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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.

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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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Dhaka Stock Market DSE, Bourse on the last working day of the week, 18th July, ended with a drop in Indices and Turnover from the previous working session. This information is known from DSE sources.

391 crore 52 lakh taka shares were traded on this day. 192 crore 89 lakh less tradings were done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, July 16th, Shares worth Tk 662 crores 24 lakh shares were traded last time, Tuesday.

The benchmark DSEX decreased 36.64 points or 5,446 The Shariah-based index DSES dropped 10.43 points or 1,191 and the blue-chip index DS30 lost by 8.10 points or 1,953.

Of the issues traded, 38 advanced, 311 declined and 46 remained unchanged.

Techno Drugs Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 3.10 paisa or 9.72 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 35.00 paisa.

BD Thai Aluminium Limited ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 0.60 paisa or 3.00 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 19.40 paisa.

DSE topped on trade is Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Limited 15 crore 86 lakh takas of company shares have been traded.

A total of 31 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on Dhaka Stock Exchange. A total of 1 crore 6 lakh 61 thousand 203 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 31 crore 82 lakh taka

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Asian markets drop with Wall St as Biden sparks fresh chip fears

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Asian markets sank with Wall Street on Thursday after a warning from the White House that it would target firms supplying China with key semiconductor technology, and Donald Trump’s comments on crucial chip supplier Taiwan.

The dollar remained subdued following its latest retreat caused by growing expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at least once this year.

Firms linked to artificial intelligence have led a surge in equities this year as investors see the sector as the next major growth area, with market darling Nvidia piling on more than 140 percent since the start of the year.

The industry has helped push the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to multiple records in the past seven months, helped by the prospect of lower borrowing costs.

But the rally took a blow Wednesday when Bloomberg News reported that Joe Biden was looking at imposing strict curbs on firms such as Tokyo Electron and ASML if they continue allowing Beijing access to their chip tech.

The report, which comes as he looks to buttress his credentials as strong on China ahead of November’s presidential election against Trump, sent shivers across trading floors, sending the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index plunging nearly seven percent — its heaviest loss since 2020.

Nvidia dived more than six percent and Dutch firm ASML collapsed more than 12 percent.

Tokyo Electron fell 7.5 percent on Wednesday and a further 9.5 percent Thursday. TSMC shed more than three percent in Taipei.

Meanwhile, Trump’s comments that Taiwan — home of the key chip-maker TSMC and other major producers — should pay the US for its defence caused some geopolitical unease.

The fear fuelled a sell-off across Asian equities, with Tokyo and Taipei down at least two percent, while there were also hefty losses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore and Manila.

Analysts warned that the imposition of more chip restrictions could fuel further selling and lead to a correction in markets, which some warn have become overbought.

– ‘A big currency problem’ –

Worries over tech have offset the feel-good mood that has been sparked by recent data and comments from Fed officials indicating they are ready to cut interest rates as soon as September, and possibly again before January.

The latest boost for doves came in the central bank’s Beige Book summary of the economy, which said there were signs it was slowing.

“Expectations for the future of the economy were for slower growth over the next six months due to uncertainty around the upcoming election, domestic policy, geopolitical conflict, and inflation,” the report said.

The prospect of lower rates has weighed on the dollar, while the yen — which has been battered against the greenback this year — has won support from bets on a Bank of Japan hike in coming months.

“Markets are pricing in the Fed to start cutting rates in September, and risks of yen carry trade — the practice of borrowing low yielding currencies to invest in high yielding currencies — unwinding are building as yield gap narrows,” Saxo researchers said in a note.

“Recent comments from Trump have also hinted at concerns from US dollar strength.”

Trump, in Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention, has also weighed in on the dollar’s relative strength against the yen and yuan, telling Bloomberg Businessweek “we have a big currency problem” and “I would always notice they fought very hard to keep their currency low”.

Taylor Nugent, at National Australia Bank, said: “The comments play to the view (that) bilateral trade deficits and currency valuations are a key focus, and tariffs would be a key negotiating tool.”

Investors are keeping tabs on Beijing, where China’s leaders are expected to wrap up a key gathering, with hopes President Xi Jinping will unveil fresh measures to boost the world’s number two economy.

– Key figures around 0300 GMT –

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 2.0 percent at 40,277.86 (break)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 0.5 percent at 17,652.42

Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 0.6 percent at 2,944.67

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.3007 from $1.3012 on Wednesday

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.0938 from $1.0941

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 155.92 yen from 156.33 yen

Euro/pound: UP at 84.09 pence at 84.07 pence

West Texas Intermediate: UP 0.7 percent at $83.39 per barrel

Brent North Sea Crude: UP 0.5 percent at $85.49 per barrel

New York – Dow: UP 0.6 percent at 41,198.08 (close)

London – FTSE 100: UP 0.3 percent at 8,187.46 (close)

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LafargeHolcim reveals their Q2 Financials

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One of the listed companies, LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s Consolidated earnings per share (EPS) Tk 1.14 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). Consolidated EPS was Tk. 0.69 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. Consolidated NAV per share was Tk. 16.60 as of June 30, 2024.

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