Nipco plc (Nipco), an indigenous Nigerian downstream oil and gas company announces the acquisition of 60% stake in Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc (MON), a leading downstream player of high repute.
The acquisition was agreed with the execution of a Sales and Purchase Agreement with ExxonMobil. With the signing, we will start the transition period and initiate the process of obtaining regulatory approvals from the requisite Federal Agencies – SEC and NSE.
The transition period will also enable Nipco plc to effectively manage a smooth and successful completion of the transaction. Nipco, considers this acquisition an important synergy. It is part of our strategic move to support Nipco’s continuous growth and expansion of its Nigerian retail footprint.
We are confident of adding tremendous value to MON and likewise MON will add a huge value to Nipco.
In furtherance of this value addition, Nipco will continue to maintain the Mobil brand on its retail outlets as well as continue to blend and sell the Mobil brand of lubricants under Branding Licence(s) from ExxonMobil.
Nipco wishes to express its profound gratitude and appreciation to ExxonMobil for selecting us as the preferred bidder for the acquisition of MON. We wish to give every assurance to ExxonMobil that having entrusted us with this invaluable asset (MON), we will ensure full brand compliance with ExxonMobil’s global standards as well as rigorously sustain and follow ExxonMobil’s code of conduct/ethos and operational excellence.
Nipco’s expansion trend reinforces its implicit confidence in Nigeria’s future. The Nigerian economy still provides a robust and premium return on investment and Nipco plc is privileged to have been given this opportunity by ExxonMobil on its home ground.
Tunji Oyebanji, chairman and chief executive of Mobil Oil Plc while confirming this development yesterday to BussinessDay said that there would be series of statements that would issued out this later in the day.