Adade and Ada-Okungbowa Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 9(3), pp. 268-277, 2019 ISSN: 2276-7770 Copyright ©2019, the copyright of this article is retained by the author(s) DOI Link: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2019.3.053019104 https://gjournals.org/GJAS Performance of Publicly Quoted Agricultural Ventures in Nigeria: The Case of Presco PLC and the Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC 1Adade, B.F., 2Ada-Okungbowa, C.I. 1 Cambridge International Advanced Level Programme, Word of Faith Schools, G.R.A, Benin City, Nigeria 2 Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services, University of Benin, Benin City ARTICLE INFO ABSTRACT Article No.: 053019104 Type: Research DOI: 10.15580/GJAS.2019.3.053019104 Agribusinesses are known to be drivers of economic development in developing nations. Yet little research has been carried out to examine the historical performance (productivity and financial) of oil palm nucleus estates in Nigeria. This study examines how publicly quoted oil palm companies in Nigeria performed over the period, 2011 to 2016. Several indicators of company success (including productivity measures, financial ratios and balance sheet/income statement items) were considered. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics (to compare the performance of the two companies). DuPont analysis was also carried out. The study found that both companies performed well in terms of financial ratios related to profitability, liquidity, market, and creditworthiness. The DuPont analysis showed that the return on equity for Presco was mainly due to higher net profit margin while that of Okomu was due to higher total asset turnover; weakness of Presco in the inability to use its assets to generate sales was made up for by higher use of debt in its capital structure. 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