Chief Executive Officer
The Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) is the principal stock exchange of Uganda. It was founded in June 1997. The USE is operated under the jurisdiction of Uganda's Capital Markets Authority, which in turn reports to the Bank of Uganda, Uganda's central bank.
The exchange opened to trading in January 1998. At that time, the exchange had just one listing, a bond issued by the East African Development Bank. Trading was limited to only a handful of trades per week.
As of July 2014, the USE traded 16 listed local and East African companies and had started the trading of fixed income instruments. The exchange is a member of the African Stock Exchanges Association.
The USE operates in close association with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange in Tanzania, the Rwanda Stock Exchange, and the Nairobi Stock Exchange in Kenya. According to published reports in 2013, there were plans to integrate the four exchanges to form a single East African bourse.
Uganda All Stock Index (ALSIUG) is the benchmark Index of the Uganda Securities Exchange.
A published report in February 2011 claimed that USE would increase trading to five days a week in March 2011.
During the first quarter of 2010, the USE adopted the Settlement and Clearing Depository electronic trading system. According to a published report in January 2011, other electronic modalities were being considered for the exchange. In 2010, the USE was the best performing stock exchange in Sub-Saharan Africa, with an All-Shares Index return of 74 percent between January and November 2010. On 20 July 2015, the USE initiated its electronic trading platform, backed by three independent data servers, cutting to three days (previously five days) the time it takes to settle trades.
As of September 2018
|1.||BOBU||Bank of Baroda (Uganda)||Finance, banking|
|2.||BATU||British American Tobacco||Tobacco products|
|3.||DFCU||DFCU Group||Finance, banking|
|4.||EABL||East African Breweries||Brewing, gin, distilled beverages|
|7.||KCB||KCB Group||Finance, banking|
|8.||NVL||New Vision Group||Printing, publishing, broadcasting, television|
|9.||SBU||Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited||Finance, banking|
|10.||UCL||Uganda Clays Limited||Manufacturing, construction materials|
|11.||EBL||Equity Group Holdings Limited||Banking, finance|
|12.||NIC||National Insurance Corporation||Insurance|
|14.||NMG||Nation Media Group||Publishing, printing, broadcasting, television|
|15.||CENT||Centum Investments||Investments, private equity, real estate|
|17.||CQCIL||Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited||Pharmaceutical manufacturing|
(1) East African Breweries Limited, Kenya Airways and Jubilee Holdings, are primarily listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and are cross-listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. (2) Centum Investment Company Limited, Equity Group Holdings Limited, and Jubilee Holdings are listed primarily on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and are crosslisted on the USE. (3) Kenya Commercial Bank Group and Nation Media Group are listed primarily on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and are crosslisted on the USE, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, and the Rwanda Stock Exchange. (4) Uchumi Supermarkets, a regional supermarket retailer with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, is crosslisted on the USE and the Rwanda Stock Exchange, and plans to crosslist its shares on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. (5) Umeme, the largest electric power distributor in Uganda, is listed primarily on the USE and is crosslisted on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. (6) Equity Group Holdings Limited is listed primarily on the Nairobi Stock Exchange (2006). It is crosslisted on the USE (2009) and the Rwanda Stock Exchange (2015). (7) In February 2015, Ugandan media indicated that both Housing Finance Bank and Crane Bank, which had intended to list their shares on the USE, have since changed their plans and put their IPOs on hold.
The exchange is owned by 16 stock brokers. In August 2016, a law was passed to allow the owners to sell shares in the stock exchange to members of the public through an initial public offering. On 18 May 2017, the USE demutualised and registered as a "public company, limited by shares". Its authorised share capital is Shs1 billion, consisting of 100 million shares of Sh10 each. At incorporation, the paid up capital was Shs42 million, with each of the founding investor firms owning 6,000,000 shares, each valued at Shs10 each.
|Rank||Name of Owner||Percentage Ownership|
|1||African Alliance Uganda Limited|
|2||Baroda Capital Limited|
|3||Crane Financial Services Limited|
|4||Crested Capital Limited|
|5||Dyer & Blair Uganda Limited|
|6||Equity Stock Brokers Uganda Limited|
|7||UAP Old Mutual Financial Services Limited|
Note The totals are slightly off due to rounding.