Dear valued members of the public,
I would like to bring to your attention a series of events that have taken place at Transcorp. Shareholders of the conglomerate may recall that on April 13th, Transcorp responded to NGX’s request to confirm media reports that an individual had acquired over 5% of the company’s shares.
Although Transcorp did not explicitly acknowledge the acquisition, the management initiated a series of actions that have raised curious concerns. On April 18th, the company hastily announced that a board meeting initially scheduled to be held on May 4th, 2023, had taken place on April 17th, 2023. They then immediately approved the first quarter 2023 results and released them to the public.
While this may not appear to be alarming on the surface, we are concerned about the implications of these actions. Transcorp had declared a closed period from April 1st, which meant that no member of the board or management could purchase shares of the company. However, by publishing the results on April 18th, the closed period ended 24 hours later, allowing insiders in Transcorp to purchase shares of the company. If they had waited until May, as previously scheduled, the closed period may have been extended until next month, making it impossible for insiders to buy shares of Transcorp.
Therefore, any well-meaning investor may question whether the board and management of the company brought forward the closed period for personal reasons, or if this was done in the best interests of shareholders, or the best interests of individuals who are only interested in their selfish interests.
We must ask, is the NGX aware of this action taken by Transcorp?