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UACN Launches Mandatory Takeover for Portland Paints

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UAC of Nigeria (UACN) Plc is launching a mandatory takeover bid to acquire additional equity stake in Portland Paints and Products Nigeria (PPPN) Plc.

In June 2013, UAC of Nigeria (UACN) PLC, Nigeria’s largest conglomerate, had acquired the majority equity stake of 51 per cent in Portland Paints. Following the acquisition, the board and management of the company were reconstituted. Mr. Larry Ettah, who leads the management at UACN, became the chairman.

In a regulatory filing at the weekend, UACN indicated that it will be launching a mandatory takeover of up to two million ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each in PPPN at N4.47 Kobo per share. The takeover price represents a premium of 224 per cent on PPPN’s market price of N1.38 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The qualification date for the transaction is Wednesday November 16, 2016, the date qualifying shareholders of PPPN will be determined.

According to the report, qualifying shareholders are the shareholders of PPPN other than UACN whose names appear in the register of members of PPPN as at the qualification date and who are eligible to receive the takeover bid document.

Ettah recently indicated that PPPN plans to raise new equity funds from existing shareholders to restructure its balance sheet and support its business expansion programme.

Addressing shareholders, Ettah said the company had embarked on intensive restructuring of its operations in order to strengthen it against challenges that negatively impacted its operations in 2015.

Ettah explained that PPPN embarked on restructuring as a result of the difficult and challenging economic and business environment in 2015.

According to him, during the year, the company commenced a process of restructuring the business focusing on internal efficiencies and reviewing its route to market model in a bid to ensure that it builds a sustainable future for the business.

“We will apply the planned rights proceeds to minimize the debt exposure risks of our business as well as carry out targeted expansion in our operations. The business will focus on its growth brands as well as make the necessary investment in marketing to improve its brands’ awareness and visibility,” Ettah said.

He however noted that despite the challenges and risks posed by the business environment, the company with its flagship brand Sandtex, will continue to consolidate on the restructuring while seeking growth opportunities to deliver returns to the shareholders.

Key extracts of the audited report and accounts of the company for the year ended December 31, 2015 showed that turnover dropped to N2.17 billion, 23 per cent lower when compared to the N2.8 billion in 2014. It recorded loss after tax of N233 million in 2015 as against N148.6 million recorded in 2014.

PPPN- purveyor of the Sandtex brand of paints; was for several years a division of West African Portland Cement (Wapco) PLC, now Lafarge Cement Wapco Nigeria. With the division performing creditably well as a going concern, Wapco initiated the registration of the division as a limited liability company in 1985. Portland Paints became a publicly quoted company in July 2009. One of the most diversified paints manufacturing companies in Nigeria, Portland Paints manufactures and markets decorative, automotive, industrial and marine paints. It also holds sole agency for world-renowned sanitary brands including Armitage Shank, Ideal Standard and Jaquar.

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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Gold Gained Ahead of Joe Biden Inauguration 2021

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Gold Gained Ahead of Joe Biden Inauguration 2021

Gold price rose from one and a half month low on Tuesday ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

The precious metal, largely regarded as a haven asset by investors, edged up by 0.2 percent to $1,844.52 per ounce on Tuesday, up from $1,802.61 on Monday.

According to Michael McCarthy, the Chief Market Strategies, CMC Markets, the surged in gold price is a result of the projected drop in dollar value or uncertainty.

He said, “The key factor appears to be the (U.S.) currency.”

As expected, a change in administration comes with the change in economic policies, especially taking into consideration the peculiarities of the present situation. In fact, even though Biden, Janet Yellen and the rest of the new cabinet are expected to go all out on additional stimulus with the support of Democrats controlled Houses, economic uncertainties with rising COVID-19 cases and slow vaccine distribution remained a huge concern.

Also, the effectiveness of the vaccines can not be ascertained until wider rollout.

Still, which policy would be halted or sustained by the incoming administration remained a concern that has forced many investors to once again flee other assets for Gold ahead of tomorrow’s inauguration.

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Crude Oil Holds Steady Above $55 Per Barrel on Tuesday

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Crude Oil Holds Steady Above $55 Per Barrel on Tuesday

Brent Crude oil, against which Nigerian crude oil is priced, rose from $54.46 per barrel on Monday to $55.27 per barrel as of 9:03 am Nigerian time on Tuesday.

Last week, Brent crude oil rose to 11 months high of $57.38 per barrel before pulling back on rising COVID-19 cases and lockdowns in key global economies like the United Kingdom, Euro-Area, China, etc.

While OPEC has left 2021 oil demand unchanged and President-elect Joe Biden has announced a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, experts are saying the rising number of new cases of COVID-19 amid poor vaccine distribution could drag on growth and demand for oil in 2021.

On Friday, Dan Yergin, vice-chairman at IHS Markit, said in addition to the stimulus package “There are two other things that are going with it … one is of course, vaccinations — in the sense that eventually this crisis is going to end, and maybe by the spring, lockdowns will be over.”

“The other thing is what Saudi Arabia did. This is the third time Saudi Arabia has made a sudden change in policy in less than a year, and this one was to announce (the) 1 million barrel a day cut — partly because they are worried about the impact of the surge in virus that’s occurring,” he said.

Also, the stimulus being injected into the United States economy could spur huge Shale production and disrupt OPEC and allies’ efforts at balancing the global oil market in 2021.

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Crude Oil Pulled Back Despite Joe Biden Stimulus

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Crude Oil Pulled Back Despite Joe Biden Stimulus

Crude oil pulled back on Friday despite the $1.9 trillion stimulus package announced by U.S President-elect, Joe Biden.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigeria’s oil is priced, pulled back from $57.38 per barrel on Wednesday to $55.52 per barrel on Friday in spite of the huge stimulus package announced on Thursday.

On Thursday, OPEC, in its latest outlook for the year, said uncertainties remain high in 2021 with the number of COVID-19 new cases on the rise.

OPEC said, “Uncertainties remain high going forward with the main downside risks being issues related to COVID-19 containment measures and the impact of the pandemic on consumer behavior.”

“These will also include how many countries are adapting lockdown measures, and for how long. At the same time, quicker vaccination plans and a recovery in consumer confidence provide some upside optimism.”

Governments across Europe have announced tighter and longer coronavirus lockdowns, with vaccinations not expected to have a significant impact for the next few months.

The complex remains in pause mode, a development that should not be surprising given the magnitude of the oil price gains that have been developing for some 2-1/2 months,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said.

Still, OPEC left its crude oil projections unchanged for the year. The oil cartel expected global oil demand to increase by 5.9 million barrels per day year on year to an average of 95.9 million per day in 2020.

But also OPEC expects a recent rally and stimulus to boost U.S. Shale crude oil production in the year, a projection Investors King experts expect to hurt OPEC strategy in 2021.

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