoom, the Divisional Head, Capital Markets at the NGX, Jude Chiemeka, stated that securities lending transactions have become an important element of capital markets all over the globe.

He added that in today’s capital markets, securities seldom lie unutilized, noting that if not being bought and sold in outright market transactions, securities are frequently lent to parties wanting to borrow them, or used as collateral to raise short-term finance.

Quoting a 2021 report done by International Securities Lending Association (ISLA), Chiemeka said the total value of securities made available globally by institutional investors within lending programs stood at $34trillion with about $2.9 trillion on-loan globally across all asset classes; 48 per cent Government Bonds, 39 per cent Equities, 6 per cent, Corporate Debt Securities, 4 per cent, ETFs 3 per cent, Other Fixed Income in December 2021.

He also noted that the global securities lending industry generated $9.28 billion in revenue for lenders in 2021, according to DataLend – a 21.2 per cent increase from 2020, adding that this shows the huge potential available in securities lending transactions.

“Domestically, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), in response to the need for market expansion and development, introduced many products – securities lending being one of them – to give investors (retail and institutional) a wide array of asset classes to choose from. Since the Securities Lending and Borrowing (SLB) services were officially launched in the Nigerian market in December 2015, uptake has steadily risen, though not as robust as envisaged.

According to a report by Nigerian Exchange Limited, in 2020, the market recorded impressive transactions, with about 7.4 million units worth N95.2 million traded. In 2021, while the volume in traded equities fell to about 6.8 million units the value grew to N513 million”, he said.

The Divisional Head explained that from the lender’s point of view, the benefits of securities lending include the ability to earn additional income through the fee charged to the borrower to borrow the security while adding that from the borrower’s point of view, it allows them to take positions like short selling. It also gives investors more options to take different views on the market.

“It is vital in the development of the capital market by providing liquidity, which in turn reduces the cost of trading and promotes price discovery.

The Exchange no doubt remains keen to provide an efficient and liquid market for investors and businesses in Africa, to save and access capital and investments. We promise to continue our collaboration with all market stakeholders, to collectively contribute towards the enhancement of securities lending transactions, and ultimately towards the growth and development of the capital market in Nigeria and Africa at large”, he said.

For his part, the Managing Director of Stanbic IBTC Nominee Limited, Majiyagbe Babatunde while giving a historical breakdown of how securities lending has evolved said the securities lending market which started over 40 years ago has grown, generating about $9.28 billion (N4.2 trillion) in revenue for lenders in 2021 and went up by 21.20 per cent from 2020 globally.

“With Nigeria reporting N600 million in trade value and N5bn assets pledged by lenders, only a few trades have been done in the securities lending universe. Given the size of the capitalization of the equities market and how mature we have now become, the market needs to do more.

“There also needs to be liquidity in the Securities Lending market. Unfortunately, there has been so much reliance on the period when the market goes long without proper planning for when the market goes short. Securities lending will create value for both situations so that even when the market goes short, you borrow and sell off and buy back when the securities have become low. In the end, there are equal benefits for all players in the market with the Securities Lending market”, he added.

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NGX, Stanbic IBTC Set To Hold Securities Lending Forum

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NGX AND STANBIC IBTC SECURITIES LENDING WEBINAR

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), in partnership with Stanbic IBTC, is set to host a Securities Lending Forum, on Tuesday, 20th September 2022, at 10:00 am.

The webinar is in line with the Exchange’s mandate to promote investors in the Nigerian capital markets, enhance secondary market liquidity, and facilitate the mobilization of savings to spur economic growth.

The virtual event is slated to take place on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 at 10:00 AM on Zoom.

Interested participants, kindly register for the free webinar at https://bit.ly/ngx-sl-stanbic

The Securities forum will bring together investors (both retail and institutional); Pension Funds Administrators; Fund Managers, ETF Issuers, Trading License Holders, Regulators, and intermediaries in the Nigerian capital market to understand the securities lending landscape, the product features, and benefits for investors and intermediaries as well as the Nigerian capital market ecosystem.

It will provide an overview of the Securities Lending framework in Nigeria; highlight the opportunities and benefits available in Securities Lending; build capacity on Securities lending and its role in creating a more efficient market; enlighten market participants on the operational aspects of securities lending and improve market liquidity by increasing the volume of securities potentially available for trading.

Confirmed speakers at the webinar include, Mr. Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Capital Markets, NGX; Babatunde Majiyagbe, CEO, Stanbic IBTC Nominees, and Oyelade Eigbe, Executive Director Vetiva Fund Management Limited.

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NGX Group Releases Dividend Policy

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NGX, SEC Strengthen Alliance to Further Market Development

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc has released its dividend policy in ensuring that shareholders received returns on their investments. 

The policy document which was approved by the Group’s Board of Directors of NGX Group Plc and published on the company’s website was formulated in accordance with the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, investment and tax legislations, Codes of Corporate Governance, as well as internationally recognized best practices and principles.

According to the NGX Group Policy document, “NGX Group, through its Dividend Policy, seeks to guarantee shareholder rights especially as it relates to return on investment. The policy is developed to address issues relating to the determination and payment of dividends. The Group shall apply the policy, accordingly to determine any claim by any shareholder, individual or institution, regarding the dividends payouts by NGX Group subject to provisions in the Articles of Association of the Company”. 

In terms of the administration of dividends by The Group, the Policy document added NGX Group will apply the policy on an annual basis to develop a transparent and methodological dividend consideration and payouts. “This approach will ensure that NGX Group has sufficient distributable profits and/or general reserves, as determined by a review of the Company’s audited financial statements as well as consideration of other financial factors, prior to any declaration and/or payment of dividend. To this end, the policy will guide the NGX Group in its approach to distributing surplus funds from its distributable profits and/or general reserves to shareholders, as may be determined by the profit and availability of cash for distribution; operating, and investment needs of the Company; anticipated future growth and earnings of the Company; and provisions of the Company’s Articles of Association among others”, the company added.

The NGX Group Policy document provided guidance on the dividend payable in cash in a year. According to the document, “the range of dividend payable in cash will range between a pay-out ratio 25 per cent and 75 per cent of the distributable profit of same year to which the dividend is applicable. In addition, the policy indicated that the Group’s Board of Directors may recommend a scrip (bonus) issue in any year and in any ratio as it deems fit for any year through the capitalization of any undistributed retained earnings, wherein the Board, in recommending a bonus issue, shall maintain a balance between the paid-up capital and the undistributed retained earnings”.

In keeping with best practices in corporate governance, the policy delegated the responsibility for the decision to pay dividends to the Board of Directors and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The policy document stated, “The decision to declare and pay dividend, including the procedure for making dividend payments, shall be approved at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of shareholders, upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may at its discretion declare an interim dividend based on profits arrived at as per quarterly or half-yearly unaudited financial results, noting that where no final dividend is declared, the interim Dividend shall be regarded as the final dividend in the AGM”. The document equally provided guidance on the date for when shareholders should expect to receive dividends will be paid by NGX, stating, “dividend is to be paid on the date in which the AGM holds in the year that dividend is declared or at any other date that the shareholders at AGM shall approve and no interest shall accrue on any unclaimed dividend”.

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