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Uncertainty beclouds MTN’s planned IPO due to $8.1bn controversy

NCC recently gave MTN an ultimatum of May 2019 to list on the Nigerian bourse.

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The long-anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO) of MTN Communications Nigeria Limited is now in the doubts, following an order by Nigeria’s apex bank (CBN) demanding the telco to immediately refund billions of dollars that were allegedly remitted to South Africa illegally.

Anonymous sources at MTN confirmed to Bloomberg over the weekend that CBN’s latest imposition on the company destabilised ongoing plans to see through the IPO. At the moment, the ‘regulatory certainty’ needed for the IPO to go ahead is not guaranteed.

Last Friday, MTN Group’s spokeswoman (Mimi Kalinda) also hinted at the uncertainty through email comments sent to Bloomberg. According to her:

“Our IPO has always been subject to satisfactory market conditions and this event will potentially make it complicated for us to make it happen.”

Meanwhile, the NCC wants the IPO to go ahead

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) recently gave MTN an ultimatum of May 2019 to list on the Nigerian bourse. Failure to do so could result in further consequences for the telco.

The requirement for MTN to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange became necessary towards the settlement of a different regulatory controversy in which the telco was immersed back in 2015. As we repeatedly reported, the NCC initially imposed a fine of $5 billion on the company over unregistered sims. But the sum was eventually reduced to $1 billion; on the proviso that MTN lists on the NSE.

MTN is very worried…

As uncertainty now hangs over the IPO (the processes of which have already advanced to a reasonable extent), MTN Group is reportedly worried the NCC may reimpose the initial fine of $5 billion after May 2019.

Either way, Africa’s leading telco should indeed be worried. Asides the likelihood that it may not meet the May 2019 deadline, the company will struggle to refund the  $8.1 billion which is about half of its market capitalisation.

As we reported, the CBN ordered MTN on Wednesday to refund the $8.1 billion. It also imposed a ₦5.86 billion fine on the four banks that facilitated the alleged crime; namely Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank Plc and Citibank.

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The controversy sent MTN Group’s shares plunging to all-time lows in over five years.

Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs.He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor.Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan.If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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How young Elon Musk started and sold 3 businesses for $1.9bn before Tesla

We look at the 3 successful businesses Elon Musk founded and sold for a collective $1.9bn before starting Tesla.

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Elon Musk needs $20 billion wealth gain to clinch world's richest man title

Success is never an accident. It is most times the result of many years of hard work and consistent effort. Elon Musk is popular today for his electric car company Tesla and his space project SPACE X. But long before these, he was already a multi-millionaire and had founded 3 successful companies which he sold for a collective $1.9bn.

The purpose of this article is to paint a clear picture of what it takes to be among the top 1% of any field. It takes years of consistent hard work to get there. Elon Musk is the perfect example of an individual with a very strong work ethic. His story below will prove that to you.

This article will briefly look at the 3 successful businesses Elon Musk founded and sold for a collective $1.9bn before starting Tesla. Let’s go!

READ: Blue Origin Vs Space X: Bezos and Musk’s subtle battle for supremacy

Blaster ($500)

A 12-year-old Elon Musk facing bullying in high school and a not so friendly dad taught himself how to code. According to the Inc. Magazine, he mastered BASIC a general-purpose coding language making use of a commodore PC he acquired himself. He later that year, sold the code for his PC game Blastar to a PC magazine for approximately $500.

This was his first business endeavour which he started and sold.

READ: Tesla investor sues Elon Musk for causing problems with his tweets

ZIP 2 ($340m)

After the sale of Blastar for $500, Elon Musk and his brother Kimbal took a $28,000 seed money from their dad and started another internet venture, Zip 2. They rented an office and slept in it because they couldn’t afford a house.

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Zip 2 was a web software startup that created online city guides for newspapers. The software was patronized by the New York Times and other notable media companies.
Elon Musk and his brother Kimbal sold Zip 2 to PC giants Compaq for $340m. The year was 1999 and Elon Musk was 28 years old.

READ: Reinvestment: The powerful strategy used by the 2 richest men in the world

X.com/PayPal ($1.5bn)

Elon Musk continued on his journey of starting companies and selling them. He took $10m out of his earnings from the Zip 2 deal and joined the internet boom.

He founded x.com an online platform he envisioned to be the future of internet banking. In 2000 X.com merged with a Fintech startup, Confinity, founded by Peter Thiel, another would-be billionaire. Both companies combined to become what we know as PayPal today. Elon musk was named CEO of PayPal and had the highest number of shares in the company.
In 2002 PayPal was acquired by eBay for a whopping $1.5bn.

READ: Elon Musk gains $25 billion in a day, as Tesla surges by 20%

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What you should know

Elon Musk has often stressed the need to be consistent and have strong work ethics. In a graduation ceremony by the USC Marshall School Of Business, Elon Musk shared his opinion on work ethics according to CNBC.

You need to work super-hard. Work hard every waking hour,” Musk said in 2014.

“If you do the simple math, and say if somebody else is working 50 hours [a week] and you’re working 100, you’ll get twice [as much] done in the course of a year as the other company.”

We hope this Monday article will inspire you to work harder and strive to get more work done in record time.

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CAC sets 3-hour time line for company registration in 2021

The CAC is prioritising the reduction of the registration circle for new companies to just 3 hours before the end of the year 2021.

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CAC, Corporate Affairs Commission selects NIPOST as official courier partner

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has said that following the successful deployment of an end-to-end registration module, it was now prioritising the reduction of the registration circle for new companies to just 3 hours before the end of the year 2021.

This is coming after CAC had in November 2020, announced the implementation of new technology that will change the face of business registration including allowing customers to print their certificates with verifiable QR code from anywhere in the world.

This disclosure was made by the Registrar-General of the commission, Garba Abubakar, at a dinner in honour of the Chairman, Governing Board, CAC and Nigerian Ambassador-Designate to the Kingdom of Spain, Ademola Seriki.

READ: CAC to register companies within 48 hours, approve business name same day

In order to achieve this target, the Registrar-General said the commission was making arrangements to empower over 400 approving officers with working tools to process and approve registration applications either from home or anywhere necessary,” the agency stated.

Abubakar noted that the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic had adversely hampered CAC’s delivery timeline.

He, however, pointed out that CAC was resolutely committed to serving its customers despite being forced to operate with less than 50% of its workforce.

READ:  CAC registration: 100,000 business names registered for free so far

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While bidding farewell to Seriki, the Registrar-General said he received the news of his appointment with mixed feelings as CAC was going to miss his tremendous support and guidance.

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, described the outgoing CAC Chairman as a man of immense pedigree and endowed with enormous potential to justify the confidence reposed in him by the president.

READ: CAC re-validation: payment accreditation is one-off

In case you missed it

  • The CAC recently announced the upgrade of its website and online registration portal to include features, which allow for the automation of some selected services and processes, in line with the Federal Government’s mandate of improving the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
  • The selected services and processes include Electronic search of company records, Upgraded Companies Registration Portal for Pre-incorporation filings and Post incorporation filings.

 

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