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Shell to Acquire Nigerian Solar Energy Provider, Daystar Power

Subject to regulatory approval, Shell Petroleum Development Company is set to acquire Daystar Power.

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Subject to regulatory approval, Shell Petroleum Development Company is set to acquire Daystar Power.

Daystar Power, which is one of the leading providers of hybrid solar power solutions to commercial and industrial (C&I) hubs in West Africa, announced the potential acquisition in a press release. 

According to the energy provider, the acquisition will help Daystar Power to continue its growth in West Africa while expanding its presence to other African countries in East and Southern Africa. 

The Lagos-based company has a target to increase its installed solar capacity to 400MW by 2025. 

Daystar Power currently has an installed solar capacity of 32 Megawatts (MW).

This could make Daystar Power to become one of Africa’s leading providers of solar power solutions for commercial and industrial businesses.

The Chief Executive Officer of Daystar, Jasper Graf von Hardenberg disclosed that Daystar Power needed more capital to expand operations to meet the rising demand for solar energy and the choice of Shell as the new parent company comes at the right time. 

Jasper further stated that Shell’s strong balance sheet and long history in Africa will help to take Daystar to a new height.

On the other hand, Shell’s Executive Vice-President, Renewable Generation, Thomas Brostrøm noted that the deal will be Shell’s first power acquisition in Africa. 

He noted further that the deal is a fundamental step for Shell in growing its presence in the emerging power market. 

“We have had a long and established presence in West Africa and with Daystar Power, we are taking our first steps into the renewable power space,” he said.

“Daystar Power has a loyal customer base and a promising growth outlook, and by combining our efforts and expertise, I believe we can make a real difference in the energy transition, for West Africa and beyond.” Shell’s Executive Vice-President concluded.

Investors King learnt that Daystar Power currently has a presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Togo. The company also received $20 million in funding last year to boost its operations.

 

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Bitmama Inc. Acquires Payday, Expanding Fintech Footprint in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s blockchain payments platform Bitmama Inc. has successfully acquired Payday, a virtual card service provider.

The acquisition, facilitated through Bitmama’s cross-border payments product, Changera, signals a pivotal shift in the industry and consolidated the blockchain payment platform by acquiring 100% of Payday’s customer base.

Launched in 2021, Changera is set to absorb key personnel from Payday, spanning various departments like marketing, customer service, and engineering.

While specific details of the financial terms remain undisclosed, a source close to the matter revealed that the acquisition process is approximately “85% complete.”

For the over 300,000 customers formerly under Payday’s purview, the transition to Changera’s care promises a seamless experience, with minimal noticeable changes.

Despite Payday CEO Favour Ori’s integration into Bitmama’s team remaining uncertain, Changera is well-positioned with an established leadership and a robust technical team.

A senior member of Bitmama’s management assured that Payday’s brand will persist but will now operate under the broader umbrella of Changera, supported by its stablecoin infrastructure.

This integration aims to address operational challenges faced by Payday, such as industry-wide charge-back fraud, disruptions in Mastercard services, and the departure of senior team members.

Post-acquisition, Bitmama plans to embark on an ambitious roadmap, including the development of a new solution enhancing foreign exchange (FX) transactions for African businesses.

Anticipated for launch in Q1 2024, this solution aims to facilitate smoother and more efficient B2B cross-border financial interactions.

The acquisition of Payday by Bitmama aligns with the broader trend of strategic consolidations within the fintech industry, reflecting a pattern where companies seek partnerships and acquisitions to overcome market challenges and scale operations.

This move mirrors similar strategic consolidations, including the acquisition of Chaka by Risevest in September 2023, underscoring the industry’s drive towards collaborative growth.

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Oppenheimer Acquires Full Control of Nigeria’s GZ Industries in Bet on Economic Revival

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Jonathan Oppenheimer, scion of South African billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer, has secured full ownership of Nigeria’s largest beverage can manufacturer, GZ Industries Ltd.

Oppenheimer Partners Ltd. concluded the acquisition of the remaining shares from Affirma Capital, formerly known as Standard Chartered Private Equity.

While financial details were not disclosed, the private equity firm previously held a 37.5% stake in GZ Industries, a major supplier of cans to global brands such as Coca-Cola.

The move positions Jonathan Oppenheimer to play a pivotal role in shaping GZI’s growth trajectory in sub-Saharan Africa.

With urban, educated adults in the region leading global sugary drink consumption with 12.4 servings per week, GZI’s strategic importance in meeting this demand is underscored.

Oppenheimer Partners initially invested in GZI in 2018, coinciding with the establishment of a factory in South Africa, where the company now commands a 20% market share.

GZI, a producer of 3 billion aluminum cans annually in Africa, competes with Nampak Ltd., which is currently undergoing restructuring efforts.

Affirma Capital’s exit from GZI aligns with its broader investment strategy in Africa, having invested in 11 companies since 2008, with eight successful exits returning over $800 million to investors.

Jonathan Oppenheimer, part of the wealthy Oppenheimer family, inherits a substantial role in GZ Industries, further diversifying the family’s portfolio, which amassed significant wealth through the 2012 sale of their stake in De Beers for about $5 billion.

The family’s combined net worth is estimated at $9.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

As Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu outlines ambitious spending plans for 2024, the acquisition positions GZI strategically in a potentially thriving economic landscape.

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Equinor Concludes Sale of Stake in Chevron’s Agbami Oil Field to Chappal Energies

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Norwegian energy company Equinor has successfully finalized the sale of its 20.21 per cent stake in Chevron’s Agbami oil field.

The transaction, including Equinor’s 53.85 per cent ownership in Oil Mining License 128, was completed with Nigerian-owned Chappal Energies. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Equinor, a longstanding player in Nigeria’s energy sector since 1992, views this divestment as a strategic move in line with its broader international oil and gas portfolio optimization strategy.

Nina Koch, Equinor’s Senior Vice President for Africa Operations, commented on the transaction, stating, “This transaction realizes value and is in line with Equinor’s strategy to optimize its international oil and gas portfolio and focus on core areas.”

Chappal Energies, the acquiring entity, is a committed Nigerian-owned energy company with ambitions to further develop the assets, contributing significantly to the Nigerian economy.

The completion of the transaction remains contingent on various conditions, including regulatory and contractual approvals.

Equinor’s exit from the Agbami oil field signifies a shift in its global asset portfolio management, enabling the company to concentrate on its core operational areas.

The deal aligns with the broader industry dynamics and demonstrates Equinor’s commitment to strategic alignment and operational efficiency.

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