Africa’s largest cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc has emerged as the Best Performing Stock of the Year 2021. The award was handed down by the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX).

Dangote Cement, pride as the most capitalized company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange was named the best stock ahead of BUA Cement Plc and CAP Plc, during the 2022 Nigerian Investor Value Award, NIVA, organized by the Businessday in collaboration with the Nigerian Exchange Group.

The coveted award is meant for two classes of companies namely, the listed companies segment and the Next Bull segment with Dangote cement leading the pack in the Listed Companies’ best-performing stock in the Industrial goods category having been adjudged to have recorded stellar performance in creating value on the Nigerian Stock Exchange based on criteria such as share price, dividend payments, sustainability, brand value, market leadership and business strategy against its peers during the period under review.

In his address on the occasion, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Nigerian Exchange Limited, Mr Temi Popoola, who was represented by the Divisional Head, Capital Market, Mr Jude Emeka said the award by the Businessday Media Limited underlined Nigerian Exchange Group’s goal of promoting actionable and effective multi-stakeholder dialogue on issues central to a well-functioning financial system.

While acknowledging that the winner organizations are worthy and truly deserving of the honour, he clarified that the winners were selected from among companies that are active, and the investors have expressed strong demand to own their shares.

“As a responsible entity, known for aligning with the best global practices, we recognize the importance of corporate governance and effective board leadership in driving sustainability on the business front. That is why we choose to not only recognize listed companies who are blazing the trail in investors relations, but those also contributing to building a sustainable socio-economic standard in governance, regulation and compliance.”

The Nigerian Exchange boss said the leveraging of investments in business innovation and its diversified range of products and services coupled with robust engagement, “we are well on our way to achieving our aspiration to be Africa’s preferred exchange hub especially given the number of advances that have been implemented recently including the launch of the NGX Exchange, Traded Derivates Market, which saw the listing of two Equity Index Futures Contracts, NGX30 Index Futures and the NGX Pension Index Futures.”

He assured that the NGX remained resolute in its commitment to the provision of a scalable and enterprising platform for issuers and investors to meet their financial objectives irrespective of the prevailing conditions.

Mr Popoola said, “we will continue to consolidate on the advances by focusing on key initiatives aimed at creating and, growing the capital market for the benefit of all key stakeholders.”

In his address of welcome, the Publisher, Businessday, Mr Frank Aigbogun said the NIVA formerly known as the Top 25 CEOs Award recognizes leaders of private and public companies who have created sustainable alpha-generating value for their shareholders through strategic priorities, operation efficiency, organizational values and marketing engagement activities.

He explained that COVID-19 was what most companies, including Nigerian businesses never envisaged, but the reality today is that Russian-Ukraine crisis has again emphasized the urgent need for backward integration and value addition to the nation’s primary produce. Aigbogun expressed happiness that the Nigeria capital market has remained strong in the mix of the global realignment that is going on consequent upon the Ukrainian crisis.

Mr Obu Oliver, the Group Financial Controller, Dangote Cement Plc. who received the award thanked the organizers for the award and assured that the companies would not rest on its oars in sustaining the strategies that make the stock the best performing.

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