Malta Stock Exchange

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Coordinates: 35°53′42″N 14°30′42″E / 35.89500°N 14.51167°E / 35.89500; 14.51167

Malta Stock Exchange
Borża ta' Malta
Malta - Valletta - Pjazza Kastilja - Borza ta' Malta 01 ies.jpg
Type Stock exchange
Location Valletta, Malta
Coordinates 35°53′42″N 14°30′42″E / 35.89500°N 14.51167°E / 35.89500; 14.51167
Founded January 8, 1992 (1992-01-08)
Key people Chairman - Joseph Portelli, CEO - Simon Zammit
Currency EUR, STG, US$
Website www.borzamalta.com.mt

The Malta Stock Exchange (Maltese: Borża ta' Malta), originally known as the Casino della Borsa,[1] is the stock exchange of the island nation of Malta. Since being set up in 1992, the Exchange has been key to the raising of capital for the private sector through the issue of corporate bonds and equity while virtually all the national debt of Government of Malta has been issued in the form of Malta Government bonds and treasury bills that are listed and actively traded on the secondary market.

The investor base consists of over 75,000 individual investors, which is a significant number given Malta’s economic size (GDP €8,796 million in 2015) and population (434,403 in 2016). The focus of the Malta Stock Exchange is to continue to develop and support the domestic market whilst attracting international companies to list on the Exchange, and enjoy the passportability within the EU that this brings. It has also invested heavily in the use of technology and uses the Xetra trading platform.

The Chairman of the Board of the Malta Stock Exchange is Mr Joseph Portelli, and the Chief Executive Officer is Mr Simon Zammit.

History[edit]

Emblem of the Malta Stock Exchange

The Exchange was established with the enactment of the Malta Stock Exchange Act in 1990, and commenced its trading operations on 8 January 1992.[2] The Central Bank of Malta was originally appointed as the supervisor of the Exchange [3] and it now falls under the supervision of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA).

In 1999, the Exchange moved into the former Garrison Chapel building in Castille Square, Valletta. This iconic building was built in 1857 on the designs of T. M. Ellis, and was used as a multi-denominational place of worship until 1950. The former church was then used for entertainment purposes, as a post office and as a naval school, before it was taken over and extensively renovated by the Exchange. It has been known since then as the Exchange Building or The Borsa.[4] The Exchange is located close to the Office of the Prime Minister at Auberge de Castille and the Upper Barrakka Gardens.[5][6]

In 2013, the Exchange achieved Designated Offshore Securities Market status by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission complementing the HM Revenue and Customs recognition that had been obtained from the UK authorities in 2005.

Services[edit]

Garrison Church, now Stock Exchange, as seen from the back

The Malta Stock Exchange offers the following services:

  • Admittance to listing on the MSE Main list or Alternative Companies List, subject to approval by the Maltese Regulator, the MFSA. Listed instruments have full passporting rights within the EU. Listed companies can their instruments traded on their own national exchange, within the EU, or on the Malta Stock Exchange.
  • Secondary market trading: The Secondary market is mostly domestic, with 14 Maltese Members and 1 International Member trading on the Exchange’s Xetra platform. This platform is operated remotely from the Deutsch Bourse, in Frankfurt, and allows connectivity to the MSE by any of the 4,500+ traders who also connect to the Xetra platform around the world.
  • Central Securities Depository services (CSD): The Depository services are mainly shareholder and bondholder register administration, for public as well as private companies, clearing and settlement processing relating to the trading platform, and custodial services. The CSD also offers registrar services in respect of IPOs.
  • Prospects, an SME-oriented capital market: This market, which is a multilateral trading facility (MTF) regulated by the MSE, allows SMEs in Malta and overseas to raise capital through equity or bond issues in a cost-effective and timely manner under a lighter regulatory framework. It primarily targets issues of under €5 million.

The Malta Stock Exchange is Malta's national numbering agency, issuing ISINs in respect of all securities issued in Malta.

Membership[edit]

The MSE is a member of:

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denaro, Victor F. (1961). "More houses in Valletta" (PDF). Melita Historica. 3 (2): 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "About the MSE". Malta Stock Exchange. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "The History of the Central Bank of Malta". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Mahoney, Leonardo (1996). 5,000 years of Architecture in Malta. Malta: Valletta Publishing. Format. p. 284. ISBN 9990958157. ISBN 9789990958157.
  5. ^ "The Malta Stock Exchange Garrison Chapel Building". Malta Stock Exchange. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.talhandaqnostalgia.org/memoirs/history.htm

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