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  • Updated: June 11, 2024

Bank recapitalisation: ASHCON hails CBN's move

Bank recapitalisation: ASHCON hails CBN's move

Sam Onukwue, the Chairman of the Association of Securities Dealing Houses of Nigeria, has disclosed that the newly proposed capital requirements for banks will boost the Nigerian capital market.

According to a statement, Onukwue said that the market had been largely dormant due to a lack of issues over the years.

Recall that the CBN recently announced new capital base requirements for banks, which range from N200bn to N500bn, depending on the bank’s authorisation level.

Onukwue hailed the CBN’s move, saying that the increasing risks faced by banks, exacerbated by macroeconomic challenges, necessitated a stronger capital base.

He further explained that this would enable banks to absorb unforeseen losses but also prepare them to support Nigeria’s envisioned $1tn economy in the next seven to eight years.

“I believe that the Central Bank of Nigeria has done the right thing if our banks should compete in the global market, including the African Continental Free Trade Area. With the current inflation rate and exchange rate, it has become almost impossible for our banks to operate in line with the new global minimum capital threshold. 

 “Besides, the level of risks which the banks bear today has significantly been exacerbated by the current macro-economic vagaries. I also believe the apex bank is repositioning the banks to be o able to finance the envisaged $1tn economy in the next 7-8 years.

"In light of the foregoing, I do not doubt that the apex bank is fair enough to base the new share capital on the level of authorization of each bank,” he explained.

Onukwue noted that the primary market’s inactivity had been due to economic slowdowns and the reluctance of companies to launch initial public offerings amid fears of under-subscription.

“The primary market has been relatively inactive over the years because of the general lull in the economy. Potential companies that would have floated initial Public Offerings were reluctant for fear of undersubscription.

“To worsen the situation, many investors have lost money in the primary market due to the failure of companies to list their shares in the secondary market after capital raising in the primary market. However, with the directive on banks’ recapitalisation, activities shall bounce back in the primary market,” he posited.




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