By Dipo Olowookere
The unbundling of the tea business of Unilever Nigeria Plc is expected to be completed before the end of this year, the board has confirmed.
Unilever Nigeria produces the popular Lipton Tea and a few others, but this arm of the company is being proposed to operate as a standalone organisation.
In a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) last week, Unilever Nigeria said the process was ongoing and at the end of it, the tea firm will operate as a separate legal entity.
Business Post recalls that in 2020, the global parent company of Unilever Nigeria announced its intention to restructure its tea arm, which is believed to generate over €3 billion annually.
It had also hinted that the new entity could be listed separately on the stock exchange, partially or totally sold to a new investor.
“You could easily see the Unilever Tea Co becoming a standalone business on a listed stock exchange with its own IPO, that is a highly likely outcome, which would have been very difficult under our old structure,” the CEO of Unilever, Mr Alan Jope, had informed Bloomberg in an interview.
In the latest update, the Nigerian subsidiary of the organisation disclosed that steps were already being taken to complete the divorce very soon.
“Further to the announcement made on August 5, 2020, about Unilever’s global announcement on the strategic review and planned separation of its tea business, this is to notify the Nigerian Stock Exchange and our esteemed shareholders of the plan to separate the Unilever Nigeria Plc tea business into a separate legal entity.
“The planned separation will go through the normal approval process and is expected to be concluded by the end of 2021.
“We shall keep the Nigerian Stock Exchange and stakeholders informed of subsequent developments on this matter,” the notice disclosed.
Share of Unilever Nigeria closed flat last Friday at the local stock exchange at N13.60 per unit. The equities dropped to that level last Monday and remained at that rate throughout the week.
SEC Okays NG Clearing as Central Counterparty
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
NG Clearing Limited, a company incorporated on May 24, 2016, to facilitate derivatives trading in the Nigerian capital market, has been given the licence to operate as a central counterparty (CCP).
The authorisation was given by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the apex regulatory agency in the Nigerian capital market and this licence became effective Monday, June 7, 2021.
With the registration to perform the function of a CCP, NG Clearing becomes the first organisation to carry out this duty in the country. It means the firm has the authority to clear and settle exchange-traded derivative products.
The Chairman of NG Clearing, Mr Oscar Onyema, expressed delight over this development, noting that it will improve the soundness and safety of the Nigerian financial market.
He said the company will deliver best-in-class post-trade services that manage counterparty credit risk and reduce systemic risk by interposing itself as a guarantor to both parties in a transaction, thus ensuring the successful execution of derivatives and other trades from various trade points in Nigeria.
“NG Clearing will deliver an unparalleled CCP experience for the Nigerian financial and capital markets and will optimise the deployment of its resources to achieve long-term value creation for its stakeholders using a state-of-the-art risk management framework, which complies with global best practices for mitigating settlement risk,” he said.
On his part, the Managing Director of NG Clearing, Mr Tapas Das said the company has sufficient financial resources, including a settlement guarantee fund to cover participants’ risk exposures.
He noted that members will have access to a wide range of financial reports that equip them with extensive knowledge and enable them to make informed decisions, as well as access to NG Clearing’s bespoke clearing and settlement software application which will support the clearing and settlement of derivative instruments across various asset classes i.e., futures and options contracts on indices, equity shares, commodities, currency, rates etc.
“NG Clearing shall be playing a key role in the financial market ecosystem in the region, upholding stability and safety of the marketplace, through an efficient and timely settlement of derivative trades.
“The aim is to strengthen the country’s investment environment through solutions that systematically reduce risks, enhance operating efficiency, and minimize costs for all market participants, thereby serving as a catalyst to national development,” he stated.
NG Clearing is promoted by the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc and Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc along with key stakeholders, including Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Access Bank Plc, Consonance Kuramo Special Opportunities Fund I, Coronation Merchant Bank Limited, Greenwich Merchant Bank Limited, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) and Association of Securities Dealing Houses of Nigeria (ASHON).
CSCS, NGX Lift OTC Exchange by 0.77% After Holiday
By Adedapo Adesanya
Appreciation in the stock prices of Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc and the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc ensured that the bulls remained on the floor of the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange on Tuesday.
It was the first trading session at the OTC Exchange after the public holiday observed on Monday to celebrate Democracy Day in Nigeria. The unlisted securities market appreciated by 0.77 per cent yesterday.
During the session, shares of CSCS increased by 68 kobo or 3.6 per cent to sell at N18.68 per unit compared to N18 per unit of the previous session, while the NGX Group gained 15 kobo or 0.8 per cent to sell for N20.04 per share versus the previous N19.89 per share.
The gains recorded by the two securities expanded the market capitalisation of the bourse by N4.09 billion to close at N534.49 billion in contrast to N530.40 billion it ended last Friday.
Also, the NASD Unlisted Security Index (NSI) increased by 5.76 points during the session to finish at 751.95 points as against 746.19 points of the previous session.
During the session, investors increased the volume of securities traded by 75.8 per cent to 6.5 million units from 3.7 million units, while the value of the trades rose by 74.1 per cent to N129.2 million from N74.2 million, with the number of deals rising by 17.2 per cent to 34 deals from 29 deals.
NGX Group was the most active stock by (year-to-date) with the sale of 266.3 million units worth N6.0 billion, followed by Swap Technologies & Telecomms Plc with 46.6 million units worth N41.0 million and CSCS Plc with 30.9 million units worth N483.3 million.
Also, NGX Group was the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 266.3 million units worth N6.0 billion, followed by Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc with 2.9 million units valued at N900.5 million and FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria with 5.9 million units valued at N750.4 million.
Naira Worsens, Sells for N505/$1 at Black Market
By Adedapo Adesanya
The situation of the Naira worsened at the black market on Tuesday, June 15 as it depreciated against the Dollar by N3 to sell for N505/$1 in contrast to N502/$1.
At the same unregulated segment of the foreign exchange market yesterday, the local currency also depreciated against the British Pound Sterling by N1 to close at N716/£1 compared to N715/£1 of the preceding trading session.
In the same vein, the domestic currency went down by N1 against the Euro as it traded at N608/€1 in contrast to N607/€1 of the previous day.
The situation was not different at the regulated Investors and Exchange (I&E) window as the Naira depreciated against the greenback on Tuesday by 95 kobo or 0.23 per cent, selling at N411.75/$1 in contrast to N410.80/$1 it traded at the preceding session.
It was observed that the local currency suffered the loss yesterday as a result of an FX demand pressure as the value of transactions at the market segment increased by 85.6 per cent or $79.46 million to $172.24 million from the previous session’s $92.78 million, according to data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange.
However, there was a respite for the domestic currency at the interbank segment, which is the official exchange rate window for the country. The Nigerian currency marginally appreciated by one kobo at the category to quote at N410.12/$1 against N410.13/$1 of the previous session.
Meanwhile, at the digital currency market, the bears were in control as five of the seven tokens tracked by Business Post on Quidax closed in the red.
Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.9 per cent to close at N20,184,844.70, Ethereum (ETH) also went down by 0.9 per cent to close at N1,263,000.01, while Ripple (XRP) declined by 2.9 per cent to trade at N438.02.
In addition, Litecoin (LTC) went down by 4.1 per cent to trade at N85,602.00, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) depreciated by 0.8 per cent to sell for N510.57.
On the gainers’ angle, Dash (DASH) appreciated by 4.1 per cent to sell at N89,999.00, while Tron (TRX) went up by 0.2 per cent to sell at N36.20.
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