In a notice posted to its website today, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) announced the suspension in trading of the shares of the following companies:
- Unity Bank Plc
- Fortis Microfinance Bank Plc
- Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc
- Multi-Trex Intergrated Foods Plc
- Golden Guinea Breweries Plc
- Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc
The move was taken following the inability of the companies to submit their results as at when due, and in accordance with rule 3.1 of the Exchange’s rule book. The rule states that.
“If an Issuer fails to file the relevant accounts by the expiration of the Cure Period,The Exchange will:(a) Send to the Issuer a “Second Filing Deficiency Notification” within two (2) business days after the end of the Cure Period;(b) Suspend trading in the Issuer’s securities; and(c) Notify the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Market withintwenty-four (24) hours of the suspension”,
The NSE also stated that the suspension would only be lifted, after the relevant accounts have been submitted, and provided the Exchange is satisfied that the accounts comply with all applicable rules.
Investors that own these shares will not be able to trade them, till the suspension is lifted. The companies will also be fined for late submission of their results.