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Seven-Up losses pile up as finance charges skyrocket

Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc (“SBC”), the bottler of PepsiCo brands of soft drinks in the country, on Friday reported a net loss of N2.5bn for the first quarter of its 2017/2018 financial year (Apr – Jun) despite recording nearly 20% sales growth of N31bn from N27bn in the previous year. The loss adds to the company’s woes which had reported a N10.7bn loss in June for the 2016/2017 financial year.

The company cited skyrocketing net finance cost as the reason for the first quarter loss. Finance charges rose a record 85% to N1.8bn, from N961m in the same period a year ago.

Seven-Up losses widen at year end

Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, on Friday reported a net loss of N10.7bn for the full-year ended 31 March 2017, down from the N3.3bn profit recorded a year earlier.

The company blames higher input costs, driven by inflation and unrealized foreign exchange loss for the poor performance. Cost of sales in the period rose 57% to N95bn, up from N60.6bn.

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%.

International Breweries losses grow as naira weakness persists

Naira weakness due to ongoing currency devaluation continues to hamper the performance of Nigerian manufacturers. International Breweries Plc, the brewer formerly owned by SABMiller Plc reported a net loss of N1.9bn for half-year (Apr – Sept), further widening its losses. In the first quarter of 2016, the brewer incurred a net loss of N1.7bn.

The Ilesha-based brewer known for its Trophy Lager, among others said that despite a strong quarter finish, where sales surged 33% to N13.5bn, from N10.1bn in the previous year, a 305% spike in foreign exchange loss to N99m, from N24m and a 455% jump in net finance cost to N4.4bn, from N790m erased all gains.

Currency weakness, inflation push 7-Up to half-year loss

Soft drinks maker, 7-Up Bottling Company said on Monday that currency weakness related to the recent Naira devaluation led to higher cost of goods sold and higher selling and distribution expenses, resulting in a half-year loss . The bottler of Pepsi-Cola declared a net loss of N1.6bn.

Seven-Up said that sales grew 19% to N47bn despite the macroeconomic challenges. In the previous year, revenue was N40bn. However, a 26% jump in cost of sales to N38bn, from N28bn plus a 26% rise in selling and distribution expenses all weighed on the soft drink maker’s earnings.

Guinness Nigeria losses worsen despite revenue growth

Guinness Nigeria Plc on Friday reported a net loss of N2.2bn in its first quarter results ending 30th September, further worsening its financial condition. The brewer which has been hard hit by the recession cited higher input costs, unfavourable currency translations with regards to Naira devaluation and unavailability, and a weak consumer spending which has shifted its preference towards value brands.

Naira devaluation pushes PZ Cussons Nigeria to first Quarter loss

PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, makers of a wide range of consumer products including Nuhu and Olympic milk brands, on Tuesday reported a net loss of N1.6bn in its first quarter results for periods June – August 31, 2016.

The company attributes the loss to a foreign exchange loss of N4.7bn it incurred following naira devaluation in June which erased the group’s N2.2bn operating profit.

7-UP profits drop 48% in Q1 amid headwinds

7-UP Bottling Company on Friday reported a 48% slump in profits for the first quarter of 2016. Net income fell to N1bn, down from N2bn reported a year earlier.

The maker of Pepsi-Cola, Mirinda, Aquafina bottled water, among others was weighed by currency-driven headwinds, coupled with rising inflation and competition from other soft drinks manufacturers.