Board of Unilver Nigeria Plc has estimated that distributable earnings of the conglomerate would be about N3 billion by the third quarter, placing it in good stead to sustain significant growth that has characterized its reports in recent years.
In the latest window on operations of the conglomerate, directors at the weekend indicated that it could record post-tax profit of N2.87 billion on total sales of about N32.75 billion during the nine-month period ending September 30,2009.
The latest forecasts build on earlier projections indicating that net profit after tax could be about N2.01 billion by the six-month period ended June 30, 2009, indicating earnings per share of some 53 Kobo. The conglomerate had estimated that total sales would be about N20.93 billion during the six-month period while higher profit margin expected to push pre-tax project to N2.95 billion, about two-third of pre-tax earnings for the whole of 2008.
The latest forecasts indicate possible earnings per share of 76 kobo, putting the company closer to its three digit dividend target.
Unilever Nigeria’s cash payout rate was about 99 percent for the 2008 business year having paid 68 kobo to shareholders out of the year’s earnings per share of 69 kobo.
Apostle Hayford Alile, Chairman, Unilever Nigeria Plc, has said the conglomerate might round up cash payouts to three-digit value this business year as shareholders as it consolidates business growth.
He said the Unilever Nigeria would strive to sustain its progressive cash payout trend and possibly move from current two-digit rate to three digits this business year.
Following impressive performance in 2008, unilever Nigeria had distributed about N2.6 billion to shareholders, representing a dividend per share of 68 kobo. The cash payout per share of 68 kobo represented an increase of 172 percent on 25 kobo paid for 2007.
Alile said the company would translate envisaged growths in 2009 into higher dividends for shareholders.
According to him, Unilever Nigeria as well-positioned to sustain its impressive growth trend irrespective of the challenging trading environment.
He said the company would continue to focus on market growth in its leading categories while ensuring smart material cost management that enables the company to provide Nigerian Consumers with brands that offer a good value-for-money proposition.
Audited report and accounts for the year ended December 31, 2008 showed that turnover rose from N33.99 billion in 2007 to N37.38 billion in 2008. Pre-tax profit rose by 106 percent from N2.0 billion in 2007 to N4.1 billion in 2008. Profit after tax grew by 141 percent to N2.6 billion in 2008compared with N1.1 billion in 2007.
The report showed that the intrinsic profit-making capacity of the company doubled in 2008 with pretax profit margin rising from 5.8 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2008. Alile assured that the conglomerate was poised to sustain its upwardly growth pattern as it continues to improve underlying margins, distribution and administrative expenses.
Interim report and accounts of Unilever Nigeria for the three months ended march 31, 2009 showed single-digit growths in sales and profit. The report showed that turnover rose by 8.1 percent to N10.43 billion in first quarter 2009 as against N965 billion recorded in comparable period of 2008. Profit before tax inched up by 3.73 percent from N1.58 billion in first quarter 2008 in N1.64 billion in first quarter 2009. Profit after tax also rose marginally by 4.37 percent to N1.12 billion in 2009 as against N1.08 billion in recorded in corresponding period of 2008.
Partners Execute Shareholder Agreement For Brass Products Terminal
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), along with their partner, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and Zed Energy have executed a shareholders’ agreement for the establishment of a 50 million litre Petroleum Products Terminal in Brass, Bayelsa State.
The N10.5 billion Brass Petroleum Products Terminal project is expected to deliver an automated 50 million litre depot with two-way product jetty, automated loading bay, and 6 automated tanks for storage of 30 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)and 20 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
While speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his giant strides in the Niger Delta which is making a huge impact on the people of the area.
“I make bold to say today without any fear of contradiction that no President has impacted the people of the Niger Delta like President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside from what we are witnessing today, remember there is also the Brass Fertilizer & Petrochemical Company, the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil & Gas Park in Ogbia, all under Mr. President,” the Minister stated.
Sylva added that the establishment of the Terminal further demonstrates Mr. President’s commitment to the enhancement of the livelihood of the Niger Delta people particularly, the riverine communities in Bayelsa State where people purchase products at exorbitant prices due to logistics challenges associated with transporting products to that area.
Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari said the Corporation was proud to be part of the project which aside ensuring products availability in all nooks and crannies of the Niger Delta, will also guarantee the nation’s energy security and generate employment.
“This Terminal will create 1,000 direct jobs during the construction phase, and over 5,000 indirect jobs during its operation. Considering the potential for employment when completed, this will definitely reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta area and will also address the problem of illegal refining in the area,” Kyari stated.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote stated that this milestone was as a result of strong interagency collaboration and public-private sector partnership.
“The NCDMB will continue to drive such partnerships across the industry to bring development in Nigeria,” he noted.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Project and Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti stated that the project would enhance the economics of marine petroleum products distribution.
Senate Hails NNPC’s Drive Towards Profitability
The senate has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its efforts towards attaining profitability and stamping out corruption from its system.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, gave the commendation at a hearing which was held at the national assembly complex, Abuja.
Kwari said it was heart-warming to learn that the NNPC was making great strides towards profitability and urged the corporation to sustain the gains recorded so far for the good of the country.
In his presentation at the hearing, Mele Kyari, the group managing director of NNPC, said the corporation was championing the fight against corruption in the oil and gas industry by placing measures to curb incidences of corruption across its various business portfolios and by enlisting as a partner company of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
He also said that the corporation has reported several incidences of infractions such as products diversion and crude oil theft to the police, EFCC and other investigating agencies of the federal government to stem corruption within the oil and gas industry.
In an effort to clampdown on fuel smuggling, the ministry of petroleum resources launched the operation white project in October 2019 to monitor and track the movement of petroleum products in the country.
Also in February 2021, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) launched the downstream remote monitoring system (DRMS) to track the movement of petroleum products from depots to retail outlets.
“We have created an anti-corruption desk in NNPC that engages the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies on a regular basis,” NNPC GMD said.
“The desk ensures that in all our operations, every staff complies to the code of conduct procedures with consequence management.
“We have established a regulatory compliant governance charter and transparency policy; this is a mark of our compliance to the anti-corruption strategy.
“For the first time in 43 years, NNPC, as a part of the evolving culture of transparency and accountability, published its Audited Financial Statements (AFS) for 2018 and 2019. We are going to publish that of 2020.
“The AFS is the only document that tells how a company does its transaction. We are happy that by the time the 2020 AFS will be published, Nigerians will see the dividends of our accountability.”
Chevron Spends $10bn On Nigerian Suppliers, Service Providers
Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Rick Kennedy, said the company has in the last 10 years spent an estimated annual average of $1 billion on Nigerian suppliers and service providers in line with its commitment to Nigerian Content Development.
Highlighting the opportunities and new approaches to the future of hydrocarbons at the ongoing 2021 NIPS in Abuja, Kennedy stressed the need for robust policies and regulations to address and remedy existing challenges in the oil and gas industry; digital technology/innovations; cost efficiency initiatives; sustained social investments as well as continued support for Nigerian Content Development.
Kennedy, who was represented by Monday Ovuede, director, NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, identified opportunities in lowering carbon emissions and harnessing Nigeria’s gas resources as key enablers in complementing the new approaches to future of hydrocarbons in the Nigerian oil and gas industry in the post COVID-19 era.
According to him, the global community has continued to scale up the collaboration towards lower carbon emissions, adding that Chevron supports global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and is actively investing in operations to improve environmental performance while also working with industry to develop new innovative technology and best practices to achieve these objectives.
He emphasised that CNL’s gas strategy is to end routine gas flaring and build a profitable gas business through a portfolio of projects, and stated that in Nigeria, CNL, with its joint venture (JV) partners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has progressively reduced routine gas flaring by over 95% in the past 10 years and remained ahead in terms of maximising supply of on-spec gas into the Nigerian domestic market.
He also highlighted the NNPC/CNL’s Gas Sales and Aggregation Agreements with Egbin Power Plc, Dangote Fertilizer Limited, and Olorunsogo Generation Company Limited, while mentioning the positive impact of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) through which Nigeria supplies gas to countries in the West African sub-region – specifically, Ghana, Togo, and Benin – thus, helping to boost economic development in West Africa.
Kennedy also noted that Chevron has joined other energy companies supporting the Methane Guiding Principles to reduce methane emissions from natural gas exploration and production operations through digital innovation and deployment of best practices, which include designing, constructing, and operating its facilities in a manner to reduce emissions from its operations.
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