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Flour Mills reports N9.9 billion profit in HY 2020/21

The increase in profit before tax was largely driven by the agro-allied segment.

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Flour Mills Nigeria, announced its unaudited 2020/21 half-year financial results today, showing continued growth with a Profit after Tax of N9.9 billion for the six months ended 30th September 2020.

This information is contained in the press release by the Group, which is in line with Flour Mills’ Half-year 2020/21 financial statement.

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What you should know

  • Flour Mills’ revenue was N355.1 billion, compared to N270,8 billion in H1 2019/20.
  • The Group’s profit before tax was N14.6 billion, compared to N8.6 billion in H1 2019/20. The increase in profit before tax was largely driven by the agro-allied segment, which generated a profit of N6.3 billion compared to a loss the previous year.
  • The agro-allied segment saw very strong improvement in the edible oils and fats, protein, and fertilizer businesses, following the investments over the last few years.
  • The Group’s profit after tax was N9.9 billion, compared to N5.9 billion in H1 2019/20.
  • FMN continued to show sustained growth in key segments driven by the closure of the Nigerian border since August 2019.

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Operational review

Despite prevailing economic headwinds, the Group continued to show sustained growth in key segments driven by the border closure since August 2019.

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As the FMN key segment continues to capitalize on this development due to the strategic placement of the Group’s business in the industry.

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This development led to a strong performance in edible oils and proteins supported by agro-inputs (fertilizer) and agro-distribution and aggregation structures.

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In line with FMN’s growth strategy, the edible oils and fats value chain saw a significant year-on-year increase of 32% in volume, turning in a profit when compared to the loss in H1 2019/20.

However, volumes for the protein value chain also increased by 18% year-on-year, while the starch value chain was up by 31% year-on-year.

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What they are saying

Commenting on the result, Paul Gbededo, the Group Managing Director /CEO, stated; “With this result, our business has once again shown resilience, by following the path of sustainable growth despite the prevailing challenges in both the local and global economy.”

He further assured that “in line with our vision to continue to grow value for our investors, Management will for the remaining part of the financial year continue to concentrate on improving operational effectiveness through accelerated strategies for Group-wide cost optimization, which will ensure sustainability in the current market climate, while we continue to invest in growing the business further.”

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eTRANZACT International Plc records a loss of N72.6 million in 9M 2020.

eTRANZACT International Plc has posted a loss of N72.6 million for the period ended September 2020.

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eTRANZACT International Plc has posted a loss of N72.6 million for the period ended September 2020 – a 15.3% decline.

This is according to its latest financials sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange market today.

Key highlights of the 2020 9M financials include:

  • Revenue declined to N5.45 billion, down by -16.1% Y-o-Y.
  • Both Loss Before Tax and Loss After Tax deteriorated to a loss of N72.6 million, up by +15.3%.
  • Cost of sales declined to N5.17 billion, down by -15.3% Y-o-Y.
  • Gross profit declined to N281.7 million, indicating a loss of 28.1% Y-o-Y.
  • Administrative expenses declined to N492.1 million, down by -0.5% Y-o-Y.
  • Investment income declined to N31.33 million, indicating a decrease of -48.4% Y-o-Y.
  • Finance cost decreased to N5 million, down by -42.8% Y-o-Y.
  • Property, plant and equipment increased to N667.9 million, up by +20.1% within the period under view.
  • Total assets grew to N6.95 billion, up by +2.8% within the period under view.

What you should Know

eTRANZACT International Plc has been battling to recover since the scandal that rocked the company in 2018, the same year it posted a loss of N268 million. By Q2 2019, the firm seemed to have overturned the deficit, posting a profit of N96.09 million.

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However, since the beginning of the year, the firm had subsequently recorded a loss in both quarters of the year. These losses seemed to have eroded the gains made by the firm in 2019.

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Tantalizers suffers loss of N245 million in 2020 9M

Tantalizers suffered a pre-tax loss of N245million between January 1st and September 30th, 2020.

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Tantalizers Plc, a leading fast-food company in Nigeria, has disclosed that it suffered a pre tax loss of N245million between January 1st and September 30th, 2020.

This is according to the information contained in its unaudited financial statement for the period ended 30 September 2020, which was sent to the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange today.

Key highlights of its 2020 9M results

  • Revenue was N655.93 million, compared to N1.26 billion it generated same period in 2019.
  • Cost of Sales was N355.44 million, compared to N729.71 million it incurred same period in 2019.
  • Other income was N114.94 million, compared to N268.27 million it made same period in 2019.
  • Administrative Expenses was N606.19 million, compared to N940.90 million it incurred same period in 2019.
  • Operating loss was N189.30 million, compared to operating profit of N127.05 million.
  • Finance cost was N55.70 million, compared to N94.40 million it paid same period in 2019.
  • Loss before tax was N245.00 million, compared to profit after tax of N22.17 million it made same period in 2019.

Operational review

The on-trade-channel of the leading fast-food company with over 60 restaurants across Nigeria as of 30th April, 2017 was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the widespread economic vulnerabilities in the nation disrupted the business segment of the company.

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The lockdown and the restriction placed on businesses operating in the on-trade-market affected the on-premise demand and sales of these companies, which led to decline in the sales and net revenue of Tantalizers Plc.

However, the core business segment of Tantalizers was not the only segment affected, as other revenue-generating segments like Rent, advertisement and franchising declined over this period.

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Afreximbank’s African commodity index dips by 1% q-o-q in Q3 2020

Afreximbank African Commodity Index for Q3 2020 shows that the composite index fell marginally by 1% q-o-q.

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The recently released Afreximbank African Commodity Index (AACI) for Q3 2020, shows that the composite index fell marginally by 1% q-o-q, mainly on account of price dip in the energy sub-index.

However, the agricultural commodities sub-index emerged the top performer in the quarter; thus, growing more than the gains achieved in base and precious metals.

According to the report, the highlights of the AACI for Q3-2020 are as follows:

  • Energy sub-index fell by 8%, largely as a result of oil price fluctuations.
  • Agricultural commodities sub-index rose by 13%, partly as a result of favorable weather conditions in the major producing countries.
  • Sugar prices gained based on the strong expectations of firm import demand from China and fears that Thailand’s crop could shrink in 2021 following a drought.
  • Cocoa futures enjoyed a pre-election premium in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Cotton rose to its highest level since February 2020, as a result of the threat of Storm Sally on the US cotton harvest, coupled with poor field conditions in the US.
  • Coffee rose by 10% as La Nina weather conditions in Vietnam, the world’s largest producer of Robusta coffee, raised the possibility of a shortage in exports.
  • Base metals sub-index rose by 9%, due to several factors including ongoing supply concerns for copper in Chile and Peru and strong demand in China.
  • Precious metals sub-index rose by 7% in the quarter, as the demand for haven bullion continued in the face of persistent economic challenges triggered by COVID-19 and heightening geopolitical tensions.
  • In addition, Gold enjoyed record inflows into gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which offset major weaknesses in jewelry demand.

What they are saying

According to Dr. Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist at Afreximbank, “Commodity prices in Q3-2020 have largely been impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic has exposed global demand shifts that have seen the oil industry incur backlogs and agricultural commodity prices dwindle in the first half of the year.

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“The outlook for 2021 is positive — however conservative the markets are. We hope to see an increase in global demand within Q1 2021 and Q2 2021, buoyed by the relaxation of most COVID-19 disruptions and restrictions.”

What you should know

  • AACI is a trade-weighted index designed to track on a quarterly basis, the price movements of 13 different commodities that are of interest to Africa and the Bank.
  • To effectively mitigate risks associated with commodity price volatility, AACI highlights areas requiring pre-emptive measures by the Bank, its key stakeholders and policymakers in its member countries, as well as global institutions interested in the African market.
  • AACI highlights the generally conservative market sentiment with consensus forecasts predicting prices to stay within a tight range in the near term, with the exception of crude oil, coffee, crude palm oil, cobalt, and sugar.
  • African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a pan-African multilateral financial institution with the mandate of financing and promoting intra-and extra-African trade — owned by African governments, the African Development Bank, and other African multilateral financial institutions, as well as African and non-African public and private investors.

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