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Manufacturing

Shareholders strike gold as Honeywell, NNFM shares gain N1.8 billion in 4 trading sessions

Shareholders of Northern Nigerian Flour Mills and Honeywell Flour Mills Plc pocket impressive gains.

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Shareholders of Northern Nigerian Flour Mills and Honeywell Flour Mills Plc have received impressive gains of about N2.02 billion as the shares of the flour milling companies surged to incredible heights in four active trading sessions on the NGX.

According to data tracked on the Nigerian stock exchange from the 15th of April 2020 to the close of the market on the 21st of April, the joint market capitalization of the two flour millers –Honeywell and Northern Nigerian Flour Mills – on NGX increased by a total N2.02 billion.

READ: Oba Otudeko gains N690 million in a single session on NSE

This suggests that in about four trading sessions on the Nigerian Stock exchange, the shares of the two flour millers returned about N2.02 billion market gains to their holders, at the back of sustained buying interest in the shares of these companies.

Bargain hunters who picked up the shares of Honeywell and NNFM at N1.09 per share and N4.90 on the 14th and 15th of April 2021 respectively, were able to maximize their gains to the tune of about 30% and 20% respectively in about 4 to 5 trading sessions on the Nigerian equity market.

READ: Flour Mills shares surge by 6.9%, lifting the miller’s capitalization by N8.2 billion

The impact on the market capitalization of Honeywell and NNFM

The double-digit gains in the shares of Honeywell Flour Mills saw the market capitalization of the flour milling company surge by about N1.82 billion in total, from N9.44 billion on the 15th of April 2021 to N11.26 billion at the close of trading activities yesterday.

The market capitalization of Northern Nigerian Flour Mills Plc in reaction to the gains in its share price, surged from N873 million on the 15th of April 2021 to N1.07 billion at the close of trade on the NSE yesterday, placing the total gains at N197 million.

READ: Dangote Flour Mills shareholders unanimously approve company acquisition  

The total market value gains of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc and Northern Nigerian Flour Mills Plc in four days are put at about N2.017 billion, despite the lacklustre state of the Nigerian equity space.

What you should know

  • At the close of trading activities yesterday, the NGX All-Share Index and market capitalization appreciated by 0.29% to close higher at 39,128.34 index points and N20.477 trillion respectively.
  • While the NGX Consumer goods index, an index that tracks the performance of the shares of consumer goods companies like NNFM and Honeywell on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, depreciated by -0.35% to close at 553.26 index points.

Omokolade Ajayi is a graduate of Economics, and a certificate holder of the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundation Program. He is a business analyst, and equity market researcher, with wealth of experience as a retail investor.

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Energy

BUA Group awards contract for polypropylene plant in its refinery project

The completion of the project is to help boost Nigeria’s capacity to meet the country’s increasing demand for petrochemical products.

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BUA Group chairman, Abdulsamad Rabiu, African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA, CCNN

Nigeria’s leading indigenous conglomerate, BUA Group has announced that it has signed a contract agreement with Lummus Technology for the establishment of a polypropylene plant in its refinery and petrochemical project.

The completion of the project is to help boost Nigeria’s capacity to meet the country’s increasing demand for petrochemical products.

The Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, while disclosing the contract agreement, expressed confidence in the capacity and technical expertise of Lummus Technology to deliver a best-in-class project.

READ: BUA says its export-focused sugar project will create jobs and checkmate price hike

What the Chairman of BUA Group is saying

Rabiu in his statement said, “We are pleased to sign this polypropylene contract for our BUA refinery and petrochemicals project with Lummus Technology, a world leader in delivering polypropylene solutions, which will solve the increasing demand for high-performance grade polypropylene in Nigeria, the Gulf of Guinea as well as the Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

“We are confident in the capacity and technical expertise of Lummus Technology to deliver a best-in-class, 285,000 tpy polypropylene unit for our refinery project scheduled to come on stream in 2024.’’

READ: Dangote, BUA reconcile over sugar plant dispute after meeting with Ganduje, others

What the President/Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology is saying

On his part, the President/Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology, Leon de Bruyn, said that he was looking forward to working with BUA refinery on the project.

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Leon said, “We look forward to working with BUA Refinery on this critical project and supporting the first Novolen polypropylene unit in Nigeria. Our world-class Novolen technology is well suited to meet Nigeria’s increasing demand for the growing petrochemical products market.

It offers a flexible range of industry-leading products for all PP applications, and the industry’s lowest overall capital and operational costs while providing customers with high process reliability and flexibility in responding to market needs.”

READ: BUA Group, French company announce progress in 200,000 bpd refinery project

What you should know

Lummus Novolen Technology GmbH licenses polypropylene technology and provides related engineering and technical support/advisory services. Novolen also supplies NHP® catalysts for the production of high-performance polypropylene grades in the Novolen process, and NOVOCENE® metallocene catalyst for the production of special polypropylene grades.

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Our First Bank loan is being serviced, reduced by 30% in 2 years – Honeywell Group

The credit facilities accessed from First Bank were granted after due negotiations, with the necessary documentation and in line with regulatory policies and industry standards.

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Billionaire watch: Oba Otudeko’s stakes in Firstbank and Honeywell are worth N10.3 billion

The Honeywell Group has said that its loan with First Bank is being serviced as the conglomerate had reduced the facility by 30% in the last two and half years.

This was disclosed by the Group via a statement issued on Sunday and seen by Nairametrics.

According to the statement, the company and the bank have had a professional business relationship since 1975, which preceded the group’s investment in the bank over a decade later.

According to the Honeywell Group, the credit facilities accessed from First Bank were granted after due negotiations, with the necessary documentation and in line with regulatory policies and industry standards.

The Group further explained that following agreed terms, its facilities are adequately secured with First Bank with collaterals in place at over 170% of forced sales value and 230% at open market value.

It stated, “In 2015, First Bank under the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria, drew our attention to a 2004 circular (BSD/9/2004) which requires that insider related facilities must not exceed 10% of paid-up share capital.

Based on this directive we subsequently entered negotiations with the bank to agree on an appropriate repayment structure and the final negotiated position was duly approved by the CBN.

In addition to the above, First Bank, on the directive of CBN, requested additional security in the form of FBN Holdings Plc shares held by the Chairman of Honeywell Group, Dr Oba Otudeko citing a 2001 circular. This was duly provided through an authorisation to place a lien on the shares.”

Honeywell Group has continued to meet all its obligations on its facilities with the bank according to agreed terms and has reduced its exposure by nearly 30% in 2.5 years. The facilities were charged at market rate and the bank continues to earn significant interest therefrom.”

What you should know

  • Nairametrics had reported when the Central Bank of Nigeria directed Honeywell to fully repay its obligations to First Bank within 48 hours, warning that failure to do so would cause the CBN to take regulatory measures against the insider borrower and the bank.
  • The Chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, also served as Chairman of FBN Holdings Plc until he was asked by the apex bank to go along with other directors on Thursday.
  • The apex bank had noted in a letter last Wednesday that First Bank had yet to comply with regulatory directives on divesting its interest in Honeywell despite several reminders.
  • Also, the CBN asked First Bank to forward evidence involving the divestment of interest in Honeywell Flour Mills and Bharti Airtel Nigeria Ltd within 90 days.

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