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Corporate deals

Continental Reinsurance Plc acquires 100% ownership of its Botswana subsidiary

Continental Reinsurance Plc now holds 100% of issued ordinary share capital in its subsidiary.

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Continental Reinsurance Plc has announced 100% ownership of its Botswana subsidiary, as it posts strong growth in its H1 2020 results.

In a bid to continue in its quest for geographical diversity, Continental Reinsurance Plc announced, that it has acquired a minority 40% stake in its Botswana subsidiary, known as Continental Reinsurance Ltd (Botswana), through its holding company – CRe African Investments Limited (“CRAFIL”).

This is contained in a press release released September, 10 and signed by the firm’s Group Communications Manager, Elsie Mbera.

The acquisition means, Continental Reinsurance Plc now holds 100% of the issued ordinary share capital in the subsidiary, effectively announcing a change in the ownership structure of Continental Reinsurance Ltd (Botswana).

On the rationale behind the deal, the Group Managing Director, Dr Femi Oyetunji, was quoted saying: “The acquisition means not only growth in economic size, but also presents us with an opportunity to enhance our strategic influence, and broaden our market appeal through the expansion of stakeholder segments that we actively interact with.”

On who will lead its newly acquired Botswana subsidiary, Dr Femi added that, “Building on our talent growth and diversity strategy, we have appointed Mr Francis Nzwili as Managing Director. Previously with our Nairobi subsidiary, as Managing Director of the Botswana business, Francis comes on board with a wealth of experience in underwriting and business development, that significantly complements the strength of the existing team. The position of Managing Director was previously held by Mr Cas Hansa, who has taken up new strategic responsibilities as Group Head: Underwriting and Claims.”

Continental Reinsurance, established in 1985, is a composite private pan-African reinsurer that has been on the continent for more than 30 years, writing business in more than 50 countries across the African continent. It provides support to over 200 insurance companies in Africa, with its main offices in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Botswana.

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Chidi Emenike is a graduate of economics, a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow and an Investment Foundations certificate holder. He worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Federal College of Education Kano and is also a trained National Peer Group Educator on Financial Inclusion

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DEAL: Tangerine Life completes take-over of ARM Life Insurance Plc

Tangerine Life Insurance has concluded the acquisition of ARM Life Plc.

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Tangerine Life Insurance, a subsidiary of Verod Capital Limited has concluded the acquisition of ARM Life Plc.

This is according to a press release issued by the firm’s Head, Brand and Communications, Olabisi Adesokan, seen by Nairametrics.

The merger is expected to consolidate and optimize the unique strengths of both sides, both in the corporate and retail markets, creating a stronger and broader insurance and financial services platform that will be of immense benefits to all.

READ: Buhari reappoints Bala Usman as MD of NPA, reconstitutes the Board

Background of the deal

A decision to complete the acquisition of ARM Life Insurance Plc was reached at Tangerine’s Board Meeting held on 4th of March, 2020, where the provisions of section 131 of the Investment and Securities Act (ISA) 2007 was triggered.

Provisions in section 131 of ISA 2007 had empowered Tangerine Life Insurance to takeover ARM Life, following its 77.72% equity stake held in the latter, which translates to 7,392,953,710 ordinary shares.

In lieu of this, a decision to buy-out the remaining stake of 2,180,967,082 ordinary shares at N0.63 was ratified at the Board meeting and subsequently implemented.

READ: Report any employer without Group Life Insurance for employees – PenCom

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What they are saying

Commenting on the rationale behind the deal, the Managing Director of Tangerine Life, Livingstone Magorimbo said: “Integrating the businesses has presented us a tremendous opportunity to enhance our capabilities, improve operating efficiencies and grow our businesses.

“At Tangerine Life, we will continue to innovate, drive positive change within the insurance industry and create tremendous value for our customers towards effectively positioning our business to stay ahead of the next wave of industry evolution.”

On the other hand, a former Managing Director at ARM Life, Stephen Alangbo added that: “Innovation is paramount in ensuring customer satisfaction in today’s business landscape. We believe that the combination of both entities will ensure exceptional value creation for existing and new customers and partner.”

What you should know

  • According to the press release, the merger places Tangerine Life as the 4th largest life insurer in Nigeria and position it for future growth.
  • Tangerine Life Insurance Limited, formerly known as Metropolitan Life Insurance Nigeria Limited was incorporated on 19 August 2004 and licensed by NAICOM on 14 February 2007. It is principally engaged in the provision of group life, credit life and individual life products to over 12,000 blue-chip corporate and retail clients.
  • The Company is majorly owned by Oreon LMS Limited, a subsidiary of Verod Capital Growth Fund II, a US$115 Million private equity fund managed by Verod Capital Management Limited.

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DEAL: FMDQ Exchange admits Parthian Partners Limited’s Commercial Paper worth N20 billion

FMDQ has ratified the admission of Parthian Partners Limited’s N20 billion Commercial Paper.

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The Board Listings, Market and Technology Committee of FMDQ has ratified the admission of Parthian Partners Limited’s commercial paper worth N20 billion into the FMDQ Exchange platform.

This is according to a verified tweet by FMDQ Exchange, which reads; “FMDQExchange is pleased to announce the approval for the registration of the Parthian Partners Limited ₦20.00 billion Commercial Paper Programme on its Platform.’’

Prior to the recent admission, Nairametrics had earlier reported that a total of six (6) commercial papers valued at N22.29 billion have been admitted to FMDQ platform since the beginning of this year, with the latest being the admission of Coronation Merchant Bank’s CP series worth N3.63 billion.

Recall that since 2014, FMDQ Exchange has continued to champion the reform of Commercial Papers market, in collaboration with the CBN and through the deployment of key initiatives and strategies, part of which made it possible for the Exchange to cross the N1 trillion mark in 2018.

What this means

  • Nairametrics understands that Parthian Partners Limited, just like other issuers quoted on the FMDQ Exchange, will enjoy some value-driven services such as; gaining access to a wide range of knowledgeable and capitalised investors, enhanced liquidity among others.
  • The Commercial Papers will enable Parthian Partners Limited plug its capital shortfalls and meet up with its short-term liquidity, sustaining its business through the process.

What you should know

  • It is pertinent to note that Commercial Papers quoted on FMDQ’s platform are quoted on FMDQ and traded on the FMDQ-Bloomberg E-Bond Trading and Surveillance System
  • FMDQ Debt Market size as at close of business on 23rd of February, 2021 currently stands at N23.07 trillion.

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