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GRIDLOCK: Apapa Situation, A Disaster In Waiting — Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday, warned that the current situation in Apapa and environs is a disaster in waiting if not properly and immediately addressed. The governor also tasked the Federal Government to revive existing Ports in other states of the federation so as to bring about a permanent solution to the perennial traffic congestion in Apapa axis of the state. He also blamed the chaotic traffic gridlock on interference from multi-agencies established by the Federal Government to monitor ports activities. The governor said this at the 3rd quarter, Town Hall meeting, 12th  in the series, held at Community Primary School, Iberekodo, Akodo Road, Ibeju-Lekki area of the state. Ambode said: “We do not need tank farms within the Lagos metropolis anymore. There are 68 tank farms in Apapa alone.  Beyond Apapa, they have approved tank farm in Ijegun axis.  And that is where we have a huge population.  That is a serious danger waiting to happen. “We need to distribute tank farm establishment to other parts of the state.   This is what we believe should be done at this moment to free Lagos roads.” He also urged the Minister of State for Petroleum and Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to work towards reviving the pipelines and stop issuance of approval for construction of tank farms in the state. The governor said: “It is pathetic that the gridlock  in the axis has become perennial in the state, it goes and come back. “But the challenge is to give a permanent solution and in that reason, President Muhammadu Buhari directed his Vice President. Yemi Osinbajo to visit and provide a permanent solution.” File: Gridlock as tankers shut down Apapa road. Revival of petroleum pipelines While commending President Buhari’s intervention, Ambode maintained that the crisis confronting the axis was more than the gridlock which required a holistic approach.   We  all must know that Apapa crisis is more than a traffic issue.  The problem in Apapa is that there are too many agencies and establishments disturbing the fundamentals within the axis. “It is bad that we are still using trucks to lift petroleum products from Apapa to other parts of the country. “As it is now, other ports in Nigeria must begin to work immediately to decongest gridlock in Lagos. “Whatever has led to the continual use of trucks to lift fuel  which is, vandalism of pipelines should be addressed immediately. “We believe that this will allow the road to become free. We don’t need to continuously use taxpayers’ money to build roads that are destroyed by tankers.”  VANGUARD PAGE 10

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Dangote Decries N1.5tn Spent Yearly On Food Importation

Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Wednesday decried the whopping N1.5 trillion Nigeria spends yearly to import food into the country. Dangote stressed that such expenditure put a heavy pressure on Nigeria’s foreign exchange, adding that up to 80 per cent of the inputs in most manufacturing processes in Nigeria still rely on imported components. He noted that Dangote’s backward integration policy had birthed economic advantage for the country. According to him, Nigeria had not taken advantage of its huge population for economic growth, wondering why the country relegated local content while relying heavily on importation. Dangote, who was represented by the Group Executive Director at the company, Ahmed Mansur, spoke on the topic; ‘Industrialisation-Backward integration as a strategy for national development: The Story of the Dangote Group’, during the inauguration ceremony of the University of Ibadan Business School Complex. “With an enviable population and natural resources, not many countries have the advantages that Nigeria offers to manufacturers. Corporations, like Dangote Industries that long ago embarked on backward integration are now starting to reap the benefits. Backward integration is when a business exerts control over sources of raw materials or other business that are part of the overall manufacturing process. For example, a cement trader becomes backwards integrated when he takes ownership or control of bagging, cement grinding, and limestone mining. “It increases control and efficiency because companies are able to control quality and coordinate the delivery of raw materials or other supplies. Costs control, competitive advantages, diversification of talent and competencies are some of the other advantages of backward integration,” he explained. He said some of the benefits and successes that Nigeria economy had begun to enjoy must be protected by strict border control and other government policies. Thursday 26th July, 2018. THISDAY PAGE 52, NIGERIAN TRIBUNE PAGE 32, NEW TELEGRAPHY PAGE 35, VANGUARD PAGE 11

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Dangote Sugar refinery outperform peers in consumer goods index

Between 2013 and 2017, 6 companies recorded positive growth in their earnings on the consumer goods index. Amongst these companies is Dangote sugar refinery which recorded an average growth rate of 30 percent, making the firm the best performing company by earnings growth on the consumer goods index during the period of analysis. The consumer goods index comprises the most capitalized and liquid companies in food, beverage and tobacco on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The index is designed to provide an investable benchmark to capture the performance of the consumer goods sectors. There are currently 15 stocks on the consumer goods index. Despite the economic headwinds that have stifled economic growth, caused the first recession in 25 years and hurt consumer spending, a few consumer goods companies still managed to deliver stellar performances. Topping the earnings growth chart between 2013 and 2017 were Dangote Sugar (30%), NASCON (15%), Unilever (10%), Nestle (9%), Honeywell Flour (9%), and Flour Mill (3%). Companies who saw their bottom-line grow the slowest during the period are include International Breweries, Guinness Nigeria plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Northern Nigeria flour mills, Vitafoam Nigeria plc and Champion Breweries plc. Dangote sugar saw a spike in its profits in 2016 as profit grew from N11.14 billion in 2015 to N14.39 billion in 2016 representing a 29 percent growth in profit. Profit after tax almost tripled in 2017 y/y to stand at N39.7 billion up by 175 percent. Analysis shows that Dangote sugar was rewarded by investors outperforming its peers to be the best performing stock within the period. The firm’s stock price grew by about 115 percent between 2013 and 2017. Within these periods, growth in earnings lagged growth in share price. It could mean the market is sees Dangote stock being undervalued thereby repriced at a higher price than its earlier price. Surprisingly, International Breweries, despite being amongst the biggest under performers based on earnings growth between 2013 and 2017, came behind Dangote sugar to be one of the best stock performers in the consumer goods index. Despite revenue grew by 40 percent in 2017, PBT fell significantly by 21 percent in the same year. This led to a decline in profit after tax (PAT) from N2.6 billion in 2016 to N1.03 billion in 2017. Analysis reveals that operating expenses as well as cost incurred by the firm jumped ominously within the period. BUSINESSDAY PG. 14, JULY 20, 2018.

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Dangote Sugar, Getting Sweeter For Investors

Capital market analysts have said that investors in Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc will continue to enjoy benefits of their investments in the company as the fundamental of the company remains strong. Analysts at United Capital said that Dangote Sugar is a good stock for investors, recommending a buy rating and Target Price (TP) of N21.70. They explained that their ‘‘investment case is premised on Dangote Sugar’s strong positioning in the thriving consumer goods space and execution of strategy to consolidate market position and sustain margins.” They forecast full year 2018 average revenue growth rate of 12.8 per cent and earnings per share of above nine per cent. ‘‘The key drivers to the growth will include, favorable macro environment and demography; Dangote Sugar’s low leverage relative to peer average; potential upside from currently low capacity utilization and huge margin prospects from ongoing backward integration programme. “The outlook for Dangote sugar is hinged on its ‘Sugar for Nigeria Project that was embarked on in 2012, with the goal of achieving the capacity of producing 1.5million tonnes of refined sugar from locally sourced sugar cane over the span of 10 years. “This was not just to enable the company become a fully integrated sugar business but to also eliminate high cost of imported raw material and enhance the capacity to serve local and export markets. In addition, as an offshoot of running an integrated sugar business, the company plans to source power in-house from bagasse and produce fuel ethanol, animal feeds from bagasse and bio-fertilizer from sugar mud-cakes,” the analysts explained. Dangote Sugar Refinery increased dividend paid to shareholders for the 2017 by 192 per cent to N21 billion or 175 kobo per share  from N7.2 billion or 60 kobo per share in 2016, which is in line with its resolve to deliver decent returns on investments.
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Dangote Sugar Refinery Board Confirms Sule As Group Managing Director

The Board of Directors of Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Plc has confirmed Abdullahi Sule as the substantive group managing director/chief executive officer(GMD/CEO) of the company. The Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of DSR Mrs. Chioma Madubuko was quoted in a statement to have said that the confirmation was approved by the board at the company’s pre- 12th annual general meeting(AGM) board meeting held on the 21st of June, 2018 in Lagos. The confirmation is seen by market operators as a positive development that would further spur Sule to improve on the company’s performance. Sule has over 30 years’ experience in the oil & gas sector, steel production, machine shop operations and the sugar industry, both in Nigeria and the United States of America. He holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Indiana State University, United States. He was the Director for Business Development for Africa at Osyka Corporation, in Houston Texas, the MD/CEO of African Petroleum (AP) Plc, and Sadiq Petroleum Nigeria Limited. He was the Country Manager for Nigeria at Tetra Technologies Inc, Houston, Texas, before he joined DSR in 2007 as Managing Director, and later the Country Director of Fairport Process Equipment UK. Prior to his re-joining DSR as the MD/CEO in December 2011, a position he held until his appointment as the Deputy Group Managing Director of DSR in November 2013, and Ag. GMD in year 2015. Sule is the Chairman of the Nigeria Sugar Industry Monitoring Group (SIMOG), and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers. THISDAY PAGE 43, June 29, 2018