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UAC Reports 4% Decline in Profit After Tax in Q1 2022

UAC net finance income plunged from N95 million in Q1 2021 to -N910 million in Q1 2022

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Despite other income jumping by 603.8% in the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2022, UAC of Nigeria Plc reported a 4.5% decline in profit for the period, according to the unaudited financial statement obtained by Investors King.

Despite other income jumping by 603.8% in the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2022, UAC of Nigeria Plc reported a 4.5% decline in profit for the period, according to the unaudited financial statement obtained by Investors King.

Revenue grew by 25.6% to N27.666 billion in the period under review, while gross profit expanded by 26.5% to N5.075 billion.

As expected operating expenses rose by 25.4% to 3.670 billion. Representing 13.3% of the company’s revenue for the period. Other income grew by a whopping 603.8% to N462 million.

Earnings before interest and tax increased to N1.867 billion, an increase of 62.2% from N1.151 billion filed in the first quarter of 2021.

However, net finance income plunged from N95 million in Q1 2021 to -N910 million in Q1 2022. The decline in net finance dragged profit before tax 4.8% down to N979 million.

Profit after tax for continuing operations moderated by 4% to N642 million. The company’s profit for the period dropped by 4.5% to N639 million.

UAC Key Financial Highlights

• Revenue of ₦27.7 billion, 25.6% increase year on year. Topline growth across all business segments: Animal Feeds
and Other Edibles (+18.0%), Paints (+81.2%), Packaged Food and Beverages (+9.9%), and Quick Service Restaurants (+30.1%).
• Gross profit 26.5% higher YoY at ₦5.1 billion; Gross margin of 18.3% is 13 bps higher as price increases and higher
sales offset rising raw material costs.
• Operating profit 62.2% higher YoY at ₦1.9 billion, margin expansion of 152 bps to 6.8%, led by the Paints segment.
Underlying operating profit of ₦1.5 billion, is 28.6% higher YoY, after adjusting for the profit of N386 million
recognised on the sale of non-core investment property.
• Profit before tax 4.8% lower than Q1 2021 at ₦979 million. Profitability was impacted by higher finance costs YoY.
• Earnings per share 50.3% higher than Q1 2021 at 18 kobo. The increase reflects the benefit of recognising 100% of
UAC Foods Limited’s earnings versus 51% in Q1 2021.

Commenting on the results, Group Managing Director, Fola Aiyesimoju, stated: “We delivered double-digit growth in revenue, operating profit, and earnings per share for the first quarter and continue to manage escalating raw material and energy costs. Working capital levels and short-term debt are elevated on account of the decision to increase inventory holding in the Animal Feeds and Other Edibles segment to mitigate the risk of supply chain disruptions.

“We are closely monitoring inventory levels and leverage and expect the negative impact of interest expense to unwind as inventory levels normalise. Earnings per share increased 50% year on year, reflective of the earnings accretive acquisition of the 49% stake in UAC Foods which we did not own in the first quarter of 2021.

“For all our businesses, the impact of rising inflation is a key focus and our management teams remain focused on proactive pricing. We are mindful of the recent events in Russia and Ukraine and resultant supply disruptions of key commodity inputs including wheat, vegetable oil, maize and fertilizer. We remain committed to executing our key priorities to simplify our structure and processes, drive profitable growth across our core operating segments, and enhance shareholder value.”

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Otedola Moves to Sell Part of Geregu Power Plc to FEDA

Afreximbank to acquire part of Geregu Power plant

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Billionaire Femi Otedola-owned energy company, Geregu Power Plc is in talks with the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA) for the acquisition of part of the energy company.

The company stated in a statement signed by Akinleye Olagbende, Company Secretary and made available on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

Geregu Power hereby notifies “Nigerian Exchange Limited (the Exchange) and the investing public of its discussions with the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA) for the acquisition of a portion of Geregu Power Plc shares. FEDA is the impact development arm of the Africa Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank),” the company stated.

According to the energy firm, talks are presently ongoing and “where these talks progress to a more advanced stage, the company will notify the Exchange and the investing public in line with the rules of the Exchange.”

In October, Geregu Power listed 2.5 billion shares at N100 a unit on the Main Board of the NGX. This puts the company’s market value at N250 billion and also in a better position it to raise capital to bid for Geregu II as it is presently doing.

Speaking on the listing, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Mr. Femi Otedola, CON, said “the listing of the company was the actualization of a vision to bring world-class standards in governance sustainability, and business processes to the Company and the Nigerian electricity sector.”

He added that “listing on the Main Board of the Exchange will ensure that the long-term growth of the company is assured and its benefits will be passed on to our esteemed shareholders”.

Otedola is the largest shareholder in FirstBank and also holds a 99% stake in Amperion Power, the owner of the Geregu Power Plant.

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Access Bank Acquires Indirect Stake in Sigma Pensions

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Access Holdings on Friday announced it has completed the acquisition of an indirect equity stake in Sigma and the merger of its subsidiary, First Guarantee Pension Limited (FGPL) with Sigma.

According to the bank, following the sanction of the Scheme of Merger between Sigma and FGPL by the Federal High Court on December 1, 2022, FGPL has been dissolved without winding up leaving Sigma as the surviving entity, according to Access Holdings.

Commenting on the transaction, Dr Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive of the Corporation, said “Following the successful completion of the merger, our plan is to leverage the synergies of these entities, as well as the Corporation’s expansive distribution network, strong risk management culture and best-in-class governance standards to create a formidable pension funds administration business.”

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Dangote Group Dismisses Rumours of Plan to Rise Cement Price

Dangote Cement says no price increase

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Africa’s leading cement producer, Dangote Cement Plc has dismissed the rumor that it plans to increase the price of its products.

The clarification became necessary following a recent publication that Dangote Cement plans a fresh increase.

Recently, there has been some publication (Not Investors King) about a potential increase in the price of cement. The publications noted that the increase will be a result of the high cost of fuel among other prevailing issues. 

According to the Senior Manager, branding and communication, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Sunday Esan, “Dangote Cement is not embarking on a price increase”, stating that the increase is mere speculation.

Meanwhile, Dangote Cement in the third quarter of 2022, recorded an increase in the overall volume of cement sales by 6.2 percent to 20.8 metric tons in the third quarter of 2022.

According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Michel Puchercos, this was achieved, despite the elevated inflation caused by a very volatile global environment.

Similarly, while speaking on the increase in the price of fuel, Puchercos said “to mitigate the impact of the significant increase in energy and AGO costs, we are strengthening our efforts to ramp up the usage of alternative fuels”.

“We are on track to commission our Alternative Fuel feed system at Obajana lines I and V, and Ibese line II in November. In addition, we are ramping up our investment in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), to reduce our AGO usage,” he added. 

Investors King understands that Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 51.6Mta capacity across Africa. Although it has a few competitors which include BUA Cement, the company supplies most parts of Nigeria.

In addition, Dangote Cement has operations in 10 African countries. 

Its production plant in Obajana, Kogi state, is the largest in Africa with 16.25Mta of capacity across five lines while the Ibese plant in Ogun state has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta.

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