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Ardova Positions Business for Future Growth, Cuts Borrowing Cost by 69% in 9 months



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By Dipo Olowookere

Despite the huge challenges businesses across the globe, especially the oil industry, have faced this year, Ardova Plc has been able to come out stronger.

This has been made possible by the cost-optimisation, superior customer experience, operational efficiency, innovation, and strategic partnerships strategies of the board and management.

In the first nine months of 2020, the energy firm significantly reduced its borrowing cost by 69.6 per cent to N0.7 million from N2.3 billion in the same period of last year.

This was mainly due to the lower interest paid on bank loans and overdrafts in the period under consideration as N299.1 million was paid in contrast to the N1.3 billion paid last year.

Business Post reports that the superior customer experience offered by Ardova resulted in the 3.7 per cent rise in revenue to N128.2 billion from N123.6 billion, with the cost of sales up to N119.2 billion from N115.4 billion, leaving the company with a gross profit of N9.0 billion versus N8.1 billion in the same period of 2019.

In strict compliance with its cost-optimisation policy, Ardova cut is administrative expenses to N5.2 billion from N6.0 billion and this was mainly because of the reduction in board and AGM costs, personnel costs, transport and travel costs, amongst others.

In the first nine months of the year, the distribution expenses reduced to N1.6 billion from N1.7 billion and the operating profit went down to N2.9 billion from N4.2 billion.

Business Post observed that the bottom line of the results was not too palatable in the first nine months of the year, but in the third quarter, the firm bounced back into profitability.

In Q3 of 2019, the company had a net loss of N190.8 million but in Q3 of 2020, it was a net profit of N875.4 million, while the balance sheet closed very strong as the total assets closed at N49.8 billion versus N47.0 billion in FY 2019.

The CEO of Ardova, Mr Olumide Adeosun, in his reaction to the company’s performance in the period under consideration, said it “reflects our continued resolve towards operational excellence despite the challenging operating environment.”

“In the third quarter, we made significant strides in optimizing our core assets, built a resilient balance sheet, and worked extensively in positioning our business for future growth.

“Consequently, this led to increasing top-line revenue, higher margins, and improved operational efficiency.

“Specifically, our business transformation initiatives resulted in a sterling growth of over 2,000 per cent in normalized profit with operating expense ratio and gross margin printing at 5.2 per cent and 7.0 per cent,” he added.

Continuing, he said, “As a forward-thinking organisation, we will continue to explore opportunities in clean energy solutions and appraise the ever-changing downstream regulatory environment to build a socially responsible and formidable integrated downstream energy company.

“These opportunities and reforms, where required, will lead to one-off investments and collaboration with the right partners to deliver sustainable future returns to the business in the short to medium-term.”

“Overall, we are pleased with the progress we have made so far, especially in what has been the most challenging year for businesses across the globe and our industry in particular,” Mr Adeosun, who has transformed the firm since it was acquired from Mr Femi Otedola last year, stated further.

“Nonetheless, we remain committed to continue enhancing shareholder value. The focus over the coming periods will be to consolidate and build on the gains achieved and further refine our processes to ensure we achieve our set objective of superior customer experience, operational efficiency, innovation, and strategic partnerships,” he assured.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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Weekly Forex Turnover at I&E Skyrockets to $1.1bn



Weekly Forex Turnover

By Sodeinde Temidayo David

In one week, the total value of transactions recorded at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange (forex) market in Nigeria rose to $1.1 billion.

Data obtained by Business Post from the FMDQ Securities Exchange showed that the weekly forex turnover at the I&E was 18.73 per cent or $183.56 million higher than the $980.1 million recorded a week earlier.

The FMDQ exchange, which tracks trades on the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Rate Fixing (NAFEX) platform, revealed that the significant spike in the value of the transactions was due to the high FX demand last Friday, a day after the Naira depreciated against the United States Dollar to an all-time low of N422.07/$1, triggering panic at the FX window.

At the first trading session of last week, the turnover was $184.3 million and the next day, it dropped to $153.4 million before skyrocketing to $306.8 million on Wednesday and the next day, the turnover went down to $141.9 million before jumping to $337.3 million due to decision of investors to quickly pull out their funds as a result of comments by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo interpreted to mean he was in full support of the devaluation of the local currency so as to allow it get its true market value.

As for the performance of the Naira against the US dollar at the investors’ window in the week, it depreciated by 0.2 per cent or 77 kobo week-on-week to N415.07/$1 from N414.30/$1 in the preceding week.

The weakening of the local currency at the FX market window must have been caused by the rise in the demand for forex experienced at the mid-week and the last trading session as well as the shortage supply of forex to traders to meet the demands of their customers.

It was gathered that last Monday, the domestic currency traded at N414.40/$1 at the I&E segment and appreciated to N414.30/$1 on Tuesday.

At the midweek session, it fell to N415.10/$1 and the next day, it dropped to an all-time low of N422.07/$1 before bouncing back to close at N415.07/$1 last Friday.

Also at the interbank segment of the market, the Nigerian currency lost 0.02 per cent or 10 kobo week-on-week against the American Dollar to trade at N410.91/$1 versus the previous week’s N410.81/$1.

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CBN Adds New Feature to Yet-to-be-Launched eNaira




By Sodeinde Temidayo David

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that the yet-to-be-launched eNaira will have a new add-on that will enable users to complete transactions with mobile phones without Internet capability.

The apex bank, in a document titled Design paper for the eNaira, disclosed that maximising the value and use cases of the nation’s digital currency would depend largely on devices with Internet capabilities.

A few months ago, the CBN said it would launch eNaira on October 1, 2021, but it later suspended this without giving a new date for the unveiling.

This digital currency, which is expected to promote the cashless policy, is expected to become operational after the central bank stopped the trading of unregulated digital currencies in the country like Bitcoin, Ethereum and others.

The eNaira is to be introduced into the country under the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), an electronic record or digital token of the local currency and is to be issued and regulated by the monetary authority.

Given the reason, the CBN noted that, “The eNaira thus risks further alienating sections of the population who are uneducated, lack exposure and access to internet services or digital devices.”

The apex bank is adding the new feature to the eNaira following a recent publication that estimated that 35 per cent or about 37.1 million of the nation’s adult population was illiterate.

To face the risk of losing adoption of the digital currency to this segment of the population, the CBN added that the bank has factored in the need for inclusiveness as part of the core design principle of the eNaira.

According to the central bank, this principle has enabled the bank to focus on simplicity and ease on the use of the e-Naira, to ensure that Nigerians without Internet-enabled phones can access the digital service.

The CBN said the eNaira would complement existing payment options available via the mobile banking apps, Point of Sale (POS) terminals, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), quick response code and Internet banking, among other channels.

GSMA, a global industry organisation that represents the interests of mobile network operators, had said in a recent report that 19 per cent of people living in Nigeria do not have access to mobile broadband coverage.

In its design paper, the central bank, in a bid to ensure inclusive access while also ensuring the integrity of the financial system, has chosen the account-based CBDC model for the eNaira.

The CBN said, “The account-based CBDC model at its core mirrors the progress made on the National Financial Inclusion Strategy which enables access to financial services by leveraging last-mile networks to identify users and to provide banking services through channels such as PoS and USSD.

“With the account-based model, the CBN seeks to enable access by leveraging the existing identity infrastructure in Nigeria such as the BVN, NIN, TIN, etc., to uniquely identify individuals and corporate entities.

“Specifically, identity frameworks such as the NIN will enable access for the financially excluded as they can be uniquely identified, thereby enabling the provision of financial services. These identity systems will help ensure a robust KYC framework positioned to enable access for all Nigerians.”

The CBN also added that this would help improve cross-border payments and address issues of dollarisation of the economy, as it could be recalled that Visa, a payments company, recently noted that the ease of operating CBDCs would determine the success of digital currencies.

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Nigerian Exporters Fail Due to Poor Training, Exposure—NEPC



Nigerian exporters

By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has revealed that many Nigerian exporters, including women entrepreneurs, fail in the international market as a result of poor training and exposure to the business.

According to the federal agency, it is necessary for anyone who wants to venture and succeed in the business to undergo adequate training in order to grasp the scope of the competitive venture.

The Executive Director/CEO of the NEPC, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, disclosed this at a capacity building workshop organized for women-owned businesses in the non-oil export value chain in Akure, Ondo State on Friday, October 15

Speaking at the event, which was organised by the Export Development and Incentive Department of the NEPC, Mr Awolowo said that, “Lack of export market training is one of the major reasons Nigerian exporters fail in the international market.

“Exporters need to learn the specific requirements of the target markets as well as the certification needed for the product to be exported.”

Represented by the Head/Trade Promotion Advisor at NEPC Akure, Mr Macpherson Fred-Ileogben, the agency’s head noted that it was for this reason that the council decided to organise the workshop.

The training featured coaching and networking sessions to give women entrepreneurs the opportunity to improve their knowledge of competitiveness in the export market.

He cited that the involvement of women in trade will not only promote gender equality but also increase the growth potential of the nation.

As a result of the gradual recovery from the global pandemic, players in the non-oil exporting business into the international market have been tasked to think outside the box to ensure continuity.

To realize this, it would be recalled that the agency also organized a sensitisation workshop in Lagos in September 2021 which was themed Earn Dollars by Selling on Amazon to help stakeholders see the opportunities in leveraging e-commerce.

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