22/09/2017 Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE:OANDO) =5.83 (0.06) Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE:OAO) = 30.00 (0.00)

OANDO PLC’s OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE SEC INVESTIGATION: AGM TO HOLD AS PLANNED

Further to Oando PLC’s (“the Company” or “Oando”) press statement published on Monday, 28th August, 2017 entitled ‘Oando PLC’s Official Statement on Claims of a SEC Investigation’, please find below an update.

  1. The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) constituted a Special Task Team to review the petitions by Alhaji Dahiru Mangal and Ansbury Inc. To date the Company has fully co-operated with the SEC, availed them of all documents requested, and provided clarification and appropriate rebuttals to the issues raised.
  1. The Company received a letter from the SEC on Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017, requesting that Oando postpone its 40th AGM so that the Commission could look into the shareholding positions contained in the Company’s 2016 Audited Financial Statements as it was at variance with those alleged by the petitioners.
  1. Oando responded officially on Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 addressing all the issues raised by the SEC and concluded that it would not be in the best interests of the Company or our shareholders to postpone the AGM. 
  1. In a letter dated Thursday, 31st August, 2017, the SEC wrote to the Company and categorically stated: ‘Following the submission of an Interim report by the Special Task Team, the Commission is of the opinion that it is unable to identify any material findings that would warrant the postponement of the Company’s 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled to hold on September 11, 2017. Consequently, Oando PLC can proceed with its 40th AGM as currently scheduled.’ 

The SEC’s response is in line with the Company’s initial position that the request from SEC that Oando postpone its AGM, which was premised upon the allegations and claims raised by the petitioners lacked merit.  The reason being that the issues raised by the petitioners were fully and properly disclosed by the Company in its audited financial statements and have received Board, shareholder and where required SEC approval. Other matters highlighted by the petitioners could have been directed to the Company and would have received the necessary clarification.

The Company remains committed to act in the best interests of all its shareholders and will continue to fully co-operate with the SEC in the discharge of its duties as the Capital Markets regulator.

For more information, please contact:

Ayotola Jagun

Chief Compliance Officer & Company Secretary

ajagun@oandoplc.com


Alero Balogun

Head, Corporate Communications

albalogun@oandoplc.com          

For: Oando PLC

Ayotola Jagun

Chief Compliance Officer & Company Secretary

2, Ajose Adeogun Street,

Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria