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Capital Markets Authority approves listing of first Exchange Traded Fund in Kenya

The Capital Market Master Plan prioritizes regional and international investment as one of the areas of focus.

 

NewGold Issuer (RF) Limited will issue and list 400,000 Gold Bullion Debentures as a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) main investment market segment. The value of NewGold ETF tracks the price of gold. The listing price of the ETF will be determined on the listing date based on the real time cash market values of the gold price and the real time price of the Kenya Shilling.

The Authority developed Policy Guidance Notes in September 2015 to operationalize the trading of ETFs in Kenya.

The Capital Market Master Plan prioritizes regional and international investment as one of the areas of focus. ETFs provide an opportunity for investors to diversify their investment portfolios to access international products.

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“This is a critical milestone in positioning Kenya as a gateway for regional and international capital flows by developing creative products that promote investor confidence in regional products. This is a step toward Kenya becoming a choice investment destination”, said CMA Chief Executive Mr. Paul Muthaura.

The Authority observed that the Supplemental Prospectus of NewGold Issuer (RF) Limited makes adequate disclosure of material information in accordance with the requirements of the Capital Markets Act and the Exchange Traded Funds Policy Guidance Note, 2015 to enable investors make an informed decision on the issue.

NewGold Issuer (RF) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NewGold Owner Trust, was primarily listed on ETF sector of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2004. Other secondary listings of the ETF have been on the Botswana Stock Exchange, Stock Exchange of Mauritius, Namibia Stock Exchange and Ghana Stock Exchange (2012).

The NewGold Gold Bullion Debentures issued subsequent to the secondary listing on the NSE will rank equally with each other and with all other Gold Bullion Debentures already in issue, prior to the NSE listing.

NewGold Issuer (RF) Limited uses proceeds from the Issue to acquire Gold Bullion. Gold Bullion held by NewGold are physical unwrought gold in the form of London Good Delivery Bars.

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