CAP Posted N928 Million Profit After Tax in First Nine Months of the Year
Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP), one of Nigeria’s leading paints manufacturers, reported a 24.4 percent decline in profit after tax in the nine months ended September 30, 2020.
In the financial results signed by Chinwe Okpala, Head, Corporate Affairs and Communications, CAP Plc, the paints manufacturer grew revenue by 3.7 percent year-on-year to N6 billion during the period under review. This represents a 10.8 percent increase when compared to the same period of 2019 when there was no COVID-19 pandemic.
This, the company said was due to 33.7 percent growth recorded in the third quarter when the Federal Government eased lockdown and opened up the economy.
However, the company’s gross profit declined by 2.1 percent year-on-year during the period to N2.7 billion. Largely due to surge in operating cost because of the disruption of global supply chain, rising inflation and double currency devaluation.
Also, profit before tax declined to N1.4 billion, “reflecting a decline of 850 basis points on Profit Before Tax margin due to the decline in operating profit; and a 40.6% decline in net finance income due to lower investment income yields compared to prior year,” the report reads.
Profit after tax declined by 24.4 percent from N1.2 billion achieved in the same period of 2019 to N928 million in the period under review.
Accordingly, earnings per share dipped by 24 percent from 175 kobo posted in corresponding period of 2019 to 133 kobo in the first nine months of 2020.
Speaking on the company’s performance, David Wright, Managing Director, David Wright, said: “In the last quarter of 2019, CAP embarked on a new growth strategy focused on creating value for our shareholders and we are encouraged by the top line growth thus far. CAP’s performance in 2020 has been affected by COVID-19, particularly in April and May as a result of the stringent movement restrictions which constrained production and led to supply chain disruptions.
“Despite the challenging operating environment, we achieved strong revenue and volume growth of 34% and 34.6% respectively in the third quarter of the year. Going forward, we expect to continue to see the positive effects of our growth strategy on our sales and remain focused on managing operating costs to deliver on profit ambitions in the fourth quarter.”
Insider Dealing: Flour Mills MD Invest N91.642 Million in Flour Mills
Following the purchase of 1.95 million shares in Flour Mills of Nigeria a few days ago, the Group Managing Director, Paul Miyonmide Gbededo, has purchased another 1.34 million shares at N27.75k per share.
The company stated in a disclosure form released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
Mr. Gbededo bought an additional 1,336,028 shares valued at N37,074,777 on November 19, 2020 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos. Meaning, Gbededo invested an additional N37,074,777 into Flour Mills in what could be said as a show of confidence in the company’s future.
This brings the Managing Director’s total purchase in November to 3,284,867 shares at a combined value of N91,642,269. See the details below.
Insider Dealing: Fidelity Bank’s GM Purchases 1 Million Shares in the Bank
The General Manager and Regional Bank Head, Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Kenneth Opara, has purchased 1 million shares of Fidelity Bank Plc.
The bank stated in a disclosure statement forwarded to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday.
Opara carried out the purchase in two different transactions on November 25, 2020 at the Nigerian Stock Exchange trading flour in Lagos, Nigeria.
The General Manager bought 6,000 shares at N2.78 per unit and another 994,000 at N2.79 per share. Bringing total purchase to 1 million shares at an average share price of N2.78. See the details below.
Bank Stocks Top Charts Amid Strong Third Quarter Performance
Bank stocks top both gainers’ and top traded stocks’ charts on Tuesday as investors at the Nigerian Stock Exchange continues to increase their holdings of banks’ stocks amid strong third-quarter financial results.
Zenith Bank led the most traded stocks for a second consecutive day on Tuesday following a declaration of N509 billion gross earnings and N177 billion profit after tax in the first nine months of the year.
Investors traded 71,933,841 shares of Zenith Bank valued at N1,730,151,404.20 during the trading hours of Tuesday.
Transcorp, the only non-bank stock on the top five trades, followed Zenith Bank with 37,172,526 shares worth N32,853,263.27.
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Access Bank and United Bank for Africa (UBA) exchanged 30,003,182 units, 29,549,235 units and 29,332,033 units estimated at N1,022,126,997.60, N243,311,726.70 and N236,303,261.20, respectively.
Investors exchanged a total of 365.414 million shares valued at N4.692 billion in 6,325 deals on Tuesday to return the bourse to the green zone after two days of consecutive declines.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation rose by N114 billion from N17.829 trillion it closed on Monday to N17.943 trillion on Tuesday. While the NSE All-Share Index gained 220.82 index points or 0.06 percent to 34,349.56 index points it settled on Tuesday, up from 34,119.74 index points on Monday.
Stanbic IBTC Bank led gainers with N2.8 or 7.08 percent gain to finish the day at N42.35 per share. See the details below.
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