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CSCS grows dividend per share by 36.0% to ₦1.17, as Profit Soars 41.4%

CSCS grows dividend per share by 36.0% to ₦1.17, as Profit Soars 41.4%

27th Annual General Meeting of Central Securities Clearing System Plc

Lagos, Nigeria – May 18, 2021 – Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc, today, held its 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the shareholders approved N1.17 dividend per share payout to all qualifying shareholders who held the shares at the close of business on Monday, 10th day of May 2021. The AGM was held at the Idera Hall of the Raddison Blu Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos whist observing social distancing protocols and hygiene, as advised by relevant authorities in respect of COVID-19 pre-cautions.

Following the approval of shareholders on the N1.17 dividend per share proposed by the Board, CSCS would be paying a total of N5.85billion to its shareholders, some 36.0% year-on-year growth in return to shareholders, when compared to the N4.3 billion dividend (i.e N0.86 dividend per share) paid in the previous year.

Speaking on the performance of the company, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema noted, “despite the challenges in 2020, CSCS emerged stronger, delivering outstanding growth in top and bottom-lines, and executing far-reaching initiatives that would sustainably strengthen the competitiveness and resilience of the business.”

“Growing profit by over 41% in such a challenging year to deliver 20.3% return on average equity, the Board of Directors is more than ever upbeat on the value accretive prospects of CSCS. More importantly, we are enthusiastic on the progress made thus far in repositioning the business to efficiently play a more active and leading role in deepening the Nigerian capital market. With continuous investments in new technologies, talent, and work environment, we expect productivity to grow, as the Board continues to work with the Management to exceed stakeholders’ expectations”, the Chairman of the Board added.

Also commenting on the results, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Haruna Jalo- Waziri said; “These impressive results reflect our enhanced collaboration with different stakeholders and their unflinching support and loyalty to CSCS, as the core infrastructure for the Nigerian capital market. Hence, my colleagues and I are excited to dedicate this performance to our esteemed participants, regulator and the Board of Directors, whose support kept us stronger through the pandemic. We would continue to invest in our collective objective of deepening the capital market and broader financial system, even as we seek new and efficient ways of enhancing our partnerships for mutual prosperity.”

“Having laid a solid foundation over the past three years, we are more than ever optimistic on the prospect of our business, especially as we diversify the business for enhanced resilience against macro and market volatilities. The years ahead look challenging, albeit more promising than ever, as we reinforce our commitment to leveraging best-in-class technologies and our continuous investments in human capital in delivering value to all stakeholders”, the Chief Executive Officer added.

The shareholders, most of whom participated through proxies due to the extant COVID-19 precautions, were excited at the performance of the company and unanimously approved the dividend proposal of N1.17 per share, as presented by the Chairman, on behalf of the Board of Directors.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting, Mr. Eric Idiahi, one of the proxy attendees of the Annual General Meeting and Managing Director, Verod Capital LLC; a core shareholder of CSCS Plc, lauded the Management for the unprecedented performance in such a challenging year and reiterated the support of shareholders for the Company, especially as the diversification of the business and culture of innovation should enhance the sustainability of the business and ensure its capacity to deliver superior returns to shareholders over the long term.

Commenting on the conduct of the Annual General Meeting, Mr. Obong Idiong, the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Prudential Plc, the Registrar to CSCS said, “This is a well conducted General Meeting, with due observance of all relevant statutory requirements, including COVID- 19 precautions. I congratulate the Board and shareholders of CSCS on the impressive performance during the 2020 financial year and more importantly for a successful General Meeting.”

Interestingly, CSCS afforded shareholders who nominated proxies for physical attendance to observe proceedings of the General Meeting via Zoom and YouTube, as the event was streamed live through the session. CSCS has a diversified shareholder base, including the Nigerian Stock Exchange, or Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, some of the largest Nigerian banks, private equity firms, other institutional investors and retail investors. The shares are traded over-the-counter through the NASD-OTC, the premier market for trading unquoted securities of public limited companies. As at close of market on Monday, 17 May 2021, the bid/ask quote on the shares of CSCS indicate a price of N17.65 per share, having rallied 17.3% year-to-date, consolidating the strong performance of the share price over the past few year.

About CSCS

The Central Securities Clearing System Plc (CSCS) is a public-interest utility and infrastructure for the Nigerian capital market, providing central securities depository (CSD), clearing and settlement and ancillary services requisite for the effective functioning of the Nigerian capital market. CSCS serves as the central depository for all forms of financial instruments, including equities, commercial papers, corporate bonds, sub-national bonds, Bonds issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria, equity-traded funds, real estate investment trusts, mutual funds and commodities.

Licensed and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), CSCS abides by the IOSCO PMI Principles and it is rated “A+” by Thomas Murray, the highest rating for any CSD in Sub-Saharan Africa. The activities of CSCS are governed by the Investment and Securities Act 2007, the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004, and the SEC Rules. Renowned for its market- wide initiatives and commitment to capital market efficiency, CSCS continues to invest in new technologies and human capital resources relevant for its operational efficiency and those of its participants, towards the ultimate objective of enhancing investor experience in the Nigerian capital market.

CSCS is a Public Limited Company, with diversified shareholder base, including Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, some of the largest banks in Nigeria, private equity firms, investment banks and other corporate and individual shareholders. Reflecting its strength as an FMI, CSCS is well capitalized, with shareholders’ fund standing at more than six times the minimum regulatory requirement. The ordinary shares of CSCS is actively traded on the NASD OTC Exchange, with relatively strong liquidity and price performance, reinforcing investor confidence in the fundamentals and prospect of the company.

Leveraging on digital technologies, CSCS serves its participants, institutional and retails investors through varying channels, including its web portal; www.cscs.ng; online and mobile applications, web chatbot, Data Exchange platforms, customer service call centre; 070 CALL CSCS – 070022552727 or 01 448 0500 amongst others.

For Enquiries, please contact: corpcomms@cscs.ng

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