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Confidence Cement releases Q1 Financials

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One of the listed companies, Confidence Cement Limited discloses its financial reports for the first quarter, (July-September 23).

The company’s Consolidated earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 2.27 paisa in Q1 of the current financial year (July-September 23). Consolidated EPS of Tk 1.60 paisa (restated) during the same period last year. Consolidated NAV per share was Tk. 72.17 as of September 30, 2023.

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Dhaka Bourse Hikes

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Dhaka Stock Exchange DSE, Bourse on the second working day of the week, February 27, ended with price Index & turnover hikes. This information is known from DSE sources.

898 crore 20 lakh taka shares were traded on this day. 93 crore 21 lakh more tradings were done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, 25 February, Shares worth Tk  804 crores 98 lakh shares were traded last time, Sunday.

The benchmark DSEX added 13.09 points or 6,272 The Shariah-based index DSES gained 3.09 points or 1,365, and the blue-chip index DS30 increased by 0.72 points or 2,138.

Of the issues traded, 183 advanced, 152 declined and 60 remained unchanged.

Prime Finance First Mutual Fund ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 3.20 paisa or 10.00 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 35.20 paisa.

Khulna Printing & Packaging ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 3.20 paisa or 9.64 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 30.00 paisa.

DSE topped on trade is Best Holdings Limited 50 crore 20  lakh takas of shares of the company have been traded.

A total of 50 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on the Dhaka Stock Exchange, 52 lakh 82 thousand 283 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 36 crore 22 lakh taka

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Emerald Oil Executives Quietly Selling Shares, Bypassing Legal Mandates

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The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) has mandated prior announcements for share acquisition or sale by entrepreneurs and executives of listed companies. However, circumventing this regulation, the entrepreneurs and executives of Emerald Oil Industries Limited, a listed company, have acquired shares without any formal declaration. They discreetly purchased shares at a lower price and later sold them at the highest market value, causing significant losses for ordinary investors. This incident has raised concerns about securities law violations and exploitation of investors, as reported by sources connected to the market. This information has been gathered from the Dhaka-Chittagong Stock Exchange (DSE-CSE) and reliable sources.

It has been revealed that the entrepreneurs and executives of Emerald Oil have purchased shares at a lower price without making any announcement and later sold them at prices increased up to Tk 188.80, causing substantial losses for ordinary investors. This has resulted in significant financial setbacks for regular investors. At one point, without declaring any intention to repurchase shares at a lower price, multiple entrepreneurs and executives of the company acquired shares, further impacting institutional and general investors. Currently, approximately 60% of the company’s total shares are held by entrepreneurs and executives.

On the other hand, ordinary investors claim to have fallen victim to a major scam, alleging that shares were purchased at a lower price without any announcement and then sold at an increased price, deceiving ordinary investors. The cycle of duping ordinary investors continues as shares are being acquired again at a lower price without any public declaration.

According to sources, there has been a significant change in the shareholding of Emerald Oil in the last month in the food and allied sectors. The share of entrepreneurs and executives in the company has increased to 21.35%. On the contrary, the share of institutional and general investors has seen a substantial decrease. However, there is no information on the increase in the shareholding of entrepreneurs and executives on both stock exchanges in the country. Investors are alarmed by the ongoing transactions of share purchase and sale without any formal announcement.

According to DSE sources, it has been observed that as of December 31, 2023, the share of entrepreneurs and executives in the company was 38.26%. However, by January 31, 2024, this share has surged to 59.61%. In other words, within one month, the share of entrepreneurs and executives in the company has increased by 21.35%.

Additionally, on December 31, 2023, the share of institutional investors in the company was 12.26%, and the share of general investors was 49.48%. However, by January 31, 2024, the share of institutional investors has decreased to 6.97%, and the share of general investors has decreased to 33.42%. In essence, within one month, the company has experienced a reduction of 5.29% in the share of institutional investors and a reduction of 16.06% in the share of general investors.

Furthermore, investors have alleged non-payment of declared dividends against the company. In the past year, the company had announced a total cash dividend of 10%, including an interim dividend of 5% for investors. The approval for this dividend was obtained from the shareholders of the company. However, the payment has not been made within the stipulated time for the declared dividend.

According to the directives of the regulatory authority BSEC, companies must distribute declared dividends to investors within 30 days of obtaining approval during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Directors. In this regard, the BSEC issued an order on January 14, 2021, stating that companies must deposit the declared dividends as a bonus (BD) within the 30-day approval period. Failure to comply will result in penalties and legal consequences for the company.

Despite the regulatory directive, the company has not distributed the declared dividends to investors as bonus shares in the food and allied sectors. The deadline for transferring the funds of these declared dividends was January 25 of the current year.

On the other hand, after reviewing the financial report of the concluded fiscal year as of June 30, 2023, the management of Emerald Oil declared a total cash dividend of 10%, including an interim dividend of 5%. The record date for this dividend was November 29 of the same year, and the AGM was held on December 27. The declared dividend was approved for all shareholders, including previous entrepreneurs and executives whose shares were beyond 30.45%. Despite the passage of the stipulated time, the company has not conveyed the amount of the declared dividends to the investors. In this situation, investors are seeking financial compensation, and the regulatory authority BSEC is considering intervention against the company for non-compliance and possible market manipulation related to the company’s shares. Additionally, allegations of manipulation regarding the company’s share prices have persisted for an extended period.

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NRB Bank Set to Debut on DSE in ‘N’ Category from Tomorrow

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NRB Bank is gearing up for its trading debut on Tuesday, February 27, listed under the “N” category on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE). The trading code assigned to the company is “NRBBANK,” as announced by the Dhaka bourse.

In the initial public offering (IPO) phase, general investors were allotted 255 shares each, while non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) received 209 shares against a Tk10,000 deposit. The DSE distributed the IPO shares on a pro-rata basis.

The IPO witnessed significant oversubscription, reaching 3.61 times, according to a DSE press release. Approval from the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) for the bank’s plan to raise Tk100 crore through issuing new shares at Tk10 each was granted on November 9.

Allocating the funds raised, the bank plans to invest Tk92 crore in government securities, Tk4.17 crore in the secondary market, and Tk3.83 crore to cover IPO expenses.

As of the financial report spanning January to September 2023, NRB Bank reported a consolidated net profit after tax of Tk16 crore, with earnings per share at Tk0.27. This was a notable decrease from Tk55 crore and Tk0.94, respectively, in 2022. The net asset value per share stood at Tk12.72 as of September 30, 2023.

The bank’s non-performing loan (NPL) ratio was reported at 6.10% of the total outstanding as of September 2023, compared to 3.22% a year ago. Established in 2013, NRB Bank offers a diverse range of products and services in retail banking, SME banking, NRB banking, corporate banking, and e-banking.

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