As far as divorces go, the split up of ebay and PayPal has been so far a reasonably amicable one. What’s ironic is ebay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion in 2002, while its value today estimated to be $45 billion. Conversely ebay is today valued much lower at $30 billion. This has been a large driving force for the merger with active investor Carl Icahn stating “PayPal’s a jewel and eBay is covering up its value.”
ebay’s last quarterly results also seem to back this up showing PayPal’s revenue growing by 20% compared to ebay marketplace down 1%. In the release of final figures for the joint company (Q2) to June 2015 eBay reported earnings of $931 million, or 76 cents per share. This is up considerably from the same period last year which came in at $883 million, or 70 cents a share. However PayPal’s dominance is obvious, contributing $2.26 billion of eBay’s Q2 revenue. ebay’s marketplace business contributed $2.12 billion to the joint company.
Another reason for the split is that they are both very different businesses operating in different markets. Elon Musk one of the co-founders of PayPal agrees: “It doesn’t make sense that a global payment system is a subsidiary of an auction website. It’s as if Target owned Visa or something.” Separating them will allow each to focus on their own set of unique priorities.
There’s another factor: technology markets change very quickly and a business needs to be responsive to change if they are to survive. PayPal in particular faces new competition with Apple Pay (which allows payments via phone). Apple has shown an ability to make complex technology easy to use for their customers – and they have many millions of dedicated followers. The impact of Apple Pay on PayPal’s business cannot be underestimated.
The benefit to PayPal investors is clear with both Elon Musk and former chief operating officer David Sacks predicting that PayPal could in the near future be worth more than $100 billion. PayPal has already been expanding its business with a series of acquisitions such as Xoom (which transfers funds from America to many developing countries), Paydiant (which helps retailers to operate mobile wallets) and Braintree (which processes transactions for mobile apps). The separation from ebay will put PayPal in a strong position to continue this trend with around $6 billion in cash reserves.
The way forward for ebay seems less certain. Part of the problem today is that its growth was pioneered on being one of the first auction sites. Today it is viewed as an auction site, when consumers are tending to prefer a quick online purchase direct from stores. Never-mind that 80% of goods on ebay are offered for sale not auction, the perception persists. However ebay’s a stable investment too. US 85 billion worth of transactions were carried out on ebay last year. It’s hard to imagine that being rivalled by a competitor. Also without PayPal ebay will have more cash to focus on its own bread and butter operations.
All this is likely to benefit investors in both companies. While the saying goes that an entity can be worth more than the sum of their parts, in this case the reverse is true, the valuation of the two separate companies after spin-off is likely to be greater than their valuation as one.
Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.1 Billion Net Worth -Forbes
Nigerian industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is Africa’s richest person for the tenth year in a row.
In the Forbes Africa latest billionaires list, Dangote’s total net worth stood at $12.1 billion, a $2 billion increment when compared to last year. Thanks to the 30 percent increase in the price of Dangote Cement share.
Nassef Sawiris of Egypt followed Dangote with $8.5 billion net worth with the majority of his investments coming from construction and other investments.
In third place was Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa with an $8 billion total net worth.
Portland Paints, Chemical and Allied Products Plc Agreed to Merge
Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc and Chemical and Allied Products Plc have agreed to merge, according to the latest statement from both companies.
In a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of CAP said we are “pleased to inform you that following discussions and negotiations, the Boards of CAP and Portland Paints have reached an agreement to undertake a merger between both entities (the “Merger” or the “Proposed Merger”).
Accordingly, we “hereby present to you the terms and benefits of the Proposed Merger for your consideration and seek your support and approval to effect the Proposed Merger.
“The Proposed Merger presents a compelling opportunity to create significant value for shareholders of CAP and achieve the company’s strategic growth objectives as a larger company with a broader product portfolio, more corporate owned brands and diversified revenues.
“The resultant entity is also expected to benefit from enhanced distribution capabilities in addition to economies of scale and operational efficiencies.”
Tony Elumelu Acquires Shell, Total, ENI Stakes in OML 17
Tony Elumelu owned Heir Holdings Limited and its related company Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc on Friday announced it has completed the purchase of 45 percent stake in Oil Mining Lease (OML 17) through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited.
The acquisition includes all assets of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (30 Percent), Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (10 percent) and ENI (five percent) — in the lease.
It was further stated that TNOG Oil and Gas Limited will also have the sole right to operate OML 17.
The field presently has a production capacity of 27,000 barrels per day. Also, there are estimated 2P reserves (proven and probable) of 1.2 billion barrels and an additional one billion barrels in possible reserves — all of oil equivalent.
A consortium of global and regional banks and investors provided a financing component of $1.1 billion for the largest oil and gas financing in Africa in over a decade.
In a statement released on Friday, Shell said the completion was after all the necessary approvals have were received from authorities.
“A total of $453m was paid at completion with the balance to be paid over an agreed period. SPDC will retain its interest in the Port Harcourt Industrial and Residential Areas, which fall within the lease area,” the SPDC said.
Speaking after the completion of the deal, Elumelu said “We have a very clear vision: creating Africa’s first integrated energy multinational, a global quality business, uniquely focused on Africa and Africa’s energy needs. The acquisition of such a high-quality asset, with significant potential for further growth, is a strong statement of our confidence in Nigeria, the Nigerian oil and gas sector and a tribute to the extremely high-quality management team that we have assembled.
“As a Nigerian, and more particularly an indigene of the Niger Delta region, I understand well our responsibilities that come with stewardship of the asset, our engagement with communities and the strategic importance of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. We see significant benefits from integrating our production, with our ability to power Nigeria, through Transcorp, and deliver value across the energy value chain.
“I would like to thank Shell, Total and ENI, for the professionalism of the process, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and the NNPC for the confidence they have placed in us.”
Tony Elumelu is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited, Transcorp and United Bank for Africa Plc.
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