NIPCO has completed the acquisition of ExxonMobil Oil Corporation’s stake in Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc (NSE: MOBIL), in a deal worth N90 Billion and one of the biggest in the downstream sector in recent years, promising to focus more on expanding its retail outlets across the country.
Mr. Venkataraman Venkatapathy, the Group Managing Director, NIPCo Plc, gave the assurance on monday during the official taking over of the company in Lagos. He said that NIPCO would strive to justify this implicit confidence reposed in it by ensuring strict adherence to the Mobil brand while complying with ExxonMobil’s global standards.
He said that the company would vigorously sustain and follow ExxonMobil’s code of conduct, ethos and drive for operational excellence.
According to him, Mobil Oil Nigeria will now be trading and transacting under a new name that will be called 11Plc (double 1Plc).
Venkatapathy said that the company will review the two existing business models with an intent to synchronise and harmonise their operations.
“Each of the entities will remain and function independently, running the two entities separately will engender financial and strategic merits.
“Focus will now be placed on expansion of the retail footprint under the Mobil brand, concerted efforts will be deployed towards promoting the Mobil brand of lubricants in Nigeria, to ensure that it captures a much larger national market share.
“This will be achieved while still ensuring that it continues to retain its pivotal position as the premium lubricant brand in Nigeria,” he said.
According to him, NIPCO is delighted to be part of the 41,000 shareholders of Mobil Oil Plc.
He, however, assured all stakeholders that the company has promised that the acquisition shall usher in stability, prosperity, sustainability and growth. Venkatapathy said that in due course, NIPCO shall, in furtherance of its agreement with ExxonMobil, change the name of Mobil Oil Plc to 11Plc, while retaining the Mobil Brand.
NIPCO is required, by The Investment and Securities Act, to make a takeover bid to all minority shareholders of Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, having acquired 60% of Mobil shares.
NIPCO, (previously called IPMAN Petroleum Marketing Company Limited), was incorporated on 8th January 2001 as an indigenous oil and gas company operating in the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. The integrated oil and gas company started operations at its state- of –the- art terminal in Apapa Lagos in 2004 and has since remained a consistent and significant player in the industry. It was in recognition of its assiduous contribution that she was deservedly granted the status of Major Marketer in 2013.
NIPCO Plc is committed to meeting the needs of all stakeholders in the deregulated downstream sector of the Oil & Gas industry by providing quality services in petroleum product storage and handling in an environment that is friendly, safe and dignifying and become an integrated Oil & Gas company by venturing into the upstream sector.