VFD Group lists on Nigerian Exchange

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Lagos, Oct. 9, 2023 – VFD Group Plc, a sector-agnostic proprietary investment company, has listed its shares on the Main Board of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The official listing was celebrated with a Closing Gong ceremony and a Fact Behind the Listing Presentation on Friday, October 6, 2023, a key milestone in the company’s history.

The listing of VFD Group’s shares has added over N45 billion to the market capitalization of NGX, further boosting liquidity in the Nigerian capital market and providing opportunities for wealth creation.

VFD Group is a proprietary investment company which focuses on building positive and socially conscious ecosystems by aggregating potentially viable businesses to create innovative products and solutions accessible to the everyday Nigerian citizen and entrepreneur.

The listing is a strategic move to increase VFD Group’s visibility, enhance its access to capital, and improve its liquidity, ultimately benefiting its valued investors and stakeholders.

Olatunde Busari, Chairman of VFD Group, said: “We are excited to join the distinguished ranks of companies listed on the Exchange, and we are confident that this step will provide us with the resources we need to continue our growth trajectory and serve our shareholders even better.”

Nonso Okpala, Group Managing Director of VFD Group expressed his excitement about the listing, saying: “This is a momentous occasion for VFD Group. Our journey from a boutique investment firm to a publicly traded company on the Nigerian Exchange reflects the dedication and hard work of our entire team. We are excited about this new chapter and the opportunities it brings to further strengthen our market position.”

“We will continue to work toward our strategic goal of creating Africa’s first diverse business ecosystem.

“When compared to where we started, what we set out to achieve, and economic realities, the Group’s performance has been outstanding on all fronts. Our focus on business expansion has yielded results, particularly in sectors other than financial services, and we have significantly increased our balance sheet.”

Alhaji Umaru Kwairanga,  the Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, said: “We must recognise the unwavering commitment of the board and management of VFD Group in making this listing a reality, as well as the pivotal roles played by all the professional parties involved in the transaction.

Securing a listing on the NGX Main Board entails a steadfast commitment to elevated standards of disclosure and corporate governance.

This significant listing heralds a fresh chapter for VFD Group plc to leverage NGX’s value-added services and capital market products to fulfill its strategic objectives.”

 Temi Popoola, CEO, NGX, stated, “We extend a warm welcome to VFD Group as it joins our prestigious market. The decision to list on NGX not only promises to augment VFD Group’s liquidity but also strategically positions it to attract investments from the global arena. Additionally, this move is poised to elevate the organization’s market value whilst further advancing transparency and corporate accountability.

“Our marketplace is a highly reputable platform for raising capital and facilitating sustainable growth for national development.

“As the preferred listing platform in the region, we are dedicated to collaborating with companies at different growth stages to explore diverse capital market opportunities that align with their business goals.”

The Group voluntarily delisted its 190 million shares previously traded on the NASD Securities Exchange last month to be quoted on NGX. (GBN)

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