Dangote is not only the richest man but also the smartest businessman in Africa

According to media reports on Monday, South Africa’s Tiger Brands is selling its 65.7 percent stake in Flour Mill back to Aliko Dangote at $1 per share. This comes three years after the company acquired Flour Mill from Dangote at the cost of $200 million in an investment the company unfortunately lost. In the new deal, Tiger Brands will receive an immediate cash injection of $46.1million, taking ownership of a debt of about $26.3 million.

What you need to know about the deal between Tiger Brands and Dangote 

On the 25th of September 2012, both companies  announced that they had just concluded a transaction, which resulted in Tiger Brands acquiring a 63.35 percent shareholding in Dangote Flour Mills Plc for approximately R1.5billion. According to the agreement, Dangote retained a strategic interest of 10 percent in the company for a minimum period of five years, with Aliko Dangote continuing as Chairman of Dangote Flour Mills. Surprisingly, Standard Bank and ACL Capital Partners advised Tiger Brands on this deal.

Earlier this year, Peter Matlare, CEO of Tiger Brands, admitted that his company failed in the assessment of the ways of doing business in Nigeria, as well as the competition in the country.

Months after the Nigerian acquisition, the South African company increased its stake to about 70 percent. However, in the first year after investing in this deal, Dangote Flour Mill reported a loss of $40.5 million while in 2014 it also reported a loss of $34.3 million.

Why Dangote is the smartest businessman in Africa

No one in business ever makes a deal in order to record a loss. However, the nature of this business is risky because there is always the possibility of losing the entire original investment, which is what Tiger Brands is currently going through with the Flour Mill deal. Aliko Dangote is a good example of a businessperson who knows how and when to take calculated risks in business. From the inception, he has been smart with his ideologies, creating a monopoly over the importation of consumable goods such as sugar and cement and now he is expanding to various regions in Africa.

In 2012, when the Nigerian stock market was on the verge of collapse, Dangote smartly sold a 63.35 percent stake in the Dangote Flourmill Company to Tiger Brands for $200 million. Now, Dangote is offering to buy 67.5 percent of the company for an amount lower than what he sold it for in 2012 giving him full control of Flour Mill again after resigning as the Chairman of the company last month. This deal could also see Dangote’s net worth, which fell from $25 billion in 2014 to $14.7billion in 2015 increase in 2016.

Terms of the new deal between Dangote and Tigerbrand:

  • Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) will provide Tiger Brands Consumable Goods PLC (TBCG) with an immediate cash injection of N10 billion.
  • In return, Tiger Brands will divest its 65.7 percent shareholding in TBCG to DIL for a nominal consideration and write off its shareholder loans to TBCG. In addition, Tiger Brands will assume and settle any outstanding debt guaranteed on behalf of TBCG.
  • The former directors of TBCG Messrs Olakunle Alake, Arnold Ekpe and Asue Ighodalo have agreed to re-join the board of TBCG and have consequently been reappointed with effect from 10th December 2015. The terms of the transaction will be set out in a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement (SSPA), which the parties will agree to.
  • In accordance with the regulatory requirements, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has to consider and approve the transaction and its terms.
  • The parties involved would submit details of the transaction and the SSPA to the SEC for approval as soon as it is practicable.
  • Apart from approval from the SEC, implementation of the transaction will also be subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent, including approval of the Exchange Control Division of the South African Reserve Bank.

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