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Fatgbems Boss, Jibola Kabir’s Midas Touch  

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For Kabir Jibola Gbemisola, eldest child of late Alhaji Fatai Gbemisola breaking new grounds by redefining his father’s business empire to one of the biggest oil and gas retail brands in the country with numerous outlets dotted across the country is one of the many plans he has nurtured in his head. With his wealth of knowledge, Jibola infused impeccable ideas and uncommon business finesse that helped reposition Fatgbems Limited; a business conglomerate that has business interest in Oil and Gas, Tyres and a host of other business.

 

 

Ever since the former CEO of Spirsal Oil and Gas, took over the affairs of the company in 2013, alongside his two younger siblings; Hassan and Bayo Gbemisola, the rest is history. The company has witnessed tremendous change first from its logo, mission statement, core values which brings customers first, and a conglomerate driven by lofty ideals; to attract global attention. Despite the dwindling price of world oil, the company is conveniently competing as a top player in the oil and gas sector.

 

 

However, despite his status and achievements, his Company’s integrity was put to test as a crisis that nearly rubbed the reputation that has been built over the years in the mud. But like the proverbial child born under the lucky star, the graduate of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, responded swiftly, handling the crisis with civility not allowing it generate into a full-blown crisis beyond repair. A few weeks ago, one of his gas stations On IBB way, Abeokuta, was said to have sold water instead of PMS to some customers who in turn vented their anger and displeasure by disrupting business activities at the station.

 

According to close sources, the issue is a technical fault which was is not the fault of the station attendant. ”Flood Water caused by heavy rain found its way into the underground gas tank. The situation should not have escalated like it did because; Jibola personally reached out to the party involved and promised to foot the bills for the repair of all car involved. To show he is touched by the situation, he ordered that the cars involved should be served with a full tank of PMS pro-bono. To further salvage the situation, he also agreed to repair all cars involved at a well-known auto company in Nigeria. All cost on the company.”

 

Another source further added that; Jibola felt so bad that he quickly told the company’s communications department to issue a press statement to address the situation. From the statement released, it says; ” We, therefore, appeal to our esteemed customers and the general public to stay calm, measures are already in place to address the issue and our technicians are currently attending to the affected vehicles of customers. Once again, we sincerely apologize for all the inconveniences the incident might have caused.”

 

Despite the media statement to address the lingering issue; his detractors saw it as an avenue to drag his name into the mud and also paint a bad picture of his persona, ”Jibola is a very respectful person. His positive approach and swift response to salvage the situation shows how committed he is to find a lasting solution. ”The parties involved have been pacified as they promised to keep patronizing the Fatgbems brand. Jibola ordered the total closure of the outlet to enable a total overhaul of the underground tank facility to curb future reoccurrence. Those playing politics with the issue should desist from it. Jibola is focused on delivering quality service to its numerous customers within and outside the Abeokuta metropolis.” A close source further added. Since the station reopened for business, after it was shut down for quality assessment, the crowd has been massive. Patronage from customers increased. This shows the brand is still a trusted brand. A source averred.

 

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Half-Year Performance: Transcorp Plc Shows Powerful Growth as Profit Leaps by 713%

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Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) has released its unaudited results for the half-year ended June 2021, recording significant improvement across its major income lines.

The Conglomerate with strategic investments in the Power, Hospitality, and Energy sectors, recorded a profit after tax of N6.5bn, rising by 713% up from N0.8bn recorded in June of the previous year. Other key highlights of the result include the following:

  • Revenue rose by 53%, from N35.0bn in June 2020 to N53.3bn in the period under consideration.
  • Gross profit grew by 60%, from N14.7bn in June 2020 to N23.5bn in June 2021.
  • Profit before tax rose by 689% from N0.9bn in June 2020 to N7.1b in June 2021.

Commenting on the performance, Transcorp’s President/Group CEO, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo, reiterated the Conglomerate’s commitment towards producing long-term value and sustainable impact. “We are pleased to see the sustained growth in our group performance, which was achieved as a result of the improved performance across all the sectors we operate in. The revenue achieved in our power business grew by 48%, as a result of improved gas supply and increased generation capacity”, she stated.

Commenting on the hospitality sector, Omogiafo stated that the company’s strategic actions have resulted in a growth in revenue of up to 84%, despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the Nigerian and global hospitality industries. She expressed confidence in the company’s recovery strategies, citing the recent official launch of Aura, the company’s digital hospitality platform, as a testament to that confidence.

On the Group’s capacity to sustain its performance, Omogiafo said, “We do not plan to rest on our oars. We will continue to sweat our existing assets and explore new frontiers, as we continue to deliver on our purpose of Improving Lives and Transforming Nigeria.”

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Rethinking safe-haven assets and building resilient portfolios with Xend Finance

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As with most things in life, feeling overwhelmed as a newbie is simple, and this is especially true in such a volatile market as the world of cryptocurrencies. Regardless of the uncertainty and worries, the world of cryptocurrency has the potential to have a unique and substantial impact on anyone’s financial stability.

Government Bonds, treasury bills, and other forms of fixed income investments are undeniably considered as safe haven investments due to their low risk, but with inflation on the increase, the question arises how safe is money locked up for a specific period of time?

It is therefore important to build a resilient portfolio able to minimize risks and mitigate volatility, diversity into multiple unrelated investments, deliver steady returns and also able to recognize changing market conditions, new opportunities and respond accordingly.
Enter the world of Stablecoins. A less volatile cryptocurrency asset pegged to a cryptocurrency, fiat money, or to exchange-traded commodities (such as precious metals or industrial metals).

Compare to other forms of cryptocurrency assets like bitcoin, or altcoins the advantages of stablecoins are stabilized by assets that fluctuate outside of the cryptocurrency space that is prices are pinned to real-world assets.
Most stablecoins are pegged to the US Dollar as they are an easy way to get exposure to the crypto space without having to worry about volatility.

You can build a resilient portfolio with stable coins by having a good foundation on which you can build and protect your investment portfolio. This is necessary to provide a buffer when the markets are volatile or things go south.

These stablecoins also provide diversification as Investor Phillips Hodges mentioned in an interview emphasized the importance of balancing factors affecting the returns you can get across the different than the classes themselves. Stable coins also provide the extra diversification a portfolio needs to stay afloat in a stormy market, minimize losses due to their low volatility.

Be rest assured as an investor that your portfolio can only said to be strong when you have investments that can stand the test of time. Inflations and rickety market conditions.
If you’re a fund manager looking to get exposure to the crypto space through stable coins, send an email to [email protected] and someone would be in touch with you.

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Market formation framework, driver to optimally develop solid mineral sector- Ifie Sekibo 

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MD/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo has said that the market formation framework is the key to optimally exploit Nigeria’s precious metal and solid minerals endowments. He disclosed this during a webinar organized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development with the theme, “Financing the Solid Minerals Sector through the Capital Market and the Critical Role of Commodity Exchanges.”  

Sekibo explained that a fully established market formation process that would lead to having a Corporation as an integrated solid mineral institution like NNPC which allows the collateralization of assets those banks can rely on for alternative funding options.

According to him, this will guarantee other creative ways of raising funds for financing commercial activities relating to solid minerals and viable projects along its value chain.

Sekibo who was represented by the Divisional Head, Strategy and Business Solutions, of the Bank, Olusegun Akanji, said for the sector to be viable, it requires lots of converged government interventions because for any development focused sector to kick-off around the world, it needs government intervention to lay the foundation for the private sector and funders to step-in and pool their resources.

“Once, we can collateralize these assets, whether they are under the ground or being determined, you use different instruments to bring liquidity into them. Then investors will follow up once we have established there is enough they can explore.” the MD stated.

He further suggested that finance sector regulators need to expand their Prudential Guidelines to accommodate the instruments such that precious metal-backed or solid minerals-backed assets could qualify as part of the computation of liquidity ratios.

“Once banks start injecting their resources, customers would certainly follow that trend. You can start arranging for sophisticated solutions like bonds, bullion-backed assets and pension notes. Again, banks will have to be poised to hold the funding that comes from this sector; that way, they can open new transactional frontiers either locally or internationally.

“At the base of this, are the issues of pricing and integrity of the market. Once banks play in that sector and we have a government institution like the NNPC type to hold all this documentation, it would be very easy to establish price discovery on an ongoing basis. This will in turn attract international funders, hedge funds and retail investors. Today, we have retail bonds in the same way; we can have gold-backed or any of the solid mineral assets where retail investors can put in the funds,” Sekibo explained.

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that Heritage Bank Plc has said its involvement in the private sector collaboration with Dukia Gold & Precious Metals Refining Co. Limited is set to unlock the over N344 trillion market worth of gold investible instruments in the solid minerals sector.

However, he reiterated that a consistent packaged framework, which could only be held by an established government institution, as part of the layers of the framework, would help to tackle major challenges in trying to support Dukia Gold’s clients.

“With a consistent packaged framework, it will be easier for Dukia Gold and help in less spending. If Dukia Gold should speak of their challenges, they will speak about tonnes of documents they have to produce. But with a unified source of documentation, it makes the process easier and improves cost management. These are some of the challenges we have experienced in trying to support a few clients we worked with,” Sekibo stated.

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