Unilever Nigeria explains facts behind the Rights Issue of 1,961,709,167

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Unilever Nigeria presents facts behind the Rights Issue… visits the Nigerian Stock Exchange
In view of its recently announced Rights Issue, Unilever Nigeria Plc. yesterday presented facts
behind its plans to raise N58, 851,275,010.00 on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in
Lagos.
A total of 1,961,709,167 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each will be offered to existing
shareholders on the basis of 14 new ordinary shares for every 27 ordinary shares held by
shareholders whose names appeared on the Register of Members and transfer books of Unilever
Nigeria Plc as at the close of business on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The issue price is N30 per share.
The offer which opened on Monday July 31, 2017 will close on Friday September 08, 2017 while Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited serves as the issuing house.
On reasons for the rights issue, Unilever explained that the net proceeds will help the company repay outstanding foreign currency denominated liabilities, purchase additional raw materials required for Unilever’s products and to meet other working capital requirements in order to build long term value for all stakeholders.
It would be recalled that the shareholders of the Company approved the rights issue at the 92 nd Annual General Meeting held in May, 2017.
“Through this rights issue, we will be able to reinforce our financial flexibility to support our
growth initiative, while giving shareholders an opportunity to consolidate their shareholding
position. The Rights Issue is part of Unilever Nigeria’s long term strategic intent to strengthen
the company’s capital base by deleveraging its balance sheet, support its working capital needs and position the company to exploit value accretive opportunities” said Yaw Nsarkoh Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria Plc.
In his remark, the Chairman, Unilever Nigeria Plc, His Royal Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, stated that the Rights Issue represents a milestone event in Unilever Nigeria’s history as it marks the company’s first follow-on equity offering since its listing in 1973.

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