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SAHCO suffers 92% decline in profit, as travel restrictions bite harder

Analysis of the company’s results indicates that revenues dipped as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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SAHCO suffers 92% decline in profit, as travel restrictions bite harder

Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO), reported revenues of N3.1 billion in the second quarter of 2020 compared with N3.5 billion in the same period in 2019. This represents an 11.9% decrease relative to the same period last year.

SAHCO Plc, formerly known as Skypower Aviation Handling Company Plc, prior to its privatization, is 100% owned by the Sifax Group, and incorporated as an Aviation Ground Handling Service Provider under the Nigerian Company & Allied Matters Act of 1990. SAHCO Plc’s  duties involve all the actions that take place from the time an aircraft touches down on the tarmac, to the time it is airborne. The company also ensures that the right assignment is carried out in an efficient, speedy, and safe manner, deploying the right tools.

A careful analysis of the latest results of the company indicates that revenues dipped as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Travel restrictions affected SAHCO Plc’s operations, but an increase in revenues from domestic and foreign cargo handling gave the company a lifeline amidst business uncertainties.

SAHCO Plc has 10 revenue-generating segments: foreign handling, domestic handling, cargo handling – export, DCS/PAX handling, cargo handling – domestic, equipment rental, investment property, pilgrimage, haulage/crew bus services, and airport security services.  Revenues from eight of these segments declined in Q2 2020, compared with the same period last year; however, revenues from cargo handling increased.

(READ MORE:NAHCO retrieves Ethiopian Airlines handling deal)

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Revenues from cargo handling – income increased by 16.04% to N2.2 billion in the current period, compared with  N1.9 billion in the same period last year. Revenues from cargo handling – export increased by 8.26% to N146.7 million in the period under review, relative to N135.5 million in the same period last year.

It is expected that performance would improve, following the lifting of foreign travel restrictions on the 5th of September 2020. However, things may not transform sooner, as there are one or two challenges facing the sector. For example, although travel restrictions have been lifted, the conditions passengers have to meet before travel, may be overwhelming for some people to go through; thus, the number of travelers is not expected to peak yet.

The Earnings Per Share (EPS) of the company declined by 92.11% in Q2 2020, from 12.67 kobo to 1 kobo, compared with the same period last year. The decline in distributable profit by 93.34% to N11.42 million in Q2 2020, relative to N171.50 million in Q2 2019, contributed to this decline.

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SAHCO Plc’s shares were listed on the floor of the NSE on April 26th, 2019. The shares currently trade at N2.93 per unit. The highest price for a unit of share in 52 weeks was N4.19 and the lowest N1.42. A total of 20,391 units was sold in the last seven days trades. Shares outstanding is 1,353,580,000 units and its market capitalisation is N3,965,989,400 billion.

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(READ MORE:FG travel restrictions on 13 countries: A little too late?)

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO), operates in the same sub-sector as SAHCO Plc – transport-related Services. NAHCO Plc’s share price is N2. The highest price for a unit of share in 52 weeks was N3.01 and the lowest is N1.90. A total of 8,162,828 units was sold in the last seven days trades. Shares outstanding is 1,624,218,750 units, and its market capitalisation is N3,248,437,500 billion.

With the surge in cargo revenues, SAHCO Plc recently received delivery of new Ground Support Equipment (GSE). This is expected to improve its ground power operations, in terms of cargo and passenger loading operations, as well as aircraft mobility. The newly acquired fleet of equipment consisted of 50 Cargo pallet dollies, 45 container dollies, 3 passengers step loaders, and 50 baggage tag machines. The company also recently introduced a branded Ankara uniform for its frontline operating staff. The MD of the company, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, noted that the reasoning behind the branded uniform is to showcase the Nigerian culture to the world.

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Adeyemi holds a PhD in Accounting Sciences. He has worked in the Educational Sector and as an Independent Consultant.

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Cutix Plc forecasts N148 million profit in Q4 2021

Cutix Plc has projected that its revenue will double and profit will increase by 9% to N148 million.

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Cutix Plc has projected that in the fourth quarter of its financial year 2021, its revenue will double and profit will increase by 9% to N148 million.

These projections were made by the company in a recent earnings forecast issued by the Management, and signed by the Company’s CEO and CFO.

READ: Vitafoam shares gain 9.6%, as company reports N4.11 billion as profit in 2020

Key highlights of the earnings forecast for Q4 ended April 30, 2021

  • Revenue to increase to N1.66billion, 100% Q-o-Q.
  • Cost of Sales to increase to N1.16 billion, 70% Q-o-Q.
  • Distribution, Admin & Other expenses to increase to N232.89 million, 14%% Q-o-Q.
  • Other Income to remain unchanged at N2.50 million,
  • Finance Charges to increase slightly to N47.38 million, 3% Q-o-Q.
  • Operating income to increase to N227.83 million, 14% Q-o-Q.
  • Taxation is projected at N79.74 million.
  • While Profit attributable shareholders is projected at N148.10 million.

READ: Royal Exchange Plc forecasts N500.83 million PAT in Q1 2021

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Bottom line

The earnings forecast was made on the ground that the Nigerian economy will continue improve, as the country recovers from the impact of COVID-19. In this regard, revenue in the fourth quarter of 2021 will be slightly higher than the revenue projected in the third quarter of 2021.

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However, the increase in the cost of sales driven by the input cost will pressure profitability to the tune of N148.10 million, which is 9% higher than the profit after tax made in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

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Vitafoam shares gain 9.6%, as company reports N4.11 billion as profit in 2020

Vitafoam Nigeria Plc profit revealed 72.10% increase when compared with the N2.39 billion reported in the corresponding period of 2019.

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Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, Vitafoam returns to a 5-year high

Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has reported in its audited financial statement for 2020 that it made a profit of N4.11billion for the year ended 30 September 2020.

This represents a 72.10% increase in profit when compared with the N2.39billion profit reported in the corresponding period of 2019.

READ: Vitafoam returns to a 5-year high

Key highlights

  • Revenue increased to N23.44 billion in 2020, 5.21% Y-O-Y.
  • Cost of Sales decreased to N12.43 billion in 2020, 8.06% Y-O-Y.
  • Gross Profit increased to N11.01 billion in 2020, 25.68% Y-O-Y.
  • Other income increased to N638.97 million in 2020, 63.91% Y-O-Y.
  • Distribution costs increased to N1.05 billion in 2020, 8.13% Y-O-Y.
  • Administrative expenses increased to N4.13 billion in 2020, 10.57% Y-O-Y.
  • Operating profit increased to N6.47 billion in 2020, 45.58% Y-O-Y.
  • Finance income increased to N106.51 million in 2020, 5.39% Y-O-Y.
  • Finance Costs decreased to N930.17 million in 2020, 11.39% Y-O-Y.
  • Profit from continuing operations increased to N3.92 billion in 2020, 58.88% Y-O-Y.
  • Profit from discontinued operations increased to N191.63 million in 2020, 345.68% Y-O-Y.
  • Profit for the year increased to N4.11 billion in 2020, 72.10% Y-O-Y.

READ: Vitafoam’s 2020 oncourse to make light–work of 2019

READ: Sterling Bank Plc forecasts N2.09 billion PAT in Q1 2021

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What you should know

  • Shares of the company have gained 9.6% within the first one hour of trading, largely at the backdrop of news of the company’s impressive performance as the current valuation of the company in the light of its results suggests that the shares of the Company are undervalued at the current price.
  • Checks by Nairametrics as of 11:10 am today confirmed that the company is on a full bid, as 4,930,245 bids from 23 investors have been placed at the highest price for the day, without a single offer at a price lower than N8.55.

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Bottom line

The profitability of the company was beefed up in 2020 on the back of the decrease in the cost of raw materials coupled with the increase in sales from the core segment of the company which led to the 5.21% increase in revenue in 2020.

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However, it is important to note that the impressive performance of the Vitafoam Group was also strengthened by the increase in other profit owing to improvement in sales, this helped the company to also grow its revenue from services provided to customers’ after-sales.

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Neimeth posts profit of N212.48 million for year-ended September 2020

Neimeth profit declined by 3.48%, as profitability was pressured by rising costs and expenses in 2020.

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Neimeth Pharmaceuticals

Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Plc has reported in its audited financial statement for 2020 that it made a profit of N212.48 million for the year ended 30th September 2020.

This represents a 3.48% decline in profit when compared with the N220.15 million PAT reported in the corresponding period of 2019.

READ: PZ incurs N1 billion in exchange rate loss 

Key highlights

  • Revenue increased to N2.84 billion in 2020, 19.73% Y-O-Y.
  • Cost of Sales increased to N1.33 billion in 2020, 13.11% Y-O-Y.
  • Gross Profit increased to N1.51 billion in 2020, 26.23% Y-O-Y.
  • Other income increased to N29.29 million in 2020, 1049.33% Y-O-Y.
  • Marketing and distribution expenses increased to N505.11 million in 2020, 33.90% Y-O-Y.
  • Administrative expenses increased to N452.28 million in 2020, 20.54% Y-O-Y.
  • Exchange loss increased to N188.05 million in 2020, 479.25% Y-O-Y.
  • Operating profit decreased to N393.26 million in 2020, -4.87% Y-O-Y.
  • Finance costs decreased to N95.87 million in 2020, -12.00% Y-O-Y.
  • Profit after tax decreased to N212.48 in 2020, -3.48% Y-O-Y.

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Bottom line

The report revealed that despite the impressive performance of the core operating segment of the company, and the increase in the revenue generated from the Animal Health segment, the profit of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals was pressured by rising costs in 2020 and this led to 3.48% decline in profit year-on-year.

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Neimeth Pharmaceuticals suffered from substantial cost and expenses increase in 2020, as the increase in production cost, marketing and distribution expenses (driven by increased payment to employees in this department), administrative expenses (driven by expenses paid for conference and meetings, bank charges and commission, communication and subscription, energy cost, insurance and medical expenses) and increase in foreign exchange loss driven by naira devaluation, pressured profitability in 2020.

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