Clover, a South African beverage line responsible for the production of Tropika fruit juice, says it is withdrawing future investments in the Nigerian market.
Clover becomes the second South African company in two weeks to toe this line. In its fiscal year-end profit/loss posting, the company said the financial crisis in Nigeria is to blame for its withdrawal from the Nigerian market.
“The weakened global economy and the impact of low economic growth forecasts and commodity prices have had a significant impact on the risks facing Clover in the rest of Africa,” the financial statement read.
“The current financial crisis experienced in Nigeria, which is fuelled by low oil price, is a further cause of concern, thus the Group has decided to withdraw from future investments in Nigeria.”
The company said it would be looking to the rest of South eastern Africa for future investments.
“The Group will continue to expand its operations within the Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland region, and will continue to pursue export opportunities in Africa where the currency risks can be mitigated.
“The capital previously earmarked for Africa will no longer be spent. It is anticipated that planned selling price increases will absorb anticipated inflationary cost increases in the second half of the year, as not all selling price increases were realised in the first half.”
The current foreign exchange policy employed by the Nigerian government has often been identified to be triggering withdrawal of investments from the country.
Earlier in the year, South African retail line, Truworths pulled out of the Nigerian market, owing to the economic crisis in the nation. International pundits say the comments of Michael Mark, CEO of Truworths, about the economy show a sign that President Muhammadu Buhari’s attempts to boost local industry are hurting foreign investment.
“We were unable to operate the stores properly any longer because we were unable to send merchandise to the stores because there’s regulation preventing that,” Mark had said.