The Nigerian Stock Exchange (www.nigerianstockexchange.com) has placed 24 companies on full suspension for failing to submit their financial statements for the year ended 31 December, 2010 (including some since September). The NSE is reported in Nigerian media as making the suspension effective from 2 August, after the companies were given a 1-month technical suspension from 1 July. The NSE has also suspended trading in 3 nationalized banks with effect from 5 August.
In addition, 9 companies were placed on technical suspension for failing to submit their audited accounts for the year ended 31 March, 2011. This means trading is allowed, but no price movement. Further action could be taken if they do not submit results.
Full suspension means there are no transactions on the shares of the companies until the suspension is lifted. Initially 48 companies were placed on technical suspension on 1 July, but 24 of them had submitted their account statements and the technical suspension was lifted. The compliance rate is now 89% of listed companies.
According to reports, affected companies include Dangote Flour Mills, African Alliance Insurance, UNTL Textiles Plc, Daar Communications Plc, Omatec Computers, African Alliance Insurance Plc, Great Nigeria Insurance Plc, Guinea Insurance, Standard Alliance Plc, MTI Pl, and Investment & Allied Assurance. According to one report, Omatek and UNTL had submitted results on 3 August, within 24 hours of being suspended.
The bourse CEO, Oscar Onyema, was reported as saying it was painful to place companies on suspension, but that the exchange would ensure that it enforces its rules.
3 banks suspended pending delisting
The banks were suspended after being sold to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCOM). According to an announcement by the NSE: “Pursuant to the nationalization of AfriBank Plc, Bank PHB Plc, and Spring Bank Plc by the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on Friday, August 5th, 2011 and subsequent purchase of the banks by AMCON, the NSE has placed the shares of the affected banks on full suspension as a first step towards their delisting from the Daily Official List. “This means that no trading will occur in the shares of these banks as these banks no longer exist following the revocation of their licenses by Central Bank of Nigeria
The Central Bank of Nigeria on 5 August revoked the 3 banks’ licenses and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) transferred their assets and liabilities to newly-formed “bridge banks”, which were then bought by AMCOM, which is to provide enough capital to restore the banks to capital adequacy. According to news reports the AMCOM statement read: “AMCON has identified independent and credible persons with significant and required experience to fill the board and senior management positions for the banks and will be seeking the approval of the CBN for their appointments. AMCON is confident that the new teams will manage the banks to establish strong market positions and effectively compete in the Nigerian banking sector, providing quality service to their customers and value to shareholders.”
AMCON would evaluate its options and consider the optimal exit strategy to maximize returns. According to a breakdown, AMCON would inject N285 billion into Mainstreet Bank, formerly Afribank, N283 billion into Keystone Bank, formerly Bank PHB, and N111 billion into Enterprise Bank, formerly Spring Bank.
Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, was reported as saying the move was to ensure all 9 banks rescued would be recapitalized by 30 September. The banks had failed a 2009 stress test. Recapitalization agreements signed with investors by 4 of the other rescued banks would solve around 80% of the banking crisis and the bailout package would be recouped from all rescued banks: “We believe we have drawn a line under the banking crisis. By September 30, all banks in Nigeria will be fully capitalized.”
Several organizations, including Nigerian Shareholders Solidarity Association, Afrinvest Research and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), were reported to have criticized the CBN move and said it should have waited until the 30 September deadline.