Shoprite Closes Nigerian Business Unit Amid Dwindling Revenue
Shoprite, South African retail giant, on Monday announced it has commenced a formal process of shutting down its Nigerian business operations.
Shoprite Holdings Limited disclosed this in its operational and voluntary trading update released for the year ended June 28, 2020.
According to the company, the board decided to initiate a formal process to discontinue Nigerian operations or sell a major stake in Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Shoprite International Limited, following approaches from investors interested in the Nigerian business unit.
“Following approaches from various potential investors, and in line with our re-evaluation of the Group’s operating model in Nigeria, the Board has decided to initiate a formal process to consider the potential sale of all, or a majority stake, in Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Shoprite International Limited. As such, Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited may be classified as a discontinued operation when Shoprite reports its results for the year. Any further updates will be provided to the market at the appropriate time,” Shoprite stated.
However, a look into the company’s financial statement showed the Nigerian business unit posted 5.9 percent decline in sales for the first half of the year ended December 2019 while sales of the unit declined by 6.7 percent in the second half of the year ended June 2020 to bring its total decline for the year to 6.3 percent.
While the South Africa business unit returned 9.8 percent growth in the first half of the same year and another 7.5 percent in the second half of the year to hit 8.7 percent year-on-year.
Other non-South Africa business units returned combined -1.4 percent year-on-year growth, compared to Nigeria’s -6.3 percent. Also, currency devaluation weighed on the profitability of the Nigerian unit. For instance, Nigerian Naira depreciated by 12.3 percent during the period while Zambia Kwacha appreciated bu 15.7 percent, Mozambique metical grew by 3.8 percent and Angola Kwanza depreciated by just 1.2 percent.
See the complete statement from Shoprite Holdings.
While investors might have approached Shoprite for Nigerian operations, lack of profitability amid falling revenue sales and challenging business environment compared to other operating Africa’s nations led to the decision to formally pulled out of Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria.
Exporters Say CBN Pre-export Requirements is Frustrating Export of Goods
Exporters have said the recently introduced pre-export requirements by the Central Bank of Nigeria is creating unnecessary bottlenecks for exporters and the movement of goods out of the country.
Exporters, who spoke under the aegis of the Network of Practicing Non-oil Exporters of Nigeria (NPNEN), said the electronic Nigeria Export Proceed Form now required by financial institutions from exporters had come with so many challenges.
Ahmed Rabiu, the President, NPNEN, explained that the new policy had several requirements that often led to delays and loss of income on the part of exporters.
He said, “We acknowledge the CBN’s desire to ensure that all exports out of Nigeria are documented in order to ensure that the proceeds of such exports are repatriated.
“However, the reality on the field shows that the process is causing undue delays and consequently, encouraging corruption.”
According to them, in the new pre-export requirements, the Central Bank of Nigeria wants an export transaction to be initiated through eNXP processing on the trade monitoring system.
After which exporters are expected to have a pre-shipment inspection agent, the Nigeria Customs Service and other designated government agencies carry out their pre-export inspections.
The exporters said the pre-shipment inspection agent was expected to issue a clean Certificate of Inspection while Customs would issue the Single Good Declaration. All these they said takes time and delay goods from leaving the country on time.
Pointing to a recent report, they said about N868 billion worth of goods bound for export were stuck at the ports due to the new policy.
Speaking further Rabiu said, “For example, for the PIA to issue the CCI, the exporter is required to upload a certificate of origin as one of the supporting documents for the eNXP.
“The PIA is also required to upload the CCI to the TRMS(M) and until this is done, the Customs service will not issue the Single Good Declaration.”
He added, “After issuing the SGD, the customs is further required to upload it into the TRMS before the goods are allowed to be gated into the port and loaded on the vessel by the shipping line.”
Ardova Plc in Talks to Acquire Enyo Retail and Supply Limited
Ardova Plc, Nigeria’s leading integrated energy company, has commenced discussions to acquire Enyo Retail and Supply Limited.
According to the statement issued and signed by Oladehinde Nelson-Cole, Ag. Company Secretary/General Counsel, Ardova Plc, Enyo is one of the newest and fastest-growing retail and supply companies in the downstream sector.
It stated, “This announcement is pursuant to the acceptance in principle of AP’s offer and acquisition framework by the shareholders of Enyo, it is subject to the successful completion of a due diligence exercise and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.”
“This announcement is pursuant to the acceptance in principle of AP’s offer and acquisition framework by the shareholders of Enyo, it is subject to the successful completion of a due diligence exercise and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.”
Speaking on the yet to be completed deal, Mr. Olumide Adeosun, CEO, Ardova Plc, said upon completion, Ardova will retain the Enyo branded stations which will operate side by side with the Ardova brand while simultaneously leveraging on the strengths of Ardova and its group companies.
He added that the two companies are determined to conclude the deal by the end of Q1 2021.
Enyo presently operates over 90 stations across the nation and attends to over 100,000 retail customers on a daily basis.
Ardova Plc and Enyo Retail & Supply Limited promised to furnish stakeholders with more information on the progress of the deal.
Obozuwa Takes Charge as Coca Cola Vice President on Communications
Patricia Obozuwa on Monday resumed as the Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Africa at The Coca-Cola Company.
Obozuwa was appointed in December 2020.
Prior to joining coca-cola, Obozuwa worked as the Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for General Electric, GE Africa for six years.
At GE Africa, Obozuwa established a corporate social responsibility platform, GE Kujenga, to better empower people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are solving Africa’s challenges.
Obozuwa’s unique commitment to Africa did not start with GE Africa, prior to joining GE, she led Procter & Gambler as the Head, External Relations, Nigeria and Corporate Communication Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa.
She was also the Arts and Sponsorship Manager for the British Council in Nigeria in 2005 before joining P&G.
Obozuwa is a non-Executive Director of The Water Trust (US-Headquartered Non-Profit Organisation).
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