126,720 retail investors submitted valid applications and received full allotment as MTN Nigeria Communications Plc announced that its first public offer for sale of 575 million shares recorded an oversubscription of 139.47 per cent.
This is contained in a statement signed by the MTNN Company Secretary, Uto Ukpanah, posted on the Nigerian Exchange website.
The statement said that the offer was 139.47 per cent oversubscribed, activating the allocation of an additional 86.25 million shares.
It disclosed that 661.25 million MTNN shares were allowed, adding that 126,720 retail investors submitted valid applications and received full allotment.
The statement added that 114,938 new Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) accounts were created representing new market participants.
It said that approximately 76 per cent of successful applicants via digital platform were women and 85 per cent were under age 40.
The statement also said that following the successful completion of the offer, MTN Group shareholding in MTNN reduced by 3.25 per cent, from 78.83 per cent to 75.58 per cent.
Commenting on the offer, MTN Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ralph Mupital, said, â€œWe are pleased that this offer has given so many Nigerians the opportunity to become owners of MTNN with over 6.6 million Nigerians directly or indirectly becoming shareholders in MTNN.
â€œThe objective of broadening the shareholders base and creating shared value has been achieved. We are proud that our offer was the first Nigerian public offer to use the digital application platform, primary offer,which enabled wider investor participation across Nigeria.
â€œWe thank the Nigerian authorities for their support of this offer, we remain committed to playing our humble role in driving digital and financial inclusion in Nigeria over the medium,â€ Mupital said.
Also, Chief Executive Officer, MTNN Mr Karl Toriola, said, â€œWe are delighted to welcome so many new shareholders to the MTN family, up 11.6 times from the number before the offer.
â€œIt has been inspiring to see so many Nigerians, many of whom are young, acquire shares for the first time and use a digital platform to do so.
â€œThis is the beginning of a journey to broaden our shareholding and there will be more opportunities to participate.
â€œWe are pleased with the level of digital innovation we championed with this offer with the active collaboration of our lead issuing house and the various regulatory bodies.
â€œDeepening retail participation in Nigeriaâ€™s capital markets is a process and we are off to a great start, demonstrating the role digital platforms can pay in expanding access,â€ Toriola said.
NGXâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Temi Popoola, said: â€œNGX is proud to have worked with MTNN, Chapel Hill Denham and other parties to the transaction in advancing Nigeriaâ€™s capital market through the adoption of forward-looking technology.â€
The CSCS Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Haruna Jalo-Waziri, said: â€œwe are excited to be part of the innovation brought by the offer, which afforded the successful launch of primary offer digital application platform.
â€œThis further buttresses the necessity for digital transformation, allowing market access for all categories of investors, including institutional and retail investors within and outside of the country.â€