By Simon Ugwu, FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited has announced the approval of the quotation of the Dangote Cement PLC ₦34.00 billion Series 15 and ₦66.00 billion Series 16 Commercial Paper (CP) notes under its ₦150.00 billion Domestic CP Issuance Programme on the Exchange’s platform.
This according to FMDQ comes on the back of note-worthy debt issuances on the Exchange, including the recently quoted Flour Mills of Nigeria ₦30.00bn CP notes, Sterling Bank ₦15.00bn CP notes and the United Capital ₦5.32bn CP notes, amongst others.
Despite the economic headwinds associated with the transition of businesses into the “new normal” in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the Dangote Cement CP issuance and subsequent quotations on FMDQ Exchange – remarkably, the largest CP issuance by a non-financial institution in Nigeria – is another testament of the efficient listings and quotations service offered by FMDQ Exchange as well as the Exchange’s continued efforts to position the Nigerian capital market to support corporates and businesses seeking to raise capital to finance their funding needs”, stated the Exchnage.
“FMDQ Holdings PLC (FMDQ Group or FMDQ) has through its subsidiary, FMDQ Exchange, continued to provide the required support to governments, corporates, and individuals through the delivery of innovative and dependable capital market solutions.
“As with previous notes issued under the Programme and like all other securities listed, quoted and traded on the FMDQ Exchange platform, the Dangote Cement CPs shall be availed global visibility through FMDQ Exchange’s website and systems, as well as through their inclusion in the FMDQ Daily Quotations List, in order to ensure and maintain information transparency.
“Through the Listings and Quotations Compliance function at FMDQ Exchange, investors are guaranteed continued disclosure of the issuer’s obligations to enable this important category of market stakeholders make informed decisions.
In line with the Group’s vertically integrated market structure, the Holdings stated that investors are also provided a secure securities depository for the lodgement of their assets via FMDQ Depository Limited, thus ensuring an efficient and seamless flow of transactions from start to finish on FMDQ.
“FMDQ Group is Africa’s first vertically integrated financial market infrastructure (FMI) group which provides a one-stop platform for the seamless and cost-efficient execution, risk management, clearing, settlement and depository services, as well as data and information services across the debt capital, foreign exchange and derivatives markets in Nigeria”, stated the Holdings.