Following the announcement made by South Africa retail giant, Shoprite, about the commencement of a formal process to discontinue its operation in Nigeria, Persianas Nigeria Limited, a property development company, owned by a Nigerian Tayo Amusan, who is said to be the most favoured among others who are leading the talks on the acquisition bid of the retail company.
Shoprite Holdings Limited made the announcement on Monday in its operational and voluntary trading update for the year ended on June 28, 2020.
Who is Tayo Amusan?
With more than 25 years of experience doing business in Nigeria, mainly in the real estate sector, Tayo Amusa founded Persianas and has been instrumental in its growth and continued success since then.
He serves on the board of several Nigerian companies including African Paints Nigeria Limited and is also the Chairman of Resourcery Limited.
Amusan was able to change the face of the several businesses he leads, particularly those in the retail and commercial sectors, the goal of his company, Persianas is to deliver sustainable, positive impacts. The major project to date is the world-class ‘The Palms’ shopping mall, which is rated to be the biggest such property in Nigeria, if not West Africa.
Amusan’s Persianas built the first mall of international standards in Nigeria and currently own five spread across Nigeria in Lagos, Ibadan, Kwara, Enugu and soon to be launched Abuja. The company’s retail arm has successfully launched franchises such as Hugo Boss and Lacoste.
Tayo Amusan is one of the business persons who made it big during the regime of former Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
“Why Shoprite wants to discontinue its operations in Nigeria?
The multi-national retail group, which announced a 6.4 per cent increase (R156.9billion) in total sales of merchandise for the outgoing year despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it took the decision to discontinue its Nigeria operation “following approaches from various potential investors, and in line with our re-evaluation of the group’s operating model in Nigeria.”
“The Board has decided to initiate a formal process to consider the potential sale of all, or a majority stake, in Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Shoprite International Limited. As such, Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited may be classified as a discontinued operation when Shoprite reports its results for the year. Any further updates will be provided to the market at the appropriate time,” the report stated.
While the company’s total sales of merchandise may be on the rise, it is struggling outside South Africa. According to the report, the non-South Africa supermarket operation of the company, excluding Nigeria, contributed a paltry 11.6 per cent to the group sales. Its non-South Africa sales also declined by 1.4 per cent in the year under review. The company blamed this decline on the lockdown announced in several African countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Second half constant currency sales growth of 6.3% was significantly impacted by lockdown regulations across the 14 African countries in which we trade. Lockdown restrictions pertaining to store closures; social distancing; transport restrictions; the movement of people; trading hours; workforce limitations and trade in alcohol impacted various regions to differing degrees at different times.”
Shoprite opened its first store in Nigeria in December 2005 and now has a total of 26 stores across eight states in the country including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The company also claim to have employed more than 2,000 people in Nigeria, of which 99 per cent of them are Nigerians.
Shoprite also claimed to have built more relationships with over 300 Nigeria suppliers, small businesses and farmers.