A2X well positioned to face the challenges of the new year

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Published Date: 2021-01-27 | Source: INCE|Community | Author: A2X Markets

A2X well positioned to face the challenges of the new year

Media Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sandton, Tuesday, 26 January 2021: The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in significant uncertainty early in the new year, and while key participants in the financial sector are likely to continue taking a cautious approach to business, the prospect of a vaccine roll-out during the course year and the many lessons learnt from the first wave should help lay the foundation for a better year.

Most participants in the financial sector underwent a rapid and painful adjustment to enable them to survive and continue operating when the virus first hit. And while the second wave may be worse in terms of infections and deaths, the big shift to digital and remote working has largely taken place. This puts business in a much healthier position to tackle the second wave, says A2X Markets CEO Kevin Brady, one of South Africa's newest stock exchanges and the leading exchange for secondary listings.

Says Brady: "The focus in 2021 is likely to shift from last year's big survival challenges, which consumed a huge amount of time and resources, to refining their digital strategy and platforms, staff well-being and productivity and, of course, a relentless focus on cost savings. Many companies will have experienced the benefit of technology-driven savings and will now look to extract even greater efficiencies going forward."

Brady believes that companies that are able to leverage their technology platform to create an efficient and agile business that can deliver cost-effective solutions and products to their clients, while creating a fun and trusted work environment, will be the winners of tomorrow.

He believes A2X is well positioned to face the challenges of the new year as it uses the latest stock exchange technology and passes on efficiency gains in the form of much lower fees. In addition, the narrower spreads quoted on the exchange offer huge savings to investors in the form of price improvement. In a tough economic environment, he expects investors to pay increasing attention to reducing cost while at the same time trying to eke out improved returns.

It is part of the reason why A2X is enjoying continued growth in onboarding new companies to its platform as many want to offer their shareholders the opportunity to capture these very benefits.

In December 2020, A2X onboarded both Prosus, which is regarded as Europe's largest tech company, and Capital Appreciation, a leading provider of financial technology in South Africa.

This has brought the number of listed securities on A2X to 40 with a combined market value of R5,4 trillion. A2X is now the second-largest exchange in Africa by market value, after commencing its operations a mere three years ago.

Brady says the company's growing position is likely to be sustained by pending new regulation that includes the Best Execution rule, which will see brokers having to obtain the best possible result for their clients when executing orders on their behalf. The potential savings this regulation could unlock for end investors are estimated to be upwards of R1 billion per year.


The A2X focus in 2021 will be on expanding the range of securities available for trade on its platform.

"We remain committed to offering choices to all market participants. In addition to growing the number of secondary listings, A2X will also look to attract new listings to the platform that were previously not available to mainstream investors.

"We have also applied to the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) for approval to introduce a series of new trade types. These additions are aimed at assisting both investors and brokers to source fresh liquidity while at the same time reducing friction costs and improving market quality. The trade types have proven successful in both the United Kingdom and Europe and, when approved for local use, will assist in helping us grow and develop our market in line with international best practice," says Brady.

ENDS

About A2X

A2X Markets (A2X) is a South African stock exchange playing an integral part in the progression of the South African market-place. A2X began trading on 6 October 2017 and was named Best New Stock Exchange Africa 2019 in the 2019 Global Banjing & Finance Awards®. In addition, it won the category for Fastest Growing Stock Exchange South Africa 2020 in the 2020 Global Banjing & Finance Awards®, and was the International Business Magazine Award Winner 2020 for Best New Stock Exchange Africa 2020

An experienced team, advanced technology and an agile environment enable A2X to provide an efficient and cost-effective trading venue to secondary list and trade shares, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded notes (ETNs).

A2X has appointed Strate as its central securities depository and operates within the proven and reliable South African settlement structure. It uses technology developed by the UK's Aquis Technologies, which includes proven exchange-matching and surveillance systems and a clearing platform custom-built for A2X. The end-to-end costs of transacting on A2X are around 50% lower than the other trading venue in South Africa where the same shares can be traded.

www.a2x.co.za

Shares available for trade on A2X

Security Code

Security Name

Marjet Cap

ACG

Anchor Group

R913 021 591

AFT

Afrimat

R6 284 224 852

AIL

African Rainbow Capital Inv

R4 678 101 204


APN

Aspen Pharmacare

R66 221 989 568

ARI

African Rainbow Minerals

R64 719 983 297

ASC

Ascendis Health

R371 997 169

AVI

AVI

R24 177 846 098

CLH

City Lodge Hotels

R2 013 113 857

CML

Coronation Fund Managers

R16 503 521 632

CTA

Capital Appreciation

R1 441 000 000

EQU

Equites Property Fund

R10 801 333 716

EXX

Exxaro Resources

R59 304 987 639

FBR

Famous Brands

R4 509 102 780

FVT

Fairvest Property Holdings

R1 781 719 522

GLD

NewGold ETF

R18 518 646 227

GRT

GrowthPoint Properties

R41 238 060 533

HDC

Hudaco Industries

R2 799 063 380

HUG

Huge Group

R1 040 245 958

IVT

Invicta Holdings

R1 856 387 388

IVTP

Invicta Holdings Ltd pref

R497 775 000

MRP

Mr Price Group

R43 268 516 263

MTM

Momentum Metropolitan

R24 049 454 217

NGPLD

NewGold Palladium ETF

R630 158 764

NGPLT

NewGold Platinum ETF

R9 369 900 000

NPN

Naspers Ltd -N-

R1 552 161 410 712

NRP

NEPI Rockcastle

R55 162 758 676

PRX

Prosus N.V.

R2 940 620 246 700

REN

Renergen

R1 502 928 177

SBK

Standard Bank Group

R202 022 865 057

SBPP

Standard Bank Group pref

R3 544 512 391

SLM

Sanlam

R129 387 213 105

SNT

Santam

R32 349 625 549

SOL

Sasol

R101 366 247 132

SWXTR2

Investec Swix Top 40 Tri ETN

R1 051 850 000

SYG

Sygnia

R2 894 979 023

TCP

Transaction Capital

R15 980 682 409

THA

Tharisa

R7 040 000 000

TOPTR2

Investec Top 40 Tri ETN

R1 164 967 500

VUN

Vunani

R443 178 766

ZCL

Zarclear Holdings

R802 533 221

R5 454 486 149 071


Twitter: @A2X_Markets

Images of Kevin Brady, CEO of A2X here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1D5JQ94SPnA4RXuIWlc8BiqaRLZzK7_lu?usp=sharin g

For further information, photos or interviews for A2X, please contact Diane Bomberg on diane.bomberg@a2x.co.za or 082 641 9244



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