FMDQ Admits Dangote Cement’s N50b Commercial Papers

July 21, 2018
FMDQ Platform

By Dipo Olowookere

Commercial papers of Dangote Cement worth N50 billion were on Thursday, July 19, 2018, listed on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, the biggest CP programme so far on the Nigeria debt capital market on its platform.

The CP comprises of N12.04 billion and N37.96 billion issuances and is series 1 & 2 under the N150 billion CP programme.

The CP is a dual tenure issuance under the company’s N150 billion CP programme established in November 2017.

Managing Director/Chief Executive of FMDQ, Mr Bola Onadele Koko, disclosed at the listing ceremony in Lagos that the various efforts by the FMDQ to deepen the domestic debt capital market is yielding results, adding that the listing of Dangote Cement’s CP programme, the biggest CP programme in the market is an attestation to that success.

“The listing couldn’t have been a better one because it is almost four years since I and some members of our staff travelled to Dangote Cement for the first time; then FMDQ was relatively unknown in the market and there was no CP market and we wanted to make CP market transparent and credible. In actual fact, this is now a CP market.”

He expressed optimism that Dangote Cement would up the ante by listing a dollar denominated CP on the FMDQ platform.

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement, Mr Joseph Makoju, commended FMDQ for organising the listing, saying that since inception, FMDQ has contributed significantly to the development of the domestic debt capital market in Nigeria.

“You have championed the development and reform of commercial paper issuance in the domestic market and has come to be recognised a leader in the area.

“In that process, you have been known to promote transparency, governance, integrity and efficiency in the commercial paper market and you succeeded in encouraging issuers like Dangote Cement to explore this alternative funding source in the Nigeria capital market for the first time,” he said.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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