This was disclosed at a media chat on Wednesday by Roosevelt Ogbonna, an Executive Director of the bank. He said the bank was satisfied with the participation of the local investors and promised that the bank would always continue to keep the momentum of playing big in the sector.
His words: “The rights issue has been completed and we have listed new shares on the floor of The Nigerian Stock Exchange. We are grateful to the strong participation of the local investors.
“We want to the market to raise N52.6 billion and eventually but series of impediments like Boko Haram menace, 2015 elections and other sundry issues were prevalent at the time prevented the investment community from actively participating in the rights issue”.
He added that the entire N41.7 billion raised was by local investors as only N129 million came through foreign investors. This, he said, shows the confidence the local investors has for the bank.
“We were dogged and clear at what we were doing despite the ash economic, social and security condition of the company at the time of the Rights Issue. We were excited at the closure of the Rights Issue because it was an opportunity for us to fraise more capita. Capital give us further impetus to engage the market and even raise more money”, he added.
Speaking on the bank’s half year financial result released last week where the bank posted impressive results, Ogbonna attributed it to the commitment of the bank’s management and board just as he commended the staff for joining hands with the management towards building a strong brand.
“We are one of the three banks in the country that has so far submitted audited financial results at half year. Most companies do submit unaudited results in half year but we have taking it as a point of duty to provide audited results.
Going forward, Ogbonna said aside the fact that the bank offered an interim dividend of 25 kobo, it was assuring its investors that the bank is not yet where it should be and that the investors should continue to repose confidence in the bank for better performance going forward.
In his contribution at the media parley, Victor Etuokwu, Executive Director, Personal Banking, informed that the bank has concluded plans to recognise women entrepreneurs in the country who have contributed significantly to the development of the country.
He said the bank would in December, at its conference, give awards to women in four categories, namely; W-Entrepreneur of the year, Young Professional of the Year, Seasoned Professional of the Year and Amazon of the Year.
Aside this, the bank, he said, is planning to unveil a book titled “Power of 100”, a book that will showcase the activities of 100 women who have helped shaped Nigeria.
He then called on Nigerian to nominate women for the awards and the book.