Foreign investors pull out N310 billion in assets as P&G and Equinor exit Nigeria

Against the backdrop of more exits from ground operations in Nigeria by more multinational companies, Nigeria’s economy is expected to lose $335 million (about N310 billion) in foreign direct investment (FDI).
The amount represents the combined asset value of the two latest exit announcements by Procter & Gamble: P&G, a major global player in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) segment, and Equinor, another global player in the upstream oil sector.
In Nigeria News todayProcter & Gamble (P&G), an American multinational consumer goods firm, disclosed its plans to transition from local production to solely importing its products as the firm winds down its on-ground presence in Nigeria.
Equinor is exiting after selling its Nigerian business, including its share in the Agbami oil field, to Nigerian-owned energy company Chappal Energies.
Explaining the decision, Andre Schulten, chief financial officer of P&G, said the decision is a result of “the challenging business environment in Nigeria, as well as the difficulty in creating US dollar value.”
On his part, Equinor’s Senior Vice President for Africa Operations, Nina Koch, said in a statement: “Nigeria has been an important part of Equinor’s international portfolio over the past 30 years.
“This transaction realises value and is in line with Equinor’s strategy to optimize its international oil and gas portfolio and focus on core areas.”
In the second half of this year, two other major multinational companies, GlaxoSmithKline, GSK, Consumer Nigeria Plc, and Sanofi-Aventis Nigeria Limited, a French pharmaceutical company, pulled out assets estimated at over $800 million from Nigeria, citing a harsh operating environment.