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Nigeria: Unique – Why British Investor’s Bid to Purchase Pz Cussons Nigeria Fell Aside

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PZ Cussons (Holdings) UK set out on 4 September 2023 to buy different stockholders’ shares numbering 1.06 billion at N21 per unit.

The deal in search of to promote PZ Cussons Nigeria to core traders from Britain hit a brick wall halfway after the Nigerian capital market watchdog sought clarification on some irregularities within the PZ board’s request for approval, sources aware of the matter instructed PREMIUM TIMES.

Nigeria’s Securities and Trade Fee (SEC) raised an eyebrow after pinpointing flaws within the doc by PZ Cussons Nigeria asking the regulator to endorse PZ Cussons (Holdings) UK, which has a 73.3 per cent curiosity within the firm to accumulate different shares held by minority shareholders.

“Some deficiencies had been noticed within the doc submitted to SEC by PZ Cussons and people anomalies had been queried,” one supply concerned within the regulatory course of mentioned, asking to not be named.

“PZ was notified to impact modifications and revert again to the Fee for the letter of No Objection, nevertheless it failed to reply. One of many famous deficiencies was that PZ Cussons wished to purchase the shares at a value far lower than the present market worth.”

CEO Dimitris Kostianis’ greatest task since taking the helm on the firm final June was arguably to ship the deal to accumulate minority shareholders’ stakes within the entity for PZ Cussons (Holdings) Restricted UK, the core investor whose curiosity he represents on the administrators’ board.

PZ Cussons (Holdings) UK set out on 4 September 2023 to buy different stockholders’ shares numbering 1.06 billion at N21 per unit, a suggestion with a premium of simply 9.9 per cent increased than the closing market value that day.

The board introduced a suggestion evaluate two months after, pricing the potential takeover at N23 per unit.

“The supply value of ₦23 represents a premium of 35% to the Firm’s share value of ₦17 on 17 August 2023, being the final traded value previous to the supply date,” PZ Cussons Nigeria mentioned in a regulatory notice.

On 9 November 2023, the day the announcement was made, PZ Cussons Nigeria’s shares closed commerce within the open market at N21.05.

Within the weeks that adopted, the inventory rose erratically and closed at N40 per unit on Wednesday morning, when PZ Cussons disclosed that the deal had fallen by means of.

The Wednesday closing value was 73.9 per cent increased than the N23 PZ Cussons (Holdings) UK tabled as its reviewed supply, making the supply significantly unattractive for traders, who typically need the buyout value to come back at a premium to the market value.