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Japaul has some ‘harsh’ words for the ‘negative press’ that crashed its share price

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A Businessday article published last week cast doubts over the announced investments of Milost Global in Japaul Oil and Resort Savings and Loans. The Media Company quipped at the implausible nature of the deal as it could not reconcile the amount of money being lined up for investment in these companies with the actual equity issued or authorized.

The result was a massive sell-off of Japaul shares leading to over 50% drop last week and making it the worst performer. As expected, the folks at Japaul did not find this funny and have issued an official statement in reaction to the “negative press”. Japaul responded via their CEO, Paul Jegede.

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Japaul Oil Chairman, Jegede Paul, stated, “We informed the Regulatory Authorities that we have signed Milost Equity Subscription Agreement (MESA 1) and Milost has not asked for any upfront fees from us until disbursement takes place, even the facilitation fees to Palewater who are advisers to the transaction is technically agreed to be paid when we start to drawdown on the facility despite agreement signed.

An escrow account agreement is being worked upon to trigger the drawdown on the facility. We don’t really know where the dailies got their variables that do not add up mathematically about Milost math. They should have watched and see what happens about the issue of performance. This Newspaper Article against Milost has been wrongly perceived by the investing public and this is terribly affecting our share price on the Stock Market.

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This is simply sad. Milost currently holds no shares in Japaul as yet as we are awaiting regulatory approval, I just wonder how would it then be said that it is involved in a pumping and dump scheme in Japaul shares and the financing is provided in single tranches of between $1 to $5 million until our share price recovers. How will it reach high prices when we are receiving unfair reporting by one Nigerian media outlet that purports lies and in real fact is that we have opened our doors for the media to call us and verify facts before going to print.

The media needs us and we also need it and we can’t be seen fighting each other, after all we are all Nigerians. It’s sad because since the BusinessDay publication, our share price has plummeted over 100% and the news was misconstrued opinions that remain false and unfounded.”


Not to be left out, the folks at Femab Properties, another company hoping to benefit from the Milost funding also had something to say about the “negative press”

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Femab Properties CEO, Abiodun Aguda, stated, “This is the first time we have the opportunity to access funds that can truly support our business both from collateral perspective, financing structure and tenor. The MILOST funding structure truly allows growth and development which Nigerian businesses and Africa needs.

The Press is therefore advised to seek for knowledge to properly understand the financing model of MILOST, speak with the beneficiaries directly and avoid misleading the teeming public through uninformed reporting.”


And yes, you guessed right, the Chairman of Resort Savings and Loans also chimed it at the rebuke of the Businessday article

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Senator Sunday Fajinmi, Chairman of Resort Savings and Loans, stated, “It is sad to realise that a few grumbling, half educated individuals are against the recovery of Nigerian economy through resuscitation of dying businesses.  The publication is just a promotion of corruption in some aspects of yellow journalism in our country that has propagated the popular PHD syndrome.  Milost Global Inc. of USA has been verified to be a very credible investor in developing economies like Nigeria.  Their track record which speaks for itself, attest only to their credibility. Their understanding of peculiarity of developing economies in Private Equity financing is amazing when compared to others who are the paymasters of the journalist, the author of the fake news.  These enemies of progress should look for better work to do as the Nigeria economy needs more friendly and understanding finance engineering organisations like Milost Global Inc.  Be warned! as Nigeria belongs to all of us!” 


Even Primewater view had something to say too

Primewaterview CEO, Harold Nzekwe, stated, “Primewaterview is stronger today because of the timely investment from Milost. Once you understand the structure of their financing you will realize that it is a win-win for all the parties. The Nigerian economy needs foreign direct investment from serious investors such as Milost in order for the economy to grow.”

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And what about Milost? Milost’s Managing Partner attempted to reassure the market;

Kim Freeman, Managing Partner & CEO of Milost, stated, “Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa that is growing rapidly and Milost wants to be instrumental in sustaining this growth. Our MESA fund is an innovative facility that allows a company to not only reach its true market value but also to achieve its vision of a larger more vertically diversified company through acquisitions and organic growth.”

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And In Case You Missed It, the founder of Milost also issued a long press release explaining their Messianic Strategy for Nigeria.

 

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  1. Anodebenze

    March 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    This is the few times,i agrees with the editorial team of nairametric,it was original, holistic,existential,essence,and introducing critical thinking.it will enable a layman investor think harder and invests with his soul

  2. Dapo

    March 21, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Investors should learn to read economic news. I am of the opinion that the information from business day was sponsored to break the trend in the price rally. My proof: when I read the news, the writer said the CBN could not be reached as calls to the phone was not responded to. I knew from here that he the writer could not be true and that information was sponsored. And I have this question for him: why was he hasty to the press? What you have seen is part of investment in paper assets. Well done.

  3. george

    March 22, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    All these story looks very fishy,nairametric article was done very hasty and rushed,last week,they reported that this milost planned to invest in Nigeria about 1 billion dollar,in unity bank and jaipaul,this story of investing in Nigeria,orginate from Bloomberg,now some media outfit picked this story,without confirming this story from milost,now jaipaul and unity are denying this story,THAT TALKS ARE STILL GOING SUBJECT TO APPROVAL FROM REGULATING AUTHORITIES.
    So it smells of conspiracy,when a good story is released about a listed company,it jumped shares prices briefly,when the dust settles,the truth will come out,now it looks that the 2 shares prices,was pumped up.and it could leads to a criminal investigation,and jaipaul and unity bank can files a complaint,if they are innocent,.nairametric,to protects themselves, did a rethinking as they were supporting this milost invsestment,only one attack in businessday upsets jaipaul shares prices and unity bank shares price,as this story of investing was empty,
    It looks this businessday reporter want to uses this opportunity to invests injaipaul and unity,and he did his analysis,and found.things do not add up,and I think jaipaul and unity bank are innocent victim,in the quest ,of getting money quickly, on face value without investigating business report.
    Now the staff of nairametric will make nairametric/America great again,well done

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Gold prices soars following resurging COVID-19 caseloads

Gold futures gained 0.46% to trade at $1983 at about 6.41 am GMT.

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Gold Up as U.S. hits Record Number of COVID-19 Cases, Gold stands firm above $1,800 over increasing virus fears and weaker dollar , Gold stands firm above $1,800 over increasing virus fears and weaker dollar

Gold started the first trading week on a bullish note at London’s trading session. This is coming on the heels of growing concerns about the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, triggering gold traders to increase their bullish bet.

Gold futures gained 0.46% to trade at $1983 at about 6.41 am GMT

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Spot bullion surged 11% in July, the biggest monthly gain since 2012, as investors weighed a weaker dollar and record low U.S. real yields.

Why the sudden rush for gold?                                                     

The current global health crisis has prompted unprecedented amounts of stimulus being unleashed by the central banks in most emerged markets. There have also been other dovish monetary policies, including lower rates. All of these have combined to boost gold bulls in solidifying their bullish position on the short term.

In addition, Stephen Innes, the Chief Global Market Strategist at AxiCorp in a note to Nairametrics buttressed the macros supporting the yellow metal’s bullish run he said

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“Investors will continue to have a favorable view of gold partly on ongoing Covid-19 concerns.

“While gold demand shows few signs of retracing, the yellow metal could face fierce short-term resistance at $2000 given the growing view we could be at the end of the runway for the US yields to fall further. And the US Treasury is running out of the exorbitant privilege of the stronger dollar and safe haven flow.”

Gold has moved through its all-time highs as the story continues to be the Federal Reserve’s money-printing coupled with the potential USD1 trillion fiscal stimulus packages for pandemic relief. Real rates continue to trend lower, and the dollar continues to weaken. Therefore, the environment should remain supportive of gold.

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Data war: MTN takes over, gains 1.7 million subscribers, as Glo outshines Airtel in June

MTN gained 1.74 million data subscribers in June against the 882,458 it recorded in May 2020.

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Data War: MTN edges our Airtel for first time in 5 months as 493,556 subscribers dump Glo, 9mobile , MTN is winning the data war, as 1.88 million subscribers dump Glo, 9mobile, Data War: MTN gains 8.18 million subscribers in 2019, as Airtel edges Glo, 9mobile

Although competition in the Nigerian telecommunication space has always been stiff, latest data seen by Nairametrics indicated that the competition is getting stiffer.

Telecommunications operators, especially in the data section, are giving each other a hot chase. Gone are the days when the biggest telecommunication firm automatically retains the top position. Recently, companies that were once described as fringe players are catching up really fast in terms of attracting new subscribers every month.

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For instance, in May 2020, Glo took other operators by surprise, dwarfing them to lead the chart as the telco with the highest number of subscribers in a month when it gained 8.302 million data subscribers. The indigenous telco grew from 28.934 million in December 2019 to 37.236 million by the end of May 2020, while MTN gained 4.75 million data subscribers. Airtel, which used to be the second-highest in subscriber growth after MTN, recorded 2.795 million. Unfortunately, 9mobile lost 812,827 subscribers within the same period.

MTN regains top position

According to data released by the Nigerian Communication Commission for the period ending June 2020, Nigeria’s largest mobile telecommunication company, MTN, gained 1.74 million data subscribers against the 882,458 it recorded in May 2020.

Also, at the end of June 2020, the total number of data subscribers on MTN data network rose to 60.60 million from the 58.86 million it recorded in May. This means the telco added 1.74 million data subscribers.

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Glo attracted more subscribers, outshining Airtel (subscribers base) for the first time in years

Despite a challenging year for Globacom in terms of its data subscriber base, the telco took industry watchers by surprise, as its subscriber base chased, met and overtook Airtel’s In June 2020.

For the first time in years, the once second largest telco (subscribers base) lost its position to the indigenous company as the latter increased its base from 34.24 million in May to 37.97 by the end of June 2020. The Indian-owned telco only managed to increase its base from 37.32 million to 37.57 million within the same period.

On the other hand, 9mobile ended the month without attracting any data subscriber. According to the NCC data, 9mobile continues its steady decline, as a total of 16,000 subscribers dumped the network for others when it fell from 7.26 million subscribers to 7.10 million within the same period.

 [READ MORE: MTN wins data war, as 1.88 million subscribers dump Glo, 9mobile)

In terms of market share, Glo is now trailing behind MTN, as the latter expanded its overall market share in June.

At the end of June 2020, MTN’s total data market share rose further to 60.60 million subscribers. On the other hand, Glo had 37.97 million, followed by Airtel’s 37.57 million and 9mobile’s 7.10 million.

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Internet remains slow in Nigeria despite the advent of 4G network

The advent of 4G/LTE in the global telecom industry was accompanied by the expectation of fast internet speed. The 4G is the fourth generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology, succeeding 3G. Potential and current applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing, and 3D television.

While GSM companies continue to jostle for market share, it has often come at the expense of poor service and lack of accountability. Quite frankly, as an average internet user in Nigeria, one is usually left at the mercy of poor mobile internet services which frustrate one to seek limited alternatives.

Nigeria’s internet download speed remains among the slowest in the world, and while the telcos continue to rake in heavy gains from data sales, consumers continue to groan for lack of fast and affordable internet services.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 2nd of August 2020, 304 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increase as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 43,841 confirmed cases.

On the 2nd of August 2020, 304 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,175 samples across the country.

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To date, 43,841 cases have been confirmed, 20,308 cases have been discharged and 888 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 286,091 tests have been carried out as of August 2nd, 2020 compared to 286,091  tests a day earlier.

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  • Total Number of Cases – 43,841
  • Total Number Discharged – 20,308
  • Total Deaths – 888
  • Total Tests Carried out – 286,091

According to the NCDC, the 304 new cases were reported from 15 states- Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6), Gombe (5).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 15,267, followed by Abuja (3,972), Oyo (2,768), Edo (2,311), Rivers (1,829), Kano (1,597), Delta (1,510), Kaduna (1,481), Ogun (1,403), Plateau (1,227), Ondo (1,204), Enugu (821), Ebonyi (808), Kwara (753), Katsina (745), Borno (613), Gombe (612), Abia (582), Bauchi (560), and Osun (553).

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Imo State has recorded 469 cases, Benue (356), Nasarawa and Bayelsa (339), Jigawa (322), Niger (223), Akwa Ibom (221), Adamawa (164), Sokoto (154), Ekiti (152), Anambra (135),  Kebbi (90), Zamfara (77), Yobe (67), Cross River (58), Taraba (54),  while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

 

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July 14, 2020336164637541013792190707
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