Nigeria Stock Exchange Query FBN Holdings Over Shares

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) has queried FBN Holdings Plc, the holding company of First Bank of Nigeria, for classifying the shareholdings of Tunde Hassan-Odukale and his related parties into two parts of 4.16% and 1.20% respectively.

There has been controversy since Femi Otedola acquired 5.07% stake in the bank, making him the single largest shareholder.

However, a document later surfaced on the internet attributing 5.36% to Hassan-Odukale in what was thought to be boardroom politics to prevent Otedola from becoming chairman.

In response to the query through regulatory filings on Wednesday by Seye Kosoko, the company secretary, FBN Holdings said Hassan-Odukale is its largest single-holder.

Kosoko attributed Leadway Pensure PFA’s entire 2.11% stake in FBN Holdings to Hassan-Odukale, although they are pension funds invested by Leadway on behalf of the public.

Also listed in Hassan-Odukale’s favour by Kosoko is 1.36% of “ZPC/Leadway Assurance Prem &
Inv Coll Acct” which is also insurance funds invested on behalf of the public.

FBN Holdings appears to be classifying both as Hassan-Odukale’s personal investments.

Over the weekend, FBN Holdings had notified investors that Otedola’s equity had surpassed 5%.

Before then, Hassan-Odukale’s stake was put at the territory of 3%.

In trying to clarify its record with the NGX regulation, FBN said it classified Hassan-Odukale’s shareholdings into two because of his significant stakes in related parties.

“The reason for classifying the shareholdings of Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale and his related parties into two parts of 4.16% and 1.20% respectively,” FBN Holdings said.

“We wish to reiterate and clarify for your records that the notification of the shareholdings of Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale as a Director of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and thus an Insider, was filed with the NGX and other relevant regulators on October 18, 2021.

“The first part of the shareholding classification (4.16%), are shares held directly and indirectly by Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale. The second part of the shareholding classification (1.20%), are shares ascribed to Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale due to his influence and having significant control.”

– Cable

 

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