Unilever Nigeria, a leading nutrition, hygiene and personal care company, reported stronger-than-expected fourth quarter (Q4) financial results for 2022 as the company made a series of adjustments to key areas.
Revenue grew by 14.88% to N23.952 billion from N20.850 billion recorded in Q4 2021. Cost of sales moderated by 30.51% to N9.652 billion, down from N13.890 billion spent on sales in Q4 2021.
Similarly, gross profit increased by 105.47% from N6.959 billion reported in Q4 2021 to N14.301 billion in the quarter under review.
Impairment loss on trade and intercompany receivables also declined to N3.596 million, a 97.69% decrease when compared to N156.264 million achieved in Q4 2021.
The company disclosed this in its unaudited financial statement released on Tuesday and obtained by Investors King.
Operating profit stood at N8.034 billion in the quarter, up from N2.319 billion posted in the same quarter of 2021.
Profit after tax for the quarter grew by 310% from N1.546 billion to N6.341 billion.
However, a critical analysis of the entire 2022 financial statement shows that despite the strong Q4 result, weak Q1, Q2 and not-so-good Q3 dragged on the company’s overall performance in the year.
Cost of sales rose by 14.12% to N57.238 billion from N50.162 billion in 2021, against the decline recorded in the fourth quarter.
Marketing and administrative expenses grew to N18.282 billion, an increase of 20.90% from N15.121 billion in 2021.
Profit after tax increased by 75.77% to N5.993 billion from N3.409 billion.
Nigerian Exchange Sustains Bullish Momentum, Adds N305bn to Investors’ Wealth
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) continued its bullish run on Wednesday as investors gained N305 billion.
The Exchange has now gained N471 billion in the last two trading sessions following a N259 billion decline recorded on Monday due to the plunge in the value of some medium-cap stocks.
At the close of trading on Wednesday, the All-Share Index and market capitalization rose by 0.78% to 71,808.64 and N39.294 trillion, respectively.
The year-to-date gains of the index rose to 40.11%.
A total of 34 stocks closed in the green against 22 that closed in the red as a total of 121 stocks exchanged hands during the day.
This positive momentum was primarily driven by share price appreciation from top gainers, including Thomas Wyatt (9.93%), FBN Holdings (9.91%), Multiverse (9.90%), Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (9.88%), and Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank (9.70%).
However, some stocks experienced losses, including Axa Mansard Insurance, Guinea Insurance, and Oando Plc, with share dips of 9.69%, 9.68%, and 9.13%, respectively.
Sectorial performances varied with NGX Insurance, NGX Consumer Goods, and NGX Industrial Goods indices recording losses, while the Oil/Gas sector reported a lull performance.
Notably, tier I banking stocks fueled the Banking sector to a substantial 5.01% gain, with GTCO, United Bank for Africa, AccessCorp, and Zenith Bank leading in volume and value, contributing to the overall market bullishness.
Positive trading activity continued, with a 19.90% increase in total deals, 59.15% rise in volume, and an 8.88% uptick in value, totaling 8,412 deals, 690.01 million units, valued at N12.10 billion.
GTCO emerged as the most actively traded security in terms of volume and value, with 76.70 million units worth N3.04 billion exchanged in 260 deals.
Global Markets Face Headwinds as European Equities Drop Amid Economic Concerns
European equity experienced a decline following losses in Asian shares, the pressure created by weak oil prices and growing apprehensions about China’s economic outlook.
The Euro Stoxx 50 contract fell by 0.5%, mirroring a broader trend of cautiousness in the markets.
The drop in Asian stocks from Hong Kong to mainland China and Australia followed a third consecutive daily decline for the S&P 500 and contributed to a general atmosphere of market uncertainty.
Treasury yields rose after a previous drop, with the 10-year note experiencing its lowest levels since August.
The shift in sentiment was evident in a seven-basis-point jump, in tandem with a selloff in Japanese sovereign debt.
Energy producers faced declines due to oil reaching its lowest point since June amid oversupply concerns.
Also, Moody’s Investors Service’s downgrade of its outlook on several Chinese companies, coupled with worries about the nation’s debt burden, contributed to equity weakness.
A surprise contraction in China’s imports in November further fueled concerns about the economic slowdown.
Investors are now eyeing Friday’s US jobs report following private payrolls data that fell short of estimates, indicating potential softening in the employment market.
Meanwhile, oil stabilized after a five-day losing streak, and focus is on the upcoming OPEC+ production plans.
The dollar remained relatively steady against major currencies, and as markets await the Federal Reserve’s meeting next week, there is anticipation regarding potential shifts in market expectations based on quarterly forecasts.
In corporate news, Apple Inc. is preparing for new models and upgrades, aiming to reverse declining sales, while Advanced Micro Devices Inc. targets the artificial intelligence market dominated by Nvidia Corp.
Gold extended gains and bitcoin traded below $44,000, a level not seen since June last year.
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