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This Corporate News Compilation for the week ended November, 25th 2017 is brought to you by Bluechip Technology Ltd Nigeria.

  1. There was big news in the Medical Diagnostic Services sub-sector of the Healthcare sector last week. Synlab, a leading European provider medical diagnostic service announced the acquisition of a majority stake in PathCare Nigeria Ltd. Earlier in the year, the Nigerian owners of PathCare Nigeria reacquired 26% of the shares owned by its previous parent company, PathCare South Africa. By acquiring a majority stake in PathCare, Synlab has gained in roads into Africa’s biggest market. The clinical diagnosis market is still fragmented with no clear winner at the moment. Most Nigerians still resort to small clinical laps for medical diagnosis. However, the likes of PathCare, Mecure and Union Diagnostics are more well-known brands. It is likely that PathCare might soon change its name to Synlab. Synlab started in Germany and post revenues of about $1.7billion. Interestingly, Civen, the Private Equity Firm that owns Synlab also had a stake in Allegro and E-commerce company based in Poland. Image result for pathcare
  2. A Nigerian company, Environfocus scored a major win last week. The company announced that it now has distribution rights to LifeStraw, a product used for preventing water borne diseases. LifeStraw is owned by Vestergaard and started mass producing LifeStraw in 2005. The product was initially produced to help filter guinea worm from water but has now been adapted for use in various forms. Vestergard doesn’t have an office in Nigeria but has one in Kenya.Image result for Environfocus
  3. So, the race for who will acquire 9 Mobile is still on. Last week, we heard the list of potential buyers has been reduced to 10 from 16. According to reports, some of the bidders include Globacom, Airtel, Dangote Telecoms, Alheru Eng Ltd, Smile Telecoms, Helios, Centricus Capital and Africell, Abraaj Capital, Africa Capital Alliance, Carlyle Group. 9Mobile which still considers itself viable reported that it has an ARPU of N937 as at June 2017. This compares to MTN’s N1.1k as at March 2017. Their problems have mostly been cash. It currently has a negative working capital of about N162b and another N262 billion in long term debt. In fact, its external debt was N1.5 trillion when banks threatened a takeover, however, Etisalat UAE decided to convert shareholder loans of N1.3 trillion into equity. From what I was privy to see, the company has a negative shareholder fund of about N216 billion and a negative retained earnings of N1.4 trillion. Share capital and share premium is just under N10billion.Related image
  4. In related news, the CBN Governor also reiterated again that a 9Mobile will be sold by year end and that it was determined to ensure creditors don’t “dismember” the company. There has also been charter that various factions looking to buy the company have been working on their lobbyist both at the CBN and NCC. Some banks have complained that the regulators seem to wield a bit more influence than they would have preferred which is frustrating other serious investors. In fact, they rumoured that’s what Barclays threatened to pull out last week.Image result for 9 mobile bid
  5. German Manufacturer, Bosch revealed that it has concluded plans to expand business operations in Nigeria in the next three years. Apparently, the management of the company was wowed last year when they visited Eko Atlantic City sensing that they could sell some of their security systems, household appliances, and power tools. They are currently very strong on automobiles.Image result for Bosch
  6. Remember GeoFluids? Well the drilling company is facing a petition for it to be wound up over a debt of $265.4k. The petitioner is one Eunisell Limited, the company that is currently the shirt sponsors of Rivers United Football Club.Image result for GeoFluid drilling company
  7. Investec, has exited its stake in Nigeria’s Daraju Industries Ltd. Daraju are the makers of MyMy, Rana, Fressia, Farha, Liby, and Green. Investec, sold the stake back to Ashwah Holdings, a Mauritius based firm with links to Sanjeev Gupta. Daraju was founded by Indian, Peeyush Garg. “Plenty deals this year in NigeriaImage result for Nigeria’s Daraju Industries Ltd
  8. The debt squabble between Ecobank and Vigeo took another turn last week, after a Federal High Court in Lagos restrained Mr Victor Osibodu and his company Vigeo limited from accessing about N8.7 billion kept in about 17 commercial banks in Nigeria pending the determination of a claim suit filed against them by Ecobank. This is over a debt that Vigeo allegedly collected and restructured at various times since 2008. Ecobank is claiming that Osibodu has been liquidating his shares and other assets after realising that Ecobank was about seizing its assets.Image result for Ecobank and Vigeo
  9. A Federal High court authorized GTB to take over the assets of Hi-Nutrient International Limited. The company is reportedly owned by a former governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Ladoja. The company customizes manufactures and supplies Vitamin and Mineral. Premixes to the Livestock Industries, most especially to Poultry, Aquaculture and Cattle Farms in Nigeria and some ECOWAS Countries. According to reports, they owe GTB about N207 million in unpaid loans. For those who know, Segun Agbaje, they said he is unforgiving when it comes to non-performing loans owed by the so called rich men in Nigeria. But it is shameful that some of the so called rich men in Nigeria are chronic debtors. The annoying part is why they don’t like to pay down their loans.Image result for gtbank
  10. Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) reported its own fare share of employee theft after it sacked about 17 of its employees for defrauding the company of cash of just N182.451. Apparently, its toll officers under classify several vehicles thus robbing LCC off cash that was due to it. For example, instead of recording that an SUV passed, it records a Salon car.Image result for Lekki Concession Company Limited
  11. Unilever has concluded its right issue, after it successfully raised a whopping N59 billion. The interesting part of this is that its parent company, Unilever UK provided about N35 billion of that money in cash. Unilever UK owns about 60% of the equity of its Nigerian Subsidiary and wanted to increase its stake to as much as 75%. The inflow of about $97m should also be a boost to Nigeria’s external reserves.Image result for unilever nigeria
  12. In some good news to the people of Ilorin, the Vice President Osinbajo inaugurated a Cashew Processing Factory in the Kwara State Capital. The factory is owned by FoodPro which was founded by Mr. Ayo Olajiga. Ayo co-founded Food-Pro in 2010 after working for Mckinsey and First Rand. The Factory can produce 5,000 tonnes of processed cashew nuts per year and is said to employ about 400 staff out of which 90% are women.Image result for Food-Pro Nigeria
  13. Another good news, this time for Nigerian beer drinkers and in contrast, maybe bad for competitors. International Breweries announced last week that it will be introducing Budweiser to Nigeria. The popular American beer. The beer often dubbed “king of beers” is owned by the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev. Anheuser-Busch InBev which last year merged with SAB Miller of South Africa also own International Breweries. The company has said it is investing in its fourth brewery, somewhere in Sagamu. It claims this will be its largest brewery outside of South Africa.Image result for International Breweries
  14. In related news, International Breweries is also merging with Intafact Breweries Ltd (based in Onitsha), and Pabod Breweries Ltd (based in Port Harcourt) – all subsidiaries of AB InBev. Intafact sells Hero Larger and has its largest installed capacity in Nigeria with 2.7 million hectoliters. International Brewery share price is up 210% in the last one year and is one of the best performing stocks.Image result for international breweries merge with intafacts
  15. Nigeria’s e-commerce sector got a new member after Afrilux launched an online store for cosmetics. The company said it has listed about 17,000 products from 500 brands in this vertical and will be selling all “sorts of cosmetic from the lowest to the highest”. 15. Nigeria’s e-commerce sector got a new member after Afrilux launched an online store for cosmetics. The company said it has listed about 17,000 products from 500 brands in this vertical and will be selling all “sorts of cosmetic from the lowest to the highest”. It claimed some of the 17,000 products include cologne, perfumes, Gucci, Revlon and American Crew from about 500 brands. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Afrilux Nigeria, Mr. Jack Ikwueme said the “brain company is in Spain” and that “it was hard convincing the company to establish in Nigeria.
  16. The NNPC and Chevron announced last week that they have raised the second tranche of their $780 million facility. The JV had in August borrowed about $400m from Nigerian banks and thus got this second tranche of $380 million from International lenders. NNPC owns about $468 million of the loans while the balance is to Chevron. The loans will be used to finance the completion of the Sonam non-associated gas (NAG) well platform and Sonam living quarters platform, drilling of seven wells in the Sonam field and the Okan 30E NAG. It’s expected to increase Nigeria’s crude oil production by 39,000 barrels per day and increase gas production by 283 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).Image result for NNPC and Chevron
  17. Shell announced that it paid Nigerian companies about $740 million for contracts in 2016. It also claimed it has paid the Nigerian Government about $1.4 billion in royalties and corporate taxes, and another $106.8 million contribution made to the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC). corporate taxes, and another $106.8 million contributions made to the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC).Image result for Shell Nigeria
  18. Geogrid LighTec Limited, an independent power generation company, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the delivery of 10MW of embedded generation within the Ikeja industrial cluster. MAN has been at logger head with DisCos over the implementation of MYTO 2015 which increased their tariffs. Geogrid plans to deliver 10mw of supply to MAN. MAN said they were looking forward to the deal as it is important that they get power at a “reasonable cost”.Image result for Geogrid LighTec Limited


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