Ashakacem board concludes voluntary delisting from NSE
The Board of Directors of AshakaCem Plc has entered a resolution proposing to the shareholders of the Company, a Voluntary Delisting of the Company from the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
The resolution will be presented to shareholders of AshakaCem for consideration at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) scheduled to hold on Monday December 19, 2016.
At the conclusion of the Mandatory Tender Offer (MTO) in 2015, AshakaCem’s free float fell to 17.54 percent. This further reduced to 15.03 percent at the conclusion of the Voluntary Tender Offer (VTO) in September, 2016. Hence, AshakaCem has been unable to meet the NSE Rule requirement for every publicly listed entity to have a “Free Float” (i.e tradable shares) of not less than 20 percent on the Exchange.
Through the Voluntary Delisting of AshakaCem, the Directors of the Company will be shielding the Company from any enforcement action that the Exchange may effect, for example by way of a Regulatory Delisting in light of the outstanding free float deficiency.
Furthermore, through the Voluntary Delisting process, the Company will be providing an opportunity to minority shareholders who do not wish to be members of an unlisted company to exit the Company and therefore be shielded from being members of an unlisted company
Upon conclusion of the EGM, shareholders of AshakaCem may exit the Company prior to the delisting by either, trading their shares on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange through their nominated Stockbroker or accept exit terms as were offered for the MTO and the VTO i.e 202 shares of AshakaCem for 57 shares of Lafarge Africa plus a cash consideration of N2 per every AshakaCem share.
In line with regulation shareholders will have 90 days period post the EGM to exercise these options. Under the proposed delisting and settlement of consideration, minority shareholders in AshakaCem will be offered benefits, including revenue diversification by geography as a result of Lafarge Africa’s operations in Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana. This is in addition to revenue diversification by plant location due to wide spread operations across the North East, South East and South West regions of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the President of Progressive association of Nigeria, Mr. Boniface Okezie has applauded the company’s move in putting shareholders into consideration and playing by the rules of delisting from the stock market.
He said shareholders should take the option provided by the company, and not shortchange themselves by not acting within the time stipulated by law to trade their holdings.