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Flour Mills Shareholders Approve Formation of BAGCO Subsidiary



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Shareholders of Flour Mills of Nigeria have given their approval for the separation of the BAGCO business into a 100% owned subsidiary during the company’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos.

The decision, passed by a show of hands, reflects the shareholders’ agreement to carve out BAGCO from Flour Mills of Nigeria, further divesting up to 60% equity of Flour Mills of Nigeria in BAGCO.

The corporate notice filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited outlines the move, stating, “To carve out the business of BAGCO from that of Flour Mills of Nigeria into a 100% owned subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission had previously approved the merger of BAGCO with Flour Mills of Nigeria in 2012.

The recent decision to create a subsidiary represents a strategic move in the company’s organizational structure.

Additionally, shareholders at the meeting approved the audited financial statement for the year ending March 31, 2023, along with a final dividend payment of N2.25 for every 50 Kobo ordinary shares held.

The re-election of several directors, including Muhammad Ahmad, Juliet Anammah, Paul Gbedebo, Yunus Saliu, and Folarin Williams, was also endorsed.

Despite a positive revenue outlook, an investment update from Cordros Securities cautioned that Flour Mills’ profitability might be impacted by the anticipated high cost of operations and foreign exchange challenges resulting from the devaluation of the naira.

The report highlighted the potential inhibiting factors, including a higher cost outlook in H2-24 and sustained FX losses impacting net operating income.

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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




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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UBA Takes Over Stallion Nigeria Limited Assets in N156 Billion Debt Dispute



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The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has seized the assets of Stallion Nigeria Limited and its subsidiaries in Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Kano, following a Federal High Court order in Lagos in a debt lawsuit totaling N156,026,032,804.84.

The bank’s receiver-manager, Romeo Michael, executed the court order, protected by police personnel, in the three cities.

The court order, issued by Justice Akintayo Aluko on October 20, 2023, grants UBA control over the assets and restrains the defendants, including their directors, shareholders, employees, officers, and agents, from interfering with the receiver-manager’s duties.

The affected assets include properties in Port Harcourt, Lagos, and Kano, and the court has also frozen sums totaling N156 billion across various financial institutions.

Speaking on the development, the judge emphasized the importance of preserving the subject matter of the suit and issued an interim injunction against tampering with or dealing in any manner with the assets and monies subject to the order.

The court further scheduled a hearing for November 20, 2023, to consider the motion on notice.

According to court documents, UBA provided credit facilities to Stallion Nigeria Limited in 2014, with the understanding that the funds would be used by Stallion’s sister companies.

The defendants allegedly diverted funds, breached agreements, and failed to clear their debts amounting to N156 billion.

The legal action underscores the bank’s efforts to recover outstanding amounts and protect its interests in the face of contractual violations.

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