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Shakib Al Hasan not found involved in Stock Manipulation: BSEC

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Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) has fined several investors and institutions for their involvement in share manipulation.

However, BSEC affirmed, that the stock market has found evidence that the world’s best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, the goodwill ambassador of the capital market and investment education program, is not involved in this manipulation.
According to sources, the name of Shakib Al Hasan and his organization came in the report of the investigation committee formed to find those involved in the manipulation of several companies. However, Shakib and his company have been cleared of involvement in share manipulation.

According to the commission, many people are put on the suspect list for gathering information during the investigation process. But not all of them will be involved in manipulation. By multiple checks, those actually involved in share manipulation. They have been identified and fined. And the investigation has proved that some people including Shakib Al Hasan are not involved in share manipulation.

BSEC Executive Director and Spokesperson Mohammad Rezaul Karim told that a preliminary list was prepared of those who bought a certain amount of shares. Shakib Al Hasan’s name was there. But according to this preliminary list, when the investigation was conducted, Shakib Al Hasan’s involvement in the share manipulation was not found, so he was exonerated.

In response to a question, the spokesperson of BSEC said that Shakib Al Hasan is the goodwill ambassador of BSEC. Many media have presented news involving Shakib Al Hasan to gain readers. However, his involvement in share manipulation was not found in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Shakib’s family and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are also embarrassed by the news of his involvement in the rigging. On Tuesday, September 13, Nazmul Hasan Papon addressed the media regarding the tri-series and T20 World Cup team plans in Mirpur. BCB boss was ‘shocked’ after hearing questions about Shakib’s involvement in share manipulation. He said, ‘What do you say! I do not know about this. Since it is not with cricket, now what do I do? I don’t know about this. If it was with cricket then there was talk.

It should be noted that BSEC nominated the world’s best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as a brand ambassador in September 2017 to enhance the image of the country’s capital market and inspire investors. The International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO) has requested to take famous politicians, professionals, sportspersons or celebrities of the country as goodwill ambassadors.

As part of this, the commission took Shakib Al Hasan as a goodwill ambassador. As a goodwill ambassador, he also invested in the capital market as he was eager to carry out the responsibility of a nationwide investment education program. Recently he bought the license of a share trading house called Monarch Holding. This is how Shakib got involved in the share business.

According to BSEC information, various individuals and their associates manipulated the share prices of 7 companies from mid-last year to March this year. Ordinary investors suffered huge losses. The investigation revealed that the manipulation circle made a profit of Tk 137 crore through these shares. Considering the overall aspect, the BSEC fined the accused person and their associates Tk 10 crore 89 lakh.

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Dhaka Bourse Skyrockets, Achieving 4-Day Gaining Streak

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Dhaka Stock Exchange DSE, Bourse on the last working day of the week, 20th June, ended with a hike in Indices and Turnover from the previous working session. This information is known from DSE sources.

452 crore 94 lakh taka shares were traded on this day. 206 crore 50 lakh more tradings were done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, June 19th, Shares worth Tk 246 crores 44 lakh shares were traded last time, Wednesday

The benchmark DSEX increased 82.74 points or 5,244 The Shariah-based index DSES added 24.78 points or 1,146, and the blue-chip index DS30 gained by 31.34 points or 1,875.

Of the issues traded, 288 advanced, 55 declined and 50 remained unchanged.

Linde Bangladesh Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 424.10 paisa or 43.04 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 1409.40 paisa.

Global Heavy Chemicals Limited ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 1.20 paisa or 3.00 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 38.90 paisa.

DSE topped on trade is Asiatic Laboratories Limited 14 crore 63 lakh takas of company shares have been traded.

A total of 45 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on Dhaka Stock Exchange. A total of 1 crore 71 lakh 39 thousand 978 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 113 crore 38 lakh taka.

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National Tea Sets New Subscription Date for Tk279.7cr Placement Shares

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National Tea Company Limited, a publicly traded entity, has announced new subscription dates for its Tk279.7 crore placement shares. Originally slated for nearly a year ago, the subscription had been postponed by regulatory authorities but is now set to proceed following a recent court directive.

According to the company’s disclosure, the subscription period will run from June 19 to August 19 during banking hours. This follows a letter from the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) instructing the resumption of the capital-raising initiative, in compliance with a High Court order.

The primary objective of issuing these placement shares is to fuel business growth, finance working capital, and repay bank loans. However, due to a funding shortfall, the company has been unable to complete its modernization projects and other initiatives, resulting in decreased turnover caused by declining average sale prices in the auction market for its products.

Following the court’s directive, significant progress has been made in implementing the state-owned company’s plans.

In July of the previous year, Jakir Hossain Sarkar, a minor shareholder with just 10 National Tea shares, filed a writ petition with the High Court opposing the company’s scheme to issue fresh shares as approved by the BSEC, alleging unequal treatment of existing shareholders. The court later upheld the BSEC’s approval. Upon a petition by the market regulator, the Appellate Division’s chamber judge temporarily stayed the High Court’s order.

Shareholders have borne the brunt of these legal battles. After the record date, the price of National Tea shares dropped in anticipation of the increased number of shares, and the issuance of placement shares remained uncertain.

In April last year, National Tea received BSEC approval to raise its paid-up capital by issuing 2.34 crore shares at Tk119.53 each, inclusive of a Tk109.53 premium per share. The distribution plan allocated 1.24 crore shares to the government, Investment Corporation of Bangladesh, and Sadharan Bima Corporation at an average ratio of 4.43 new shares for each existing share. Sponsor-directors were allocated 13.8 lakh shares at a ratio of 3.21:1, and general shareholders were to receive nearly 96 lakh shares at a 2.85:1 ratio.

As of Wednesday, National Tea shares closed at Tk388.60 each on the Dhaka Stock Exchange. Founded in 1978 and listed on the capital market in 1979, National Tea cultivates, manufactures, and sells tea and rubber in the local market. The company’s average annual production is about 52 lakh kg of tea, most of which is sold through the Chattogram auction market.

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Renata Launches First Terbinafine Shipment to the UK

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Renata PLC, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the country, has successfully exported its initial consignment of Terbinafine tablets to the United Kingdom, marking a significant milestone in its export portfolio.

The company’s secretary, Md Jubayer Alam, announced that this shipment expands Renata’s export range to 17 distinct products within the UK market. “We have received an order of approximately 200,000 boxes, valued at £150,000,” he stated.

In local currency terms, this translates to an export value of over Tk2.23 crore.

In a disclosure to stock exchanges on Wednesday, June 19, Renata PLC detailed the dispatch of the first batch of Terbinafine 250 mg tablets to the UK, where the product will be marketed under the brand name Terbimax. The tablets are manufactured at Renata’s MHRA-approved facility in Rajendrapur, Gazipur, and will be distributed by Renata (UK) Limited.

Terbinafine, an allylamine antifungal, is commonly used to treat onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails caused by dermatophytes. The global market for Terbinafine was valued at $614 million in 2023. In Bangladesh, this medication is also available under the brand name Terbimax.

Md Jubayer Alam emphasized the strong demand for Terbinafine in the UK. “The market for these products is expanding rapidly. With our entry into this market, we anticipate significant benefits for the company,” he said.

Renata PLC entered the UK market in 2018 through its subsidiary, Renata (UK) Limited. Currently, several products are being commercialized in the UK, supported by agreements with five distribution partners. According to its annual report, Renata (UK) Limited generated a consolidated revenue of Tk7.71 crore in FY23.

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