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Nigerian energy magnate Ambrosie Bryant Orjiako steps down as chairman of Seplat Energy

A board announcement issued by the energy group from its offices in Lagos confirmed the transition.

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Nigerian energy magnate Ambrosie Bryant Orjiako.

Nigerian energy magnate and Seplat Energy Co-Founder Ambrosie Bryant Orjiako, has decided to step down as chairman and board director of Seplat Energy Plc, Nigeria’s largest energy group.

A board announcement issued by the energy group from its offices in Lagos, Nigeria, confirmed the transition.

The group noted that Orjiako will remain chairman until the next annual general shareholders meeting in May 2022, when he will be succeeded by an independent chairperson in line with Seplat Energy’s succession plan.

Orjiako, who co-founded the energy group in 2009 with Austin Avuru through the partnership of Shebah Petroleum Development Company and Platform Petroleum Joint Ventures, is credited for building Seplat into one of Nigeria’s most successful indigenous oil and gas companies.

Since Seplat was founded more than a decade ago, it has grown into the largest listed energy group on the Nigerian Exchange, with a N424.39-billion ($1.033 billion) market capitalization.

In a statement, Orjiako said: “The past 12 years of Seplat Energy’s existence have been phenomenal for me. As chairman, I am proud that the board, management, and entire staff of Seplat Energy were able to achieve several enviable milestones and exceptional successes, notably the acquisition of eight oil and gas assets, expansion of the Oben and development of the ANOH gas plants and the dual listing on both the Nigerian and London stock exchanges, a first by a Nigerian company.”

“I will continue to give my utmost energy and commitment to the company until I step down from the board at the next annual general shareholders meeting,” he said.

Capital market observers and experts close to the energy group believe that Orjiako’s decision to step down was spurred by court actions over a $150-million loan facility taken by Shebah E&P Limited to carry out a drilling campaign in OML 108 in 2012.

The court actions instituted by Zenith Bank Plc, a leading Nigerian bank, against Shebah E&P and eight others, followed numerous court orders issued both in London and in Nigeria since 2014.

According to reports, Orjiako paid the lenders $89.3 million of the total $150-million principal, including $20 million paid this year to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, African Export-Import Bank and Access Bank toward the repayment efforts. 

In line with the order of the court, Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Plc, a key player in Nigeria’s health sector, has suspended all transactions with Orjiako, who is firstly a trained medical doctor, before he began to actively take part in the Nigerian oil industry.

As of the time of the drafting of this report, Seplat shares on the Nigerian Exchange closed at N721.1 per share, unchanged from their opening price this morning, Nov. 17.

As of Oct. 29, Orjiako had a 6.43-percent stake in Seplat. At the current price, his stake is valued at N27.27 billion ($66.37 million).

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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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