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May & Baker Nigeria Grows Revenue by N2.5 Billion in 2021

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Nigeria’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers, May & Baker have recorded N11.9billion revenue growth for the business year of 2021. The revenue rose by N2.5 Billion or 27% as against the previous year which was recorded at N9.4 billion.

Despite the impact of FX volatility, deteriorating power supply, and supply chain interruptions on its business operations, the company recorded a net operating profit after tax of N1.05 billion, up 9% from N965 million in 2020.

About 10 months ago, the company had reported a 26.5 percent increase in profit after tax from N438.886 million filed in the first half (H1) of 2020 to N555.274 million in the first half of 2021.

Investors King reported that the revenue grew by 35.7 percent in the period under review to N5.525 billion, up from the N4.072 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2020.

Gross profit rose by 51.5 percent from N1.592 billion recorded in the first half of 2020 to N2.412 billion in the first half of 2021.

In this year’s report, sales costs increased by 28 percent to N7.2 billion in 2021, compared to N5.6 billion in 2020. In addition, due to fresh loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria, its financing costs increased by 53% to N207 million in 2021, up from N135 million in 2020.

Similarly, gross profit increased by 24% to N4.7 billion in 2021, up from N3.8 billion the previous year. Administrative expenses increased by 27 percent to N1.2 billion in 2021, up from N968 million in 2020. The corporation ascribed the increase to the country’s rising inflation.

Profit before tax grew from N1.25 billion in 2020 to N1.5 billion while profit for the period stood at N1.049 billion, up from N964.564 million recorded in 2020.

The company’s performance has improved significantly, and its resilience and nimbleness are reflected in its results.

Commenting on the company’s performance, Chairman, board of directors, May &Baker, Daisy Danjuma said “Businesses still had to contend with the scarcity of dollars for importation and a fear of impending further devaluation for the naira which moved from N415/USD in January 2021 to N449/USD in December 2021. An 8percent devaluation of official CBN spot rate for settlement of Form Ms.”

Danjuma added that the pandemic created enormous chances for the healthcare sector in 2021, and major pharmaceutical businesses in the country took advantage of them by introducing new products and making new investments to improve local production capacity.

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Elon Musk Completes Twitter Acquisition, Fires CEO, CFO, and Legal Adviser

Elon Musk completed Twitter’s $44 billion takeover last night, he immediately fired an executive director reported to have spearheaded Donald Trump’s suspension on Twitter.

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As the world’s richest man, Elon Musk completed Twitter’s $44 billion takeover last night, he immediately fired an executive director reported to have spearheaded Donald Trump’s suspension on Twitter.

Sources revealed that Elon Musk accused Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ned Segal, and a few other top members of the microblogging platform of misleading him over the number of bots and fake accounts on the platform. 

It will be recalled that Musk had initially backed out of the acquisition deal after he alleged misrepresentation of fake accounts. 

This, therefore, led to a legal battle between Musk and Twitter Inc.

After the acquisition was completed late Thursday, Musk who is the CEO of electric vehicle manufacturing company, Tesla tweeted “The bird is freed”, subtly referring to the Twitter Logo.

With the complete takeover of Twitter, analysts and observers have expressed their expectation to see a change in the operational modality of the company. 

Similarly, the new owner, Elon Musk has also mum some changes which include the reactivation of the Former U.S President’s account which was suspended for inflammatory tweets. 

Twitter had accused Donald Trump of instigating violence with his tweet which led to the attack on U.S Capitol. 

Investors King had earlier reported that Elon Musk intends to take a number of measures which include the reactivation of Donald Trump’s Twitter account to turn the fortune of the company around. 

Before the suspension, the former president has one of the most engaging Twitter handles on the platform. 

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has set out a very ambitious transformation for his new company ‘Twitter”. He indicated that he will transform the platform into a “super app” which offers several things from money transfer to shopping and ride-hailing. 

Already, the social media giant is reportedly planning to integrate a cryptocurrency wallet that will support both the deposit and withdrawal of digital assets. 

In addition, Twitter also enables Bitcoin wallet address which allows Twitter users to attach their Bitcoin address to their profile. 

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Dangote Refinery Will Reduce Fuel Prices in Ghana, Other West African Countries

Upon the completion of Dangote Refinery which is the world’s largest refinery in a single production, it is expected to drive down the price of fuel in Ghana and other West African countries.

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Upon the completion of Dangote Refinery which is the world’s largest refinery in a single production, it is expected to drive down the price of fuel in Ghana and other West African countries. Dangote Refinery is being built in Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFZ) in Nigeria. 

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) of Ghana, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the completion of the Dangote Refinery and its subsequent commencement of operation will be a breakthrough for the West African region.

Investors King understands that most West African countries including Nigeria with a large deposit of crude oil import fuel from Europe. 

While speaking at the 16th Oil Trading and Logistics Expo in Lagos, Abdul-Hamid noted that the oil downstream sector in Ghana is completely deregulated which makes it free from oil subsidy. 

He noted that in a capitalist economy where fuel importers would want to make substantial profits from their cost of spending, importing from Nigeria which is a neighbouring country to Ghana will be cost-effective and cheaper than importing from far away Rotterdam in the Netherlands. 

Currently, the West African country gets a substantial part of its fuel from the Netherlands. 

“As we all know, the price builds up for a litre of fuel will include the cost of shipment, transportation, insurance, and others, but if we are importing from Nigeria into Ghana, this will bring down the cost of fuel in our country,” he stated.

He also added that the Government of Ghana is building a $60 billion petroleum hub on 20,000 acres of land for storage and marine facilities.

The mega oil storage facility which was first announced in 2018 will supply several countries in Africa. The project which is located in Bonyere is expected to be completed in 2030.

Meanwhile, Dangote Refinery intends to raise another trench of bonds to hasten the completion of the refinery. In July 2022, the company raised N187.6 billion under Dangote Industries Limited (DIL). 

The second trench of the bond will make it a total of N300 billion which the company had disclosed it will raise from the public to help finance the landmark oil project which is due for commencement of operation by early 2023. 

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Finance Costs, Cost of Sales Drag on BUA Cement’s Profit in Q3 2022

BUA Cement Plc profit grew at a much slower pace in the third quarter as net finance costs jumped by 2,956.8% to N6.879 billion.

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Despite a 18.2% increase in revenue in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022 to N74.037 billion from N62.627 billion recorded in the same quarter of 2021, BUA Cement Plc profit grew at a much slower pace as net finance costs jumped by 2,956.8% to N6.879 billion.

The leading cement manufacturing company disclosed in its unaudited financial statement obtained by Investors King on Thursday.

Cost of sales also grew by 35.3% to N45.325 billion in the quarter under review, up from N33.497 billion filed in the corresponding quarter of 2021.

As expected, BUA Cement’s gross profit for the quarter dipped slightly by 1.4% from N29.130 billion in Q3 2021 to N28.711 billion in Q3 2022.

Other income of the company dropped from N104.529 million achieved in Q3 2021 to N71.726 million in Q3 2022, representing a decline of 31.4%.

Similarly, selling and distribution costs grew 116.2% to N4.553 billion in the quarter from N2.106 billion posted in the same quarter of 2021. Administrative expenses also increased by 38.8% from N1.961 billion in Q3 2021 to N2.721 billion.

Therefore, operating profit for the period under review moderated by 14.5% from N25.168 billion achieved in Q3 2021 to N21.508 billion.

BUA Cement paid N195.228 billion as minimum tax in Q3 2022 to report profit before taxes of N14.434 billion, a 41.7% decline when compared to N24.766 billion reported in Q3 2021.

For income and deferred taxes BUA Cement paid N1.783 billion for the period. Profit after tax stood at N12.651 billion, a decline of 43.7% from N22.510 billion recorded in Q3 2021.

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