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American Equity Firm Places N3b on Standby for Resort Savings

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  • American Equity Firm Places N3b on Standby for Resort Savings

Milost Global Inc-an American private equity firm, has appointed a Nigerian escrow agent and placed funds in escrow account to back up its investment in Resort Savings & Loans Plc.

Milost had indicated it plans to invest $250 million, about N76.5 billion, on Resort Savings & Loans. Milost, combining its traditional equity and debt approach, will be staking $100 million as equity capital and $150 million as debt capital.

Milost Global and Resort Savings had signed a commitment letter, giving the private equity firm the mandate to proceed with due diligence and other regulatory issues. The board of Resort Savings had also approved the proposed transaction at its meeting on February 26, 2018.

In an update filed at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday, the board of Resort Savings stated that Milost and Resort have signed a binding agreement and first drawdown agreement of $10 million with a provision for immediate release of $1 million.

The board of the mortgage bank noted that it has received assurances from both the local and foreign investors on the readiness to turn around the mortgage bank.

“In this regard, we have assurances that the funds which are already escrowed shall be released as per our agreed term sheet. It is not in the interest of anybody that the funds are kept idle any further,” the board stated.

The company pointed out that the release of the fund is being delayed by the technical suspension on its shares, which has prevented market valuation of the shares, a part of the overall valuation for the transaction.

Resort Savings assured that it is taking necessary steps to meet all regulatory requirements that will lead to lifting of suspension on its share price and clearance of the investment deal.

Earlier, the board of Resort Savings had indicated that the acquisition by Milost will be executed in phases through private placement to Milost Global and another local investor, which is currently undergoing approval process at the apex bank.

“It is the belief of the board and management that the proposed investment will assist the bank in no small way in recapitalising the business, growing capacity and in becoming the leader in the mortgage finance industry. With this, we expect to be able to deliver impressive returns to our shareholders and satisfy the expectations of our other stakeholders in the very near future,” the board stated.

The Nation had reported that Milost Global is seeking to invest more than $8 billion or about N2.6 trillion on Nigerian investments as a demonstration of the New York-based firm’s confidence in the Nigerian economy.

Headquartered in New York City, Milost Global Inc is at the intersection of creative investing and value creation and has more than $25 billion in committed capital. Milost provides alternative capital, mezzanine finance, and alternative lending to a broad range of industries across the world including technology, transport, cannabis, education, distribution, mining, oil and gas, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, real estate, alternative energy and infrastructure development.

“Milost is very committed to the further advancement of the Nigerian economy with over one third of funds being committed to Nigerian investments,” Milost Global had stated in an official statement announcing the arrival of the senior leadership of the firm in Nigeria recently.

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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United States Firms Operating in Nigeria Plans to Invest $2.4 Billion in Nigeria – Report

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United States Firms Operating in Nigeria Plans to Invest $2.4 Billion in Nigeria – Report

A report compiled by the American Business Council, the United States Embassy, Verraki, KPMG and PwC showed American firms operating in Nigeria plans to invest $2.37 billion in the country in the next three years.

In the 2020 Nigeria Economic Impact Survey, the impact of US firms on the Nigerian economy was analysed while changes in business revenue, foreign investment, job creation, gross value added and plans for expansion were measured.

45 United States companies operating in Nigeria were surveyed and data obtained analysed, according to the report.

The report revealed that US companies in Nigeria created over 30,000 indirect jobs in 2019, a decline from three million in 2018 and over 13,100 direct jobs, down from 18,000 in 2018.

The firms realised N1.08 trillion in revenue in 2019, representing a decline from N1.47 trillion when compared to N1.47 trillion generated in 2018.

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Afreximbank, AAAM to Drive Automotive Investment

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Afreximbank, AAAM to Drive Automotive Investment

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa.

President of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah and President of AAAM/Managing Director of Nissan Africa, Mike Whitfield, signed the MoU in early February, according to a statement yesterday.

The deal formalised the basis for a partnership aimed at boosting regional automotive value chains and financing for the automotive industry while supporting the development of enabling policies, technical assistance, and capacity building initiatives.

Oramah, said, “the strategic partnership with AAAM will facilitate the implementation of the Bank’s Automotive programme which aims to catalyze the development of the automotive industry in Africa as the continent commences trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).”

Under the terms of the MoU, Afreximbank and AAAM will work together to foster the emergence of regional value chains with a focus on value-added manufacturing created through partnerships between global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), suppliers, and local partners.

The two organisations plan to undertake comprehensive studies to map potential regional automotive value chains on the continent in regional economic clusters, in order to enable the manufacture of automotive components for supply to hub assemblers.

“To support the emergence of the African automotive industry, they will collaborate to provide financing to industry players along the whole automotive value chain. The potential interventions include lines of credit, direct financing, project financing, supply chain financing, guarantees, and equity financing, amongst others.

“The MoU also provides for them to support, in conjunction with the African Union Commission and the AfCFTA Secretariat, the development of coherent national, regional and continental automotive policies, and strategies.

“With an integrated market under the AfCFTA, abundant and cheap labour, natural resource wealth, and a growing middle class, African countries are increasingly turning their attention to support the emergence of their automotive industries.

“Therefore, the collaboration between Afreximbank and AAAM will be an opportunity to empower the aspirations of African countries towards re-focusing their economies on industrialisation and export manufacturing and fostering the emergence of regional value chains,” the statement added.

“The signing of the MoU with Afreximbank is an exciting milestone for the development of the automotive industry in Africa. At the 2020 digital Africa Auto Forum, the lack of affordable financing available for the automotive sector was identified as one of the key inhibiters for the growth and development of the automotive industry in Africa and having Afreximbank on board is a game changer and a hugely positive development,” CEO of AAAM, David Coffey said.

“It is wonderful to have a partner that is as committed as the AAAM to driving the development and growth of our sector on the continent; this collaboration will ensure genuine progress for our industry in Africa,” Coffey added.

Other areas covered by the MoU include working with the African Union and the African Organisation for Standardisation to harmonise automotive standards across the continent and developing an automotive focused training program for both the public and private sector.

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FG Warns Foreign Investors Against Enslaving Nigerians

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FG Warns Foreign Investors Against Enslaving Nigerians

The Federal Government on Monday warned foreign investors against subjecting Nigerians working in their companies to industrial slavery.

The government said the warning became necessary following several complaints against foreign companies maltreating some of their staff.

The Chief Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Chile Igbawua, issued the warning during a courtesy call on him by a delegation of Pan Africa United Youth Developments Network who came to lay complaint against some foreign companies allegedly maltreating Nigerians working under them.

The PCC said that it would not allow only its state commissioners to handle the issues due to their magnitude as there had been so many complaints about the ways some of the foreign companies were treating their staff.

At the event, the leader of the delegation, Habib Muhammed, expressed concern over alleged injustice and irregularities perpetrated by some company on Nigeria youths whom they engaged as factory workers.

He called on the Federal Government to look into the alleged slavery and injustice meted on Nigerian youths.

While calling on the foreigners to obey the labour laws of Nigeria, Igbawua said, “Our resources cannot be used to enslave us again.”

He said, “We have labour laws in Nigeria for goodness sake and we also have industrial standards; people working in various industries are entitled to good working conditions and minimum conditions of service.”

He added that the law was clear on the issue of casualisation and should be implemented.

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