Forte Oil Plc Shareholders Approve Name Change to Ardova Plc

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Goddy Egene

Shareholders of Forte Oil Plc has authorised the board of directors to change the name of the company to Ardova Plc. The approval was given at the an extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM) held in Lagos on Tuesday.

At the EGM, the directors had requested that “The shareholders hereby approve that the name of the company be changed from Forte Oil Plc to Ardova Plc.”

In notification to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the company said the shareholders approved the resolution for the name change.

Femi Otedola, who was the largest shareholder of Forte Oil, had last June sold its 75 per cent to Prudent Energy team, investing through Ignite Investments and Commodities Limited.

After the sale was completed, Olumide Adeosun, was appointed the new chief executive officer, who announced the company would undergo name change to reflect the new ownership and structure.

Forte Oil Plc reported a revenue of N123.55 billion in 2019 up by 30 per cent from N94.81 billion in 2018. Other income rose from N1.427 billion to N3.76 billion, helped by gain on sale of its subsidiaries. Operating profit stood at N4.18 billion, compared with N2.83 billion in 2018.

Finance income soared from N774 million to N4.18 billion, leading to a net financing income of N2.36 billion in 2019, as against net financing cost of N2.18 billion in 2018. Profit before tax jumped from N650 million to N6.53 billion, while profit after tax (PAT) soared from N349 million to N5.26 billion.

Adeosun had assured shareholders and other stakeholders of better value. According to him, the company would focus on increasing volumes, diversifying business operations, widening distribution networks and extracting potential synergies to boost revenue.

He added that the company would also invest massively in the downstream sector to achieve desired growth.

He said that despite the regulated price of petrol product in the country, Forte Oil would still break even in other petroleum products in the downstream sub-sector.

And in order to implement its growth strategies, the company has already received the approval of its shareholders to allow it enter into discussions with Prudent Energy & Services Limited and or any company or individual(s) representing it in connection with the acquisition of identified downstream assets including but not limited to plant and machinery, trucks, stations and subject to independent valuations on fair value, enter into subsequent binding agreements on comparable arm’s length/commercial terms in relation to the assets to be acquired.