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Hello everyone, welcome to @Nairametrics Corporate News Roundup for the week ended December 9, 2017.

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Quite a busy week last week in the corporate world, considering that we are close to the end of the year.

As usual, this is bound to be a loaded episode so stay locked.

We will try to round this up on time too.
1. Interswitch Financial Inclusion Services (IFIS), the owners of Quickteller Paypoint announced that they have now reached the milestone of 10,000 activated agent mark. This makes them number 2. Pls who is number 1?
The CBN has also mandated the company to increase its agent network to 150,000 by 2020.

Will this model not be obsolete by 2020? Just asking
2. TSTv is in the news again; The embattled Pay TV competitor has now claimed it be rolling out its new decoders from the week starting December 11. Recall, the company has moved its roll out data severally after the initial October 1 date.
According to the company’s PR Officer, Ernest Esssien, disclosed that they “are almost done" with their test transmission and "are just putting some finishing touches" and hopefully" by the grace of God, between now and next week the decoders will be out for sale.”
When "grace of God" leaves politics and enters a business matter, you know it's not a straight forward something.
By the way, they insist that prices will remain at the initial N5k. Anyone care to share experience on the promo decoders? I hear it’s been improving
3. Nokia announced last week that it had selected MTN to help drive its drive transformation from network-to customer-centric operations.
Not to be mistaken for mobile phones, it’s a solution that helps service providers have a complete view of customer satisfaction, revenue, and device and network performance. It also helps provide holistic view of service behaviour and performance.
4. Reports from our sources indicate, the producers of the ubiquitous Tecno phone, Transsion Holdings will pay about $5 million to acquire Micro-Station, the Computer Village, Ikeja-based mobile phone retail chain store.
This is after their alleged failed bid for Slot. This is apparently aimed at getting a foot hold of the Nigerian retail phone distribution market, where Slot has been dominant.
5. Network service provider Airtel, will be rolling out their 4G LTE network this December to 3 states which includes Lagos, Abuja and Rivers States before other states will follow.
You may recall that in November, Airtel had awarded a three-year contract to Ericsson.
MTN by the way, launched its own 4G LTE last year.

Don't expect to use it on your dual SIM phones though
6. An update on Aero Contractors;

The AMCON run airlines informed investors last week that they have shortlisted an initial 19 investors to invest in the airline.
The CEO of the Airline, Capt. Ado Sanusi also said it will be eventually shortlisted to 6 and then to 3, the preferred bidder, second preferred bidder and the standby bidder.
Sometimes I wonder how long drawn and costly this process can be.

I may be paranoid but it at times looks deliberate.
7. Medview commenced flight operations to Duba, UAE last week. The announced this to investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week. Coincidentally, Nigeria also signed a BASA Agreement with UAE last week.
Meanwhile, have you any of Medview's international flights lately? Like to London?

What was the experience like? Pls share?
8. Well they say, everyone likes a good story. So Kellog opened its new plant last week said to be worth about N6 billion.

Stanbic IBTC, not about to be left out of this story disclosed that it was the sole arranger and lender to Kellog Tolaram.
In other words, Stanbic financed this deal on its own and is set to reap fully from the benefits, assuming the loans don’t go bad.
9. Are you Diary farmer or know someone who is one? FrieslandCampina WAMCO, for the first time, will bring certified dairy farmers from the Netherlands to train and advice Nigerian farmers on best dairy farming practices.
We understand that the Dutch farmers are expected to engage local pastoralists on dairy farming practices like animal health and welfare, farm record keeping, feeding and watering, calf-rearing, milking hygiene, cow fertility, hoof care, housing and barn design.
10. As far as I am concerned, next year will be the beginning of the Spirit War in Nigeria. As more local consumers move towards spirits, brands are noticing and shifting strategy.
Last week, Edrington, an international spirits company based in Scotland announced a partnership with Premium Spirits Nigeria to sell its brand of Scottish whiskey in Nigeria.
ICYDK, Premium Spirits is owned by Nigerians Bottling Company (Coca-Cola).

So, just imagine? Even NBC is diving into the spirits market.
Erdington sells the The Macallan, The Famous Grouse and Highland Park spirit brands.

Guinness (Diageo), Nigerian Breweries and William Grant’s Glenfiddich are also well vested into the Nigeria's spirit market.

Will this eventually translate to a price war? Who knows?
11. Sticking with Nigerian Bottling Company, they launched three new variants of its popular Five Alive Fruit Juice. They claim the new variants “ contain natural and local fruits such as pineapple, apple, mango, passion fruit and orange.”
That's Coca Cola again, attacking the "natural foods" market. Like I said, Seven Up has seen this trend and can't wait to go private to attract badly needed funds. Exciting times, in the beverage sector.
12. In a major surprise to Beer drinkers in Nigeria, the country’s largest brewer, Nigeria Breweries launched the Stella Beer.

Stella Beer brand is owned by Belgium’s Stella Artois.
However, the world’s largest brewer AB InBev, is a major shareholder in Stella Artois and also manufacturers the beer.

Why is this important?
ABInBev is an indirect shareholder in Nigeria’s International Breweries and perhaps the most potent competitor to Nigeria Breweries dominance in the beer market.
You have to respect NB strategy in the local market. They now sell two of some of the worlds most popular beer brands in the wolrd, Heineken and Stellar.

Stellar is a Pilsner and a type of Pale Larger beer.
13.Following the conclusion of the FIFA world cup draws, all is now set for marketing, advertising and sponsorship deals to start kicking in. .
Last week, the FIFA “announced” the appointment of Nigeria's Pencilland Travels and Tours Ltd (Flyforvalue) as the Exclusive Travel Agent for 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament for the country
The contract allows the company to bundle the match tickets with other ancillary services like hotel bookings, tours and many more.
Apparently, the right was secured from Integral Sponsorship & Experiential Marketing Ltd, the FIFA authorised agent for selling hospitality package in Nigeria.
A bit of background of Pencilland, the company CEO, Kemi Soname is said to be a very close ally of Senator Remi Tinubu, the wife of BAT. She is also the wife of former LG Chairman for Ikosi-Isheri LG.
ICYDK Mr Soname, is the current Marketing committee chairman of the Nigerian football league and a board member of the NFL. He is also the owner of Remo Stars and two years ago bought a Portuguise second division club. He also "owns" Bet9ja.
14. The competition and maybe bad blood between BUA and Dangote are well known, if you believe some of the press releases that the former often places in some Newspapers.
Last two weeks, BUA Chairman once again accused the Dangote Group of colluding with the Ministry of Mines and Steel in Edo State to send militia to attack its cement plant in Okpella.
However, the Edo State Government responded insisting that it stopped BUA from mining the minerals because it was doing so illegally.
It's interesting how Dangote "fights back" these allegations by being "silent" in the media.

Anyway, we surely haven’t seen the last of this….
15. The Chairman of Innoson Group, Innocent Chukuwma made his boldest statement yet about his plans to takeover Nigeria’s car market.

He said the company will next month commence the manufacturing of affordable and quality vehicles in Nigeria by 2018.
The car, he said will "be big size, which will have air conditioning, automatic gear and other comforts that will make it easier for all."

It will also come at an enticing price point of" N3 million".
I have always believed Innoson has to be able to deliver its cars at between N1m and N2m to win the value segment of this market. Nigerians find it hard and too expensive to buy cars with loans. So to win, you have to sell at a price people can easily afford.
Nigeria’s car market is still open for the taking with just 11.5 million cars according to the NBS. In fact, Nigeria has just or 1 car to 16.7 people or 59 cars per 1000 persons compared to the likes of South Africa with 150 .
16. Still on cars, the leading mini bus in South Africa since 2013, Beijin Automobile Works’ (BAW) Pilot is about to Launch in Nigeria.
The car which they call “Pilot” will sell for about N15 million and will compete directly with Toyota’s Hiace which goes for around N28m. They also claim that they have adapted it to suit Nigeria’s motoring environment.
They have actually started assembling he cars for ABC Transport. BAW is apparently a Fortune 500 company. This our auto market is up for grabs.
17. Still on automotives, this time Tricycle, a company has developed what is perhaps Nigeria’s first Tricycle networking app. The APP is called Matattu and was launched in Lagos last week.
Samuel Ajiboyede, the co-founder of the service, speaking at the official signing of a n MOU with Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria, TOOAN, said the partnership btw Matattu and the tricycle operators would bring about a seamless business operation in the state.
Interesting that these guys have already aligned with the Tricycle Cabal.

Hard to bet against, Samuel Ajiboyede. He has invested in several startups and is a serial entrepreneur. The guy clearly understands the route to market here.
Nevertheless, will be interesting to see how he works with Keke drivers and what payment model he will adopt.

This is one story we will be tracking.
18. Edo State was in the news again last week after the State Governor commissioned a glass factory in Utesi Benin City. The factory is Rongsheng Glass Nigeria and is Chinese owned.
It is quite interesting and admirable to see how strategic Chinese investments have been in Nigeria.

They are basically investing in sectors that are integral to whatever industrial revolution potential that we may have.
Also interesting to note that, Obaseki asked the company to "build schools as well as a Chinese Cultural Centre to teach the Chinese language and culture to strengthen cultural ties with their host community." Na wa oh...Chinese Language
19. Unilever finally opened its 10 million Euro factory in Agbara last week. The factory will manufacture the company’s product Blue Band and is said to be very energy efficient.
It uses about 50% less energy compared to to other manufacturing processes that utilise heat exchangers.

The factory actually started production in September.
20. So last week, Forte Oil released its first retail product for the Power sector. Recall, the CEO @Akin_Akinfemiwa
revealed they were going to announce this when we had a tweet chat with him earlier in the year.
The product which it called Green Energy’ solution will retail for about N700k and has a capacity of 1.5kva.

It is fully powered by Solar. It comes with a in house unit and solar panels.
I mentioned last week that it looks like the solution to Nigeria’s power situation is the Bore Hole syndrome which now seems to be taking shape. Every man for himself power solution is on course to solve our energy shortages.
21.Back to China, we learnt last week that Sinopec, China’s state owned oil firm is about to sell some of its assets in a deal worth about $1 billion. Sinopec has investments in Nigeria via Switzerland’s Addax.
22.Still on the Chinese, reports from Enugu indicates that Chinese biggest bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, ICBC, has approved $42.5 million loan for a multi housing development scheme, HELIU residences in Enugu.
The loans will apparently be funneled via Access Bank and comes at an interest rate of 4% with an 8 year repayment period.
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