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Nestle S.A Increases Shares in Nigerian Subsidiary Nestle Nigeria

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Nestle S.A., the Swiss Multinational food and drink processing conglomerate which is the majority shareholder of Nestle Nigeria added to its shareholding in Nestle Nigeria.

This was obtained by Investors King in a Corporate disclosure issued by Nestle Nigeria and signed by Corporate Secretary Bode Ayeku.

Nestle S.A added a total of 210,047 shares in Nestle Nigeria at N1,400 per unit, which makes the total monetary value of shares added N294,065,800. From Nestle Nigeria’s recent third-quarter financial statements just released, out of the company’s outstanding shares of 792,656,252, Nestle S.A owns 524,559,457 which makes a total of 66.18%.

Recall that Investors King reported that Nestle Nigeria reported a N25 Dividend for every share held in the company, this may be part of the reason the majority shareholder increased its shareholding in Nestle Nigeria. Nestle S.A. earned N32 Billion in dividends from Nestle Nigeria in the financial year ended 2020.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Nestle S.A. is a Swiss multinational food and drinks processing conglomerate corporation headquartered in Switzerland. It is the largest food company in the World, measured by revenue and other metrics since 2014. It has subsidiaries in multiple countries around the world. Nestlé has grown its operation in Nigeria, as well as its presence in the Central and West Africa region over the years. Its factory in Nigeria has grown from one – with the establishment of the Agbara Manufacturing Complex which commenced operation in 1981 – to three in recent times, following the inauguration of the Flowergate factory, a factory initially dedicated to the production of Maggi products, and the set-up of the Abaji factory complex in 2016.

Nestle Nigeria is a Company domiciled in Nigeria. The principal activities of the company continue to be the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of food products including purified water throughout the country. The Company also exports some of its products to other countries within and outside Africa.

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings to Raise N550bn Through Debt Issuance, Rights Issue

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, is set to raise a total of N550 billion through a combination of debt issuance and a rights issue.

This ambitious move comes amidst the backdrop of regulatory changes and the need for financial institutions to bolster their capital bases to meet new requirements set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The announcement was made in a notice of the company’s annual general meeting filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

According to the disclosure, Stanbic IBTC Holdings plans to establish a debt issuance program with a capacity of up to N400 billion.

This program will enable the company to issue various forms of debt securities, including senior unsecured or secured, subordinated, convertible, preferred, equity-linked, or other forms of debt obligations.

Also, the board of Stanbic IBTC Holdings is seeking shareholder approval to raise additional equity capital of up to N150 billion through a rights issue or offer for subscription.

Shareholders will also vote on increasing the company’s issued and paid-up share capital to accommodate the proposed capital raise.

Stanbic IBTC Holdings has been a key player in Nigeria’s financial landscape, with a strong track record of performance and a diverse range of financial services.

The proposed capital raise is expected to provide the company with the necessary resources to pursue growth opportunities, enhance its market position, and continue delivering value to shareholders and stakeholders alike.

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Nigerian Breweries to Raise N600 Billion to Tackle Foreign Exchange Debt

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Nigerian Breweries Plc, the largest brewery in Nigeria, has announced plans to N600 billion through a rights issue, with the primary objective of clearing its N500 billion foreign exchange debt burden.

This initiative was unveiled by Uaboi Agbebaku, the company’s secretary and legal director, during a pre-annual general meeting press conference held in Lagos.

Agbebaku stated that Nigerian Breweries is committed to implementing a comprehensive company-wide reorganization strategy to ensure a resilient and sustainable future for all stakeholders.

“The additional capital raised via rights issue will be utilized to settle all overdue foreign exchange debts and payables, effectively eliminating foreign exchange exposure,” Agbebaku explained.

He further highlighted the importance of strengthening the company’s balance sheet and liquidity position to restore profitability in the shortest possible time frame.

Hans Essaadi, the managing director and CEO of Nigerian Breweries, echoed Agbebaku’s sentiments, acknowledging the challenging operating environment characterized by factors such as double-digit inflation rates, currency devaluation, and foreign exchange challenges.

Essaadi emphasized the urgency of addressing these issues to mitigate their adverse impact on the company’s financial performance.

To achieve its objectives, Nigerian Breweries intends to leverage the support of its majority shareholder, Heineken Plc, which has committed to contributing over 50 percent of the N600 billion fundraising target.

This partnership underscores the strategic importance of the rights issue in revitalizing Nigerian Breweries’ financial health and positioning it for sustainable growth.

As part of its broader business restructuring efforts, Nigerian Breweries had previously announced plans to temporarily suspend operations at two of its nine breweries.

Sade Morgan, the director of corporate affairs at Nigerian Breweries, explained that the company is committed to executing its 2024 business recovery plan, which comprises cost management, operational optimization, and portfolio innovation.

“Our strategy for success in 2024 revolves around strong cost management, operational efficiency, and the introduction of exciting innovations to delight our customers,” Morgan stated.

“We remain dedicated to our employees, communities, and stakeholders as we navigate through these challenging times.”

With the proposed rights issue, Nigerian Breweries aims to not only alleviate its foreign exchange debt burden but also to fortify its financial resilience and drive sustainable growth in the dynamic Nigerian market.

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Royal Exchange Plc Rights Issue Falls Short, Closes at 75.83%”

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Royal Exchange Plc, a leading player in life assurance, health insurance, and credit financing, recently concluded its rights issue with a subscription rate of 75.83%, indicating a shortfall in investor uptake.

The rights issue aimed at raising capital through the issuance of additional ordinary shares saw only a portion of the offered shares subscribed by existing shareholders.

According to the weekly report of the Nigerian Exchange Limited, an additional 3,121,328,866 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each were listed on the market, resulting from the completion of Royal Exchange’s rights issue.

This falls short of the total intended issuance of 4,116,296,059 ordinary shares at a price of N0.50 per share.

Despite the lower-than-expected subscription rate, Royal Exchange remains optimistic about its future prospects.

The company’s unaudited 2023 report revealed significant growth in earned income, soaring by 253% to N882.32 million compared to the previous year.

This boost in earnings was attributed to increases in net interest income and profits from investments in associates, totaling N591.55 million.

Also, Royal Exchange reported a profit of N46.09 million for the year 2023, a stark turnaround from the loss of N150.47 million recorded in 2022.

The company’s restructuring efforts, with a focus on asset management, have contributed to its improved financial performance.

Despite the shortfall in its rights issue, Royal Exchange Plc remains committed to its growth trajectory, leveraging its strengthened financial position to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the insurance and financial services sectors.

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