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Nigerian Breweries to raise more funds

Brewery giant, Nigerian Breweries Plc is set to launch series 7 and 8 Commercial Paper, barely two months after launching series 5 and 6. 

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Barely two months after brewery giant, Nigerian Breweries Plc launched series 5 and 6 Commercial Paper (CP) to raise N45 billion to support its short-term funding needs, the multinational firm is set to launch series 7 and 8.

The CP programme, which will open on April 6, 2020, is aimed at raising a maximum amount of N48 billion in order to support the company’s short term funding needs.

This was disclosed in a notification signed by Nigerian Breweries Plc’s company secretary, Uaboi G. Agbebaku and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the investing public on April 2, 2020.

According to the company, while series 7 will be for a tenor of 182 days, the series 8 will be for 270 days.

[READ MORE: Nigerian automaker raises $9 million despite protest against electric car in Nigeria)

The Commercial Paper programme will continue to provide the opportunity for non-equity investors to invest in the company, support the company’s cost management initiatives and serve as an additional source of funding for the company.

To protect margins, Nigeria’s top brewers are set to increase prices , Nigerian Breweries, Economy: Local corporates taking advantage of the low yield environment , Nigerian Breweries goes to the retail lab, Analysis: Nigeria Breweries, the glory days are gone

This Commercial Paper is mainly targeted at high net worth individuals, institutional investors which include pension and non-pension assets managers.

It will be listed on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, making it possible for investors to trade on them.

Commercial Paper is an unsecured, short-term debt instrument, issued by a corporation, typically for the financing of accounts payable, inventories and meeting short-term liabilities.

It is backed only by a promise from the issuing bank or company to pay the fixed amount stated in the document at maturity.

[READ ALSO: Field Intelligence raises $3.6 million to take advantage of pharmacy cravings in Nigeria)

In its recently released result for full-year 2019, Nigerian Breweries Plc recorded revenue of N323 billion as against the N324.3 billion achieved in 2018. This represents a 0.4 % decrease.  Profit for full-year 2019 is N16.1 billion as against the N19.4 billion achieved in 2018. This represents a 17% decrease.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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    Agip shut oil facility in Bayelsa due to oil spillage, environmental pollution reported

    Agip on Wednesday confirmed an oil leak, resulting in a shutdown.

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    The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) has confirmed the shutdown of its Idu oilfields at Egbebiri settlement within Biseni in Yenagoa Local Government Area in Bayelsa, due to an oil spillage.

    A Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report on the incident said that the leakage at the facility could be traced to equipment failure due to a rupture at the wellhead.

    According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Eni, the parent company of NAOC, in a response statement, said the facility was shut down to prevent further damage to the environment.

    READ: Shell wants oil spillage case tried in Nigeria, but victims say no 

    What Eni is saying

    An Eni spokesperson on behalf of the Italian Energy firm, in a statement, said, “As soon as the incident was reported, we activated our oil spill response, shut in the well, and notified government regulatory agencies.

    “The Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) was carried out on 09/05/2021, with the participation of community representatives and the government regulatory agencies.

    “The event occurred within the Company’s wellhead location which is paved and walled round. There is no significant third-party impact,” Eni stated.

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    Environmental Rights Group reports environmental degradation

    An environmental rights group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), however, said that the incident which discharged crude and associated gas had severely polluted the environment.

    The Non-Governmental Organisation said that a visit to the spill site showed pictorial evidence of the crude spreading beyond NAOC’s right of way as nearby vegetation were affected as a result of the crude impact.

    The Head of Field Operations at ERA/FoEN, Mr Alagoa Morris, in a field report on the spill said the Idu fields was notorious for frequent spills caused by equipment failure.

    He said, “The people of Egbebiri in Biseni kingdom have experienced several oil spills over the years. And all the oil spill incidents documented by the Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in this community environment have occurred as a result of equipment failure and on Wellheads.

    “ERA/FoEN has had cause to visit the environment of Idu Well 5 and 11 located within the same place in the past and it has always been Idu Well 11 spewing crude oil into the environment.

    “Available records from ERA/FoEN indicate that there have been previous oil spills from this particular Idu Well 11 operated by Agip. Before concluding this Field Report, ERA/FoEN confirmed that Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) was carried out on Sunday, 9th May 2021.

    “This is why the official Spill Reference No 2021/LAR/028/058 is indicated in this report; sourced from the JIV report. Cause of spill was attributed to equipment failure,” ERA/FoEN stated.

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    The report quoted a resident of the community simply identified as Georgie as saying that the spill incident of May 7 spilled oil from around 10 p.m till about 8 a.m the next day before the leak was stopped adding that the level of damage was enormous.

    What you should know

    It can be recalled that in a similar circumstance, Shell Petroleum Development Company reported an oil pipeline spillage at its Okordia-Rumekpe 14-inch crude truck line, discharging about 213 barrels of crude oil into the Ikarama community in Bayelsa State and polluting about 1.34 hectares of land.

    This new leakage is the latest in a series of oil spillages by the multinational oil exploration and production companies, which has put them in conflict with the host communities.

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    Nigeria records system collapse during holidays

    Nigeria’s national electricity grid collapsed on Wednesday morning.

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    The Nigerian grid has experienced a partial collapse, dealing a blow for stay at home Nigerians during the holidays.

    This was confirmed in a statement by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), as seen by Nairametrics.

    What EKEDC is saying about the grid collapse:

    “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the National Grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”

    According to latest reports, partial restoration of power is already occurring across the country.

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