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Int’l Breweries Grows Profit Despite Economic Challenges

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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.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Africa Renewable Energy Fund II Secures €125 Million First Close With SEFA and CTF Investments

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The Africa Renewable Energy Fund II has achieved its first close at €125 million, following a joint investment of €17.5 million from The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund through the African Development Bank.

AREF II, a successor to the original Fund, is a 10-year closed-ended renewable energy Private Equity Fund with a $300 million target capitalization. The Africa Renewable Energy Fund II, managed by Berkeley Energy, invests in early-stage renewable energy projects, thereby not only de-risking the most uncertain phase of power projects, but also promoting increased green baseload in Africa’s generation mix.

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund will each contribute roughly €8.7 million to mobilize private-sector investment into Africa’s renewable energy sector. The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa will also contribute financing to the AREF II Project Support Facility, which funds technical assistance and early-stage project support to improve bankability.

Other investors include the U.K’s CDC Group, Italy’s CDP, the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) and SwedFund.

“We are proud to be associated with Berkeley Energy and other like-minded investors, and look forward to AREF’s continued success and leadership in promoting sustainable power development on the continent,” said Dr. Kevin Kariuki, the African Development Bank’s Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth.

In 2012, the African Development Bank selected Berkeley Energy, a seasoned fund manager of clean energy projects in global emerging markets to set up AREF. AREF II has a sharper strategic focus than its predecessor on “green baseload” projects that will deliver firm and dispatchable power to African power systems through hydro, solar, wind and battery storage technologies.

Luka Buljan, Berkeley Energy’s Managing Director, said: “We are very excited to have reached this milestone with strong support from our backers. The catalytic tranche from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund will assist in mobilising private institutional investors up to full fund size of €300 million. We now look forward to concluding the fundraising and delivering projects that will provide clean, reliable and affordable energy across African markets.”

“AREF is intertwined with the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa’s history and success, and we have worked closely over the last decade to create precedents in difficult markets and challenging technologies. We look forward to continued collaboration to accelerate the energy transition in Africa,” said Joao Duarte Cunha, Manager for Renewable Energy Initiatives at the African Development Bank and Coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa.

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FG Earned $34.22B From Crude Oil and Gas in 2019 – NEITI

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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Thursday released its 2019 oil and gas industry audit report, which shows that Nigeria earned N34.22 billion from the oil and gas industry in 2019.

The audit, conducted by Adeshile Adedeji & Co. (Chartered Accountants), an indigenous accounting and auditing firm, reconciled payments from 98 entities. They include 88 oil and gas companies, nine government agencies and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

The 2019 figure is an increase of 4.88 percent over the $32.63billion revenue realised from the sector in 2018. A breakdown of the earnings showed that payments by companies accounted for $18.90billion, while flows from federation sales of crude oil and gas accounted for $15.32billion.

The report further showed that 10 years (2010-2019) aggregate financial flows from the oil and gas sector to government amounted to $418.544billion, with the highest revenue flow of $68.442 recorded in 2011, while the lowest revenue flow of $17.055 was recorded in 2016.

According to NEITI, the total crude oil production in 2019 was 735.244mmbbls, representing an increase of 4.87 percent over the 701.101mmbbls recorded in 2018. Production sharing contracts (PSCs) contributed the highest volumes of 312.042mmbbls followed by Joint Venture (JV) and Sole Risk (SR) which recorded 310,284mmbbls and 89.824mmbbls respectively. Others are Marginal Fields (MFs) and Service Contracts (SCs) which accounted for 21,762mmbbls and 1,330mmbbls respectively.

The report also showed that total crude oil lifted in 2019 was 735.661mmbbls, indicating a 4.93 percent increase to the 701.090 mmbbls recorded in 2018, with companies lifting 469.010mmbbls, while 266.650mmbbls was lifted by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on behalf of the federation.

Analysis of crude oil lifted by NNPC showed that 159.411mmbbls was for export, while 107.239mmbbls was for domestic refining. 97 percent of the volumes for domestic refining (104.475mmbbls) was utilised for the Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) programme while the remaining 3 percent (2.764mmbbls) was delivered to the refineries.

NEITI reported that the value of the 2019 domestic crude oil earnings was N2.722 trillion. Of this figure, N518.074billion was deducted for Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) under-recovery by the NNPC.

This figure was N213.074billon above the approved sum of N305billion for under-recovery in 2019. Similarly, the sum of N126.664billion was incurred by the Corporation as costs for pipeline repairs and maintenances which showed a difference of N96.378billion from the approved sum of N30.287billion for that purpose.

The report also pointed out that N31.844billion was also deducted for crude and product losses due to theft.

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Oil Prices Drop on Stronger U.S Dollar

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The strong U.S Dollar pressured global crude oil prices on Thursday despite the big drop in U.S crude oil inventories.

The Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, dropped by 74 cents or 1 percent to settle at $73.65 a barrel at 4.03 am Nigerian time on Thursday.

The U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil depreciated by 69 cents or 1 percent to $71.46 a barrel after reaching its highest since October 2018 on Wednesday.

Energy markets became so fixated over a robust summer travel season and Iran nuclear deal talks that they somewhat got blindsided by the Fed’s hawkish surprise,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

The Fed was expected to be on hold and punt this meeting, but they sent a clear message they are ready to start talking about tapering and that means the dollar is ripe for a rebound which should be a headwind for all commodities.

The U.S. dollar boasted its strongest single day gain in 15 months after the Federal Reserve signaled it might raise interest rates at a much faster pace than assumed.

A firmer greenback makes oil priced in dollars more expensive in other currencies, potentially weighing on demand.

Still, oil price losses were limited as data from the Energy Information Administration showed that U.S. crude oil stockpiles dropped sharply last week as refineries boosted operations to their highest since January 2020, signaling continued improvement in demand.

Also boosting prices, refinery throughput in China, the world’s second largest oil consumer, rose 4.4% in May from the same month a year ago to a record high.

This pullback in oil prices should be temporary as the fundamentals on both the supply and demand side should easily be able to compensate for a rebounding dollar,” Moya said.

 

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