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Puma Energy Delivers First Bitumen to Nigeria

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Puma Energy, a global mid and downstream energy company, has announced the delivery of its first cargo of bitumen to its terminal located in Calabar, Cross River State, under a joint venture with WABECO Petroleum Ltd, registered as P.E. Bitumen Resources (Nigeria) Limited.

According to a weekend statement by Puma Energy, the cargo was delivered by MT Acacia Rubra, which completed discharge early this month.

According to the statement, the delivery comes at a critical time to assist the federal government’s effort in rebuilding its road infrastructure which is a catalyst for the country’s economic development.

Puma Energy’s Global Head of Bitumen, Olof Klintholm, said the feat was a very important milestone for Puma Energy Bitumen.

“Nigeria is a key focus market for us as we keep building our global presence and it shows we can deliver Bitumen on specification and on time anywhere across the world,” Klintholm added.
According to Klintholm, Puma Energy looks forward to working with construction companies in delivering high quality bitumen to their projects around Nigeria.

Puma Energy has the world’s largest system of Bitumen ships and terminals, offering customers globally a wide range of products that meet local specification requirements at a competitive price.

The company has also helped to deliver new and safer roads in many countries around the world by assisting governments, highway agencies and construction companies in sourcing and supplying the bitumen they need for major construction works.

The company recently announced results for the first quarter of 2016 where it recorded 21 per cent increase in sales volumes supporting gross profit growth, while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and exploration expenses (EBITDAX) rose by 19 per cent, with contained operating expenses.

It also recorded solid operating cash flows of $ 487million, reflecting good performance and disciplined working capital management with capital expenditure (Capex) of $326 million, financed by operating cash flows.

Net debt decreased, reducing leverage multiple to 2.9 times, in line with stated capital structure, while in May 2016, refinanced and increased the revolving credit facility to $1.55 billion.

Other operational highlights include: $139 million in organic capex put toward expanding terminals in Angola and Ghana, and smaller projects across Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa, with number of service stations increasing to over 2,400, driven by growth across all regions.

“Puma Energy continues to perform into the second quarter, delivering strong gross profit and EBITDA while hitting yet another quarterly record in terms of sales. Despite global challenges and currency devaluations, our solid operating performance and working capital discipline has resulted in operating cash flows that fully financed our strategic capex and acquisitions. This stability will help us to seize on select opportunities and continue to invest in our key markets,” commented Chief Financial Officer, Denis Chazarain.

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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Ndubuisi Ekekwe Moves to Deepen Capabilities Through Free Weekly Business Lessons

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In a bid to deepen business and individual capabilities across the African continent, Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder of Fasmicro and the Lead faculty, Tekedia Institute, on Sunday said he will commence free business lessons to enhance accumulation of capabilities.

In a message forwarded to all members of the platform, Tekedia.com, Prof. Ekekwe, explained that when businesses accumulate capabilities, they move upstream and create new competitive tentacles which eventually form the foundation of their growth.

More so, because of the capabilities, they protect their market shares through strategic moats against competitors and new entrants,” he stated.

Prof. Ekekwe plans to send out two business lessons per week to engage Tekedia’s growing community on the mechanics of business systems. “Each piece would be prepared to pass across a business lesson.”

Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe writes regularly in the Harvard Business Review and has spoken at global events — explaining and teaching the mechanics of business systems and nation-building.

To start receiving his free business lessons sign up here.

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FG Introduces NEXIT Portal for Npower Batch A and B Beneficiaries

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The Federal Government has introduced a new online portal for exited Npower beneficiaries of batch A and B.

According to the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, the portal was launched in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enable exited Npower beneficiaries apply for available federal government empowerment options.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Nneka Anibeze, the media aide to the minister, on Friday.

The ministry said the NEXIT portal will be used to determine the suitability of exited beneficiaries for various CBN-affiliated programmes.

She explained that selection will be based on the conditions and criteria set by the apex bank.

Ms Farouq, therefore, urged interested exited Npower beneficiaries to log on to the NEXIT portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into central bank’s intervention options.

The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

“Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavours.”

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Ellah Lakes Partner Ondo State Government to Develop Oil Palm, Cassava in the State

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The management of Ellah Lakes Plc said it has partnered with Ondo State Government to develop and manage 5000 hectares of land for the purpose of cultivating oil palm and cassava in Ondo State, Nigeria.

The company stated in a statement signed by Kenechi Ezezika, Company Secretary, Ellah Lakes Plc.

Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi said: “This is a significant landmark for the Company in the development of our landbank, & we are very excited to be working with ODSG.

I am delighted that we are fulfilling our strategic objective of progressively expanding our land bank & diversifying our portfolio and production base. I am also glad to say that the intercropping programme in Edo State is progressing steadily & we have achieved our first milestone of 100Hectares of Cassava with the participation of personnel of the Agricultural Development Program (ADP), in Edo State”.

The Special Adviser on Development & Investment to the Ondo State Governor/ Chief Executive Officer of Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), Mr. Akinboye Oyewumi, who also spoke on the development said: “We are pleased with this collaboration with Ellah Lakes Plc., and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture.”

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