By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigeria’s plan to grab a profitable chunk in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market is suffering a setback as its global share dropped four per cent.
According to the Managing Director of Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr Tony Attah, Nigeria had around 10 per cent supply share 10 years ago but has now lost 4 per cent to 6 per cent.
Mr Attah, speaking at the just-concluded 5th International Conference of the Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers, explained that the nation moved from the third position to the sixth position in the global supply chart.
“About 10 years ago, we controlled about 10 per cent of the market and number three in the world. But today with the emergence of the shale revolution in the United States and Australia, we have slipped quickly to number five, and again, further down to number six with less than six per cent market share. Nevertheless, I am hoping that train seven will bring us up,” Mr Attah noted.
“However, if you look at the data, we have 200 trillion cubic feet proven reserves (TCF); we have 22 million tonnes per annum capacity that’s less than point 5 per cent of results to capacity ratio analysis.
“Look at Australia, which has 88 million tonnes per annum capacity. This tells me that we can do much more to make a difference in Nigeria and reposition not only our company but also Nigeria and indeed Africa, on the global map,” he added.
“I just want to say a little bit about our performance. Today, we have delivered more than 5,000 LNG cargoes across the world. We have 23 dedicated ships that make the journey day in day out. Nigeria is enabling your economy. Nigeria is enabling your access to energy. Nigeria is enabling you to function.
“We have to date more than 11 billion in asset base and over $108 billion in revenues to our shareholders as expressed upfront with more than $35 billion in dividends delivered but at least $8 billion in taxes to the federal government since we became a taxpayer in 2009.
“Our customers, as I mentioned, proudly describe us as responsible, reliable, and trusted. They are not that many opportunities for Nigeria to be described as such, which is part of our delivering on the vision of helping to build a better Nigeria, starting from the reputation, but also from delivering very reliable energy to the rest of the world.
“Today, we produce about 7.5 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas on a daily basis. Of that, we as Nigeria LNG take 3.5 BCF almost 40 per cent. The domestic market consumes about 1.5 BCF, which is really just 21 per cent. The industry reinjects about 2.3 BCF much more than is going into the domestic market, which is where the actual national development can happen,” he said further.
“We have said gas is many things to many people. Gas to power will make a big difference in the lives of Nigerians. Today, as we said more than 100 million people have no direct access to power.
“Gas is the bedrock of industrialisation worldwide. Gas to petrochemicals, more than half the things we import today, we can get from gas, gas to agriculture. From fertilizer, you have probably heard of the Dangote fertiliser plant that is being built in Lagos. We can do so much,” Mr Attah disclosed.
He stated further: “That is just too shocking for me to take. I mean, if you benchmark that against the national budget, which is barely $45 billion year-on-year, we are spending by far too much of our forex importing what we already have. But gas is the bedrock for that opportunity if we are to move to the next level of industrialisation.”
NewGold ETF Attracts N4.41bn from Offshore Investors
By Dipo Olowookere
Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) space in Nigeria has continued to attract more offshore investors as it has remained as an avenue for them to diversify their investment portfolios.
Business Post reports that the demand for the form of investment asset has remained high despite foreign exchange (FX) restrictions in the country.
Recall that a month ago, this newspaper reported that foreign portfolio investors use this means to convert their Naira assets into Dollar as the nation grapples with forex liquidity.
Recently, the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited released its quarterly report on the ETFs market for Q2 and it was revealed that foreign transactions increased by 99.64 per cent even as 10 stockbrokers drove 99.9 per cent of total transaction value and 97.3 per cent of total volumes of ETFs.
It was observed that the NewGold ETF was the most active with its value rising by 99.58 per cent to N4.41 billion, taking the lead in both value and volume traded.
The report showed that offshore investors traded 524.241 units of NewGold valued at N4.41 billion, while Vetiva Griffin 30 followed with 501,48 units worth N8.12 million.
In addition, Vetiva Industrial Goods transacted 248,469 units valued at N4.52 million, Meristem Value ETF sold 115,58 units valued at N1.87 million, while Stanbic IBTC ETF traded 19,774 units valued at N1.48 million.
Analysis of the report showed that Rencap led in terms of brokers’ performance as regards value, retaining its top position in this category, having traded about 69.7 per cent.
RMB followed, accounting for 12.72 per cent while ABSA Securities accounted for 9.04 per cent of transactions.
On the other hand, Vetiva led in terms of volume, accounting for 31.55 per cent in the period under review. Rencap followed with 24.9 per cent while IONE accounted for 14.66 per cent volume of transactions.
However, market capitalisation declined by a record 39.7 per cent between both quarters as the commodity-backed ETP suffered net outflows of 54 per cent, from N12.0 billion in Q1 2021 to N5.5 billion in Q2 2021, due to FX restrictions in the regulatory climate.
Furthermore, trade volumes fell by approximately 69 per cent from about 5.3 million units in Q2 2020 to 1.6 million units in Q2 2021.
CBN Gives Nearly 4 million Farmers N756.5bn
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday said it has disbursed N756.5 billion to nearly 4 million (approximately 3,734,938) smallholder farmers cultivating 4.6 million hectares of land to improve food security in the country.
The development was revealed by CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emiefele, while presenting the communiqué of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.
According to the CBN boss, a total number of 627,051 farmers were granted N120.2 billion for the 2021 wet season under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) to cultivate 847,484 hectares of land.
“Under the bank’s development finance initiatives, the bank granted N756.5 billion to 3,734,938 smallholder farmers cultivating 4.6 million hectares of land, of which N120.2 billion was extended for the 2021 wet season to 627,051 farmers for 847,484 hectares of land, under the ABP,” Mr Emefiele said.
Furthermore, the apex bank said a total of N121.6 billion has been shared among 32,617 beneficiaries under the Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS).
Mr Emiefele also disclosed that the bank has released N318.2 billion to 679,422 beneficiaries for the targeted credit facility.
These beneficiaries, as said by the CBN chief, includes 572,189 individuals and 107,233 small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).
Meanwhile, the committee reviewed the domestic economic developments and noted that the non-oil sector, agriculture and industry sub-sectors were the major drivers of improvement as it recorded growth rates of 2.28 and 0.94 per cent, accordingly.
Lafarge Africa Grows Net Sales to N145bn in Six Months
By Dipo Olowookere
One of the major cement manufacturers in Nigeria, Lafarge Africa Plc, has continued to show resilience in the face of various challenges caused by COVID-19.
On Thursday, the firm released its half-year earnings for 2021 and the results showed that the net sales grew by 20.3 per cent to N145.0 billion from N120.5 billion in the same period of 2020.
Business Post reports that the sale of cement accounting for N141.4 billion of the total revenue for the period versus N118.6 billion in H1 2020, while the sale of aggregates and concrete contributing N3.6 billion compared with N2.0 billion in the same period of last year.
The financial statements revealed that the cost of sales gulped N97.0 billion as against N78.8 billion in the first six months of 2020, leaving the organisation with a gross profit of N48.0 billion compared with N41.7 billion in 2020, while the operating profit improved to N38.2 billion from N32.8 billion.
In the results, Lafarge Africa said it had selling and marketing costs of N1.5 billion, lower than N1.6 billion in the same time of last year and this was mainly due to a reduction in advertising expenses to N113.0 million from N182.5 million.
However, the administrative costs rose to N9.2 billion from N7.8 billion as a result of the rise in salaries and other staff-related costs, office and general expenses, as well as technical service fees.
In the period, the cement firm recorded a decline in finance income, which stood at N362.9 million compared with N377.1 million, while the finance costs went down to N2.7 billion from N4.4 billion.
On the bottom line of the results, Lafarge Africa said it had a profit before tax of N36.8 billion in H1 2021 versus N28.8 billion in H1 2020, while the profit after tax jumped to N28.3 billion from N23.3 billion.
The CEO of Lafarge Africa, Mr Khaled El Dokani, while commenting on the results, stated that, “Our performance remained resilient in Q2 2021, with net sales of 29.4 per cent, recurring EBIT of 11.1 per cent and net income of 25.7 per cent compared to the previous year.
“We are equally pleased with the progress we are making on sustainability; our use of affordable clean energy and our agroecology footprint is in accordance with the acceleration of our net-zero pledge”.
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