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NGX Group’s shareholders to get N1.5bn dividend

NGX Group’s shareholders to get N1.5bn dividend

The shareholders of the Nigerian Exchange Group will be earning N1.5bn dividends.

In a statement on the results signed by the Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications, Clifford Akpolo, on Monday, the group declared N5.2bn as profit after tax.

The group’s full-year audited financial statements revealed a 57.4 per cent rise in gross earnings to N11.8bn from N7.5bn in FY 2022.

This growth was attributed to performances in core revenue and other income segments.

Transaction fees rose by 52.6 per cent, driven by increased trading activities, while listing fees and rental income increased by 42.2 per cent and 41.8 per cent, respectively.

Strategic investments also contributed to a 5.4 per cent boost in treasury investment income.

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 Other income, representing 29.7 per cent of gross earnings, went up by 163.6 per cent N3.504bn.

Key contributors to the surge were market data income, which increased by 44.1 per cent, and a 304.8 per cent rise in other operating income.

 The board of the NGX Group proposed a final dividend of N1.5bn at 75 Kobo per share for the year ended December 2023.

This was in addition to an interim dividend of N495.53m at 25 Kobo per share paid in August 2023, bringing the total dividend for 2023 to N1 per share.

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Commenting on the dividend, the Group Chairman of NGX Group, Dr Umaru Kwairanga, said, “Today’s announcement of both the financial results and dividend pay-out is a testament to NGX Group’s unwavering commitment to maximising shareholder value and the resilience of our financial position.”

We are elated to reward our shareholders, and this underscores our confidence in the sustainable growth of the Company. I would like to reassure all stakeholders that the Board and Management are focused on positioning NGX Group as the premier financial market infrastructure in Africa.”

The Group Chief Executive Officer of NGX Group, Mr Temi Popoola, expressed satisfaction with the company’s operational performance.

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“I am pleased with the significant improvement in NGX Group’s operational performance. We have witnessed notable increases in transaction and listing fees, as well as in rental and treasury investment income.

“Our strategic focus on technology income and other streams, along with strong capital allocation, has led to a notable increase in return on equity to 13.8 per cent. NGX Group is poised to continue its trajectory of growth, innovation, and value creation for its stakeholders in the upcoming fiscal year,” he stated.

The NGX has recorded a 68 per cent decline in its 2022 profit after tax.

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