Oscar Onyema Completes 10-Year Tenure As CEO Of NSE

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced that Oscar Onyema has completed his 10-year tenure as its Chief Executive Officer.

In a statement on Tuesday, NSE said following the demutualisation of the exchange, Onyema has transitioned from CEO of NSE to the group chief executive officer of Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group.

He was also honoured with a digital Closing Gong Ceremony.

“Following the successful demutualisation of The Exchange, Mr. Onyema has transitioned into the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc,” the statement read in part.

Speaking at the Closing Gong Ceremony, the Chairman, Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc, Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo stated, “It is impossible to overstate Oscar Onyema’s contributions to the growth of The Exchange and the development of the capital market in the past ten years.

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“After his first year of leadership, it became evident that his strategic mindset and mastery of Exchange business was what NSE dearly needed to rise to its next level of growth. As anticipated, The Exchange went on to experience significant growth as the years went by, most notable of which is the recent completion of the demutualisation of The Exchange. It has indeed been a pleasure working with him in our time at the NSE and I look forward to our continued journey to greatness in the NGX era,” he said.

On his part, Onyema said, “I arrived at The Nigerian Stock Exchange when the stock market was in the doldrums, investors’ confidence low, mono-product and the bourse under regulatory administration. With tunnel vision collaboration with stakeholders in the financial system and perseverance, we have been able to surmount almost all of the challenges.

“I am delighted to have worked with the astute members of the National Council, visionary leaders in the Executive Committee, and expert crop of staff at The Exchange to have delivered excellent results. We have come a long way from where we used to be and I am excited about the opportunities demutualisation has opened for us in the coming years. I must reiterate my commitment to ensuring that the NGX Group Plc and its subsidiaries deliver on the mandate to become Africa’s leading capital market infrastructure provider. I look forward to deepening partnerships with existing stakeholders and exploring new collaborations locally and globally to bring this to bear.”

The demutualisation of NSE has led to the emergence of the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc and three subsidiaries – Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, NGX Regulation (NGX RegCo) Limited, and NGX Real Estate (NGX RelCo) Limited. Mr. Temi Popoola, CFA will assume the role of CEO, NGX Limited, while Ms. Tinuade Awe will become the CEO, NGX RegCo Limited.

Airtel To List Delayed Shares On NSE July 8


Nigeria’s third largest mobile telecom operator, Airtel Africa has announced plans to list its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Monday, July 8, 2019, after the exchange postponed the listing earlier scheduled for Friday.

The NSE said the secondary listing of Airtel Africa’s cross-border listing of 3.76 billion shares planned for Friday, had been postponed to ensure the telecoms company satisfy all the post NSE approval pre-requisites for listing on NSE.

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The exchange explained that it allowed the telecoms company to go ahead with an investor presentation on Friday as earlier scheduled.

Airtel last week offered shares of its African unit on the London Stock Exchange, through an initial public offer.

Airtel’s Listing On NSE Postponed



The Nigerian Stock Exchange has announced the postponement of the earlier planned Cross-Border secondary listing of 3.758bn ordinary shares of Airtel Africa plc from the scheduled date of Friday, July 5, 2019.

According to a statement from NSE, the postponement was necessitated by the need to ensure that Airtel Africa meets all the post-NSE approval pre-requisites for listing on the local stock market.

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“The Nigerian Stock Exchange announced that the planned Cross Border Secondary Listing of 3,758,151,504 ordinary shares of Airtel Africa Plc. (Company) has been postponed from the scheduled date of Friday, July 5, 2019.

“This postponement was necessitated by the need to ensure that the Company meets all the post NSE approval pre-requisites for listing on the NSE. However, the Facts Before the Listing event will hold as planned at 11.00 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019.”

The exchange did not specify a new listing date for Airtel but said the NSE will provide further communications on the issue when all the conditions for the listing in its market have been met.”

The telecommunications company planned to list at least 500 million shares on the Nigeria Stock Exchange with an initial offer of N363 per unit, becoming the second after MTN Nigeria listed 20 billion ordinary shares at N90 per unit

MTN Lists Shares On Nigerian Stock Exchange

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Telecommunications giant MTN Nigeria has listed 20 billion ordinary shares at N90 per unit on the Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The official listing of the Johannesburg-based company took place on Thursday at the Stock Exchange House in Lagos.

Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Dr Paschal Dozie, led the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Ferdi Moolman, and other top members of staff of the company to the event.

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The price values the telecoms company at N1.84 trillion.

MTN Nigeria decided to list its local company in the country on the NSE in 2016 after agreeing to pay a $1.7 billion fine to settle a sim card dispute with the Federal Government.

Nigeria accounts for a third of MTN’s annual core profit while indigenous investors own 19.4 per cent of the company.

See photos from the event below:

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Oil Propels Nigerian Shares To 9-Year Peak

After shying away from Nigeria following the 2014 oil crash, investors started taking interest in the country again last year when the central bank introduced a special trading window for foreign portfolio investors.

The banking and pension sectors were the top-performing indexes of 2017, according to the Nigerian Stock Exchange in a year-end review posted on Twitter.

“The economy is not going to race away and have fantastic growth but the equity market is based on a lot of bad news and a lot of bad news is going away now,” said Paul Clark, a fund manager at Ashburton Investments.

“I think the risks have reduced significantly.”

Nigeria’s GDP is set to grow by 2.1 per cent in 2018, according to the International Monetary Fund.

On Tuesday, the latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that annual inflation slowed for the 11th month in a row in December to 15.4 percent.

The central bank has said it wants to cut its benchmark rate from 14 per cent if inflation continues to fall.


NSE Suspends Trading In 17 Companies

Nigerian Stock ExchangeThe Nigerian Stock Exchange has suspended trading in seventeen companies for failing to file their various financial statements as at when due.

The suspended companies are African Alliance Insurance, Equity Assurance, Fortis Microfinance Bank, Guinea Insurance, Premier Paints, Resort Savings & Loans, Sovereign Trust Insurance and African Paints Nigeria.

Others are Aso Savings & Loans, Ekocorp, Evans Medical, Goldlink Insurance, Great Nigeria Insurance, Omatek Ventures Union Dicon Salt, Union Homes Savings & Loans And Universal Insurance Company.

The suspension took effect on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, and will continue until the companies submit the relevant accounts.

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Reps Pass Second Bill On Demutualisation Of Stock Exchange

The legislative framework that will allow the Nigerian Stock Exchange transform from an organisation limited by guarantee into a new one limited by shares has passed a second reading at the House of Representatives.

Leading the debate at the Lower House, Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf explained that the transformation of the Stock Exchange into a public liability company will improve liquidity, promote competitiveness and engender good corporate governance.

The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, has, therefore, referred the Stock Exchange bill to the House Committee on capital markets and other institutions for further legislative action.

The NSE started its demutualisation journey in 2001 but has gained more traction in the past few years.

Privatised Companies Should Be Listed On NSE – BPE

Nigerian Stock ExchangeThe Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) says privatised government entities are to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, although it has raised concerns on the stability and the prospects of realising good value for the firms via listing.

The BPE Director General, Mr Alex Okoh said this when he received members of the Nigerian Stock Exchange technical committee on new listings.

The NSE new listings committee was in Abuja to seek collaboration with the BPE to increase the number of listings on the stock exchange via privatisation.

Mr Okoh told the committee that the BPE’s reform structure and privatisation process envisages the listing of privatised enterprises as their final outcome.

Oil And Gas Index Falls By 1.21%

Nigeria To Exit Joint Venture Cash Calls With Oil CompaniesThe oil and gas index on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday fell by 1.21 per cent; the day the National Assembly passed the first phase of the long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill.

Despite this, sectoral decline winning streak continues, with the all share index adding 0.64 per cent to close at 28,467.61 and total market value surged to 9.841 trillion Naira.

Financial Services Stocks maintained their lead in top trades as Access Bank polled over 106 million units in transactions followed by GT Bank and Diamond.

Thirty companies appreciated in price against 14 others as the market breadth closed positive.

UAC properties settled at two Naira 14 kobo, having jumped the most by 9.7 per cent. Livestock ticked 8.5 per cent while GlaxoSmithKline appreciated by five per cent.

PZ on the other hand, declined by 6.1 per cent, topping the losers chart, followed by Mobil and Honey Well Flour.

Dangote: Refinery Is Good, But Agro-allied Is Game-changer

Dangote: Refinery Is Good, But Agro-allied Is Game-ChangerPresident of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote, says his group of companies’ expansion into agro-allied local production of tomato, rice and sugar is the game-changer.

He also noted that the expansion is in line with the Federal Government’s focus on agriculture.

The Africa’s richest man said this on Monday while addressing journalists at the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria.

He also closed the first trading day of the week, in company of top stock exchange executives, as well as Mr Femi Otedola and the NSE President, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede.

Mr Dangote, who celebrated his 60th birthday with the closing gong, gave an update on his ongoing 750,000 barrels per day refinery in Lagos.

Channels Television Closes Nigerian Stock Exchange Trading

Channels Media Group – Closing Gong Ceremony

Nigeria’s leading broadcaster, Channels Television, on Wednesday, closed trading at the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

This was part of a week-long line up of events to celebrate the station’s 21st anniversary.

Channels Television began the daily reportage of the domestic stock market and the entire financial markets in April 1996, just about a year after it started operations.

Over the past two decades, the broadcaster has been an integral part of Nigeria’s market evolution, and development, covering the automation of the stock market, the banking sector, and the ongoing transformation of the entire financial system.

The closing gong was sounded by the Chairman of the Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, at 2:30 pm.

Mr John Momoh in his address of  welcome, said, “today is a great day for us. It is a very significant day in the sense that it is serving as a pivot for the celebration of our 21st anniversary”.

Chairman CEO of Channels Television , Mr John Momoh (M), the Vice Chairman, Mrs Sola Momoh and officials of the Nigerian Stock Exchange

According to him, “it is the first time on this stage, not the first time on the floor, I have been here 20 years ago, in 1996.

“It is more like déjà vu for me.”

He went on to assure the Nigerian Stock Exchange of continued partnership in order to realise the kind of economy that the nation envisions.

CEO Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema, also congratulated the management and staff of Channels Television for its efforts over the years and for emerging as the best Television Station for the year, for over 10 years.

Osinbajo Visits NSE, Wants More Companies Listed

Osinbajo Visits NSE, Wants More Companies ListedThe Federal Government is determined to encourage more companies to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

This is coming from the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo during his visit to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, on Friday.

On the plan to tackle the economic challenges, the Vice President said that there is need to partner with the broker-dealer community.

“As you know, several major companies have already indicated that they want to be listed on the stock exchange.

“I think for privatized companies, because they are privatised, the decision is not necessarily the decision of government, it has to be the decision of the new owners,” the Vice President told newsmen.

Meanwhile, despite the Vice President’s visit to the Nigerian stock market, the key index ended the week in the red amidst tight system liquidity as bearish sentiment dominated activities.

The all share index tumbled by 3% to finish at 26,170.88 with a market capitalization of 9 trillion naira.

Investors exchanged 2.84 billion shares, valued at 7.42 billion naira in 16,065 deals.

The financial services industry led the activity chart with 2.63 billion shares, contributing 92.48 percent to the total equity turnover volume.

36 equities depreciated in price and top on that list was CCNN with 14.34%.

Air service led 17 other price gainers for the week.

Standard Alliance Insurance, Chams and GTBank accounted for 81.16% or volume traded during the week.