United Capital seals N50.59b deal with electricity generation firms
United Capital Plc, in partnership with United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has executed a transaction worth N50.59b in the power sector.
The firm served as advisers on the structure by which the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Plc (NBET) will be able to provide bank guarantees to Generation Companies (“GenCos”) in line with the provisions of the Power Purchase Agreements and Power Purchase Activation Agreements executed between NBET and the GenCos.
The arrangement, according to a statement from the bank, involves the assignment of Bank guarantees, valued at N50.59 billion, to the GenCos.
The Bank guarantees will be held by Security Trustees, United Capital Trustees Limited – the appointed Security Trustee and will serve as payment guarantee to the GenCos.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of United Capital, Oluwatoyin Sanni said: “The transaction enables the Federal Government of Nigeria to demonstrate its clear commitment to the far-reaching power sector reform, ensuring that the entire value chain runs efficiently.
“ It underscores the importance of developing a well structured power sector that is fair and equally beneficial to the interests of consumers, generators, and distributors,”
She explained that United Capital’s innovations enables the bank to advise on an efficient structure to facilitate the issuance of payment security in the form of bank guarantees to the GenCos on behalf of NBET.
The structure, according to her, involved the re-assignment of bank guarantees provided by distribution companies to NBET by issuing them to the GenCos, there by avoiding the need to issue fresh bank guarantees.
Advantages of the structure include speed/ease of execution, cost efficiency and risk mitigation by providing recourse to an alternative source of payment for the GenCos to the satisfaction of all parties.
The structure,according to her, enhances the existing payment security to the GenCos, even as payments received will enable GenCos to fund working capital and raise capital expenditure towards upgrading their operations and increasing capacity, to meet the demands of the Nigerian economy.
She added that the structure was achieved through a successful collaboration between UBA Plc and United Capital Plc. UBA brings its reputation as a financial powerhouse and a leader in the financial services sector, not just in Nigeria but it all over Africa to the transaction.
She pledged the bank’s commitment towards achieving its goal of building Africa’s leading investment banking and financial services group and continued delivery of service excellence across all of its business units in pursuit of this strategic objectives.
Attendees at signing ceremony include in-coming GMD, UBA Plc;Kennedy Uzoka , the Group CEO, United Capital Plc,Oluwatoyin Sanni , MD/CEO, NBET;Rumundaka Wonodi among others.
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