Friday, 21 June 2019

A BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN, FEMI OTEDOLA, TOTALLY DIVESTS FROM FORTE OIL PLC

Femi Otedola
A celebrated billionaire and Chairman of Forte Oil Plc, Femi Otedola, has announced the completion of his divestment from the firm’s downstream and upstream businesses.

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Forte Oil Plc had disclosed on December 24, 2018, the divestment by its majority shareholder, with Femi Otedola saying he had reached an agreement with the Prudent Energy team, investing through Ignite Investments and Commodities Limited, to divest of his full 75 per cent direct and indirect shareholding in the company’s downstream business.

Otedola, on his verified Instagram handle on Wednesday, said he had exited the downstream and upstream sub-sectors of the oil and gas industry but he did not disclose the buyer of his stakes in the upstream business.

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According to Otedola, “A few years ago, my team and I embarked on an arduous task of transforming a moribund petroleum marketing business, African Petroleum Plc (formerly British Petroleum) into Forte Oil Plc – a leading integrated solutions provider with solid footprints in downstream petroleum marketing, upstream services and power generation and one in which we built intrinsic value to the benefits of our shareholders.

“In line with my principle of business focus, we have divested from our marketing and upstream businesses and shall from now on focus and consolidate on the gains of our power generation business, Geregu Power Plc. We wish our successors the very best and urge them to build on our legacies, which have been established since 1964.”

The divestment comes more than three years after the firm sold 17 per cent of its equity to a Swiss oil trading firm. Forte Oil emerged the biggest gainer at the end of trading on the NSE on Wednesday as its share price rose by 10 per cent to close at N34.65.

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In October 2015, the firm announced that the Mercuria Energy Group Holdings had acquired 17 per cent of its equity, valued at $200m. (Punch)

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