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Flour Mills restructures holding company, merges five subsidiaries


Flour-Mills-Plc has unveiled plans to commence a restructuring exercise that will see it merging five of its subsidiaries with its holding Company under a Scheme of External Restructuring.

Announcing the plan, the Group Managing Director, Paul Miyonmide Gbededo, stated that the Company had obtained the approval-in-principle of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to merge five of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Golden Noodles Nigeria Limited, Golden Transport Company Limited, FMN Cement Industries (Nigeria) Limited, New Horizon Flour Mills Limited and Quilvest Properties Limited with Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.

According to Gbededo in a statement, the principal reason for the restructuring is the need to streamline operations, reduce administrative costs, improve operating efficiency and derive full benefits of synergy in line with the Company’s long term strategic thrust.

The enlarged FMN, upon completion of the restructuring would be able to eliminate transfer costs of materials and operate at a higher level of efficiency which will drive down costs, make product pricing more competitive, improve profitability and enhance the bottom line for the benefit of all stakeholders” Gbededo said.

Also commenting on the project, the Company Secretary, Olalekan Saliu, stated that the management of the various companies had jointly obtained an Order of the Federal High Court directing that Court Ordered Meetings of their respective shareholders be held on Wednesday 9th September, 2015 for the purpose of approving the restructuring.

If shareholders give the requisite approval, the final approval of SEC will be sought and the Federal High Court will thereafter be approached to sanction the merger. The restructuring is expected to be concluded in October 2015”, the statement read.

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