The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced the suspension from active trading shares of five quoted companies.

The affected companies are, Unity Bank Plc, Fortis Microfinance Bank Plc, Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc, Multi-Trex Integrated Foods Plc, Golden Guinea Breweries Plc and Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc.

According the NSE, the decision to suspend trading on the entities’ stocks was taken following the inability of the companies to submit their results as at when due, and in accordance with rule 3.1 of the Exchange’s rule book.

The rule states that: “If an Issuer fails to file the relevant accounts by the expiration of the Cure Period, The Exchange will: (a) Send to the Issuer a “Second Filing Deficiency Notification” within two (2) business days after the end of the Cure Period; (b) Suspend trading in the Issuer’s securities; and (c) Notify the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Market within twenty-four (24) hours of the suspension…”

The market regulatory institution stated that the suspension would only be lifted, after the relevant accounts had been submitted, and provided the Exchange is satisfied that the accounts comply with all applicable rules.

Investors that own these shares will not be able to trade them, till the suspension is lifted. The companies will also be fined for late submission of their results.