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Dangote Flour Returns to Profitability After Reacquisition

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Dangote Flour Mills on Friday reported a profit before tax of N2.64 billion for the half year ended June 30, after its re-acquisition from Tiger Branded Consumer Goods.

This is contained in a statement issued by the company in Lagos.

The statement said the profit before tax was against a loss of N9.55 billion posted in the corresponding period of 2015.

Its gross profit stood at N14.03 billion during the period, while profit from operating activities rose to N8.47 billion.

The statement said that the financial performance was heart-warming, given that the Dangote Flour Mills recorded losses in the past.

It attributed the growth to the restructuring by the new board and management after the company’s reacquisition, which included the reopening of the closed Dangote Flour Mills in Kano.

Mr Ighodalo Asue, the company’s Chairman, said the firm would continue to embrace investment opportunities to increase market share and shareholders’ value.

Asue said since the takeover that the management had taken a lot steps to reposition the company through expansion to drive growth.

“We bought back Dangote Flour Mills from Tiger Branded and by this move, it means we have a stronger, better sophisticated and more focused Dangote Flour Mills.

“We are also using this medium to restate our commitment to increasing our shareholders value and our dear customers,” Asue said.

He said that the company would continue to invest in the state and other parts of the country and even beyond the country for job and wealth creation.

“It is our hope that our return to Kano will create more job opportunities and impact positively on the economy of the state.

Asue said that Aliko Dangote’s decision to buy back the company had saved the jobs of about 3,000 employees and the shares of over a million shareholders.

He said that the multiplier effect of his investment in the country was immeasurable.

Mr Thabo Mabe, the company’s Group Chief Executive Officer, was also quoted by the statement as saying that it return to profitability was due to several adopted initiatives to increase market share and create value for shareholders.

Mabe said that the company was driven by the vision of putting its products on the table of every Nigerian.

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Crude Oil Dips Slightly on Friday Amid Demand Concerns

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On Friday, global crude oil prices experienced a slight dip, primarily attributed to mounting concerns surrounding demand despite signs of a tightening market.

Brent crude prices edged lower, nearing $83 per barrel, following a recent uptick of 1.6% over two consecutive sessions.

Similarly, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude hovered around $78 per barrel. Despite the dip, market indicators suggest a relatively robust market, with US crude inventories expanding less than anticipated in the previous week.

The oil market finds itself amidst a complex dynamic, balancing optimistic signals such as reduced OPEC+ output and heightened tensions in the Middle East against persistent worries about Chinese demand, particularly as the nation grapples with economic challenges.

This delicate equilibrium has led oil futures to mirror the oscillations of broader stock markets, underscoring the interconnectedness of global economic factors.

Analysts, including Michael Tran from RBC Capital Markets LLC, highlight the recurring theme of robust oil demand juxtaposed with concerning Chinese macroeconomic data, contributing to market volatility.

Also, recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea by Houthi militants have added a risk premium to oil futures, reflecting geopolitical uncertainties beyond immediate demand-supply dynamics.

While US crude inventories saw a slight rise, they remain below seasonal averages, indicating some resilience in the market despite prevailing uncertainties.

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Nigeria’s Petrol Imports Decrease by 1 Billion Litres Following Subsidy Removal

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Nigeria’s monthly petrol imports declined by approximately 1 billion litres following the fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported.

The NBS findings illuminate the tangible effects of this policy shift on the country’s petroleum importation dynamics.

Prior to the subsidy removal, the NBS report delineated a consistent pattern of petrol imports with quantities ranging between 1.91 billion and 2.29 billion litres from March to May 2023.

However, in the aftermath of Tinubu’s decision, the nation witnessed a notable downturn in petrol imports, with figures plummeting to 1.64 billion litres in June, the first post-subsidy month.

This downward trend persisted in subsequent months, with July recording a further reduction to 1.45 billion litres and August witnessing a significant decline to 1.09 billion litres.

August’s import figures represented a decrease of over 1 billion litres compared to the corresponding period in 2022.

The NBS report underscores the pivotal role of the subsidy removal in reshaping Nigeria’s petrol import landscape with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company emerging as the sole importer of fuel in the current scenario.

Despite higher petrol imports in the first half of 2023 compared to the previous year, the decline in June, July, and August underscores the profound impact of subsidy removal on import dynamics, affirming the NBS’s latest findings.

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Nigeria’s Oil Rig Count Soars From 11 to 30, Says NUPRC CEO

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Gbenga Komolafe, has announced a surge in the country’s oil rig count.

Komolafe disclosed that Nigeria’s oil rigs have escalated from 11 to 30, a substantial increase since 2011.

Attributing this surge to concerted efforts by NUPRC and other governmental stakeholders, Komolafe highlighted the importance of instilling confidence, certainty, and predictability in the oil and gas industry.

He explained the pivotal role of the recently implemented Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), which has spurred significant capital expenditure amounting to billions of dollars over the past two and a half years.

Speaking in Lagos after receiving The Sun Award, Komolafe underscored the effective discharge of NUPRC’s statutory mandate, which has contributed to the success stories witnessed in the sector.

The surge in Nigeria’s oil rig count signifies a tangible measure of vibrant activities within the upstream oil and gas sector, reflecting increased drilling activity and heightened industry dynamism.

Also, Komolafe noted that NUPRC has issued over 17 regulations aimed at enhancing certainty and predictability in industry operations, aligning with the objectives outlined in the PIA.

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