Lafarge Africa Reports N15.262bn Profit Following Sale of South African Subsidiary
Lafarge Africa Plc on Friday said it grew profit after tax by 160 percent in the second quarter of the year to take its first half of the year profit to N23.329 billion.
In the unaudited financial statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the company said profit after tax rose from N5.864 billion recorded in the second quarter of 2019 to N15.262 billion in the second quarter of 2020.
The company’s revenue stood at N56.845 billion in the period under review, below the N59.869 billion reported in the same period of 2019. This was largely due to the recent decision by the company to let go its subsidiaries and focus on profit-making business units.
Lafarge Africa sold its South African subsidiary for US$316.3 million in 2019.
The company cost of sales also reduced from N38 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2019 to N32.762 billion in Q2 2020.
The N5.24 billion difference in cost of sale boosted gross profit by N2.21 billion from N21.868 billion posted in the same period of 2019 to N24.083 billion.
Similarly, administrative expenses reduced from N6.040 billion spent in Q2 2019 to N3.238 billion in Q2 2020. While operating profit jumped by N4.842 billion from N16.326 billion recorded in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 to N21.168 billion.
Also, the report shows Lafarge was able to reduce not just administrative expenses by selling its South Africa subsidiary but reduced finance costs. The company’s finance costs moderated substantially from N6.209 billion in Q2 2019 to N1.940 billion in Q2 2020.
Therefore, profit before tax from continuing operations expanded from N10.866 billion in Q2 2019 to N19.375 billion in Q2 2020.
Despite paying N4.113 billion as income tax in the quarter under review, up from N1.328 billion paid in the same quarter of 2019, the company was able to post N15.262 billion profit after tax.
Speaking on the impressive performance, Khaled El Dokani, CEO of Lafarge Africa said “Q2 results remained resilient with net sales of -5.1% and recurring EBIT +29.7%, compared to prior-year period, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation of our “HEALTH, COST and CASH (HCC)” initiatives have delivered considerable improvement in our performance.”
Deposit Money Banks Start Debiting Debtors’ Other Bank Accounts
Banks Start Debiting Debtors’ Other Bank Accounts
Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) has commenced the implementation of the new Central Bank of Nigeria’s Global Standing Instruction directive that allows them to recover outstanding debts from debtors’ other bank accounts domiciled with other banks.
The initiative was in a move to reduce the size of the debt in the banking sector, according to Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.
Deposit Money Banks have commenced the implementation on August 1, 2020
Experts have said the implementation would differentiate real wealthy businessmen from debtors parading themselves as wealthy businessmen.
Peter Esele, a former President, Trade Union Congress, stated that the new rule was long overdue, adding that it was better late than never.
He said, “The financial system has been abused and it is baffling that one man would be owing six banks in the same country; it can’t happen anywhere else.
“What the CBN is doing now is that it is sanitising the industry and we now actually know who are the real businessmen and the real big men.
“Some men are wealthy from running banks down because a lot of the big men are running banks down.”
He added the central bank and the deposit money banks should start giving credit score.
Joseph Ajaero, the President, United Labour Congress, said, “Banks that are lending money to people should make sure that they have adequate collateral.
“Ordinarily, banks cannot on their own go to another bank and take the money that was kept in another bank; they are independent and should operate independently.”
He said deposit money banks ran into trouble because they were lending without collateral.
Ardova Revenue Declines to N35.3bn in Q2 2020
Ardova Posts Lower Profit After Tax in Q2 2020
Ardova Plc’s revenue declined from N40.227 billion filed in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 to N35.262 billion in the quarter ended June 30, 2020.
In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday, the company gross profit expanded slightly from N2.519 billion in Q2, 2019 to N2.559 billion in Q2 2020.
Ardova, formerly known as Forte Oil, reported an operating profit of N787.407 million, up from N246.495 million decline reported in the corresponding period of 2019. While finance income depreciated from N4.254 billion in the Q2 of 2019 to N42.616 million.
Accordingly, profit before income tax dipped from N3.198 billion reported in the same period of 2019 to N591.087 million.
Similarly, profit after tax plunged from N2.126 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2019 to N514.923 million.
Earnings per share declined from N1.63 to 39 kobo in the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.
The global pandemic that disrupted crude oil market eroded profits of oil companies and weighed on their entire operations, especially during the April-June quarter when oil prices dipped to their lowest on record.
Ardova was one of the numerous oil companies affected by the disruption in global commerce and economic activities.
The company’s total asset contracted from N47.089 billion to N45.341 billion in Q2 2020. While total liabilities declined from N30.856 billion in Q2 2019 to N28.165 billion in Q2 2020.
However, total equity expanded to N17.176 billion, up from N16.163 billion in the second quarter of 2019.
UBA Denies N41bn Fraud Involving NITEL
United Bank for Africa Denies N41bn Fraud Involving NITEL
United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Thursday denied the alleged N41 billion fraud linked to Mr. Tony Elumelu, its Chairman.
In the statement signed by Bili A. Odum, Company Secretary, UBA and released by the bank through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the lender said the allegation was misleading, untrue and malicious. It, therefore, stated that it would be disregarding the allegation in its entirety.
The statement reads “The attention of United Bank for Africa (UBA) has been drawn to false reports circulating in the media alleging that UBA and some of its principal officers have been indicted in a NGN41 Billion fraud involving NITEL in Liquidation.
“We would like to use this medium to inform the general public that the reports are untrue, misleading, malicious, libellous and should be disregarded in its entirety.”
“UBA has set in motion all appropriate legal actions to ensure that the misleading reports are retracted and the perpetrators held accountable for their actions.
“UBA is a reputable global brand and responsible corporate citizen, operating in multiple jurisdictions, and will continue to conduct its business in line with global best corporate governance practices, extant laws and regulations, as it has done in over 70 years of operations.”
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