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Johnvents Industries Limited redeems N5.5 billion Series 1 Commercial Paper Issuance under its N30 billion Commercial Paper Programme



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Johnvents Industries Limited, an indigenous agribusiness and manufacturing group, is pleased to announce the redemption of its obligation under the N5.5 billion Series 1 commercial paper notes issued in December 2022.

Johnvents’ transformation since incorporation in 2016 has been marked by the superlative growth of its revenues from N2.8 billion in 2019 to N59 billion in 2022, as well as the expansion of its offerings from a small commodity trading operation to a full-fledged food and agribusiness group encompassing semi-finished and consumer goods, commodities trading as well as logistics.

This exceptional growth facilitated the successful registration of a N30 billion Commercial Paper Programme in October 2022, shortly after which the company raised N5.5 billion via its Series 1 Commercial Paper Issuance to meet working capital requirements.

Mr. John Alamu, Group Managing Director of Johnvents Group said, “We deeply appreciate the support of the Nigerian institutional investor community, in the rapid expansion of our business. As we continue in our quest to build Africa’s largest and most successful food and agribusiness group, the Board of Johnvents is committed to maintaining the confidence of its investors, and to consistently surpassing the expectations of stakeholders and regulators in the domestic and international financial markets”.

The Managing Director, of Investment Banking at United Capital Plc, Dr. Gbadebo Adenrele stated that: “United Capital Plc is pleased to have acted as Lead Arranger to Johnvents Industries Limited on its successful capital raising rounds and the repayment of N5.5 billion being the first series in its Commercial paper Issuance Programme. This is a testament of the company’s commitment to its strategic growth objectives, and we will keep using our extensive understanding of the capital markets to provide adequate support for Johnvents as well as other SMEs and mid-market enterprises seeking to access funding”.

Johnvents is rated BBB by GCR Ratings Limited and BBB+ by Datapro Limited. The GCR rating (upgraded from BBB-) depicts that Johnvents’ competitive position has been significantly enhanced by integrating a 15,000-tonne cocoa processing plant, acquired in 2021 and subsequent acquisitions of other processing assets.

The Company has become one of Nigeria’s largest exporters of processed cocoa butter and powder, with final customers including international blue-chip food and confectionery companies.

Johnvents Group is an indigenous agribusiness and manufacturing group committed to driving sustainable growth across the entire agricultural value chain from production, processing, manufacturing and distribution. The Company is at the intersection of everything agriculture, unlocking immense values and ensuring food supply and premium export value for Africa.

Johnvents operates a group structure, with six businesses committed to driving sustainable growth across the entire agricultural value chain, including production, processing, manufacturing and trade of commodity and food products in Nigeria and the rest of the world.

The subsidiaries include: