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Golden Agri Inputa Ltd. (GAIL) Partners With Kaduna State Government On Accelerating The Development Of The Maize & Soyabeans Value Chain In Nigeria

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Golden Agri Inputs Ltd a subsidiary under the Agro-Allied Division of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN) has launched a Maize and Soybean Value Chain Development Programme for farmers called YALWA (Abundance) in Kaduna State following an official MoU signing ceremony with the State Government.

The initiative, which is based on a well-defined Backward Integration Strategy, will be carried out through strategic partnerships, and will include input loans, agricultural extension, agronomy training, farm-gate participation, and out-grower programs for participating farmers.

Speaking at the event, the program’s lead, Mr. Olushola Fashedemi, Head of Commercial, Golden Agri Input, disclosed that the YALWA program was designed to aggressively double maize and soybean output in Nigeria through greater yields, improved quality, and competitive pricing. He emphasised that the program will significantly improve the availability of raw material in the country, contribute to the improvement of food security, save millions in foreign exchange spending, and improve the lives of numerous smallholder farmers in the state.

“During the course of the year, the YALWA initiative will have a substantial impact on over 25,000 farmers and up to 100,000 individuals through farmer-household empowerment. Furthermore, the program is expected to be expanded to other states within the next five years, including Niger, Gombe, and Kwara.” He stated.

Commenting on the initiative, Honourable Hajiya Halima Lawal, Kaduna State Commissioner informed that the state was fully committed to the success of initiatives like YALWA.

“I am delighted that we are partnering with Flour Mills in implementing this project. It offers us a realistic solution to our quest for economic diversification.”

“Kaduna State is first in the ease of doing business and is not relenting in its efforts to provide an enabling environment for private sector participation, increasing investment and scaling up our farming communities to a business level” she said.

In line with its strategy to encourage local content with backward integration investments, FMN is working with renowned hybrid seed companies like Corteva Agricscience and Golden Penny Fertilizer Company to provide support for the project.

It is envisaged that by the end of the program, yields for maize will increase from 2.5mt to 5mt per hectare and soybean from 1mt to 2mt per hectare. To kick start the initiative, all the required inputs were presented to each of the lead farmers in the state.

About GAIL

Golden Agri Inputs Limited (GAIL) is part of the FMN Group which strives through the overarching group’s mission of “Feeding the Nation, Everyday” to create value along the entire food chain with its “farm-to-fork” model. This division ensures an increase in the use of locally sourced materials to develop and produce consumer foods and industrial ingredients for local markets.

About Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc

Incorporated in September 1960 and quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange since 1978, Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) Plc. is one of Nigeria’s leading food and agro-allied companies. With a broad basket of food products, an iconic brand “Golden Penny” and a robust pan-Nigerian production, distribution, and supply chain network, FMN is a fully integrated and diversified food and agro-allied group.

The FMN group strives in its mission to “Feed the Nation, Everyday” through its five core food value chains: Grains, Sweeteners, Oils and Fats, Proteins, and Starches. FMN creates value along the entire food chain with its “farm-to-table” model by providing inputs and know-how to farmers, aggregating and sourcing crops and raw materials to supply its world-class processing facilities across Nigeria, and distributing its innovative food brands to its customers.

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Conoil Thrives in H1 2021, Grows Profit by 213.7 Percent to N1.063 Billion

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Conoil, an indigenous oil company based in Nigeria, completely flipped things in the first half (H1) of 2021 as revenue expanded by 17.7 percent from N57.456 billion reported in the first half of 2020 to N67.638 billion in H1 2021.

The company disclosed in its unaudited financial results released through the Nigerian Exchange Limited and obtained by Investors King.

Profit before tax rose by 213.7 to N1.563 billion in the first half of 2021, up from N498.084 million filed in the corresponding period of 2020.

The leading indigenous oil company paid N500.045 million in income tax in the period under review, a 213.7 percent increase from N159.387 million paid in the same period of 2020.

Profit for the year also surged by 213.7 percent from N338.697 million in H1 2020 to N1.063 billion in the period under review.

Similarly, Conoil posted N16.411 billion in retained earnings, represent a 5 percent increase from N15.635 billion achieved in H1 2020.

Conoil share capital remained unchanged at N346.976 million in H1 2021, the same amount posted in H1 2020.

Shareholders’ funds expanded by 3.9 percent from N19.806 billion in H1 2020 to N20.583 billion in H1 2021.

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BUA Cement Announces 24.6 Percent Increase in Profit to N43.4 Billion in H1 2021

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BUA Cement Plc, Nigeria’s second-largest cement manufacturing company, on Thursday reported a 22.7 percent increase in revenue in the six months ended June 30, 2021.

Revenue rose from N101.261 billion recorded in the first half (H1) of 2020 to N124.278 billion in the first half of 2021.

The company disclosed in its unaudited financial statements release through the Nigerian Exchange Limited and seen by Investors King.

As expected, the cost of sales inched higher by 19.1 percent from N55.539 billion in H1 2020 to N66.158 billion in H1 2021. While gross profit expanded by 27.1 percent to N58.120 billion in H1, up from N45.723 billion.

The cement manufacturing company grew other income by 52.3 percent from N47.653 billion filed in H1 2020 to N72.6 billion in H1 2021.

Administrative expenses rose to N4.17 billion in the period under review, representing an increase of 57.9 percent when compared to N2.643 billion recorded in H1 2020.

Operating profit increased by 23.8 percent from N40.809 billion in the corresponding period of 2020 to N50.524 billion in the period under review.

Profit before income taxes rose by 26.9 percent to N49.700 billion in H1 2021 from N39.165 billion in H1 2020.

The company paid N6.3 billion in income tax in the first half of 2021.

Therefore, profit after tax stood at N43.396 billion in the first six months of 2021, an increase of 24.6 percent when compared to N34.819 billion achieved in the same period of 2020.

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Robinhood IPO Priced at Lower End of Range, Firm Valued at $32B

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Stock and crypto-trading app Robinhood has secured a $32 billion valuation via its initial public offering (IPO) and is set to debut on the Nasdaq exchange on Thursday.

According to a press release on Wednesday, Robinhood has priced its offering at $38 per Class A common stock share.

The pricing is at the lower end of the $38-$42 per share price range the company had targeted and had planned on selling 5.5 million shares targeting a $1.89 billion raise.

Net proceeds from the sale will go toward working capital, capital expenditures, funding tax obligations, hiring efforts, customer support services, among others.

Shares will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on Thursday, according to the release.

Earlier this month, Robinhood began unconventionally offering a portion of its IPO to users via its app — a view some consider to be a risky gamble.

Known for its zero-fee trading structure, the company has continued to endure hits to its image as well as legal and political ramifications stemming from the fallout of the GameStop saga and limitations to users trading crypto.

The company is trying to reshape that image and is reportedly working on a new feature that will help protect users from crypto price volatility while hiring a former Google alumn to improve its overall product design.

“Robinhood intends to use the net proceeds for working capital, capital expenditures, funding its anticipated tax obligations related to the settlement of RSUs, and general corporate purposes including increasing its hiring efforts to expand its employee base, expanding its customer support operations and satisfying its general capital needs,” the firm said in the announcement.

Robinhood filed the public offering prospectus on July 1, noting at the time that 17 percent of its total revenue in Q1 came from crypto trading transaction fees, which represented a big jump from the 4 percent in Q4 2020.

“While we currently support a portfolio of seven cryptocurrencies for trading, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, 34 percent of our cryptocurrency transaction-based revenue was attributable to transactions in Dogecoin, as compared to 4 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2020,” the firm said in the initial filing.

Still, the company’s CEO Vlad Tenev is staring down allegations from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority over his failure to register Robinhood Financial relating to compliance issues.

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