Nigeria’s second-largest cement producer, BUA Cement Plc has released its 2021 audited FY results reporting a profit of N90 billion during the period, representing a 24.51% increase Y-o-Y.
The company’s result is on the back of an inflationary year, as most businesses and their consumers have had to deal with rising cost of goods and services.
A cursory view of the result reveals the company’s revenue was driven by growth in the company’s product categories. Meanwhile, Revenue growth for the period was at 22.86% year on year.
Key highlights of its results
- While Sales of bulk cement increased by 40.45% and raked in N615 million, sales of bagged cement grew by 22.83%, generating N257 billion during the period.
- Domestic sales in Nigeria for the period grew by 23%, generating N254.99 billion, while sales outside Nigeria raked in N2.33 billion, reflecting an improvement of 63.42% year on year, compared to its sales in 2020.
- The improved performance appears to be driven by higher prices triggered by inflationary pressures, for the most part of the year. As of December 2021, cement prices were around N4,000, as average inflation for the year was 16.98%. Other drivers of revenue will be disclosed at the company’s earnings call, scheduled for April 6, 2022.
- The company also made money from income earned from fixed deposit investments, raking in a total of N620 million.
- BUA Cement Plc, however, grew its other income mainly from grants and loans, rising 599.75% to N2.63 billion year on year.
- Despite the growth in topline revenues, administrative expenses rose much higher than the inflation rate at 29% YoY. Selling and distribution expenses grew by 23%, however, the company drastically reduced its expenses on Adverts and promotions by 87% compared to the prior-year period
- In addition, the company’s total assets are now N728.51 billion, while Net assets rose by 5.89% to N398.12 billion. The company’s long-term borrowings stood at N43.69 billion.
- Nairametrics reported a consistent increase in cement prices during the year, revealing that cement prices had increased significantly during the period, as high as 54% from N2,600 at the beginning of the year to N3,800 in April and around N4,000 at the end of the year.
- BUA Cement has earnings per share (EPS) for the period was at N2.66, a 24% increase from N2.14 in FY 2020. The company’s board of directors have recommended the payment of N2.6 kobo as dividend for the financial year ended 31 December 2021.
Upon approval by shareholders, dividends paid to shareholders will be subject to the deduction of withholding tax at the appropriate rate at the time of payment.
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