Femi Otedola, a billionaire business investor, has purchased the bulk of FBN Holdings’ shares (FBNH). Otedola is rumored to be planning a huge buyout of FBN Holdings’ stock, which would make him the company’s only majority stakeholder.
According to those familiar with the transaction, Otedola’s controlling ownership of FBN Holding Company, which owns Nigeria’s oldest bank, First Bank, is about to be inverted after months of cautious and meticulous purchases of the company’s shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange floor.
Otedola has been gradually accumulating his ownership and surpassing shares owned by any other single shareholder of the bank.
An official announcement would be coming in the days ahead. Otedola has been acquiring the shares of the bank through a vehicle, Calvados Global Services Limited.
It is also likely that there could be other vehicles associated with Otedola who may have also been mopping up shares.
FBNH currently has 34.7 billion of its shares floating freely meaning it is held by diverse shareholders. This makes the shares easy to acquire on the stock exchange.
It was gathered that Otedola, through his proxies and investing vehicles, now owns over five per cent of the bank, setting himself up to be the single largest shareholder of the bank.
Industry assumptions have often suggested billionaire Oba Otudeko is the single majority owner of the bank, considering the enormous control he wielded over the bank for years.
However, his latest debacle with the Central Bank following the failed removal of current MD/CEO Adesola Adeduntan marked a sudden end to his control of the bank providing an opening for Mr Otedola to move in on controlling the bank.
The latest audited account of FBN Holdings does not have any shareholder with up to 5% of the ownership of the bank’s shares.
However, Mr Otedola now owns over 5% of the bank. FBNH currently has a total outstanding shareholding of 39.5 billion units and a market capitalization of N423.5 billion.
According to information contained in the 2020 FY report of the bank, 40 shareholders owned 31.03% of the bank while no individual shareholder held more than 5% of the bank.
Shareholders with over 5% ownership of shares of a publicly quoted company are statutorily expected to declare ownership publicly.
The financial statement of the company also states Dr. Oba Otudeko owns 532 million units or 1.3% holding of the company. Oye Hassan Odukale reportedly owns 370 million units of the bank according to the information contained in its 2020 annual reports.
The owner of Globacom, Mike Adenuga is also a major shareholder of the company but is thought to own far fewer shares than Oba Otudeko and the Odukales.
It is also likely that they have other shares owned by proxies but not included in the shareholdings disclosed publicly.