Ardova Plc Completes N25.3bn Bond Issuance, Acquires Enyo

Ardova Plc has announced the successful issuance of a tranche A and tranche B Series I bond worth up to N25.3 billion cumulatively. The issuance is part of the company’s newly established N60 billion bond issuance programme.

In a statement signed by the Company Secretary, Oladeinde Nelson-Cole, and filed with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the firm said that it would be applying to list the bonds on the FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited.

The breakdown of the deal showed that the leading indigenous energy firm successfully raised about N11.4 billion from the tranche A offer and an additional N13.9 billion from the tranche B offer. The tranche A and B come with a maturity period of 7 and 10 years respectively. In addition, the Series I bonds have fixed rates of 13.3 per cent and 13.65 per cent respectively.

Commenting on the recent development, the CEO of Ardova Plc, Mr Olumide Adeosun, said: ‘’We are pleased with the successful conclusion of this transaction which again demonstrates investors’ confidence in the company and provides additional resources for the company to continue its expansion projects.’’

In a recent development, the leading Nigerian integrated energy company announced the finalisation of its acquisition of Enyo Retail & Supply Limited at a signing ceremony held in Lagos, on Tuesday.

The deal is the actualisation of Ardova’s initial notice in January 2021 of an agreement in principle with Enyo’s shareholders to acquire the business. Ardova also concluded a dutifully carried out due diligence exercise and received the requisite regulatory approvals required to proceed.

The acquisition makes Ardova Nigeria’s largest indigenous publicly-listed downstream company, as it adds Enyo’s 95 retail stations to its existing 450 stations, growing the group’s portfolio to 545 stations nationwide.

Abdul Wasiu Sowami, Chairman, Ardova, highlighted the significance of the acquisition saying, “AP has an established heritage of being a fundamental part of Nigeria’s downstream energy infrastructure. In the past two years, we have undertaken a transformation to an integrated energy company that is primed to be the market leader in meeting present fuels demands and future energy needs that will result from the imminent energy transition. By acquiring Enyo we are able to accelerate the pace of achieving these objectives.”

Olumide Adeosun, Ardova’s Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the deal, said, “The addition of Enyo to the Ardova group fits into our expansion strategy to have the widest retail reach in the Nigerian downstream sector. The deal brings us closer to more customers and improves our capacity to distribute increased product volume through company-owned channels, thereby improving profitability in our supply chain. It also provides the platform to increase our non-fuel revenue through the sales of products such as AP and Shell-branded lubricants, LPG and renewable energy solutions that will be channeled through the group-owned retail outlets.”

Speaking on the impact of the deal on customers, Mr Adeosun further added that “This is a deal that will be of utmost benefit to customers as the synergy of AP and Enyo’s shared principles of innovation, customer-centricity, and service excellence will be leveraged to build an unrivalled platform that layers Enyo’s customer-focused digital technology expertise on AP’s strong supply backbone infrastructure in the delivery of star service in our forecourts.”

Enyo’s Chairman, Mr Tunde Folawiyo, thanked the company’s board and employees for delivering on the company’s vision through impactful service to the public saying ‘’God’s grace and the hard work from our board members and staff are core to our achievements at Enyo and have brought us this far. The collective efforts of AP and Enyo heralds the beginning of an exciting journey for the downstream sector.” He also thanked customers for setting high expectations which Enyo worked hard to achieve and exceed.

Abayomi Awobokun, CEO of Enyo, also commented on the deal. “We are as excited as our shareholders and partners to be part of this acquisition. Enyo has always been known for operational efficiency and good service delivery to its customers.

“The acquisition by AP will ensure we are re-energised for better service and enhance our capacity to reach more consumers across the country. This venture will positively impact the Nigerian downstream Oil and Gas industry and be a major tool in driving sectoral growth and national development. We look forward to the many opportunities that will come from this journey.’’ With the completion of this deal, Enyo also joins Axles and Cartage Limited as part of AP’s group of companies.

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