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NGX fines nine companies N76.8 million for default filings of annual financial statements 

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) has fined nine quoted companies N76.8 million for failure to file their audited financial statements after the regulatory due date. 

An investigation by Naijaonpoint showed that the companies were sanctioned for their inability to meet the regulatory requirements for the year-end 2022 and 2023 financials. 

The companies include African Alliance Insurance Plc, VFD Group Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Sterling Financial Holdings Company Plc, UPDC Plc, ABC Transport Plc, Presco Plc, eTranzact International Plc, and NCR (Nigeria) Plc. 

Further checks showed African Alliance Insurance Plc with N48.6 million fine for inability to file the 2022 annual financial statement when required. 

Others that failed to submit their 2023 annual financials include VFD Group Plc, N5.6 million, FBN Holdings Plc N5.4 million, Sterling Financial Holdings Company Plc, N6 million, UPDC Plc, 3.9 million, ABC Transport Plc, N3.2 million, Presco Plc, N3.2 million, eTranzact International Plc, N700,000.00, and NCR (Nigeria) Plc with N200,000.00 fine accounting for a cumulative fine of N76.8 million. 

What market operators said: 

 Market operators agreed that the sanction for non-compliance with the rules of listing on NGX is a welcome development, as it will lead to a more appropriate pricing of securities. More quoted entities would be compelled to give information to the market on a timely basis. 

The Managing Director, of Crane Securities Limited, Mr. Mike Eze, while reacting to the development on an inquiry by Naijaonpoint, said the action of NGX would boost investor confidence in the market because it is sending a signal for the need for investors to get companies’ financial reports as at when due. 

He added that investors needed to make informed decisions before choosing which stock to buy and this can only be achieved if there is adherence to good corporate governance by the quoted companies. 

According to the founder of the Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Sir. Sunny Nwosu, noted that the affected companies were supposed to have ensured that they met the requirements as such would help shareholders to understand their financial health for investment decisions. 

Also, the President, of Progressive Shareholders Association, Mr. Boniface Okezie, said it was better for Nigerians to have a few companies that are ready to play by the rules than to have all the companies in the world that are not ready to satisfy post-listing requirements. 

Okezie said that penalizing companies for non-compliance with the rules of listing on NGX was a welcome development, as it will lead to more appropriate pricing of securities.  

He said more entities would be compelled to give information to the market on a timely basis, adding that investor confidence in the regulatory capacity of NGX and the market would be enhanced. 

The Exchange in its X-Compliance report explained that the initiative was designed to maintain market integrity and protect the investors by providing compliance-related information on all listed companies. 

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