The objective of this study is to examine the pricing of public offerings in the Nigerian capital market: A case study of Zenith bank, Guaranty Trust bank, Oceanic Bank, IBTC and Chattered Bank were used. Data for the research were collected through primary and secondary sources namely the annual reports and account and offer prospectus of the respective banks, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) banking supervision unit annual reports on the banks, textbooks, journals and seminar papers.

The data were analyzed and presented using tables, simple percentage and ratios. The hypotheses were tested using the computed ex-right price of shares and comparing it with the offer price. The findings of the study showed that public offers in the Nigerian capital market were not over- priced, offer for subscription and right issues are the most popular method offering securities in Nigerian capital market, the pre- offer price of shares is higher than the ex-right price and the offer price during the study period.

In the capital markets hundred investors make several deals a day. The screen-based trading makes these deals known to all in the capital markets. Thus, a large number of buyers and sellers interact in the capital markets. The demand and supply forces help in determining the prices. Since all information is publicly available, and since no single investor is large to influence the security prices, the capital markets provide a measure of fair price of security especially if the markets have efficient pricing mechanism.

Pricing of new issues is different from the method earlier mentioned. Companies in the Nigerian capital markets are allowed to freely price share issues, subject to Securities and Exchange Commission guidelines and approval. In the case of the listed companies the current market price provides a basis for pricing the new issue of securities. Companies generally fix the issue price 10 to 15 per cent below the current market price to account for the effect of the supply pressure; It is relatively difficult to price an IPO. Companies use the services of merchant or investment bankers, who act as issue managers, to determine the issue price and manage the issue of securities.
A company is required to issue a prospect when it issues a share to the public. The prospectus should disclose full information, including the risk factors in the issue, to the investors to be able to appraise the pricing and form a judgement. New companies should give the justification for the pricing to the prospective investors. Generally, the price of the issue is fixed well before the actual issue. The price is not changed at any stage of the offer. The price is generally kept on the lower side so that the issue is fully subscribed and there is no devolvement of underwriters. However, book building is an alternative to the fixed-pricing method. In the case of normal public issue, the price is fixed and known in advance. At the close of subscription, the company knows the number of shares applied for. In book building the issue price is not fixed. Book building is a process of offering securities at various bid prices from investors. The demand for the security is assessed and the price discovered based on bids made by investors. Price discovery, therefore, depends on the demand for shares at different prices.

An Initial Public Offering (IPO) is a company’s offering of equity to the public and it is a major source of raising capital for firms. There are at least three distinct mechanisms available for firm for issuing new securities which include initiation public offer, right issue, and private placement

In this study, we shall be examining the pricing of public offering in the Nigerian capital market with particular reference to the Nigerian banking sector.

One obvious problem that has faced the Nigeria Capital market is the case severe overpricing of IPO .This resulted as a result the desperate need of some companies to raise fund at cost by manipulating accounts record to get approval the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sometimes over pricing of share could be attributed to the activities of the stock- broker who engage in share price manipulation. Many companies have come to the market with factious prices for their shares without strong fundament in order to obtain funds from the public and soon thereafter the prices of these companies would crash. This has led to many investors to lose huge amount money as over pricing of IPO. This has made some investors who the technicalities of the market to shy away from the market .Another factor that equally contribute to over-pricing of shares is the inefficient market system.

Based on the above discussion a research problem therefore arises: Is the Initial Public Offerings, public offerings and right issues in the Nigerian capital markets appropriately priced? What are the methods used in security issue in Nigerian capital market.

The followings are the main objectives of this study:

(i)                To determine methods used in initial public offers or public offers in Nigeria.

(ii)             To confirm the methods from the use of published information by the banks involved.

(iii)           To examine ex-right price and compare with pre-offer price

(iv)             To make necessary recommendation based on our findings.

The following questions are raised to elicit more information for the study;

(i)                What are the methods used in offering securities in Nigerian capital market?

(ii)      Do  companies follow the same method in offering securities?

(iii)           Does the price of the IPO affect the ex-right price?

(iv)           Is IPO’S appropriately price?

Considering the statement of the problem and the objective of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated to guide the study:

Ho 1: Public offers in the Nigerian capital is over-priced

Ho 2: Offer for subscription and Right issue is not the most popular method of offer.

This research work is based on commercial banks in Nigeria. It examined the pricing of public offering in the Nigerian capital market. The research depended on primary data collected from six (6) banks in Nigeria that went for public offering between 2004-2007.They are: Zenith Bank Plc ,Guaranty Trust Bank plc, IBTC plc, Oceanic bank and Chattered Bank plc. The choices of the banks are based on the expert advice of the supervisor of this work. This study is limited to examining the pricing of public offering in the Nigerian capital market.

This research work was carried out alongside with other academic work in the school. This study encountered some constraints as there were some initial difficulties in getting some the banks previous years’ annual reports and some other relevant information and materials. Time equally took its toll as there was a time limit for research to be completed. Notwithstanding the above constraints, the research study was successfully completed as scheduled and met all the required objectives and standards......

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