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Egyptian mogul Nassef Sawiris enters alliance with Emirati investors to further boost clean methanol business

OCI N.V. is a leading nitrogen and hydrogen product manufacturer and distributor.

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Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris.

OCI N.V., a leading hydrogen product producer, has announced a strategic alliance with Emirati investors ADQ and Alpha Dhabi Holding as it moves to position its methanol business, OCI Methanol Group, for future growth in line with its decarbonization strategies.

OCI N.V. is a leading nitrogen and hydrogen product manufacturer and distributor. The Dutch company also provides sustainable solutions to agricultural and industrial clients around the world.

Under the leadership of Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris and his father Onsi Sawiris, who passed away on June 28, OCI N.V. has grown from a family-run business into a major international nitrogen product and methanol producer and distributor, with operations on four continents. 

The strategic alliance with the Emirati investors will help the group’s methanol business focus more on driving the acceptance of clean methanol as a fuel for the future.

As part of the alliance, OCI Methanol Group will be incorporated as a listed entity on the Abu Dhabi Global Market, and a 15-percent stake in the methanol business will be placed for a total consideration of $375 million.

The strategic move marks a core transformational phase for OCI Methanol Group, which has been a pioneer in developing clean methanol and supplying clean methanol to blue-chip clients in various industries, including transportation.

Methanol is a core enabler of the hydrogen economy and one of the most logical hydrogen fuels.

Nassef Sawiris, executive chairman of OCI N.V. said the strategic partnership will accelerate the group’s position in the hydrogen economy.

“With methanol as the leading clean fuel for the shipping industry and other applications, we believe we are best positioned to execute growth initiatives and capitalize on the growing demand for clean hydrogen in downstream markets,” he said.

ADQ CEO Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi said the strategic partnership further solidifies Abu Dhabi’s position in the international arena as a primary player in the industrial and chemicals space. 

“We are dedicated to bringing top-tier international companies to the UAE in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision and plans to create a world-class investment platform that will invest in and develop a portfolio of petrochemical manufacturing projects in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

ADQ operates as one of the region’s largest holding companies, with direct and indirect stakes in more than 90 companies locally and globally.

Alpha Dhabi Holding (formerly Trojan Holding) is one of the fastest-growing holdings in the Middle East, with investments and developments in various sectors, including construction and real estate, hospitality, healthcare, infrastructure and transportation.

As of press time, on Nov. 24, shares in OCI N.V. were trading at €25.34 ($28.5) per share, 28-basis points lower than their opening price on the Euronext Exchange on Nov. 23.

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Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu loses more than $4 million in 36 days

UBA is a leading Nigerian financial group with operations in 20 African countries, as well as the UK, United States and France.

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Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu.

Nigerian businessman and multimillionaire philanthropist Tony Elumelu has recorded a N1.67-billion ($4.06 million) loss in the past 36 days from his stake in one of Nigeria’s leading financial services groups, United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA).

UBA is a leading Nigerian financial services group with operations in 20 African countries, as well as the UK, United States and France.

The pan-African bank ranks among Nigeria’s largest lenders. It operates under Elumelu, the billionaire businessman who holds a 6.96-percent stake in the group, deriving a total wealth of N18.8 billion ($45.8-billion) from his position.

The recent decline in the value of his stake can be linked to a single-digit drop in UBA’s share price on the Nigerian Exchange, as investors trimmed down their stake in the tier-1 lender.

As of press time, Dec. 4, shares in UBA were worth N7.9 ($0.01924) per share, 63-basis points lower than their opening price yesterday morning, Dec. 3.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that shares in the leading lender as of the opening of business and trading on Oct. 29 were worth N8.6 ($0.02094) per share.

Portfolio-rotation activities by investors who trimmed down their holdings in the bank caused its share price to slump by more than eight percent to N7.9 ($0.01924) per share as of the time of writing, accruing a total of N23.9 billion ($58.3 million) in losses for the bank and its shareholders.

While the market value of Elumelu’s 6.96-percent stake declined from N20.48 billion ($49.86 billion) to N18.81 billion ($45.8 million), this translates to a N1.67-billion ($4.06 million) loss for the Nigerian businessman in the past 36 days.

So far this year, the valuation of UBA and the market value of Elumelu’s stake in the bank is down by nearly nine percent.

Elumelu, who holds more than 2.3 billion shares in the pan-African bank, has earned a total of N1.72 billion ($4.18 million) in dividends from his stake.

The multimillionaire philanthropist recently paid out a total of $24.75 million in funding support to 4,949 entrepreneurs in Africa in line with his commitment to empower entrepreneurs on the continent.

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Egypt’s Ghabbour family gains $15.8 million in 11 days as shares in GB Auto rebound

The wealthy Ghabbour family holds a majority 62.9-percent stake in the leading auto manufacturer.

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Businessman Raouf Ghabbour.

Egypt’s Ghabbour family has gained EGP247.73 million ($15.8 million) in the past 11 days from their stake in GB Auto.

GB Auto is an Egyptian manufacturer of automobiles, buses, trucks and motorcycles founded by   Kamal and Sadek Ghabbour in 1960. Since then, the company has grown into the largest automobile manufacturer in Egypt under the Ghabbour Group.

The wealthy Ghabbour family holds a majority 62.9-percent stake in the leading auto manufacturer.

The recent gain in the market value of their stake can be linked to the performance of the company’s shares in the past 11 days as investors renewed interest in the automaker after its share price on the Egyptian Stock Exchange plummeted below EGP3.7 ($0.232) per share.

Data retrieved by Billionaires.Africa revealed that shares in the Egypt-based automaker were worth EGP4.01 ($0.255) per share as of press time, Dec. 4, 282-basis points higher than their opening price for the week.

As a result of the renewed buying interest in the automaker, its stock price soared by 10 percent from a valuation of EGP3.65 ($0.232) per share on Nov. 22, to a price of EGP4.01 ($0.255) per share as of the time of writing.

Meanwhile, the market value of the Ghabbour family’s stake in the automaker increased from EGP2.51 billion ($159.91 million) to EGP2.76 billion ($175.69 million), accruing total gains of EGP247.73 million ($15.8 million) for the family in 11 days.

So far this year, the valuation of GB Auto and the market value of the family’s stake in the company is up by nearly 21 percent.

The company’s stock performance in 2021 can be linked to its robust financial performance during the year.

Figures contained in its first-nine-month financial report for 2021 revealed that its revenue rose by 39 percent to EGP22.4 billion, while its net income increased by 59.8 percent to EgP1.01 billion.

The robust performance can be linked to the benefits that the company reaped from operational efficiency initiatives, operational leverage from higher revenues and the overall improved demand in the period.

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Led by Ivorian banker Tiemoko Yade Coulibaly, Societe Generale Cote d’Ivoire loses $42.6 million in three days

Societe Generale Cote d’Ivoire SA is an Ivory Coast-based bank offering financial products and services.

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Businessman Tiemoko Yade Coulibaly.

Leading Ivorian bank Societe Generale Cote d’Ivoire has accrued XOF24.73 billion ($42.65 million) in losses for shareholders after its shares slumped by nearly seven percent in the past three days.

Societe Generale Cote d’Ivoire SA is an Ivory Coast-based bank offering banking and financial products and services to individuals and corporate institutions.

Under the leadership of its chairman, Ivorian banker Tiemoko Yade Coulibaly, the comapny operates as a subsidiary of the French multinational investment bank Societe Generale, which is headquartered in Paris, France. 

As of press time, Dec. 3, shares in the bank were trading at XOF10,705 ($18.46) per share, 4.5-percent lower than their opening price this morning on the Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobilieres, a regional stock exchange for companies in West African countries.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that shares in Societe Generale Cote d’Ivoire at the opening of business and trading this month on Dec. 1 were worth XOF11,500 ($19.83) per share.

Profit-taking activities on the regional bourse, as investors trimmed down their holdings in the bank, caused its share price to slump by nearly seven percent to XOF10,705 ($18.46) per share.

As a result of the decline in the bank’s shares, its market capitalization dropped from XOF357.78 billion ($616.95 million) on Dec. 1 to close the week at XOF333.04 billion ($574.3 million).

This resulted in a total value loss of XOF24.73 billion ($42.65 million) for the bank and its shareholders in just three days.

So far this year, the valuation of Societe Generale Cote d’Ivoire is up by more than 30 percent.

In the first nine months of its current financial year, the bank reported a 40-percent hike in its net income from the XOF34.65 billion ($60 million) that it posted last year to XOF48.44 billion ($82.8 million).

The surge in earnings can be linked to a contained growth in overheads and reasonable control over the net cost of risk despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its interest-bearing assets.

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