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Focus on this 61-year old pharmacy company and its looming 2018 loss 

The company specialises in the manufacturing and merchandising of drugs, both for human and animal consumption.

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Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc

On this week’s Nairametrics company focus, we are back to profiling little-known companies whose stocks are listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). As you most likely already know, the purpose of this column is to spotlight some of the smaller securities that are seldom in the news. A typical example of such is Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc. Get to know everything about the company’s business model, history, its owners, competitors, financial records, growth prospects and more.

About Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc: what they do 

With its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc specialises in the manufacturing and merchandising of drugs, both for human and animal consumption. The company’s pharmaceutical products, which come in various forms such as capsules, injectable drugs, ointments, liquids, and tablets, are marketed across Nigeria and much of the ECOWAS region.

A historical background of the company

Originally known as Pfizer Products Plc, this company began operation in Lagos, Nigeria as a drugstore back in 1957. It is one of the foremost pharmacy companies in the country and is said to have built the very first drug manufacturing plant in Nigeria. The plant, which was in Aba South-Eastern Nigeria, was later damaged during the three-year war that ravaged Aba and other cities and villages around it.

Pfizer Products Plc’s parent company was the American drug maker, Pfizer Inc, which in 1997 decided to divest 60% of its shareholdings in the former Nigerian subsidiary, in line with its refocused global business operation. The divestment saw a 60% buy-out of the parent company’s shareholding by the management of Pfizer Products Plc, led by the Mazi Sam I. Ohuabunwa, the company’s former CEO.

Following the change in ownership structure, a name change became necessary. Consequently, Pfizer Products Plc changed to Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc in 1997. The company has since then continued to operate in Nigeria, manufacturing and distributing “world-class quality pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services that meet customers’ expectations at all times”. It also engages in contract manufacturing as a means of putting its idle plants into good use. It is currently headquartered in Oregun, Lagos.

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A look at the company’s segments 

Neimeth’s business is structured into two broad categories: pharmaceutical and veterinary. The pharmaceutical arm is concerned with the production and marketing of the company’s ethical and consumer products, which generate the most revenue. Examples of products manufactured and marketed under the pharmaceutical arm of the company include:

  • Pyrantrin 
  • Pancemol 
  • Nimaterm 
  • Ciklavit 
  • Amlovar
  • Neimelyn 
  • Norduet 
  • Normoretic, etc.

Neimeth’s veterinary business does not currently generate as much revenue for the company. However, information on the company’s website indicate that are plans are in place to revitalise and reposition the segment towards becoming a major money spinner.

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Some of the products currently manufactured under the veterinary arm include:

  • Neimycin Soluble Powder
  • Neiva Stress
  • Neimeth Piperazine
  • Neimycin Chick Formula

Ownership structure

According to information contained in the company’s full-year 2017 financial report, substantial shareholding is in the following order:

  • Intercedd Health Products Limited: 409,857,176 units of shares which makes up 23.74 percentage.
  • Ordrec Investments Limited: 197,910,746 units of share which makes up 11.46%.
  • Helko Nigeria Limited: 174,466,757; 10.11%.
  • Ohuabunwa S. Iheanyichukwu: 120,681,506 units, making up 6.99%.

The remaining 47.7 share percentage is comprised of indirectly-owned shares by the company’s directors, as well as shares owned by the investing public.

The company’s board of directors

According to information obtained from the company’s website, the board of directors is comprised of ten people, a few of whom are quite prominent including accomplished businessman A.B.C Orjiako, and former INEC Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu.

Dr Ambrose Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiako is currently the company’s Chairman. The trained medical doctor and oil tycoon joined the company in 2004 and steadily rose through the ranks to his current position.

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Dr Orjiako holds major positions in other notable Nigerian companies, including Seplat Petroleum, which is listed on both the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Nairametrics’ valuation estimates his net worth at over N30 billion.

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Another important member of the board is Mr. Christopher U. Umeje, the Acting Managing Director. The trained Accountant and accomplished business professional joined the company in 2008 as an Executive Director. Prior to this time, he had garnered numerous experiences in different industries including banking, manufacturing, and hospitality. He assumed his current position in 2017.

Other notable board members are:

  1. Mrs. Roseline A. Oputa (Executive Director)
  2. Mazi Sam I. Ohuabunwa (Non-Executive Director)
  3. Professor Maurice Iwu (Non-Executive Director)
  4. Engineer Godwin E. Omene (Non-Executive Director)
  5. Mr. A.O. Balogun (Non-Executive Director)
  6. Professor Elijah N. Sokamba (Non-Executive Director)
  7. Thomas Tunbosun Osuku (Non-Executive Director)
  8. Sir Ike Onyechi (Non-Executive Director)

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The company’s target market

As a drug manufacturer, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc targets patients, drugstores, hospitals, animal breeders, and pet owners in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, precisely Anglophone West Africa. Its wide range of remedial medicine is used in hospitals to cure a wide range of ailments, including malaria.

The company is faced with immense competition

Nigeria has a vibrant and highly-competitive pharmaceutical industry, with major players including the likes of Fidson Healthcare Plc and Glaxo Smith Kline Nigeria Plc. These two companies are perhaps the biggest competitive threats faced by Neimeth. For instance, Fidson Healthcare Plc reported a total revenue of N7.4 billion, with a profit after tax of N521 million. Glaxo Smith Kline Plc also reported a revenue of N8.5 billion, with a loss of N103 million. Neimeth, on the other hand, reported a turnover of N877 million and a loss after tax of N29.5 million for the half year ended March 31st, 2018.

Note that other players in the pharmacy market worth mentioning are Pharma Dekko Plc, May & Baker Plc and Emzor Pharmaceuticals.

A closer look at the company’s financial reports

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc may run at a loss in 2018 unless some special measures are put in place to mitigate this. This is because so far, the company is already running at a loss. Its 2018 half year result is its worst recorded in the past three years. The company had reported a profit after taxation of N195 million, N100 million, and N181 million for the half-year periods ended March 31st, 2017, 2016, and 2015; respectively.

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It is unclear what exactly is responsible for Neimeth’s underwhelming performance in H1 2018. Note that the Board gave no explanations regarding this in the unaudited financial result published on the company website. While we anticipate an explanation, it is unlikely that Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc will use economic recession and high exchange rates as excuses for their under-performance during this period.

Recall that the company had cited “restricted access to official foreign exchange” as one of the major challenges that adversely affected its business activities in full-year 2017. More so, a fire outbreak on March 7th, 2017 had destroyed the company’s raw material warehouse. This is yet another mitigating factor that contributed to a huge loss of N404.9 million in 2017.

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A fire outbreak at the company’s facility in 2017 contributed to the company’s loss

But there has not been a fire outbreak on any of the company’s facilities this year. Moreover, the Nigerian economy has overcome recession, even as the Naira’s exchange rate against the dollar has remained relatively stable for a while now. Therefore, none of these major constraints could possibly have affected the company during the period under consideration.

In conclusion…

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc should consider tapping into the potentials that abound in its veterinary segment. This potential is currently untapped, despite its existence. Little wonder the segment generated less than 10% of the company’s total revenue for the period under review.

In the meantime, the company needs to improve on its marketing tactics in Nigeria in order to have competitive advantage over the other drug manufacturers. As noted earlier, the competition in this industry is stiff. Hence, marketing must be vigorous.

The company should also strategise and come up with many more workable means of getting ahead. Nigeria has a huge pharmacy market that can be explored further. This is important because the company is vital to the economy and cannot afford to under-perform.

Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs. He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor. Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan. If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Naira devaluation, FX scarcity caused increase in cost of goods – Nigerian Breweries

Nigerian Breweries has revealed that Naira devaluation, FX scarcity caused increase in the cost of its goods in 2020.

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Jordi Borrut Bel, Nigerian Breweries Plc

The Finance Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Rob Kleinjan, has revealed that the increase in the brewer’s costs of goods was due to the devaluation in naira and FX scarcity, which led to the increase in the cost of inputs such as sorghum and sugar, as they are not fully produced locally.

This disclosure was made during the Nigerian Breweries’ Fact Behind Figures results presentation today.

However, Kleinjan explained that the increase in cost could not be fully attributed to currency devaluation and foreign exchange scarcity, which exerts pressure on imported input materials.

He said the increase in Nigerian Breweries’ costs of goods sold, as reported in its unaudited financial results, could also be linked to the volume of goods sold, as the company’s sales volume in Q3 increased by almost the same percentage as the cost of goods sold.

However, Mr. Kleinijan reiterated that to mitigate further losses, it was important for the company to focus on the supply chain and seek ways to mitigate price increases.

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What they are saying

The Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Jordi Borrut, while speaking at the virtual event said:

In 2020, the results of Nigerian Breweries were adversely impacted by COVID, VAT increase, FX devaluation and scarcity of foreign exchange. The year started with a promising 1st quarter, which was heavily impacted in Q2. The Nigerian market, however, rebounded in Q3.”

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Mr. Rob Kleinjan, while explaining the factors behind the increase in Nigerian Breweries’ cost of goods sold in the first nine months of 2020, said:

It is also clear that the increase in cost is due to the devaluation and the FX scarcity which has put pressure on our input cost. If you look into the main elements we use, which are sorghum and sugar – they are not fully produced locally, so when the currency is devalued, the prices of these inputs will soar.

That’s why it’s important that we are focused on the supply chain, and seek for ways we can mitigate any of the price increases, because the increase in cost comes from the input prices, which come from FX scarcity.”

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United Securities Limited changes name to Coronation Registrars Limited

United Securities Limited formally notifies its numerous customers and stakeholders of a change of name to Coronation Registrars Limited.

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In line with section 30(3) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA), United Securities Limited has formally notified its numerous customers and stakeholders that it has obtained regulatory approval from the Corporate Affairs Commission to change its name to Coronation Registrars Limited.

The disclosure is contained in a verified post on Linkedln, signed by the firm’s Secretary, Omotoyosi Kola-Ojo, and seen by Nairametrics.

What this means

In line with the recent corporate action and according to section 30(5) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the company has been issued a new Certificate of Incorporation by the Registrar General of the commission, evidencing the change of name.

What they are saying

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A verified post by the Firm read thus: “The Public is hereby informed that United Securities Limited having passed the necessary Special Resolutions in line with Section 30(3) of Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA) and obtained the necessary regulatory approval of the Corporate Affairs Commission, has changed its name to CORONATION REGISTRARS LIMITED.

The public is further informed that pursuant to Section 30(5) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the company has been issued a new certificate of incorporation by the Registrar General of the Commission evidencing the change of name. All stakeholders are requested to take note of the above information.”

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We have exported 7 clinker vessels to other African countries since June – Dangote Cement

Dangote Cement says it has exported 7 clinker vessels to other African countries since June.

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Dangote Cement reveals share buyback plans, DANGOTE CEMENT records loses as ASI decline by 0.39%

The Group Executive Director of Dangote Cement, Michel Pucheros, announced that Dangote Cement, Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 48.6Mta (Million Metric Tonnes Annually) capacity across Africa, has exported 7 clinker vessels to date to other African countries.

This statement was disclosed by Mr. Pucheros in a press release issued on the Group’s performance in the third quarter.

  • The cement maker exported 2 vessels of clinker per month to Cameroon in the third quarter of 2020 via the Apapa export terminal, which takes the Group’s clinker export for the quarter to 6 vessels.
  • In addition to its maiden shipment vessel to Senegal, which is a total of 27.8Kt of clinker, took its clinker exports to other African countries from June to date to 7 vessels.

In his statement, Mr. Pucheros said, “We continue to focus on our export strategy and are on track to ensure West and Central Africa become cement and clinker independent, with Nigeria as the main supply hub.

“Clinker exports have steadily been ramping up in Q3 after our maiden shipment in June 2020, whilst land exports have also resumed.”

However, as the Group ramp-up production across all segments and regions to reach its cement production and bagging capacity of 48.55 Mta, he said,

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“Dangote Cement’s strategy to offer high-quality products at competitive prices is meeting customers’ expectations in Nigeria and across the continent, where we continue to deploy excellent marketing initiatives and operational excellence across the continent.”

About Clinker

  • Clinker is a nodular material which is used as the binder in cement products. Clinker is produced inside the kiln during the cement manufacturing process.
  • The primary use of clinker is to manufacture cement, as cement is produced by grinding clinker.

What you should know

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Nairametrics had reported that Dangote Cement Acting CFO, Guillaume Moyen, during a virtual event in September disclosed that the cement producer is set to commence clinker export to other African countries within the next few weeks.

He reiterated that the Management of the company is on course to sell more clinker across West Africa, and commence shipment to Central Africa in H2 2020.

Why it matters

The export of clinker to countries where limestones are not available in huge quantities gives these countries a chance to produce its cement for construction purposes.

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