London Stock Exchange has listed Zenith Bank in its Main Market. The Exchange said that the company was listing Global Depository Receipts, GDRs, in London, in view of its access to a wide range of major institutional investors and significantly raising its international profile. The company’s market capitalisation at listing was $4.24 billion.
Mr. Ibukun Adebayo, Head, Primary Markets, and Africa at London Stock Exchange, said: ”Zenith Bank’s listing highlights London’s leading role in supporting Nigeria’s burgeoning financial sector. Three major Nigerian banks have been listed in London demonstrating UK and international investors’ appetite for exposure to this fast growing and increasingly diverse economy.”
Zenith Bank is admitting 125 million GDRs which will trade on London Stock Exchange’s International Order Book, the world’s largest and most liquid GDR market. Each Zenith Bank GDR represents 50 ordinary shares. Zenith Bank is the third Nigerian Bank to list GDRs in London following Guaranty Trust Bank and Diamond Bank. Zenith’s listing means that the two largest Nigerian banks by market capitalisation are now listed in London.
The company joins a vibrant community of 58 emerging market banks listed in London, valued collectively at just under $75 billion. The listing also gives Zenith access to the deepest international pool of capital in the world, currently holding more than $1.8 trillion in international equity assets. It joins five other companies on London Stock Exchange’s markets that have major operations in Nigeria.
London Stock Exchange is the largest international stock exchange for African companies. Since 2008, Africa-focused companies listed on London Stock Exchange have raised over £4.2 billion in new and further issues.
Ninety-seven Sub-Sahara African focussed companies are listed on or admitted to London Stock Exchange Markets, comprising: 23 equity listings on Main Market, two GDR listings on Main Market, 70 equity admissions on AIM, two GDR listings on PSM.
Zenith Bank is headquartered in Nigeria, with subsidiaries in the UK, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and representative offices in South Africa and China. With a customer base of over two million accounts at 366 branches and total assets of $27bn, it is the biggest Nigerian bank in terms of Tier 1 capital and shareholders’ funds.