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Otedola Dumps Transcorp Weeks After Acquiring Shares – Report

Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, has divested from indigenous conglomerate, Transcorp Corporation Plc, barely weeks after acquiring substantial shareholding.

According to a report by Nairametrics, Otedola exited his 6.62 per cent stake in Transcorp after reaching a deal with the chairman of the conglomerate, Tony Elumelu, following negotiations between both parties.

The report said that the negotiations leading to the agreement were swift yet cordial as both parties believed it was in their mutual best interest to go their separate ways.

This comes hours after Elumelu and Otedola publicly agreed to work together to promote Transcorp’s interests. Sources also indicate the attention drawn by the jostle for shareholding was a distraction for the company thus paving the way for a decision to part ways.

It was explained that the transaction closed at the prevailing market price of Transcorp Plc as of Thursday. Shares of Transcorp closed at N3.12 per unit on Thursday.

The fight for control of Transcorp began when Otedola acquired a 5.52 per cent stake in the conglomerate, making him the second-largest shareholder in the company. With the purchase of additional shares, Otedola upped his stakes to over six per cent.

However, in a deft move, Elumelu raised his stake in the company from 2.07 per cent to 25.58 per cent on Thursday through HH Capital Limited, where he’s a director, thereby surpassing Otedola’s stake.

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