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HFMP And FMN Combination: The Making of A National Champion

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The contribution of key players in the Nigerian food industry has grown in value and relevance over the years. According to a report by the World Trade Organization (WTO), Nigeria is ranked as the largest food market in Africa, with significant investment in the local industry and a high level of imports. As of now, the food and beverage sector is estimated to contribute 22.5% of the manufacturing industry value, and 4.6% of Nigeria’s GDP.  In another report compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), it was confirmed that the food sector brought in an average of 57% of Gross domestic product (GDP) and generated 64.5% of export earnings.

Founded in 1972, Honeywell Group began as a food trading company servicing the West African region before pivoting to importing a variety of goods for the domestic Nigerian market. Now operating an investment holding company  based in Nigeria, Honeywell Group Limited has diversified its business l into different sectors which are referred to as portfolio companies. The Group has evolved to become an investment company participating in major sectors of the Nigerian economy including foods, real estate, leisure and hospitality, energy, infrastructure, and financial services.

Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HFMP), one of the portfolio companies of Honeywell Group Limited and a market leader in milling, processing & packaging of flour and other wheat-based products in Nigeria has continued to contribute immensely to the growth and performance of the Nigerian economy. With over 20 years of experience, HFMP has gathered extensive knowledge and skill in the production of flour and a range of flour-based products. The company has superior operational efficiency and remains a dominant player in the food industry in Nigeria.

Operating on a total installed capacity of 2,610 metric tonnes per day, HFMP manufactures a variety of products from wheat meals, semolina, noodles, superfine flours to spaghetti, macaroni, brown flour, amongst others.

During the company’s recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held on October 14, 2021, the company recorded an all-time high revenue of N109.5 billion, an increase of 36% over N80.4 billion for the financial year ending March 2021. The company’s Operating Profit also grew faster than revenue at 39%, from N5.4 billion in FY 2019 to N7.6 billion in FY 2020.

Just recently, the Honeywell Group Limited announced the signing of an agreement with Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN) on the proposed combination of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc and Flour Mills of Nigeria, another leading Nigerian food manufacturer to further enhance food security in the country and create a more resilient national champion in the Nigerian foods industry. This agreement will have Honeywell Group Limited dispose of a 71.69% stake it has in HFMP to FMN.

Building on the achievements and improved performances of HFMP and FMN year-on-year, it can be seen that this is a combination of two giants in the food manufacturing industry in Nigeria. With more than the 85-year combined track record of both companies and their shared goal of making affordable food available to Nigeria’s population, stakeholders will benefit from this combination in numerous ways.

Based on the scale of the transaction that will be carried out by the consolidated company, this will provide employees with more career development opportunities in a larger organisation, with the potential to create more jobs in the economy. Customers will also benefit from access to a wider product range and an even stronger stream of innovation that can only be delivered by a combined entity with stronger teams and financial muscle. In addition, Nigeria and its food security agenda will benefit from both companies’ focus on developing Nigeria’s industrial capability, its agricultural value chain and specifically backward integration of the food industry.

The proposed combination will bring together two trusted and entrenched brands, creating a single entity of becoming a national champion in the food manufacturing space that is better positioned to benefit the growing Nigerian population and leverage opportunities stemming from the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

As this deal comes to a close, Honeywell Group, a leading investment company is setting its sights on the journey of refining and growing its investment portfolio. This will see it consolidate in sectors where it currently operates, such as real estate, energy, financial services, infrastructure. The company also intends to announce more strategic initiatives in the coming months.

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Coca-Cola Launches JAMII: its New Sustainability Platform in Africa

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Today, Coca-Cola Africa Operating Unit (“AOU”) and its bottling partners announced the launch of JAMII, the new Africa-focused sustainability platform. The platform houses the Company’s existing and new sustainability initiatives. Through this signature platform, Coca-Cola hopes to attract like-minded partners to help accelerate on-the-ground impact of its initiatives.

The new platform will build and expand on the past accomplishments in three areas; water stewardship, the economic empowerment of women and youth and waste management. This will be delivered together with bottling partners, system employees, and several NGO partners.

We recognize the responsibility we have as market leaders to make a meaningful difference – to empower and protect the communities and the environment in which we operate. Whether it is giving people access to safe drinking water, creating economic opportunities for people in dire need of it, or reducing the impact of our operations on the environment- we are committed to making that difference,” said Bruno Pietracci, Africa President at The Coca-Cola Company.

Patricia Obozuwa, AOU Vice President for Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability added; “We chose the name JAMII, a Swahili word that means Community, Society, People – because it represents who we are as Africans and aligns with our values as an organization- our resilience, our commitment, and our spirit of community. Consolidating our sustainability efforts under this umbrella will allow us to strengthen our value proposition and make good on our promise to continue to be a trusted partner for sustainable growth in Africa.

In the area of women and youth economic empowerment, JAMII will ​​promote and stimulate entrepreneurship opportunities through the provision of improved access to skills training, networks, finance & markets. To date, over 2 million women across Africa have been economically enabled as part of the 5by20 program.

In the area of water stewardship, we will replenish 100% of the water used in production of our products by managing water use efficiency in our operations, supporting the conservation of natural water resources and improving community water access and climate change adaption. So far, combined efforts by Coca-Cola Africa, The Coca-Cola Foundation and its partners have resulted in sustainable access to drinking water for over 6 million people through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN).

For waste management, Coca-Cola Africa is committed to driving a world without waste. Nearly all of Coca-Cola’s packaging is already recyclable with the goal of recycling the equivalent of 100% of its packaging waste by 2030.

Obozuwa added that “Coca-Cola Africa is already forming new partnerships to facilitate the implementation of JAMII projects that will deliver on these goals.”

Internally, JAMII will inspire employees to make a difference in their immediate communities. Employee-nominated charities will receive grants and employee volunteering will be encouraged. Also, The Coca-Cola Employee Disaster Relief Fund will support employees facing financial hardship as a result of a natural disaster.

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Dangote Cement Commences 2nd Phase of Shares Repurchase for 50kobo Each

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Dangote Cement Plc has announced the commencement of the second tranche of its share buyback programme.

It is a 170 million shares repurchase which will run from 19th to 20th of January as contained in a release signed by the company’s deputy secretary, Edward Imoedemhe on Wednesday.

“Tranche II will be executed under the approval granted by the Company’s shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of DCP, which was held on 26 May 2021, within the framework provided under Rule 398 (3)(xiv) of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Rules and Regulations (as applicable) and in accordance with Rule 13.18 of the Rulebook of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (“NGX”). Based on the aforementioned shareholders’ approval, the number of shares to be repurchased under the Share Buy-Back Programme will not exceed 10% of DCP’s issued capital.

“The Programme is being effected in tranches, with Tranche II being executed by the appointed stockbrokers on the Company’s behalf.”

The release further stated that the company will continue to monitor the evolving business environment and market conditions in making decisions on further tranches of the Share Buy-Back Programme, adding that an announcement will be published upon completion of Tranche II of the Programme.

The Mode of Exchange is open market on the Nigerian Exchange Limited with current shares: 17,040,507,404 as fully paid-up ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each; Tranche Size Up to 170,003,074 fully paid-up ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each, representing 1% of the currently issued shares, less treasury shares.

Shareholders and investors were advised to exercise caution when dealing in the securities of Dangote Cement until the completion of Tranche II of the Share BuyBack Programme.

Meristem Stockbrokers Limited and Vetiva Securities are joint stockbrokers for the transaction.

The market value of the company stands at N4.7 trillion as of Wednesday with Aliko Dangote as the majority owner.

The company, which disclosed the ambition two years ago, said it would purchase 170 million units of its common stock from the open market in the new phase of the share buyback scheme launched in December 2020.

The scheme is aimed at making fewer shares available for trade as it drives its share price.

Having checked its current valuation as being lower than it should be, the multinational company seeks to buy back 10 percent (1.7 billion units) of its outstanding shares hoping that the repurchase will drive up price.

It repurchased 0.24 per cent (40.2 million units) of its ordinary shares for N9.8 billion in the first tranche at the end of 2020, with the intention of acquiring 0.5 per cent.

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BUA Group Lists BUA Foods Plc on Nigerian Exchange Limited

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BUA Group, a leading foods, infrastructure, mining and manufacturing conglomerate in Nigeria with diversified investments, has listed its food unit, BUA Foods Plc on the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Wednesday.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited listed the company by introduction on the Main Board of the Exchange.

BUA Foods Plc listed a total of 18 billion ordinary shares at N40.00 a unit under the Consumer Goods sector of NGX, with the trading symbol, BUAFOODS.

Following the listing of BUA Foods, the market capitalisation of the Nigerian Exchange Limited grew by N720 billion, further boosting the liquidity in the Nigerian capital market and providing opportunities for wealth creation.

According to the NGX, “it is expected that this listing will also increase the visibility of the food manufacturing, processing, and distribution company, BUA Foods, to investors on the African continent and across the globe.

“NGX facilitated over N7 Trillion worth of capital raises across several asset classes for both public and private corporations in 2021. As a multi-asset Exchange, NGX is strategically positioned to be the preferred listing and investment destination connecting Nigeria, Africa and the world.”

Since listing on the Exchange on Wednesday, the price of BUA Foods Plc has appreciated by 20 percent to N48.40 a unit with investors trading 11,289,437 shares valued at N544,692,788.80 on Thursday.

In 2020, BUA Group listed BUA Cement Plc on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, now Nigerian Exchange Limited, and in 2021, BUA consolidates its foods business into BUA Foods and subsequently listed it on the stock market on January 5, 2022.

Founded by Abdul Samad Rabiu in 1988, BUA Group is a leading conglomerate with diversified investments spanning key business sectors in Africa. BUA Cement Plc, the second-largest cement manufacturing company in West Africa, now produces 8,000,000 MTPA, Combined Cement Production Capacity. While BUA Sugar Refinery Limited combined sugar production capacity stood at 1,500,000 MTPA.

BUA Foods Plc comprises of:

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