AXA Mansard Insurance Plc completes share reconstruction exercise.

AXA Mansard Insurance Plc has announced the successful completion of its share reconstruction exercise, and the subsequent lifting of the closed period embarked upon by the firm during the period.

This was confirmed by the firm in a recent press release signed by its secretary, Mrs. Omowunmi Mabel Adewusi, and filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

Recall that in an earlier notice dated 7th of September 2021, the Insurance firm had notified shareholders and the investing public of its plans to reconstruct or redenominate its shares from a nominal value of 50 kobo to N2 per share. The firm claimed that it had obtained approval from its shareholders during its Extraordinary General Meeting to proceed with this.

In a bid to facilitate the reconstruction exercise, trading in the shares of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc were suspended from Thursday 9th of September, 2021, so that shareholders’ register can be updated with the reconstructed shares.

However, in a recent development, the firm has notified its shareholders and the general public that it has completed the exercise and lifted the embargo placed on the trading of its shares. Confirming the recent development, the insurance giant  in the recent press release said: ‘Following the communication to the Nigerian Exchange Limited and to the esteemed shareholders, dated 7 September 2021, on the planned suspension of trading on the shares of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc (“AXA Mansard” or the “Company”) on 09 September 2021, in order to effect the share reconstruction / redenomination of AXA Mansard shares, kindly note that the share reconstruction has now been effected, and the reconstructed shares have been credited to each shareholder’s account.

‘’The suspension of trading on the Company’s shares has also been lifted and the shares can now be traded. Please take this as notice in respect of the above.’’

What you should know:

  • A share reconstruction exercise also known as ‘reverse stock split’ is just a way of technically reducing the number of outstanding shares of a company and increasing its share price without affecting market value. For instance, a firm with 10 billion units of ordinary shares of 50k each with a market price of N5 can decide to reconstruct 2 shares into 1. This will reduce the firm’s number of issued share capital, but not the value of shares held by shareholders.
  • Consequently, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc’s entire issued share capital of 36,000,000,000 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N0.50 per share prior to the share capital reconstruction exercise was delisted from the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) daily official list, while 9,000,000,000 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N2 per share arising from the share capital reconstruction were listed on the exchange’s daily official list.

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