NSE Approves Delisting of First Aluminium Shares
The voluntary delisting of the entire shares of First Aluminium Nigeria Plc has been approved by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
According to reports, the approval was given by the stock market regulator on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
First Aluminium Nigeria had sent an application to the NSE for delisting of its entire shares from the daily official list.
The reason for this move, according to the company, was due to the low trading of the shares of the company at the equity market.
Last month, the board of aluminium firm explained that the inactivity on the shares of the company as well as the inability of the current listing to help in realizing the corporate objectives of the company are the main reason behind the delisting.
The firm had intended to raise fresh capital to boost its operations, but its current illiquidity has rendered this primary corporate objective unattainable.
According to the company, over the last 12 months, there has been a significant fall in average daily trading volumes to 2,918 shares between July 2017 and June 2018 and further dip to 2,816 shares between July 2018 and December 2018.
“Neither the company nor any shareholder is benefiting from the continued listing on the NSE. Furthermore, rationalization of operational expenses to support the company’s business and to meet the needs of various stakeholders as the attendant cost required to comply with its listing requirements including filing fees, penalties or sanctions, are not commensurate with the benefits to the company,” First Aluminium stated.
According to the company, over the past seven years, there have been little or no trading activity on the shares held by the minority shareholders while the share price was stuck at 50 kobo for about six years. It has since dropped further below nominal value.
“Shareholders are not benefitting from the continued listing as they are not getting exit opportunities and their investments have been locked up, thereby finding it difficult of their shareholding. Neither the company nor its shareholders have benefitted as the company’s shares continue to trade at a significant discount to the intrinsic value,” First Aluminium added.
ALUCON Holdings SA, the majority core investor that holds about 75.48 percent equity stake in First Aluminium Nigeria, is offering to buy out willing minority shareholders, which represents about 24.52 percent equity stake in the company.
ALUCON Holdings is offering to pay 55 kobo per share. Alternatively, shareholders can trade their shares on the NSE. However, a shareholder that desires to remain a shareholder of an unlisted First Aluminium Nigeria Plc shall be free to do so.