Merger and Acquisition
Elon Musk Reportedly Monitoring The Situation Regarding Manchester United Sale
According to recent reports, Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk is currently monitoring Manchester United’s sale and could make a move to buy the club.
Reports suggest that Musk who is an ardent supporter of Manchester United doesn’t want to miss out on a potential opportunity to invest in one of the biggest football clubs in the world.
Musk last year tweeted about his interest in purchasing the club when it was faced with a crisis until he later debunked the news stating that it was a joke.
Still, even after dismissing the prospect of riding in to save United, Musk has left the possibility dangling that he might make a bid for the Old Trafford boardroom one day by revealing his childhood fandom of the club.
The English Premier League club has been put up for full sale after American family (Glazers), are reportedly ready to sell their full stake in the club amid sustained fan discontent.
The Glazers asking price is understood to be around the £8 billion ($9.8 billion) mark and have set a soft deadline for prospective bids to be made latest this Friday.
English billionaire and Chief Executive Officer of INEOS chemicals group Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe is reportedly the only person to publicly declare interest in buying the club.
Ratcliffe is reported to have supported united as a boy and is understood to remain a fan, hence making it no secret that he would be interested in buying the Old Trafford club.
It is interesting to note that he was among bidders for Chelsea football club when the former owner Roman Abramovich put it up for sale following controversies during the Russian-Ukraine war, but his offer of £4.25bn was rejected.
Also, there have been other expressions of interest, from several U.S investors, and Qatar-based groups, with Saudi and other money from the Middle East, understood to be focused on the club.
Investors King understands that Manchester United was put up for sale last year when the Glazers, who have been at the helm of affairs for 17 years, ordered a strategic review.
Their tenure proved controversial with fans from the off because of the level of debt they placed on the club’s books, a burden which many argue has hampered investment in the team, stadium, and wider facilities ever since.
It was reported that the sale of Manchester United was necessitated after the club’s icon and five times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo called out the owners on the poor management of the club facilities amid other things.
Ronaldo in an interview with British veteran journalist, Piers Morgan called out the owners over poor handling which he believes had a negative impact on the club’s performance.
He said “The Glazers, they don’t care about the club. I mean, professional sport, as you know, Manchester is a marketing club.”
Merger and Acquisition
Access Bank Zambia Granted Approval for Atlas Mara Zambia Merger
Access Holdings Plc has announced that its subsidiary, Access Bank Zambia Limited, has received final regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Zambia for the acquisition and merger of African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited (Atlas Mara Zambia).
The move is a significant step towards the creation of one of the top five banks in Zambia.
Sunday Ekwochi, Company Secretary of Access Holdings, stated that the latest development is a big step towards the earlier announcement made on October 25, 2021.
This approval comes after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Competition Commission granted their “no objection” to the transaction in 2022.
Access Zambia will now begin the process of integrating and merging Atlas Mara Zambia into its existing operations. The merger is expected to boost Access Bank Zambia’s position in the Zambian banking sector and create more opportunities for its customers.
Access Holdings Plc is committed to expanding its operations and presence in Africa, and this acquisition and merger is a testament to its efforts in achieving that goal. The company believes that this move will strengthen its position as a leading financial services provider in the region.
Dr. Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive Access Holdings, while commenting on the transaction, said: “The transaction builds on our earlier acquisition and merger of Cavmont Bank Plc into Access Bank Zambia and underscores our resolve to strengthen our presence in Zambia, a key African market that fits into our strategic focus on geographic earnings growth and diversification”.
Merger and Acquisition
First Citizens BancShares Acquires Silicon Valley Bank’s Deposits and Loans in FDIC-Assisted Deal
On Monday, First Citizens BancShares Inc announced that it had acquired the deposits and loans of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) following its failure earlier this month.
This acquisition marks a significant step forward in addressing the global financial markets’ ongoing crisis of confidence.
As part of the deal, First Citizens BancShares will assume SVB’s assets including $110 billion in assets, $56 billion in deposits, and $72 billion in loans. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which took control of SVB, will receive equity appreciation rights in First Citizens BancShares stock with a potential value of up to $500 million.
First Citizens BancShares described itself as having completed more FDIC-assisted transactions since 2009 than any other bank. It believes that the combined company will be resilient with a diverse loan portfolio and deposit base.
The bank’s statement also noted that its prudent risk management approach would continue to protect customers and stockholders through all economic cycles and market conditions.
In addition to the acquisition, First Citizens BancShares will receive a line of credit from the FDIC for contingent liquidity purposes. Again, the bank will have an agreement with the regulator to share some losses on commercial loans to provide further downside protection against potential credit losses.
While analysts said the move was positive for financial stability and the venture capital industry, they noted that it only addressed the issue of deposits leaving smaller banks for larger banks or money market funds up to a point.
Redmond Wong, Greater China market strategist at Saxo Markets, said that “First Citizens Bank’s acquisition of the SVB loan book and deposits does not add much to solve the number one issue that the U.S. banking system is now facing.”
SVB’s failure was the largest bank to fail since the 2008 financial crisis. Its closure on March 10th caused massive market disruption and heightened stresses across the banking sector globally. The acquisition of its deposits and loans by First Citizens BancShares is a step towards stabilizing the sector and restoring confidence in the global financial markets.
Merger and Acquisition
Chad Nationalizes Exxon Mobil Assets Amidst Controversy
The Chadian government has announced that it has nationalized all assets and rights, including hydrocarbon permits and exploration and production authorizations, that belonged to Exxon Mobil’s subsidiary in the country.
The move comes after Exxon Mobil closed the sale of its operations in Chad and Cameroon to London-listed Savannah Energy in a $407 million deal in December.
However, the Chadian government contested the agreement, stating that the final terms were different from what Exxon Mobil had presented. It warned that it may ask courts to block Savannah’s purchase of Exxon’s assets in the country and take further steps to protect its interests.
The nationalized assets include a 40% stake in Chad’s Doba oil project, which comprises seven producing oilfields with a combined output of 28,000 barrels per day. It also includes Exxon’s interest in the more than 1,000 kilometer Chad/Cameroon pipeline from the landlocked nation to the Atlantic Gulf of Guinea coast through which its crude is exported.
Exxon Mobil and Savannah Energy were not immediately available for comment on the matter.
This move by the Chadian government is not entirely surprising given the controversy surrounding the sale of Exxon Mobil’s assets to Savannah Energy. It remains to be seen what actions the government will take to protect its interests and whether Savannah Energy will be able to proceed with its purchase of Exxon’s assets in Chad.
The nationalization of Exxon Mobil’s assets in Chad is part of a broader trend of governments taking greater control of their natural resources. Many countries in Africa and beyond have been pushing for greater control over their resources and a larger share of the profits generated by foreign companies operating in their territories.
As natural resources become increasingly important in the global economy, it is likely that we will continue to see governments taking a more assertive approach to the management of their resources. The challenge for companies like Exxon Mobil will be to navigate these complex and evolving political landscapes while also delivering value to their shareholders.
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