FirstRand Bank ETNs Surge with Synthetic Reinvestment, NAV Update Signals Investor Windfall

  • Dividend Reinvestment: Ford Motor Company's $0.15/share dividend was synthetically reinvested, increasing fractional ETN shares, benefitting investors indirectly.
  • NAV Update: FirstRand Bank's daily Net Asset Value (NAV) has been promptly updated, reflecting the impact of the reinvested dividend.
  • Investor Guidance: South African investors should check the updated NAV and explore detailed formulas on FirstRand Bank's investor pages for insights.
By Lethabo Ntsoane

FirstRand Bank Limited (FRB) has announced the receipt of a dividend payment from Ford Motor Company, impacting the net asset value (NAV) of its exchange-traded notes (ETNs). The dividend, set at $0.15 per share, was synthetically reinvested for the FDETNC and FDETNQ ETNs at the US closing price on December 1, 2023.

Dividend Details

In a statement released on December 4, 2023, FirstRand Bank outlined the key details of the dividend payment and its effects on the ETNs.

Dividend per Share$0.15
Effective Tax Rate15%
Reinvestment Amount$0.1275 per share
Reinvestment Price$10.58 per share

Ford Motor Company’s dividend, totalling $0.15 per share, underwent a synthetic reinvestment process, net of all taxes, charges, and fees. The result of this reinvestment is a fractional increase in the number of shares referenced by each ETN. Importantly, no direct distribution or payment will be made to ETN holders.

NAV Update

The daily published NAV has already been updated to reflect the impact of the synthetic dividend reinvestment. Investors can view the updated NAV on the RMB Inward Listed ETNs page.

Implications for Investors

For investors holding FDETNC and FDETNQ ETNs, the dividend payment and subsequent reinvestment influence the overall value of their holdings. The synthetic reinvestment mechanism, which adheres to published guidance, provides investors with an indirect benefit by increasing the fractional number of shares associated with each ETN.


FirstRand Bank Limited remains committed to providing transparency and timely updates to its investors. The synthetic dividend reinvestment from Ford Motor Company underscores the dynamic nature of investment instruments, impacting the net asset value and potentially influencing investment strategies.

Investors are encouraged to review the updated NAV and leverage the provided resources for a comprehensive understanding of the dividend’s implications. For any specific queries or concerns, investors are advised to consult with their financial advisors.

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo