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Despite the economic downturn that has made most companies to declare less than impressive results, International Breweries Plc has recorded an improvement in its earnings in this half year compare with it performance last year.

Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, Otunba Michael Daramola, said the company has contributed positively to the nation’s economy in his submission at the 39th annual general meeting (AGM) of the company held recently

According to him; International Breweries recorded an improvement in its earnings in this fiscal year over the last one with a 12.7 percent increase from N20, 649,295.00 to N23, 269,364.00. He said the company also made a profit of 18.2% while earnings per share increased from 59kobo in 2015 to 81kobo in 2016, an increase of 37.3%, courtesy its excellent improvement in Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA).

Daramola, who said within the year under review the company continued to focus on investing for the long term and building on their established brands strong position in the South West, said they also expanded their portfolio with the launch of Eagle Lager, 1960 Rootz and Miller Genuine Draft all of which have been exceptionally well accepted by consumers.

The chairman also noted that the company continues to expand its offering of existing brand to leverage occasions and to satisfy consumers’ needs as they have done with the phenomenally successful launch of the Trophy 375ml pack.

Promising customers to always get best out of products coming from the company, Otunba Daramola stressed the company’s readiness to keep the business focused, saying they would not deter from stretching the corporate scorecards in spite of the deteriorated economic situation.

He said: “the year under review has been both exciting and challenging with our country facing an extremely tough economic landscape. We have experienced inflationary pressures, foreign exchange liquidity issues and consumers have also been faced with severe fuel shortage and long power outages.

“This and the nonpayment of civil servant salaries have had a material impact on our consumers’ disposable income. As a result, competition in the brewing industry has intensified significantly. However a challenging environment often provides opportunity and we have ensured that we have taken advantage of as many of the opportunities we have created, or been presented with, as possible.”

“We will continue to strive to live our core value of ‘People are our enduring advantage’ and the current financial performance can be attributed to the constant exceptional spirit of commitment, dedication and passion of our work force throughout our organisation.

“We have modeled essential skills over the years and focused on retaining talented people. We have built competency frameworks through our International model which has proved very successful. This has provided development opportunities through exchange programmes and secondments for some of our employees in our sister Companies.”

While emphasising on the achievement of the company under the youths empowerment programme, Daramola said in the spirit of giving back to the society, 25youths from across the South-West geopolitical zone of Nigeria have been empowered so as to be self-employed.

According to him, “within the last fiscal year, we launched our Kick start programme which was aimed at empowering our youth to develop enterprises and create employment. The programme ran over the entire fiscal year and involved the training of 120 youths selected from thousands of entries and culminated in an awards luncheon which saw 25 youths awarded grants to empower them to grow their enterprise”.

He, however, expressed optimism that the company would continue to grow despite the economic and market challenges that present themselves to Nigerian. He also promised that the company will grow in line its strategic views, increasing volumes and profitability supported by sound capital investment initiatives and at the same time deliver value to all our stakeholders.

“The year under review witnessed a significant milestone in environmental compliance with the commissioning of our effluent treatment plant which will ensure that all water returned to the environment will have no negative impact on it. We also understand that our profitability depends on communities, growing economies and the responsible use of scarce natural resources. We have integrated these issues into our business through the launch of Prosper and the introduction of our five shared imperatives.”

“The Board has ensured that a robust governance structure is in place to enable the business to succeed and deliver long-term sustainable growth. As part of this responsibility, the Board has set up a Committee on Risk Management to further give direction to foreseeable challenges in the business and best possible approaches to mitigate them.”

He therefore, urged other Directors, management and staff of the company to continue to work assiduously in a bid to continually improve the organisation as well as stretch the company’s corporate scorecards so as to protect their license to trade in the years ahead.

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Africa Day 2022: Energy Key to Ending African Food Crisis – ECP

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Energy Capital & Power (ECP) says enhancing investment and development of the African energy sector will help drive the development of the continent.  

ECP said this on Wednesday while marking the 2022 Africa Day tagged: The Year of Nutrition. It said “Energy is the backbone of every economy. Energy is a fundamental enabler and key driver of Africa’s development. 

“Access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy goes beyond simply keeping the lights on, however, but drives industrialisation, agriculture, and infrastructure expansion while improving access to medical, education, and food services,” ECP added. 

Africa’s leading investment platform for the energy sector stated that it remains fully focused on enhancing investment and development across the African energy sector, making a strong case for energy as a key driver of food resilience and climate change mitigation.

According to its official report made available to Investors King, ECP revealed that “Africa is facing a mounting food crisis which has only been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Climate change, political and economic crises, and regional conflict and displacement have resulted in over 346 million people suffering from severe food insecurity while 452 million suffer from moderate food insecurity. 

“While this insecurity continues to have significant consequences on the physical, mental and physiological development of the population, the burden of malnutrition transcends into the socioeconomic space, with the Cost of Hunger in Africa Study estimating that African countries are losing the equivalent of between 1.9 and 16.5 per cent of their gross domestic profit due to child under-nutrition. Accordingly, this year’s Africa Day is being celebrated under the theme, ‘Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent,’ centered around the need to strengthen agro-food systems and health and social protection systems for the acceleration of human, social and economic capital development,” the statement added. 

ECP said it believes that ongoing efforts to achieve net zero hunger can be strengthened through the expansion and improvement of energy systems across Africa. Currently, 65 per cent of Africa’s population relies on subsistence farming, and in order to tackle food insecurity, governments across the continent are looking at deploying large-scale modern agricultural systems, systems which require significant energy at every stage of the production stage.

“By scaling up investment in key energy industries, Africa has the opportunity to address two imminent crises: energy and food insecurity. The correlation between improved energy and food security is evident: by strengthening energy access and affordability, countries can strengthen agro-food systems continent wide, tackling food security and driving socioeconomic growth,” said Laila Bastati, Managing Director, ECP.

The African Development Bank Group’s Board of Directors had on Monday approved a $1.5bn Emergency Food Production Facility to help tackle the global food crisis sparked by the Russian-Ukraine conflict. 

Africa’s only AAA-rated financial institution added that the funds will help 20 million African farmers produce an extra 38 million metric tons of food to address growing fears of starvation and food insecurity on the continent.

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Refining Sector Accounts For 3% of Global Emission – ARDA

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The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) has revealed that the refining sector only accounts for 3% of the global energy sector emission. 

Oil and Refining Research Analyst, Maryro Mendez, stated this at the second Refining and Specifications Virtual Workshop organised by the ARDA and monitored by Investors King.

According to Mendez, “the refining sector accounts for only three percent of the global energy sector emissions. While refineries’ contribution to global energy sector emissions is low, the opportunities for reducing them are significant.

“Refineries globally have started thinking about measuring, monitoring and reducing carbon emissions and environmental sustainability has to be a priority for refiners and Africa is no exception.”

According to her, because fuel combustion accounts for 80% of refinery carbon emissions, fuel source and energy optimization would provide the greatest chance to minimize emissions.

“The challenge is not technical but is commercial with facilities requiring sufficient incentive and capital to invest without impacting on their competitive position”, she added.

The association further revealed that Nigeria and other African countries would need to minimize sulphur levels while noting that upgrading their existing refineries would require at least $15.7 billion.

Anibor Kragha, ARDA’s Executive Secretary stated that adopting a standardized specification will prevent the importation of fuels that do not match AFRI specifications into Africa.

“New process units required are to improve key fuel specifications, especially Naptha Hydrotreater (NHdT), Diesel Hydro-desulph. (DHDS), Benzene Extraction, Sulphur, and Hydrogen Plants.

“Another key focus area is for African countries, especially those sharing common fuel supply chains to develop an integrated policy covering both fuel quality and vehicle exhaust emissions.

“This is to achieve the ultimate objective of clean air in our African cities. Without this integrated and coordinated policy, the objective of clean air will not be realized whether by imports or local production,” he said.

The idea for an African refinery association was conceived in the late 1970s, and the first sub-Saharan African initiative – the Association of Refiners and Distributors of Oil Products (ARDIP) – was launched in September 1980, led by the SIR refinery in Cote D’Ivoire, with counterpart refineries in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Gabon.

Mr Joel Dervain, the then Managing Director of SIR, re-activated the campaign for an association to promote technical and commercial best practices among African refiners and their stakeholders in 2006. The African Refiners Association (ARDA) was then created on March 23, 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa, with the help of his colleagues at SONARA, SAR, TOR, SOGARA, and NATREF.

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African Energy Chamber to Host Energy Transition Forum at The 2022 Energy Week  

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African Energy Chamber (AEC) says it will host the Energy Transition Forum, in partnership with public and private sector organisations, government representatives, energy stakeholders and investors in October. 

In a statement made available to Investors King AEC stated that “The Energy Transition Forum will address critical issues such as the lack of adequate funding, the diversification of the energy mix, workforce development, and regulatory reforms necessary to enable Africa to expand its energy sector to address energy security, affordability, access, and sustainability matters”.

“With some 600 million people across the continent living in energy poverty and over 900 million without access to clean cooking, Africa needs to exploit all of its vast natural resources in order to make energy poverty history by 2030. In this respect, stakeholders across the continent are opting for an integrated approach to developing energy resources whereby every resource is utilized in order to kickstart economic growth and electrification. With over 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil, 620 trillion cubic feet of gas, and nearly 16.4 billion short tons of coal, the continent is well-positioned to drive economic growth,” it added. 

Executive Chairman of the AEC, NJ Ayuk, said: “With nearly 66 per cent of the world’s population living without electricity access based in Africa, the continent needs to ramp up the production of all its energy resources including gas, oil, wind and solar to ensure energy poverty is history by 2030. The AEC is honored to host the Energy Transition Forum at AEW 2022 where an African narrative of a just and inclusive energy transition that is fit for Africa will be developed. We will go from Cape to Cairo with a well-defined African message. Africans and the energy sector have a rare chance to define the narrative and we must.” 

The Energy Transition Forum is bringing together investors, regulatory authorities and energy market players to discuss the role of gas in Africa’s energy future and energy transition. The challenges of limited investments in gas exploration, production, and infrastructure development in gas-rich countries such as Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Niger, and Mozambique will also be addressed.

According to the AEC, climate change continues to impact Africa, leading to an increasing number of African countries such as Nigeria, Namibia, Morocco, South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya introducing policy reforms and initiatives to scale up renewable energy penetration in Africa. 

Investors King gathered that Nigeria has vowed to achieve climate neutrality by 2060 by increasing the share of natural gas and renewables in its energy mix while Namibia aims to make the development of hydrogen central to its energy policy. At the same time, South Africa has introduced its Hydrogen Society Roadmap to fast-forward the development of local content and hydrogen infrastructure whilst Morocco’s Law 13-09 and Egypt’s net metering scheme aims to expand distributed renewables development.

The chamber added that the AEW 2022, under the theme – “Exploring and Investing in Africa’s Energy Future while Driving an Enabling Environment” will feature high-level meetings and panel discussions where government ministers, investors, academia, and energy market stakeholders will discuss how Africa can attract funding to boost exploration, production and infrastructure development to ensure secure supply while remaining a climate champion. 

The African Energy Week is scheduled to take place from 18th – 21st October 2022 in South Africa at Africa’s premier event for the oil and gas sector.

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