VFD Group Plc, a sector-agnostic proprietary investment company, is pleased to announce its listing on the Main Board of Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the sustainable Exchange championing Africa’s growth. On Friday, October 6, 2023, the official listing was celebrated with a Closing Gong ceremony and a Fact Behind the Listing Presentation, marking a key milestone in the company’s history.
The listing of VFD Group’s shares has added over N45bn 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 that builds positive and socially conscious ecosystems by aggregating potentially viable businesses to create innovative products and solutions accessible to the everyday Nigerian citizen and entrepreneur. This listing on NGX 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 SAN, Chairman of VFD Group, stated proudly, “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/CEO of VFD Group Plc, 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 our entire team’s dedication and hard work. We are excited about this new chapter and its opportunities to strengthen our market position further.”
“We will continue to work toward our strategic goal of creating Africa’s first diverse business ecosystem. 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.” He continued.
Alhaji (Dr) Umaru Kwairanga, Chairman, Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, stated, “We must recognize 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 disclosure and corporate governance standards. This significant listing heralds a fresh chapter for VFD Group plc to leverage NGX’s value-added services and capital market products to fulfil its strategic objectives.”
Temi Popoola, CEO of NGX, stated, “We warmly welcome VFD Group as it joins our prestigious market. The decision to list on NGX promises to augment VFD Group’s liquidity and strategically positions it to attract investments from the global arena. Additionally, this move is poised to elevate the organization’s market value while 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.”
Last month, the Group voluntarily delisted its 190m shares previously traded on the NASD Securities Exchange to be quoted on NGX.