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Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Shops For Fresh Funds From Capital Market

Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc says arrangements are on to source for fresh capital to reposition the company for growth and improved performance.

This is contained in a statement issued by the company and obtained by  journalists  in Lagos on Tuesday.

The statement said the raising of the capital if approved by its shareholders in June, would either be by way of rights issue, foreign investors or private placement, among others.

The company’s 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) had been scheduled to hold in June.

The company is an offshore drilling petroleum marketing group. It is also into pipeline infrastructural development, sand filling and dredging.

The statement said some foreign investors had indicated interest in the company and were ready to inject millions of dollars due to intricate value seen in its operations.

According to the statement, the company will also restructure its operations to focus on its core competence to achieve profitability in 2016 financial year.

The company said some of its under-utilised or not functioning equipment due to the current business environment would be sold.

It said the proceeds would be ploughed back into areas of its operations with better prospects for growth.

The company for the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2015 posted revenue of N8.15 billion as against N10.57 billion posted in the preceding period of 2014.

Its loss before tax stood at N7.89 billion in 2015 against N2.25 billion recorded in 2014.

The company’s administrative expenses rose to N6.36 billion from N3.5 billion in 2014 due to impairment losses of N1.62 billion and foreign exchange loss of N2.43 billion.

The company attributed that performance to the decline in the pace of economic activities and weak economic fundamentals in the oil and maritime industry.

It said the development had affected the sector resulting in underwhelming financial performance for industry players, including Japaul Oil and Maritime Plc. (NAN)

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