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Interswitch Unveils Fresh Offerings to Boost Nigeria’s Payment System

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Pan-African digital payment and commerce solution company, Interswitch Group, has launched an array of innovative product offerings expected to boost the payment industry in Nigeria.

The new products will simplify digital payments and provide more secure payment solutions to financial institutions, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), merchants and their customers.

This was disclosed at a launch event, Interswitch TechConnect in Lagos on Thursday.

The services unveiled include an enhanced Biometrics feature for Point of Sale (PoS) terminals & Automated Teller Machines (ATMs); Tokenization, and Card Fusion, with the services addressing digital payment fraud, problems with card issuance and portfolio management.

Interswitch, in collaboration with SterlingPRO, designed the Biometrics on PoS and ATMs to protect customers against digital payment fraud and to avail them of faster and more convenient ways to validate payments. The solution utilizes physiological features unique to everyone such as fingerprints, voice, and facial features to verify payment transactions.

Tokenization on the other hand replaces sensitive data such as the 16-digit account information with a unique digital identifier known as a token. Tokenization will enable merchants to fast-track and collect payment seamlessly, enabling customers to check out faster in-store, in-app and online.

In addition, Card Fusion is a web-based instant card issuance platform that enables banks to conclude new card production requests and issue cards within a very short time, thus enhancing their customers’ experience while customers get to personalize their cards instantly.

With the launch of these three offerings, customers can now carry out transactions faster and are assured of more secure payment platforms, while banks, merchants and business owners can fast-track and collect payments seamlessly.

Speaking on this, Mr Akeem Lawal, the Managing Director, Payment Processing & Switching (Interswitch Purepay), stated that the company will continue to build cutting-edge solutions to enhance business development and provide seamless payment solutions to customers across the African continent.

He noted that the three services were designed to address prevailing issues within the digital payment value chain.

He said, “Interswitch is redefining the payment landscape in Nigeria, therefore we are committed to enabling the payment ecosystem that will drive the growth of businesses for economic prosperity.

“We designed the Biometrics on POS & ATM to heighten customers’ protection from digital payment fraud. Although this solution exists in silos where account holders can verify their identity within their financial institution’s ecosystem, the Interswitch Biometrics on POS & ATM service will enable different banks’ customers to access their data and carry out payment transactions across various ATMs and PoS terminals.”

“Our solutions have the capacity to be interoperable and scalable. With the Interswitch Biometric on PoS and ATM service, the Tokenization solution and Card Fusion services, payment service providers; acquirers, issuers and merchants can assure their customers of an added layer of security while carrying out a payment transaction,” he added.

He added that over two decades, Interswitch has been at the forefront of developing innovative and cutting-edge solutions to accelerate the growth of businesses across the African continent.

“We are very confident that these new products will further transform the payment landscape,” he noted.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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NGX Index Advances by 0.50% as Ecobank, MTN, Others Gain

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By Dipo Olowookere

Buying interests in Ecobank, MTN Nigeria and others lifted the stock market by 0.50 per cent on Monday as investors are having confidence again in the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited after a wave of selling pressure caused by global uncertainties.

At the market yesterday, the All-Share Index (ASI) nudged closer to the 52,000 psychological points as it gained 344.12 points to settle at 51,962.85 points compared with the preceding session’s 51,618.73 points.

But the market capitalisation moved to the next level as it appreciated by N186 billion to close the first trading session of the week at N28.014 trillion versus last Friday’s N27.875 trillion.

Data from the exchange showed that the insurance space grew by 1.50 per cent, the banking index gained 0.51 per cent, the energy counter rose by 0.12 per cent, while the consumer goods sector lost 0.56 per cent, with the industrial goods space flat at the close of business.

The activity chart was in the green on Monday as the trading volume expanded by 70.75 per cent to 266.5 million shares from 223.3 million shares, the trading value increased by 41.82 per cent to N2.6 billion to N1.8 billion, while the number of trades improved by 17.12 per cent to 5,050 deals from 4,312 deals.

It was observed that Livingtrust Mortgage Bank emerged as the most traded stock with a turnover of 64.7 million units valued at N77.6 million, trailed by Transcorp with a turnover of 31.8 million units worth N39.7 million. Access Holdings exchanged 29.3 million shares for N275.2 million, Oando sold 27.7 million stocks worth N162.4 million, while UBA transacted 20.6 million equities valued at N152.8 million.

Business Post reports that the market breadth closed positive yesterday with 18 price gainers and 16 price losers, indicating a strong investor sentiment.

Ecobank chalked up 9.79 per cent as the highest price gainer to settle at N10.65, John Holt appreciated by 9.52 per cent to 69 kobo, Linkage Assurance improved by 9.43 per cent to 58 kobo, Okomu Oil jumped by 8.53 per cent to N210.00, while Cornerstone Insurance rose by 6.45 per cent to 66 kobo.

PZ Cussons closed the day as the biggest price decliner after it dropped 10.00 per cent to sell at N11.25, Eterna lost 9.33 per cent to finish at N6.80, RT Briscoe depreciated by 6.25 per cent to 45 kobo, Ardova fell by 5.09 per cent to N13.05, while Nigerian Breweries declined by 3.42 per cent to N57.95.

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Unlisted Securities Investors Gain N10bn in One Week 

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The 25th week of trading at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange ended on a positive note last Friday.

In the five-day trading week, investors saw an expansion in their investment portfolios by 0.5 per cent or N10 billion as the market capitalisation closed at N1.011 trillion compared with the preceding week’s N1.010 trillion as the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) increased by 3.86 points to 768.27 points from 764.41 points.

Business Post reports that three stocks on the bourse contributed to the gains reported by unlisted securities investors last week as they overpowered the losses printed by two equities.

Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc appreciated in the week by 10 per cent to close at N198.00 per share in contrast to the preceding week’s N180 per share, Citi Trust Plc grew by 9.6 per cent to N6.85 per unit from N6.25 per unit, while Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc appreciated by 2.5 per cent to N14.80 per share from N14.44 per share.

Conversely, NASD Plc lost 8.7 per cent to settle at N13.68 per unit compared with the previous N15.00 per unit, while Nipco Plc depreciated by 5.2 per cent to N58.85 per share from N62.10 per share.

There was a 352.8 per cent increase in the total value of transactions in the week to N324.4 million from N69.9 million, while the volume of trades went down by 57.0 per cent to 6.0 million units from 2.6 million units just as the number of deals decreased by 8.1 per cent to 57 trades from 62 trades of the previous week.

At the close of the week, VFD Group Plc was the most traded security by volume with 1.2 million units, CSCS Plc traded 703,377 units, NASD Plc exchanged 350,935 units, CitiTrust Holdings Plc traded 214,800 units, while NDEP Plc sold 65,300 units.

In terms of the value of trades in the week, VFD Group Plc also topped with N293.5 million, NDEP Plc recorded N12.5 million, CSCS Plc traded N10.4 million, NASD Plc posted N5.3 million, while CSCS Plc had N1.5 million.

On a year-to-date basis, investors have transacted 3.2 billion units worth N21.3 billion in 1,428 deals, with the year-to-date gain at 3.4 per cent.

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Trading in Greif Nigeria Shares Halted for Smooth Winding up Process

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By Dipo Olowookere

Holders of Greif Nigeria Plc shares have been prevented from trading the security on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited for now.

The embargo on the trading of the company’s stocks was placed on Monday, June 20, 2022, to ensure the process of winding up the organisation goes seamlessly.

Greif Nigeria, formerly known as Van Leer Containers Nigeria Plc, is in the business of making steel drums in the country. It also manufactures plastic containers and sheet metal products.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Greif International Holding BV, also offers services for steel punching and aluminium welding.

But lately, things have not been going on smoothly and it is in the process of winding up.

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on January 31, 2022, the shareholders of the firm authorised the board to begin the voluntary winding up of the company.

In accordance with Section 622 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 which states that a voluntary winding-up shall be deemed to commence at the time of the passing of the resolution for voluntary winding-up, the NGX Regulation (NGX RegCo) Limited, has notified “all trading license holders and the investing public that it has suspended trading in the shares of Greif Nigeria Plc effective on Monday, June 20, 2022, to ensure a smooth winding-up process.”

In a notice filed last week, the agency explained that this action was also in line with Section 624 of CAMA 2020 which provides that a transfer of shares, not being a transfer made to or with the sanction of the liquidator, and any alteration in the status of the members of the company, made after the commencement of a voluntary winding-up, shall be void.

Business Post reports that Greif Nigeria, which uses the ticker Vanleer on the NGX trading platform, has shares outstanding of 42.640 million units and a market capitalisation of N232.4 million as it last traded at N5.45 per unit.

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