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Coca-Cola full-year profit falls below Wall Street forecast

Strong dollar, among other things, has been blamed for Coca-Cola’s failure to meet Wall Street expectations for the carbonated soft drink company’s full-year profit, with revenue falling in the fourth quarter.

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Strong dollar, among other things, has been blamed for Coca-Cola’s failure to meet Wall Street expectations for the carbonated soft drink company’s full-year profit, with revenue falling in the fourth quarter.

Coca-Cola reported a quarterly decline in volumes in North America, sending its shares down by 3 per cent, the company’s financial statements, which were released to the London Stock Exchange on Thursday showed.

According to reports, Coke raised prices of its beverages at the expense of falling demand, but the market performance was described good by the company, stating revenue grew above company’s target.

Reason for falling below expectation

The company’s financial statement stated that food packaging companies were facing the brunt of rising freight and commodity costs and a dearth of truck drivers leading to squeezed margins and higher costs.

The company forecast full-year profit to be between 2.06 dollars and 2.10 dollars per share far below the average expectation of 2.23 dollars, blaming a stronger dollar.

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Breakdown of Coca-Cola’s forecast

Net income attributable to the company’s shareholders was $870 million or 20 cents per share in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to a loss of $2.75 billion or 65 cents per share, a year earlier, when the company took a tax-related charge.

Revenue fell by 6 per cent to $7.1 billion in the fourth quarter, hurt by the refranchising of its low-margin bottling operations. Analysts had estimated sales of $7.03 billion dollars, according to Reuters data.

Coca-Cola’s net sales revenue increased by 6 per cent on a foreign exchange-neutral basis, the company said in its financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2018. Adding that volume growth accelerated to 4.2 per cent with growth in all segments, driven by sparkling beverages.

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While the volume of sales in Nigeria, however, decline amid the competitive environment. To strengthen the company’s presence in the Nigerian market, Coca-Cola recently concluded the acquisition of Chi Limited.

There was a 20 basis-point reduction in comparable operating expenses as a percentage of revenue and its free cash flow stood at €370 million.

The board of directors proposed a €0.57 dividend per share, which is a 5.6 per cent increase on the 2017 dividend.

Company reaction to forecast

The Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola HBC AG, Zoran Bogdanovic, said the company experienced good performance in revenue, adding that price/mix improved for the 8th consecutive year.

“In 2018, we delivered another very good performance with revenue growth above our target range and another step up in margins.

“Strong volume growth in all our segments was helped by a record number of new product launches, while price/mix improved for the eighth consecutive year. This growth supported margin progress, which we delivered while increasing our investment in marketing.”

While Coca-Cola invested in the business for growth, Bogdanovic disclosed that the company’s sharp focus on cost efficiencies continued. Adding that the shape of the business, capabilities and commitment of the people and the company’s overall commercial proposition gives the confidence in the ability to continue to grow revenues and margins.

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Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: [email protected]

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Appointments

Dangote Sugar appoints Ravindra Singhvi as GMD/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ravindra Singhvi has been appointed as the substantive Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc.

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The Board of Directors of Dangote Sugar has appointed Mr. Ravindra Singhvi as substantive Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, effective October 30, 2020.

This disclosure was made by the company in a notification of the resolution of its board meeting, to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The statement partly reads:

“Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. wishes to notify the Exchange and the investing public that at the Board of Directors Meeting of the Company held today, Friday October 30, 2020, the Board approved (a) the Unaudited Financial Statement for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2020, and (b) the appointment of the current Ag. Managing Director, Mr. Ravindra Singhvi as substantive Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. effective October 30, 2020.”

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Prior to his new appointment, Mr Singhvi had been the ag. Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc since 18th June, 2019, after serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

The Board’s stance on the appointment

The Board has stated that it is “confident that he is a great asset to the Company, particularly at this time when it is on a rapid growth trajectory, in view of its recent acquisition and it’s several backward integration projects (BIP) to position itself for further job creation in local plantations and factories, import substitution and deeper contribution to national economic development.”

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Mr. Singhvi is wished the very best in his endeavors.

About Mr. Ravindra Singhvi

He has over 39 years of proven experience in leadership positions in Manufacturing and Processes in Sugar, Petrochemicals, Cement, and Textiles products industries in India.

He is a Chartered Accountant with background in Company Secretarial Practice, Corporate Governance and Management, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in B.Com (Hons) and Law(I) from the University of Jodhpur, India.

Prior to joining Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Mr. Singhvi had served as the Managing Director & CEO of NSL Sugar Limited, Hyderabad, India, and Managing Director, EID Parry (1) Limited, Chennai, India, one of top three sugar producing companies in India.

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ENDSARS

IGP says protesters attacked 205 public, private facilities

Data collated when the #End SARS peaceful protest started indicated that 14 states recorded major violence.

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IGP says protesters attacked 205 public, private facilities, IGP orders immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to VIPs

The Nigerian Police Force has stated that about 205 critical national security assets, corporate facilities and private properties were razed down and vandalized during the EndSARS protest, which was hijacked by hoodlums and arsonists.

This was disclosed by Mr Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, during a virtual conference of Senior Police Officers in Abuja, according to a news report by NAN.

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READ: #EndSARS: Our police reform agenda is a game changer to end impunity – Osinbajo

Adamu disclosed that data collated between Oct. 11, when the #End SARS peaceful protest started as a demonstration, and Oct. 27, after it was hijacked by the vandals, indicated that 14 states recorded major violence.

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He said that some of the states severely affected by this civil unrest are Lagos, Edo, Delta, Oyo, Kano, Plateau, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Rivers, Abia, Imo, Ekiti, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

READ: #EndSARS: Joe Biden issues press release on violent crackdown of Protesters in Nigeria

The violence had resulted in attacks on critical national security infrastructure, other corporate and private properties, as well as injuries or fatalities to civilians, the police, and other security agents.

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READ: #EndSARS: IMF Links protests to economic difficulties

What you should know

  • 71 public warehouses and 248 privately owned stores were looted in the course of the protests nationwide.
  • 51 civilian fatalities with 37 injured, and 22 policemen gruesomely murdered with 26 others injured were recorded during the protest.
  • 10 firearms, including 8 AK 47 rifles, were carted away during the attack on police stations, and a locally made pistol had been recovered from elements operating under the guise of the EndSARS protest.
  • 1,596 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the violence and widespread looting across the country.

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Macro-Economic News

Nigeria’s food Inflation rises by 110.5% in five years

Nigeria’s Food Inflation has risen by 110.5% between September 2015 and September 2020.

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Despite billions on agriculture, food inflation up by 108% since 2015.

Nigeria’s food inflation has risen by 110.5% in 5 years, between September 2015 and September 2020.

A comparison of the Composite Food Index within the period under review indicated that food inflation rose from 181.8 index points to 382.7 index points.

This means that the price of food items has not only increased, but more than doubled in the last five years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

READ: UPDATED: Inflation rate jumps to 12.40%, highest in over 2 years

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Similarly, the All Items Index rose by 92.4% during the same period.

Food items that have witnessed significant increases

Data obtained from Nairalytics, the research arm of Nairametrics, revealed that:

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  • Foreign rice (Caprice) which sold for an average of N14,500 as of May 2019 is now sold for an average of N30,000.
  • A 50kg bag of Ijebu garri that sold for N7,200 in May 2019, now costs N13,700.
  • A 25-litre keg of vegetable oil sold for N9,750 in May 2019, now sells for N14,625.
  • A piece of frozen fish which cost N417 in May 2019, now sells for N625.

READ: Buhari’s CBN policies may drag Nigerian economy into crisis – Fitch

READ: Debt servicing gulps N7.04 trillion under President Buhari’s administration

Why are the figures going up?

The hike in the cost of staple food items could be attributed to the border closure directive of the federal government that was announced in August 2019.

It is projected to hit 20% by the first quarter of 2021, when the effects of the increase in petrol and electricity prices are accounted for.

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Also, yield per hectare for most farming is well below global standards, driving up the cost of whatever is left to be sold to Nigerians.

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Farmers also face insecurity, flooding, and sometimes famine affecting their ability to plant and harvest. Even after harvesting, supply chain challenges still persist, leaving farmers to contend with middlemen, transportation, and storage. The result is far less farm produce reaching the final consumer.

READ: Sanusi declares Nigeria under Buhari a Bankrupt Nation

READ: Nigeria must keep inflation down to maximise full potential – IMF

What they are saying

Prof. Steve Hanke, an American Applied Economist at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of Buhari’s administration.

According to him, the Federal Government could do more than what it is doing; he described the administration as a failure over security of its citizens, unemployment, and inflation.

He tweeted, “President Muhammadu Buhari has failed. Nigeria is in the grip of chaos. Bandits control major highways.

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“The government can’t protect its own citizens from Boko Haram or the corrupt Police. Unemployment stands at 27.1%, and Inflation, which I accurately measure every day and that soars at 30.37%/yr.”

READ: Nigeria’s inflation rate rises to 12.56% in June, as food prices surge

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READ: More agriculture loans but longstanding bottlenecks remain

READ: Northern States worst hit as Nigeria’s inflation jumps to 11.85% in November 

What you should know

  • On October 15, 2020, Nairametrics reported that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 13.71% (year-on-year) in September 2020, indicating 0.49% point higher than 13.22% recorded in August 2020. This was contained in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) about two weeks ago.
  • According to the report, Nigeria has endured persistent increase in inflationary rate —growing from 12.13% in January to 13.71% in September—the highest recorded in 30 months.
  • A closely watched component of the food inflation index rose by 16.66% in September 2020 — a 0.66% increase compared to 16% recorded in the previous month.
  • On a month-on-month basis, the food sub-index rose by 1.88% compared to 1.67% recorded in August 2020.
  • Meanwhile, the rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of bread and cereals, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, fish, fruits, and oils and fats.

READ: Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 11.40% in May 2019

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