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New facts behind the acquisition of Telluria Limited by Ellah Lakes emerge

On Friday, Ellah Lakes Plc announced the acquisition of Telluria Limited, a development that brought a major change in the Management of the former.



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On Friday, Ellah Lakes Plc announced the acquisition of Telluria Limited, a development that brought a major change in the Management of the former. However, Nairametrics can confirm that even though Ellah Lakes Plc made the acquisition, Telluria Limited actually owns the company.

The announcement of the acquisition on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) came as a surprise to many. This is because a company in distress is usually the one that gets acquired, and Ellah Lakes Plc had been posting losses prior to the deal. Therefore, the question on most people’s lips was – how could a (hitherto) struggling company like Ellah Lakes have acquired Telluria which was said to have an impressive balance sheet?


The Real Deal: Well, the company’s recently-confirmed Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi, explained the situation to Nairametrics during an interview, yesterday. According to him, while Ellah Lakes Plc acquired Telluria Limited to improve its balance sheet, the deal was sealed with equity because Ellah Lakes could not afford to pay for the transaction in cash.

Consequently, the equity payout gave Telluria Limited the majority stake in Ellah Lakes Plc. In other words, Telluria Limited is now the actual owner of the company.

“It’s purely an issue of financial structuring, it was the optimal way to structure it in order to have market access… It was a structuring situation that was convenient for both sides.

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“They (Ellah Lakes) couldn’t afford to pay us in cash, so they paid in equity. The equity payout meant we took a majority position in the firm that was acquiring. What it does is, it still leaves a certain value for Ellah Lakes’ shareholders, but it also creates certain value for shareholders of Telluria that commensurate with various positions.”

Based on the foregoing, it can be seen that even though the company announced that it had acquired a hundred percent stake in Telluria Limited, the later actually holds the majority stakes.

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Note that Telluria Limited was a private limited company until it was supposedly acquired by Ellah Lakes Plc.

The Backstory: The mystery surrounding the ownership of Ellah Lakes Plc began to unravel when the company announced on Friday, June 14, 2019, that Chuka Mordi had replaced Frank Ellah who had been serving as the company’s CEO since 2008.


Mordi’s appointment mattered because he previously served as a top Director at Telluria Limited. He was also a Managing Partner of CBO Investment Management, a private equity arm of CBO Capital Partners Limited, which is a core investor at Telluria Limited.


The story began to add up when Ellah Lakes Plc listed fresh 1.88 billion shares of Telluria Limited on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Prior to this time, Ellah Lakes Plc had existing shares of about 120 million shares. The newly listed shares brought the company’s total issued shares to 2 billion ordinary share.

Will there be a change of Name ?: Agreed, changing the name of the company would have sent a clear message about the change in ownership. However, a decision to maintain Ellah Lakes Plc was made as part of the deal. Unfortunately, this created confusion which almost watered down the essence of the deal.

In the meantime, it is unclear if the company’s name would eventually be changed. Therefore, the name remains Ellah Lakes Plc for now. However, power has definitely changed hands.

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  1. Mbonu Ifeanyi

    June 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    That’s exactly the truth of the deal. What really matters now is the value Chuka and his Team are bringing in to Ellah Lakes Plc. This deal is better than the delisting other firms are embanking on whenever issue of unimpressive financial reports sets in. Kudos to the steps taken and I am looking forward to seeing the best of the deals re-positioning the company to a profit making firm and dividend rewarding to the already suffered shareholders.

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Brent crude surges past $40, analyst recommends investment in crude oil derivatives

Brent crude gained about 1.49%, at $40.18, 3.30 am Nigerian time – the highest level since March 6, having gained 3.3% on Tuesday.



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The price of Brent crude surged on Wednesday to a near three-month high amid optimism among investors and oil traders that major oil producers will extend oil production cut, as global demand picks up.

Brent crude gained about 1.49%, at $40.18, 3.30 am Nigerian time – the highest level since March 6, having gained 3.3% on Tuesday.


A meeting by OPEC+ (a group comprising OPEC, Russia and other major oil producers) is expected to be held virtually on Thursday. The oil production cuts are currently due to run through May and June.

“As virus-related lockdown measures continue to be lifted, we expect that demand will gradually recover,” Capital Economics said in a note to Reuters, estimating that global oil consumption will fall to just under 92 million BPD on average in 2020.

“This compared with 100.2 million barrels per day consumed globally last year,” Capital Economics added before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global demand negatively. 

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(READ MORE: Brent Crude gains 23% WoW, as oil production cut kicks off)

Meanwhile, Adeagbo Adedayo Sadiq, Country Manager, Scope Markets Ltd, spoke to Nairametrics about why it’s time for Nigerians to consider investing in crude oil derivatives, as the macro fundamentals show a bullish momentum in the energy market. He said:

“Taking a closer look at Nigeria’s main commodity export, crude oil. Every day we need the energy to accomplish a lot of tasks from manufacturing down to the food we eat.  

“Investing in this energy that is involved in our daily activity is very lucrative.  

“As we can see that a lot of events like US/Iran face-off and COVID-19 Pandemic had an impact on the price of crude oil in the first two quarters of the year 2020.  


“The oil price benchmark fell to its lowest ever in history as of March 8th, 2020, losing about 90% of its market value for the year 2020. This piece of information is very useful as an investor or to anyone who intends to trade crude oil.  


“Currently the price of crude oil has risen to more than 40%. This means that if you had invested in this crude oil futures as when the price was low your investment would have appreciated at that level of gain. 

“With additional production cuts announced by OPEC alongside Russia/Saudi price deal, we tend to see further upside in the price of crude oil. 

“So while crude oil is appreciating in value at this period, it’s time for anyone who wishes to invest in energy trading to act now.” 


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Standard Chartered appoints Abbass Husain as new Regional Head of Corporate Finance 

Husain has nearly 24 years of banking experience, out of which he has spent 17 years at Standard Chartered Bank where he had reportedly led one of the largest and most successful Project & Export Finance teams.



Standard Chartered Bank earlier this week announced the appointment of Abbas Husain as the new Regional Head of Corporate Finance in charge of Africa and the Middle East.

According to a statement that was seen by Nairametrics, Hussain will also combine his new role with that of being the Head of Project & Export for the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan. He will be based in Dubai, the statement said.


Husain has nearly 24 years of banking experience, out of which he has spent 17 years at Standard Chartered Bank where he had reportedly led one of the largest and most successful Project & Export Finance teams. Available information also noted that he has a proven track record in the structuring and execution of finance transactions in the power sector, oil and gas sector, metals and infrastructure, and more.

It should be noted that in his previous role, Husain had advised, structured, and executed more than 50 deals thereby raising as much as $100 billion for the company.

He has received many awards, including the Dealmaker of the Year by EMEA Finance for Europe, the Middle East & Africa in 2017. Under his leadership, the MENAP Project Finance business has been recognized industry-wide as the Best Project Finance House in the region over the last few years. He has also been a key contributor to driving the bank’s Sustainable Finance commitment through leadership in the renewables sector

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Before joining Standard Chartered, he had stints at Citibank where he managed the portfolio of both multinational corporations and local companies. He also worked with Bank of America as a diversified portfolio manager.

While commenting on Husain’s appointment, Standard Chartered’s Regional Chief Executive Officer for Africa and the Middle East, Sunni Kaushal, said:

“The appointment of Abbas demonstrates the commitment we have made in developing top leadership talent within the bank. We are focussed on the continued growth of our business, and he brings a valuable wealth of experience in successfully advising clients across a diverse range of sectors in our footprint. As we navigate the current COVID-19 crisis, Abbas will play a crucial role in supporting our clients across Africa and the Middle East during this challenging period.”

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Covid-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 2nd of June 2020, 241 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria bringing the total confirmed cases recorded in the country to 10,819.



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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to rise as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 10,819 confirmed cases.

On the 2nd of June 2020, 241 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.


To date, 10819 cases have been confirmed, 3239 cases have been discharged and 314 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory having carried out 65,885 tests.

Covid-19 Case Updates- 2nd June 2020

  • Total Number of Cases – 10,819
  • Total Number Discharged – 3,239
  • Total Deaths – 314
  • Total Tests Carried out – 65,885

The 241 new cases are reported from 14 states – Lagos (142), Oyo (15), FCT (13), Kano (12), Edo (11), Delta (10), Kaduna (9), Rivers (9), Borno (8), Jigawa (4), Gombe (3), Plateau (3), Osun (1), Bauchi (1).

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The latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 5277, followed by Kano (970), Abuja at 687, Katsina (371), Edo (336), Oyo (317), Kaduna (297), Borno (296), Ogun (280), Jigawa (274), Rivers (248), Bauchi (241),  Gombe (164), Sokoto (116).

Kwara State has recorded 111 cases, Plateau (108), Delta (98), Nasarawa (80), Zamfara (76), Yobe (52), Osun (46), Akwa Ibom (45), Adamawa (42), Ebonyi (40), Imo (39), Kebbi and Niger (33), Ondo (28), Bayelsa (21), Ekiti (20), Taraba and Enugu (18), Abia (15), Anambra (11), Benue (9), while Kogi state has recorded only 2 cases.

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, 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.



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