Monthly Archives: January 2017

International Breweries narrows loss in Q3 as low FX liquidity linger

International Breweries Plc (“IB Plc”), the Ilesha-based brewer owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Tuesday reported a net loss of –N473m in the first nine months of its financial year (Apr – Dec 2016), a much smaller loss when compared to the first quarter and half-year when it recorded an abysmal –N1.7bn and –N1.9bn loss respectively.

Seven-Up losses grow despite sales growth

Seven-Up Bottling Company, bottlers of the famed Pepsi cola brand released its financial results on Tuesday for the nine-months  ending 31 December 2016.

The soft drinks maker reported a net loss of –N4.8bn for the period (Apr – Dec 2016) and -N2.9bn alone in Q3 (Oct – Dec). In the nine-months of 2015, it recorded N2.2bn in profit.

PZ Cussons Nigeria half-year loss narrows amid currency headwinds

PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, makers of a wide range consumer goods, including Nutritionals such as Nuhu and Olympic milk brands on Thursday reported a net loss of N289m in its half-year results (June – Nov 2016). In the same period a year ago, the company recorded N780m in profit.

The company blamed the loss on unrealized foreign exchange loss of N4.9bn mostly incurred in the first quarter (June – Aug 2016) when the Central Bank of Nigeria allowed the naira to float leading to a significant loss of the currency’s value by as much as 40%.

Moët Hennessy full-year profits climb 10% on US momentum, China rebound

French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) said on Thursday that revenue for the full-year ending 31 December 2016 grew 5% to €37.6bn, with the fourth quarter posting a 9% growth. Profit from recurring operations for the group reached €7 billion in 2016, an increase of 6%.

The company which makes high-end fashion & leather goods, perfumes & cosmetics, wines & spirits, and watches & jewelry said that the wines and spirits division – Moët Hennessy added €4.8bn ($5.1bn) to group sales, a 5% growth over the previous year, with good performance in all regions.

FX losses dampen Guinness Nigeria’s revenue growth

Guinness Nigeria Plc, reported its first-half results (6-months) on Thursday, for the period ending 31 December 2016.

The brewer of Foreign Extra Stout, Malta Guinness, among others posted a strong 19% revenue growth in the period under review to N59bn, from N50bn it recorded in the same period a year ago.

However, the company’s strong first-half showing was dampened by unrealized foreign exchange losses which drove up net finance cost by 166% to N4.6bn, from N1.2bn in the previous year. The resultant effect was a net loss of N4.67bn. In the same period a year ago, Guinness Nigeria posted a positive N1.2bn in profit.

Weak pound help Diageo post stronger first-half results

Diageo Plc reported on Thursday a better than expected half-year results, with sales rising 15% to £6.42bn from £5.61bn a year ago.

The company said that profits rose 8% to £1.51bn from last year’s £1.41bn. The spirits maker noted that a 17% drop in the value of the British pound following Brexit vote had a positive impact on earnings, adding around £850m ($1.07bn) to net sales. On organic basis (stripping out the effects of currency movement on revenue and profits), sales rose 4.4% while operating profits grew 4.4%.

Prices of soft drinks rise amid FX woes, inflationary pressure

Prices of soft drinks are on the rise as the industry continues to grapple with the fallout from macroeconomic headwinds induced by the drop in oil price.

Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), the biggest soft drinks maker in Nigeria and bottler of the famed Coca-Cola brand have raised its prices across the board as it continues to battle macroeconomic challenges such as continued naira devaluation, inflation and higher input cost of imported raw materials.

Vendor files petition with AG against Nigerian Breweries

Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB) said on Tuesday that one of its former petroleum vendors has filed a petition with the Attorney General of the Federation against some members of its management.

In a released statement signed by NB’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem, the company said that TMDK oil Traders, a vendor who had been under a three year contract to supply petroleum products to the company had filed a petition with the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice.

Guinness Nigeria shareholders approve proposed N40bn Rights Issue

Guinness Nigeria Plc, on Tuesday received approval from its shareholders for a proposed N40bn ($127m) rights issue.

At an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) held in Lagos on Tuesday, Guinness Nigeria’s shareholders approved the request.

Guinness Nigeria board chairman, Mr. Babatunde Savage, said the shareholders’ approval would enable the company raise up to N40bn as fresh cash injection into the business operations.

Heineken in talks to buy Japanese brewer Kirin’s Brazil operation

Dutch brewer Heineken N.V. said it is in discussion with Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings to acquire the company’s unprofitable Brazilian business. The Nikkei Newspaper reported on Friday, a price of $870m, a fraction of the $3.9bn Kirin paid for the business.

An acquisition of Kirin’s lossmaking business in Brazil would give Heineken 19% market share in a country where it currently has only 7% share of the market to Kirin’s 12%. But more importantly, it would enable the Dutch brewer pose a stronger challenge to AB InBev, which dominates the market with 67% market share.