Guinness Nigeria Speaks on 2020 Poor Performance
Guinness Nigeria Plc has blamed the challenging business environment amid COVID-19 restrictions that led to the closure of bars, clubs, lounges and restaurants for its 2020 losses.
Mr. Baker Magunda, Managing Director/CEO, Guinness Nigeria, who spoke on the company’s performance in 2020, said the aforementioned represents a major part of the company’s consumption, adding that restriction imposed on gathering impacted the usual demands for celebratory occasions.
He explained that demand was weighed upon by a decline in consumer income, rising unemployment rate due to the shutdown of large corporations, surged in VAT and excise throughout 2020.
According to him, distribution was affected by the ban imposed on inter-state travel despite collaborating with regulatory authorities to minimize the negative impact on the company.
Here is a breakdown of the Guinness Nigeria performance in 2020 Financial Year
Guinness profit plunged by a massive 129.1 percent to -N12.6 billion in the 2020 Financial Year (FY), down from the N5.5 billion profit achieved in 2019 (FY). While the company’s gross profit nosedive by 16.9 percent from N40.13 billion posted in 2019 to N33.33 billion in 2020.
The company decline was broad-based as revenue also declined from N131.5 billion filed in 2019 to N104.4 billion in the 2020 financial year.
Accordingly, administrative cost rose from N9.9 billion in the 2019 financial year to N14.3 billion in 2020. However, the cost of sales moderated by 22 percent from N91.4 billion posted in 2019 to N71.1 billion in 2020.
Finance cost expanded from N2.6 billion in 2019 to N4.5billion in 2020 while finance income declined to N301 million in the year under review, down from N750.9 million in 2019.
Mr. Baker Magunda, said “The last quarter performance of fiscal 2020 was significantly impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19, exacerbating the already challenging economic environment. Closures of on-trade premises (bars, lounges, clubs, and dine-in restaurants), which represents the major part of the consumption occasion for our products and bans on celebratory occasions, impacted sales.
“Demand was also impacted by reduced consumer income, unemployment concerns due to the shutdown of a large number of businesses, and increases of VAT and excise throughout the year.”
Speaking further Magunda said, “Distribution was impacted by the ban of inter-state, and in some cases intra-state travel. Although, Management worked diligently with regulatory authorities to minimize the impact, this hampered our distributors’ ability to restock and have our brands available for purchase.”
Chemical and Allied Products Plc Reports 51 Percent Increase in Revenue
Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP Plc) announced its Financial Results for the third quarter ended September 2021.
Revenue increased by 51 percent increase from N5 Billion in the quarter ended September 2020 to N9 Billion in September 2021. This rise in revenue was driven by an increase in the sale of paint products which rose from N6 Billion in 2020 to N9 Billion in 2021. Although distribution costs also rose during the period under review and this ate into the revenue earned.
Cost of sales however saw a massive increase from about N3 Billion in September 2020 to N6 Billion in September 2021. This was driven by a change in inventories of finished goods and work in progress which rose from N2 Billion in 2020 to N5 Billion in 2021. Royalty fees also increased from N201 Million in 2020 to N307 Million in 2021.
This saw profit for the period fall from N927 Million in 2020 to N613 Million despite the increase in revenue, a 34% drop.
Earnings per share fell from 133 kobo in September 2020 to 78 kobo in September 2021. The company declared no dividends during the period.
CAP Paint Key Financial Highlights
• Revenue of N9.1 billion, higher than prior year by 51%.
• Gross profit of N2.7billion million, with gross margin of 30%.
• Operating expenses of N2.2billion with operating expenses as a percentage of sales of 25%, a 179bps improvement from 27% prior year.
• Other income of N253million, 279% above prior year due to profit from sale of a non-core asset.
• EBIT of N710 million, with EBIT margin of 8%.
• Profit Before Tax of N851 million, with PBT margin of 9%.
• Profit After Tax of N614 million, with PAT margin of 7%.
• Increased working capital deliberately to ensure sufficient raw material availability to continue production, hence inventory increased by N2.8 billion from Dec 2020.
• Trade and other receivables increased by N366 million in line with higher revenue.
• Strong cash position of N3.3 billion, with the key movement from Dec 2020 being the N1.5 billion paid to shareholders as dividends.
Commenting on the performance, Managing Director, David Wright, stated: “The merger between Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP) and Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc (Portland Paints) was successfully completed on the 1st of July 2021 with CAP being the surviving entity.
The financial results for the third quarter of 2021 reflects the combined entity. Despite the challenging environment, we continue to generate higher sales across our product portfolio.
Revenue improvement has been driven by (i) strong volume growth, (ii) price increases and (iii) new products in our portfolio, following the merger.
Raw material cost escalation remains a key concern and we will continue to carefully assess pricing. In addition to pricing, we will focus on production and operating efficiencies in order to protect margin”.
Tax Battle: Multichoice Africa Loses Tax Appeal to FIRS
The fierce tax battle between Multichoice Africa Holdings B.V., the parent company of Multichoice Nigeria and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) has finally been struck out by the Tax Appeal Tribunal.
The Tax Appeal Tribunal struck out the appeal instituted by Multichoice Africa Holdings B.V against the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) over the $342 Million disputed tax. Multichoice engaged FIRS over the assessment of the company’s unpaid Value Added Tax (VAT).
The Tribunal while delivering its judgment on the appeal filed by Multichoice upheld the preliminary objection of the FIRS against the appeal of Multichoice and said the South African company did not comply with Order 3 Rule 6 of the Tax Appeal Tribunal (Procedure) Rules, 2021, which requires that an appellant is to deposit half of the assessed amount it is disputing before it can be heard on appeal. In addition to depositing the sum, the appellant is required to file along with its appeal an affidavit verifying the payment, Multichoice Africa also failed to comply with this.
FIRS served Multichoice Africa Holdings B.V a notice of assessment of unpaid VAT on the 16th of June 2021, FIRS claimed that although the company provided services to its Nigerian arm, Multichoice Nigeria, it had not paid VAT since inception.
Mutichoice is not the first South African company to have a battle with the FIRS, MTN has had its squirmishes with Nigerian authorities in the past. The federal government had said the multinational telecoms firm owed taxes from 2007 to 2017. The case was referred to FIRS with a view to settling the case amicably.
Earlier in August, the telecommunications services provider announced plans to reconstruct the Enugu-Onitsha expressway under the road infrastructure tax credit (RITC) scheme.
The Road Infrastructure tax credit scheme is a public-private partnership (PPP) intervention that grants income tax credit to companies and individuals that provide funding for the refurbishment and rehabilitation of roads.
BUA Cement, GTCO, United Bank for Africa Pay N14.3 Billion in Company Income Tax in Q3 2021
Three of Nigeria’s leading corporations have revealed that they paid a combined N14,273,553,510 in Company Income Tax (CIT) in the three months ended September 30, 2021.
BUA Cement Plc, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc and the United Bank for Africa Plc were the listed corporations that announced via their various unaudited financial statements released this week how much that paid in the third quarter (Q3) and the year to date.
Nigeria’s Company Income Tax (CIT) rate is 30 percent for large corporations, firms with gross turnover greater than N100 million, and it is assessed on a preceding year basis – tax is charged on profits for the accounting year ending in the year preceding assessment.
Breaking down the numbers, BUA Cement paid N2.256 billion in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 48.78 percent from N1.516 billion paid in the same quarter of 2020. The company posted a profit before tax of N24.766 billion for the quarter under review.
However, because the amount paid (or estimated to be paid) is below 30 percent stipulated in the nation’s tax law, a better explanation for the uncaptured amount, which Investors King estimated at N5.174 billion, would be the tax credit Federal Government offered BUA Cement during the period.
United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) paid N3.152 billion in CIT in the quarter under review. A 481.5 percent jump from N542 million paid in the corresponding quarter of 2020. The leading bank realised N47.166 billion profit before tax in Q3 2021. Also, the amount captured does not include tax credit.
Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO Plc) paid the most CIT at N8.866 billion. GTCO Plc grew profit before tax from N57.638 billion in Q3 2020 to N58.852 billion in Q3 2021. Again, the amount paid does not reflect tax exemption.
This brings the total amount paid by the three leading corporations to N14.274 billion.
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