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2021 first half: Dangote Sugar records strong growth

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2021 first half: Dangote Sugar records strong growth

 

SaharaWeeklyNG Reports That The Dangote Sugar Refinery recorded strong improvements in performance indices in the half-year ended June 30, 2021, as group revenue increased by 27.8 percent to N131.95 billion in contrast to N103.23 billion recorded at the same period in the preceding year.  According to the refinery’s unaudited results for the period, Gross profit grew double-digit at 37.3 percent to N28.59 billion compared to N20.82 billion at the preceding year due to better topline performance.

2021 first half: Dangote Sugar records strong growth

Group sales volume increased to 388,589 tonnes while production volume also increased by 7.6 percent to 403,846 tonnes driven by operations optimization drive.

 

Commenting on the Company’s half-year 2021 performance, the Group Managing Director/CEO, Ravindra Singhvi said; “We commenced the year on a strong footing with an impressive performance in the first half as the financial results have shown, with a stronger Q1 topline growth and a robust Q2 topline growth year on year.

 

During the period under review, we launched our new packaging designs for the 50kg fortified and non-fortified sugar bags with the theme “Dangote Sugar has a new look…. Same Great Quality”. The theme reaffirms the quality of our product and inspires a deeper connection to the Dangote Sugar brand among our valued customers and consumers, whilst refreshing our market presence as the leading sugar brand in Nigeria.”

 

He added, “…as part of our Supply Chain Management Sustainability journey, we continued to enhance our Outgrowers Scheme. The technical and agriculture support provided for them over time has led to the improved yield from our Outgrowers sugarcane farms at the Numan Sugar Estate. This effort will be sustained to ensure the socio-economic growth of our immediate communities and improved the sugar cane supply for production.

 

The team is committed to navigating the second half of the year, keeping the health and safety of our people and partners as the top priority. Our Refinery in Apapa and Backward Integration Operations in Numan, Adamawa State, and Tunga, Nasarawa State continue to operate in compliance with our health and safety protocols while ensuring our commitment to the environment and sustainable business practices are maintained.”

 

He stated that the recurrent challenges with Apapa traffic gridlock persisted during the 1st half of the year but expressed optimism that the truck call-up system will address the situation. Achievement of the Dangote Sugar Backward Integration Projects targets, he added “remains our focus. We are resolute and will continue in our quest to put Nigeria on the path of sugar self-sufficiency and the world sugar map.”

 

Dangote Sugar Refinery is Nigeria’s largest producer of household and commercial sugar with a 1.44M MT refining capacity at the same location. The refinery located at Apapa Wharf Ports Complex, refines raw sugar imported from Brazil to white, Vitamin A fortified refined granulated white sugar suitable for household and industrial uses.

 

It has the Backward Integration goal of becoming a global force in sugar production, by producing 1.5M MT/PA of refined sugar from locally grown sugar cane for the domestic and export markets.

 

To achieve this, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc acquired DSR Numan Operations (Savannah Sugar Company Limited), located in Numan, Adamawa State in December 2012, and embarked on the ongoing rehabilitation of its facilities and expansion of its 32,000 hectares’ sugarcane estate. In September 2020, the scheme of merger between DSR and Savannah Sugar Company Limited was completed which gave birth to a bigger and stronger business with considerable opportunity for growth and delivery of superior benefits to all stakeholders. The expansion of the sugar estate is still ongoing as well as the development of the greenfield site acquired at Tunga, Nasarawa State for the achievement of DSR’s sugar for Nigeria development master plan.

 

The Nasarawa Sugar Company Limited is the registered subsidiary of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. The 78,136 hectares Sugar Project Site is located at Tunga, Awe Local Government Area, of Nasarawa State. Massive development in agriculture, irrigation infrastructure amongst others is ongoing at the site. 

 

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Debts upon debts! Supreme Court rules against Honeywell Flour, as firm struggles with N67.02bn loans

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Debts upon debts! Supreme Court rules against Honeywell Flour, as firm struggles with N67.02bn loans

 

 

 

 

Ten months after Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) acquired a majority stake in Honeywell Flour, the former is on the verge of losing some assets owned by the latter to Ecobank.

 

Debts upon debts! Supreme Court rules against Honeywell Flour, as firm struggles with N67.02bn loans

 

Ripples Nigeria had reported that Flour Mills acquired a 76.75 percent stake in Honeywell through its sister companies, Ecowise Horizon Investment Limited and Creywise Investment Solution Limited in April 2022.

 

However, prior to the acquisition, Ecobank and Honeywell had been at loggerheads over a N5.5 billion debt owed by the food producer since 2013.

 

Both companies had been battling court cases, with Honeywell insisting that it paid N3.5 billion as the final payment for the debt. However, Ecobank said the sum was not the balance of the debt.

 

The Federal High Court and the Appeal Court had backed Honeywell’s position, but, the Supreme Court on Friday, ruled against the two lower courts, stating that Honeywell was still indebted to the creditor.

 

Serving the judgement of the Supreme Court, Justice Emmanuel Agim said, “I affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeal, setting aside the decision of the Federal High Court, granting the reliefs claimed for by the appellants (Honeywell).

 

Ten months after Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) acquired a majority stake in Honeywell Flour, the former is on the verge of losing some assets owned by the latter to Ecobank.

 

Ripples Nigeria had reported that Flour Mills acquired a 76.75 per cent stake in Honeywell through its sister companies, Ecowise Horizon Investment Limited and Creywise Investment Solution Limited in April 2022.

 

However, prior to the acquisition, Ecobank and Honeywell had been at loggerheads over a N5.5 billion debt owed by the food producer since 2013.

 

Both companies had been battling court cases, with Honeywell insisting that it paid N3.5 billion as the final payment for the debt. However, Ecobank said the sum was not the balance of the debt.

 

The Federal High Court and the Appeal Court had backed Honeywell’s position, but, the Supreme Court on Friday, ruled against the two lower courts, stating that Honeywell was still indebted to the creditor.

 

Serving the judgement of the Supreme Court, Justice Emmanuel Agim said, “I affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeal, setting aside the decision of the Federal High Court, granting the reliefs claimed for by the appellants (Honeywell).

 

“I hold that the appellants’ claim at the trial court fails and it is hereby dismissed,” adding that, “The appellants shall pay the cost of N1 million to the respondent (Ecobank).”

 

Why this matters

 

The ruling against Honeywell means the company would not be able to recover its assets used as collateral to obtain the loan from Ecobank.

 

Honeywell’s prayer at the High Court was to compel Ecobank “to issue letters of discharge, release collaterals by which the prior indebtedness was secured.”

 

The undisclosed assets which now belong to Flour Mills as a result of the acquisition, will remain with Ecobank and could be cashed in for the loan balance in the event Honeywell fails to repay the loan.

 

Note that Ecobank had warned Flour Mills against going ahead with the acquisition and also cautioned investors in the capital market with interest in Honeywell shares.

 

The creditor had stated in November 2021 that it had filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court to enable it recover the loan extended to Honeywell by winding the company up, “currently a winding-up action/proceeding pending against the said Honeywell Group Limited.”

 

However, Flour Mills went ahead to acquire Honeywell which was also threatened by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) due to its inability to meet its debt obligation to First Bank of Nigeria (FBN).

 

Debt concerns for Flour Mills

 

A year before the acquisition, the CBN directed First Bank to sell its stake in Honeywell, which was valued at N1.35 billion. The stake was eventually sold to Flour Mills.

 

While the exact debt to First Bank is unknown, about N13.5 billion was stated as loan obtained by Honeywell from FBN. In order to repay the loan following CBN’s threat, Honeywell was forced to issue a corporate bond in March 2021.

 

Meanwhile, excluding the Ecobank loan which has been upheld by the Supreme Court, Ripples Nigeria learnt that Honeywell has a N67.02 billion loan (as of September 30, 2022) to finance at different maturity dates.

 

This means that Flour Mills took on an N67.02 billion debt due to the acquisition of Honeywell, and coupled with the recent Supreme Court decision, the debt burden of Honeywell on Flour Mills continues to eat into its revenue. The loan is 87.6 per cent of the company’s turnover in the same period.

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DANGOTE SPEAKS ON PRESIDENT BUHARI’S VISIT TO LAGOS, REFINNERY COMMISSIONING

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DANGOTE SPEAKS ON PRESIDENT BUHARI’S VISIT TO LAGOS, REFINNERY COMMISSIONING

PRESS STATEMENT

Our attention has been drawn to some misleading reports regarding the commissioning of our Dangote Refinery during the present working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Lagos State.

We want to state categorically that our 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) Refinery project was never part of the President’s programme on projects to be commissioned.

For the record, the projects slated for commissioning in Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR include: Lekki Deep Sea Port; 32-Metric Tonnes Lagos Rice Mill, Imota; 18.75km Eleko to Epe T Junction Express road; John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, Onikan, Blue Line Rail (Phase 1) commissioning (Marina to Mile 2); Groundbreaking for the Blue Line Rail Phase 2 (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko), and MRS Lubricant, a private project in Apapa.

However, our Refinery will be commissioned before President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR formally leaves office in May, 2023, and the public will be duly informed and invited to the epic event.

Signed:

Anthony Chiejina

Group Chief, Branding & Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Limited

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Dangote commissions Fire Hydrant System in Apapa Port office

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Dangote commissions Fire Hydrant System in Apapa Port office

The Group Managing Director, of Dangote Industries Limited, Olakunle Alake, last weekend commissioned the “Terminal ‘E’ Fire Hydrant System” of the Greenview Development Nigeria Limited (GDNL), a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. The event took place in Apapa, Lagos.

Group Managing Director, Dangote Industries Limited, Olakunle Alake (3rd left) cutting the tape; with Ag. Group Chief Health Safety Social and Environment/Sustainability, James Adenuga (1st left); Managing Director, Port Operations, Akin Omole (2nd left), Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Ravindra Singhvi (2nd right) and Representative of NPA Fire

 

 

 

Dangote commissions Fire Hydrant System in Apapa Port office

Service, Apapa Office, Ahmed Tijani (right), at the commissioning of Terminal ‘E’ Fire Hydrant System of the Greenview Development Nigeria Limited (GDNL), a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited, at Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Apapa on Friday, January 20, 2023.

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