NSE migrates Access Bank, UBA, others to premium board

April 16th, 2018

From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) said it has migrated Access Bank Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc to its Premium Board.

According to a press release by the capital market operator, the migration took place yesterday sequel to applications and meeting with the Exchangea��s listing requirements for the board.

The Premium Board is the listing segment for the elite group of issuers that meet the Exchangea��s most stringent corporate governance and listing standards. The Board is a platform for showcasing companies who are industry leaders in their sectors. Premium Board features companies that adhere to international best practices on corporate governance and meet the Exchangea��s highest standards of capitalization and liquidity.

The Board gives a company access to a global pool of investors who are focused on companies managed in conformity to the highest standards in their target markets.

Access Bank Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc have all passed the Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS) and have market capitalization of N347.12bn, N378.60bn, N391.37bn and N374.48bn respectively. They have joined Dangote Cement Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, and Zenith International Bank Plc who were migrated to the Premium Board in 2015, bringing the total number of companies on the Board to seven.

Commenting on the development, Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema said: a�?This migration affirms the strides our listed companies are making towards meeting the highest standards of corporate governance and underpins the robustness of our market. The new companies have consistently demonstrated their inherent values to be globally competitive brands and we congratulate them on the attainment of this migration.

a�?Companies on the Board are already enjoying the highest levels of visibility and appeal to investors looking for large companies with highest standards of corporate governance.

From inception to date, the Premium Board Index continues to outperform the benchmark NSE ASI with the Premium Board recording a total return of 84.99% versus the NSE ASIa��s 41.79% as at 11 April 2018. The Premium Boarda��s performance continues to reinforce the sentiments of both foreign and domestic investors on the importance of corporate governance and sustainabilitya�?, he added.

To be listed on the Premium Board of The NSE, the aspiring companies must attain a minimum market capitalization of N200 billion as at the date of application, a minimum score of 70% on the Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS), and maintain a minimum free float of 20% of their issued share capital or a free float value equal to or above N40 billion, as well as meet other standard listing criteria.

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