UBN refunds proceeds of failed rights offering

UBN refunds proceeds of failed rights offering

The Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN) on Tuesday said that it had refunded all shareholders that participated in its rights offering that was cancelled by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Mr Francis Barde, the Head of Corporate Affairs of the bank, disclosed this in Lagos.

According to him, the payment of warrants in respect of the proceeds and accruable interests were concluded on May 30.

Barde said that the rights issue warrants were dispatched through the bank’s issuing houses, the Chapel Hill and Union Capital Market Ltd., with three per cent interest.

SEC had ordered the cancellation of the rights issue in accordance with its Rule 70 (60) (iii) and (iv) because the offering was subscribed by only 15.25 per cent.

The bank had offered existing shareholders of the bank 1.41 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N6.81 per share.

The offering was in the ratio of five new ordinary shares for every nine ordinary shares already held as at Oct. 30, 2011.

In the failed offering, existing shareholders only picked about 15.25 per cent of the shares against the stipulated 30 per cent subscription rate.

The bank’s original proposal was for the new core investor, Union Global Partners Ltd, to own 60 per cent holding, while the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria would hold 20 per cent.

The minority shareholders were also to have 20 per cent stake.

On the bank’s audited result, Barde said that the report for the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2011 would be released to the public very soon.

He said that the bank was waiting for the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria to release the result.

According to him, the apex bank just approved the result last week. (NAN)

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