The Effect Of The Process Of Verification And Valuation Of Assets In An Oil And Gas Company (A Case Study Of Oando Nig. Plc Kaduna)

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The Effect Of The Process Of Verification And Valuation Of Assets In An Oil And Gas Company (A Case Study Of Oando Nig. Plc Kaduna)


Abstract


This research work is purposely designed in such a manner that it will capture the attention of every individual and groups in the society, which is about asset Valuation in the oil and gas sector: problem and solution in its’ proposed chapters. Some necessary efforts, nature of each asset valuation and guidelines governing its implementation were stated as well as units of some meaningful research questions. Which was directly or indirectly stated in chapter one (1) were considered. Chapter two (2) is concerned with necessary literature were valuation concepts and analysis are put in place based on asset valuation term and its problem and solutions; While in chapter three (3) research methodology on assessable ways of studying the concerned population were made and the instrument use in gathering information for the research work and various analytic measure were explored in the same chapter; while in chapter four (4) c simple percentage and tabulation were used this research to arrives at the exact percentage of findings; while in the subsequent/last chapter includes summary of the analysis. Conclusion and recommendations and finally was the bibliography and appendices.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

The fact that there was an entry has been found the purchase of asset and which ‘entry has been to be correctly recorded is not proof that the assets is in possession of the concern at the date of the balance sheet. It is possible that after the asset has been acquired and the necessary entries made in the books of accounts, that asset might have been disposed off pledged or mortgage but no entry has been made regarding these facts in hence, the objects of verification of assets is the satisfactory by the auditor as to its existence proper valuation, correct ownership, proper valuation, discourse etc on the balance sheet.

Verification is the method used to prove the authority of the recorded amount of asset. It has to do with balance standing in the books of a company. Valuation, on the other hand, is the method used to as certain the values of assets at the end of the accounting period.

In the early of auditing, the prime qualification for the position of an auditor was reputation. A man known for his integrity, objectivity and independence of the mined would be sought for this honoured position, thereby, making matters of technical ability entirely. In the early of auditing, the prime qualification for the position of an auditor was reputation. A man known for his integrity, objectivity and independence of the mined would be sought for this honoured position, thereby, making matters of technical ability entirely secondary. Consequently, his functions were never confused with that of an accountant.

Gradually, annual report and accounts of companies were often prepared by directors fore the consideration of shareholders, many group of person i.e. stockholder potential investors, trade union Bankers, people who were interested in amalgamation, mergers and take-over. All these people must be sure that the financial statements can be relied upon.

The accuracy of the financial statement and that of the estimates of the trading results depends almost entirely upon assets. The question here now is that, can the stakeholder and shareholder believe in the reports of directors without verification and valuation of the companies’ assets

These questions led to the appointment of an independents experts, called the “auditor”, who will investigate and report on the financial state of the organization. He will carry out verification of all the assets considering the cost, authorization, valuation, existence etc.

This verification is the lapses in the company’s books of accounts and to ensure conformity with the accounting policies all relevant statement of accounting standards as well as the international accounting statements.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

In view of the inherent problems experienced in valuation of assets which are caused, by various factors such as. Wear and tear even due to instability in change rate, one of the specified researches against the law of the company.

Secondly, is to address the problem of adequately of valuation method to use and to also address the problem adequacy of the company’s terms of verifying and valuating of the company’s assets, and to confirm the accuracy of genuineness of the balance shown in the books.

Finally, an attempt to find answers to the problem question that will help to proffer a tasting solution on the verification and valuation for management to use in arresting the situation but it is paramount for management to determine the best method to use at a particular period.

The view of these research findings is to address these problems.


1.3 Research Hypothesis

For the purpose of this study, the following hypothesis has been formulated:

  • Ho: That the method used in the valuation of assets has no positive effect on the company’s’ assets.
  • Hi: That the method used in the valuation method of assets has positive effect on the company’s’ assets

1.4 Objective of the Study

The general objective of this research finding is to look into the operational activities of Oando Nigeria plc in other to ascertain the ways /method s used for the valuation of assets in the organization.

Emphasis will be laid on the processes and method available to the company.

Other objectives are:

  1. To examine the effectiveness of the method used by the company and also evaluate their sources of information.
  2. To examine the system of operation used in Oando Nigeria plc and to determine the effectiveness of each available method
  3. To examine what assets are attainable in the portfolio method used for assets valuation, their average.

1.5 Significance of the Study

It is expected that this study will add to the existing literature and knowledge of various individuals in the field of accounting, who are interested in the topic as well as others who may need such information.

This research work is expected to serve as a reference material to management.


1.6 Source of the Study

This research work focuses on the process of assets verification and valuation is an oil and Gas company. The research shall be limited to the assets alone or the asset aspect of the organization, thereby, excluding the liability aspect even through they go hand in hand.

This study being carried out using Oando Nigeria Plc. As a case study.


1.7 Historical Background of Oando Nig Plc

Oando Nig. Plc commenced operations in 1956 as a petroleum marketing company in Nigeria, under the name Esso West African incorporated company. It was a subsidiary of Exxan Corporation of the united state of American (USA). On the 25th of August, 1969, the company was incorporated under Nigeria law as Esso standard Nigeria limited. In 1976, the Nigeria government bought Exxon’s interest in the company and it was re-branded, unipetrol Nigeria limited company (UNIPETROL).

The company became a public limited company in 1991, when the federal government of Nigeria divested 60% of its shareholding to the general public. Its shares were listed on the Nigeria stock exchange in February 1992.

Oceanic and oil Investment limited (DOll) acquired a 30% stake in Unipetrol from the federal Government of Nigeria in 2000 and thus, become the care investors. The investment in unipetrol by OOIL was with the supports of its technical partners, companies, Espaniola De petroles (CEPSA) which is the teaching oil company in Europe. CEPSA is a fully’ integrated production of petrochemicals, natural gas, trading, refining, distribution and marketing.

In August 2002 Unipetrol acquired a 600/0 stake in Agip Nigeria Plc (AGIP) wining on international Bid team conducted by Agip petrol. Unipetrol’s management team subsequently led the merger and integration of Agip with Unipetrol and the combined entity was re-branded, Oando Plc in December, 2003. In a filtrate and subsidiary companies into an integrated group.

Dando’s exemplary performance I adherence to the post listing equipment and other indices of corporate government was commenced by the Nigeria stock exchange with the highly covered award of the “quoted company of the year” for the 2003 and 2004 financial years. The company was also awarded the best in the petroleum downstream sector in 2001, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Oando was registered as an external company in south Africa on Tuesday, 1st November 2005, and on 25th November, 2005, listed its shares on the Johannesburg stock exchange (JSE) Limited as a secondary listing.

On November 2nd, 2005, the company also received the endorsement of the international standard for organization (ISO) fourth world class products and services s delivery, with the award of the prestigious NIS, 150< 9001 ; 2000 certification.

Group Structures Organizational Set-Up Of Oando Plc

Oando has consolidated its subsidiaries into an integrated energy group as outlined in the diagram below:

Oando is a true Nigeria corporation, created by the merger of unipetrol and Agip Nigeria’s down stream assets but which has since evolved from a purely downstream marketing company to become to become integrated energy conglomerate .with operations across West African and business interest globally.

The Agips’ activities new spend petroleum product marketing, supply and trading crude oil and refined petroleum independents power solution, exploration and production of crude oil and provision of support services to upstream exploration companies. Turnover for the agroup rose from N183 billion (approximately N200 billion) in 2005 to N209 billion (approximately N210 billion) in the year 2006.

The company has a primary rising on the Nigeria stock exchange (NSE) with a market capitalization of over $350 million US dollar as at February 2007. In November 2008, the company conducted its secondary listing on the Johannesburg stock Exchange in south Africa -Africa’s first inward chial listing on the exchange.


1.8 Definition of Terms

The following terms are defined as they are relevant in this project:

Asset:

These constitutes property or resources which a business own:

Cost:

This is the original price at which the asset was acquired.

Authorization:

i.e. that there was proper authority to acquire the asset.

Verification:

A process of checking or proving the authentically of the recorded amount of asset.

Valuation:

This is a method which is used to ascertain the value of an asset at the end of an accounting period.

Existence:

i.e. that the assets activity actually exists at the period under consideration.

Beneficial Ownership:

That is, whether the company actually owns the assets, the company may have acquired them on mortgage or hire purchase.

Presentation:

Whether there is proper and accurate presentation of the assets figure in the books. Thus presentation must be clear and ambiguous, appropriate to the nature of the business in accordance with relevant accounting standards and consistent with previous years.


Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Summary

This research work titled “THE PROCESSES OF ASSETS VERIAFICATION AND VALUATION IN AN OIL AND GAS COMPANY” Was basically carried out to ensure proper valuation of assets in an oil company and to ensure that adequate provision is made for depreciation of assets and value in the financial statement.

This study was carried out using Oando Nig. Ltd. as a case study. The researcher administered a set of questionnaires to the personnel of Oando Nig. Ltd as regards to the problem at hand. There was a collective response that the method of depreciation used is the straight line method because of it’s and in ascertaining the present and due to the fact that it is simple to operate thus, other methods are regarded when it comes to depreciating/revaluing other assets.

There was also a positive response concerning the factors to use before making provision for depreciation due to various assets and estimating their useful life.

Still on the issue of valuation, the company charges depreciation at the end, of every fiscal year after purchase must have been made” but no depreciation is charged at the year/ period disposal. The company normally increases the depreciation rate, cost of assets and other items in order to match with the new production capacity. Thus, there was a negative response towards the effect of price level changes on depreciation by the staff of assets valuation of assets; the company uses the replacement cost method (market valuation) in valuation of assets. In addition adjustments are made normally to reflect the prices by the use of price indices.


5.2 Conclusion

Findings from the study revealed that if only provisions are made on depreciation of assets and assets are valued using the appropriate method, then the financial statement presented will certainly show or discover the true position of affairs of such organization.

The researcher concluded that assets from time to time should be valued in order to include the price gain due to passage of assets full value at the end of every accounting period.

The researcher went further’ to look into factors to be considered in making provision for depreciation of an assets useful life of an asset, the life span of an oil well and some of the factors as one of the objective of the researcher, more light were thrown on the different methods applicable and sufficient for the purpose of this study.

The researcher has presented in an analytical fashion the various methods of depreciation and valuation of assets. These were aimed at demonstrating the practical usage so that accountants and accounting officers will be able to take advantage of the knowledge based on the new methods consequently. The following recommendations are further made towards improving the profession of accounting and the activities of the assets valuation in the oil and gas sector


5.3 Limitations of the Study

The researchers work, has its limitations which often times are encountered in any research of this nature. The following problems were encountered in the course of carrying out this research assignment: there was this problem of financial constraints which is peculiar to every study due to poor economy. And also problem of coping with lectures, tests and assignments schedules which contributed also to the limitation of this research work.


5.4 Recommendation

Since the company adopts the straight line method of deprecation and applies it to all classes of assets, it is Pertinent to the point out that applying the straight line method to a class of assets like looks does show a true and fair valuation of loose looks. Method best determines their values at the end of the accounting year.

The company should adopt also the production hour method which relates depreciation due to the task subjected to and also recognize the several different tasks undertaken in relation to price level change; published indices should be applied to an asset historical cost to arrive at its current value, on which to base depreciation calculation.

Finally, the important of computerizing assets records connoted be over emphases. This is because it adds the value of ark involved which are often times repetitive in nature. The imputer is very fast consistent accurate and can hold large volume of data compactly in a small disc, this time wastage will be eliminated.


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