Ashaka Cement to delist from stock exchange
The board of directors of Ashaka Cement Plc has opted for a voluntarily delisting of the company from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
In an explanatory note made available on the NSE website, directors of Ashaka Cement said the voluntary delisting follows the company’s violation of the exchange’s Free Float Deficiency provision of 20%.
Lafarge Africa Plc currently holds 84.97% of Ashaka Cement, bringing the free float tradable on the NSE to 15.03% as against 20% stipulated by the exchange.
Besides, the free float deficiency, the directors said over the last five years there is little or no trading activity with only 0.20% of the shares held by the minority shareholders being traded.
“Neither the company nor any shareholders are benefiting from the continued listing as shareholders are not getting any exit opportunity and their investments have been locked up and they find it difficult to dispose of their shareholding. Moreover, the company is bearing unnecessary cost in complying with its listing obligations,” the company said.
The company said minority shareholders of Ashaka Cement may exit prior to the delisting by trading their shares on NSE or receive 57 shares of Lafarge Africa Plc in exchange for 202 Ashaka Cement shares held as at the date of the special resolution approving the voluntary delisting.
“In addition, a cash consideration of N2 per share will be paid to every shareholder exchanging their Ashaka Cement shares for Lafarge Africa shares.
The company noted that where a shareholder desires to remain a shareholder of Ashaka Cement, such shareholder shall be free to do so and there is no obligation to trade their shares or receive the exit consideration.