Downstream Oil Sector Regulatory Environment Not Favourable For Investment-Total 

…Declares N5.7 Billion Dividend 

Yemisi Izuora 

Total Nigeria Plc has noted the difficulties faced by operators in the downstream oil sector in Nigeria, saying the regulatory environment is affecting investments decisions because operational margins are challenging.

Despite declaring N5.7 billion dividend for the financial year ended December 31, 2018, at its 41st Annual General Meeting, AGM, in Lagos, the Chairman, Total Nigeria Plc, Mr. Stanislas Mittelman said that Nigeria’s regulatory environment has been challenging with the proliferation of taxes across the federal and local levels. 

Importation of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS was very difficult as the landing cost was higher than pump price and for most of the year, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC assumed the role of sole importer of PMS, importing about 91 per cent of the country’s consumption. 

He said the PMS unit margin is still a major source of concern as it remains grossly inadequate in comparison to rising cost of operations and investment.

According to him, The pattern remained the same in the previous year; we have continued to experience late payment of subsidies and late payment of interest and foreign exchange differential element of same. This has placed a huge financial burden on your Company. “The Company has continued to experience sustained pressure on its cash flows due to late payment of subsidies, resulting in huge financial expenses. In spite of the difficult terrain, our results are indicative of the commitment of the board and management to growing shareholder values irrespective of operating challenges. 

The Total dividend remained unchanged from the previous year as it stood at N5.7 billion in 2018. 

This translates to a total of   N17.00 per share after the interim dividend of N3.00 per share. Responding, the shareholders commended the board and management for their efforts at maximising shareholders’ value, while calling on the government to concentrate on regulation and allow the marketers to operate in the industry with all fairness and in a way that will attract more investors into the market for the overall growth of the economy.”

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