The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it has commenced regulatory fee on fixed income (Bonds) secondary market transactions with effect from January 1, 2022.
This was contained in a Circular dated December 15, 2021 and signed by the management of the SEC.
According to the Commission, “This circular is made pursuant to Section 13(u) of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA), 2007 and Schedule 1, Part D of the SEC Rules (Registration Fees, Minimum Capital Requirements, Securities and others) which empower the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to levy, among others, fees on transactions relating to investments and securities business in Nigeria”.
The Circular stated that Capital Market Operators (CMOs) and stakeholders generally have been notified that: a regulatory fee structure on secondary market transactions on Bonds will take effect from January 1, 2022 and Secondary market transactions on Bonds shall include bond transactions executed on a Securities Exchange (Exchange), reported by voice or by any other means to an Exchange as having being transacted thereon or of which the information of the transaction details are featured on the Exchange’s platform for purposes including but not limited to onward transmission to a Depository for settlement, price discovery and corporate disclosure.
The Circular also stated that by this fee structure, the SEC will charge 0.025% of the total value of all secondary market transactions on Bonds, while the Securities Exchange on which the transaction occurs will charge an amount not exceeding 0.025% of the total value of secondary market transactions on Bonds while Bond transactions by Dealing Members will attract a single regulatory fee of 0.0001% of the total value of the secondary market transactions on Bonds, and are exempt from the 0.025% fee charge earlier stated.
The Commission stated that the circular supersedes previous directives given by the Commission on the subject.
Also, the Commission has informed all Capital Market Operators (CMOs) and the general public that the annual renewal of Registration of CMOs for the year 2022 will commence from 1st January, 2022.
The SEC stated that in line with the Commission’s Rules & Regulations, all CMOs are to complete the process of renewal of registration for 2022 on or before 31st January, 2022 via the renewal of registration portal – www. eportal.sec.gov.ng
“For enquiries or support in completing the process, please contact any of the persons below listed: Franca Isiguzoro: firstname.lastname@example.org, Nakwada Ahmed: email@example.com, Zarami Abubakar: firstname.lastname@example.org and Okechukwu Callista: email@example.com”.