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Apple’s €14.3 billion payment could have consequences

Apple has obeyed a EU ruling which ordered the firm to pay Ireland €14.3 billion as taxes.

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Tech giant Apple has obeyed a European Commission ruling which ordered the firm to pay Ireland €14.3 billion as taxes. The ruling issued in 2016 stated that the 1% effective tax rate the firm paid in Ireland amounted to illegal state aid. The amount will be paid into an escrow account pending the determination of an appeal, which could take years to be heard.

A tax ruling passed by Ireland in 1991, gave the company leeway to pay 4% tax on profits made by its Irish operations which have earned it over $200 billion in the last ten years.

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Apple’s operations in Ireland are largely patents owned by the company. They, however, paid very little in taxes, as they were not resident anywhere.

The company and Ireland have denied any form of wrongdoing. Apple’s Chief Financial Officer at the time Luca Maestri stated that

“It’s very important that people understand that there was no special deal that we cut with Ireland. We simply followed the laws in the country over the 35 years that we have been in Ireland.”

Why the EC moved against Apple

The European Commission is of the view, the clause that enabled the company to pay such a light bill is anti-competitive. Countries with a higher tax rate would be at a disadvantage.

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Implications

While the bill may be a heavy one, Apple remains liquid with over $200 billion in reserves.

Going forward, the firm could decide to build in the taxes on products sold outside the United States. International sales accounted for 60% of its most recent quarterly revenue.

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976. Jobs was, however, left as the sole founder when Wayne and Wozniak sold their stakes.

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It is the world’s largest information technology company by revenue and the second largest phone manufacturing company in the world, behind Samsung.

Results for the third quarter ended June 30, 2018, show the company made revenue of $53.3 billion, an increase of 17 percent from the corresponding period of the prior year. Earnings per share jumped 40% year on year to $2.34.

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Apple is currently trading at $218.24 on the NASDAQ exchange. The company recently released three new iPhoness: iPhone Xs, the iPhone Xs Max, and the iPhone Xr.

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Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training. He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy. You can contact him via onome.ohwovoriole@nairametrics.com

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Oando loses Chief Legal Officer

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Oando loses Chief Legal Officer

Chief Legal Officer of Oando Plc, Ngozi J Okonkwo is dead.

Adewale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive Officer of Oando Plc announced this via a tweet.

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Until her death, she was the Chief Legal Officer of Oando Plc, having joined the company as Head, Legal Services of the company in 2009.

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According to a tweet from one of her nephews, she battled cancer for a while, recovered before having a relapse during the recent COVID-19 crisis.

READ ALSO: NSE, SEC train capital market operators on legal and regulatory requirements for the derivatives market

Before joining Oando, she worked as Junior Counsel  with F.O Akinrele & Co., and also with KPMG Professional Services (previously known as Arthur Andersen) as Manager in the Tax, Regulatory and People Services unit and Head of indirect tax services.

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She obtained LLB (Hons) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1997 and BL from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1999. She was a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, honorary fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal scholars of the centre for International Legal Studies, Austria, Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria.

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NNPC diversifies into housing, power; plans to beat crude production cost to $10 per barrel

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that it is building up business portfolios in the housing, power, and medical sectors.  

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To cushion against the volatility in the global crude market and strengthen profitability, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that it is building up business portfolios in the housing, power, and medical sectors.

This is one of several measures the corporation is taking to sustain revenue generation for Nigeria, and cope with the boom and bust cycles which are gradually becoming a feature of the global crude oil market.

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NAN reports that this was contained in a statement from the Corporation Chief Operating Officer, Ventures and Business Development, Mr. Roland Ewubare, and signed by NNPC Spokesman, Kennie Obateru.

According to Ewubare, the NNPC will establish Independent Power Plants using the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline network, and consolidate its presence in the power sector.

(READ MORE: COVID-19: Nigerians react as CBN partners NNPC to feed, accommodate Nigerian returnees)

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The statement reads in part; “NNPC is creating an energy company that would have portfolios in renewable energy; we have initiatives on solar that is ongoing.

“We have got biofuels agreements with some state governments that would soon be activated. We do have a lot of non-core businesses that are aggregated under the Ventures and Business Development Autonomous Business Unit of the NNPC. 

“This would be expanded through effective collaboration and partnership with the private sectors,” 

NNPC diversifies into housing, power; plans to beat crude production cost to $10 per barrel

Lower costs, more profits

As part of moves to improve profitability, the NNPC also announced plans to drive crude oil production cost down to 10 dollar per barrel by Q4 2021,

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This according to the statement would be done by systematically and gradually beating down logistics costs.

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The Corporation’s revenue took a major hit in 2020 due to the slump in global oil prices, and this in turn affected the Nigerian budget given that oil proceeds account for a significant fraction of her income.

“When you have a low commodity price regime, as the case now, the only way we are able to squeeze out some reasonable cash and financial gain to the nation is by curtailing and constraining our costs in line with the GMD’s aspiration to push for a 10 dollar per barrel cost of production,” Ebuware said.

(READ MORE: NNPC pipeline vandalism up by 50% in January, may suspend crude oil production)

There is also an ongoing collaboration with selected partners to commercialise flared gas in order to preserve the flora and fauna of the country.

This would be done by converting it to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas, for sale to consumers.

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The NNPC is partnering with private developers to reduce the housing deficit in the country and also partnering with medical centres to provide innovative healthcare for Nigeria.

 

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Microsoft Teams’ rival, Slack shares drop on withdrawal of full-year billings guidance

Slack reported steady revenue growth 50% in Q1 2020, compared with 49% recorded in Q1 2019 on an annualized basis this brought in more customers

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 Slack shares dropped as much as 17% yesterday after the company’s reported first-quarter earnings.

Investors and stock traders were not happy with Slack’s annual revenue forecast of $855 million to $870 million, up just slightly from Slack’s projection in March stock analysts, on the average, estimated $856.5 million, according to data obtained from Bloomberg.

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“Slack’s withdrawal of full-year billings guidance looks conservative to us and likely suggests a pull-forward of revenue amid faster new-customer additions due to remote work,” Mandeep Singh, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst, wrote in a note yesterday.

Slack grew revenue 50% in Q1 2020, compared with 49% recorded in Q1 2019 on an annualized basis.

However, Slack reported steady revenue growth during  Q1 2020 brought in more customers, as organizations sought to keep communications going with their newly remote workforces during coronavirus pandemic. It had earnings per share of 2 cents loss per share, adjusted and adjusted revenue of $201.7 million

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Slack, in a statement, yesterday reported that it added a record 12,000 paid customers Q1 2020 as against two prior quarters when it added about 5,000 new customers. Slack’s top competitor, Microsoft’s Teams, has also experienced growth in recent months.

“What you saw with Zoom, what you saw with Teams is a great indication that this is not apples-to-apples and that the products are not truly competitive with one another,” Butterfield the Chief Executive Officer of Slack told Investment analysts on a conference call yesterday.

READ ALSO: Jumia is optimistic of COVID-19 boost, despite poor Q1 2020 earnings report

Paid users spent over 120 minutes per day in Slack at the end of the quarter, up from below 90 minutes one quarter earlier. 

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“I can’t care about the stock price on the level of individual days,” Butterfield said when asked about the reaction to earnings. “I just wouldn’t be able to do my job. I care about where the share price is five years from now and 10 years from now. This is just a very volatile time.” 

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