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UNILEVER Nigeria Targets N3bn Net Profit In Q3,

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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.

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Customs Intercepts N6, 974m Worth PMS

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Barely two weeks after seizing a tank-full equivalent of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known locally as petrol, the  Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 1005 jerry cans of the same product.
The product, amounting to 3000 litres, is with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth  of N6,974,750.00.
A statement signed by the Command’s Spokesman, DSC Hussaini Abdullahi, and made available to our correspondent in Lagos at the weekend, said the seizure was made during a routine check of the adjoining creeks, beaches, and flash points.
The statement quoted the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo, as saying that “as long as unrepentant and undesirable elements engage in acts of economic sabotage and smuggling, so shall officers and men remain a step ahead to counter their illicit trades”.
The statement further reads: “In continuation of our efforts to suppress smuggling of petroleum products within the nooks and crannies of the command, officers and men of the Seme Area Command on a routine patrol along the creeks within Seme and Badagry intercepted another large quantity of petroleum products in sacks.
“After successful evacuation of the said item to the command’s premises where examination was conducted, one thousand and five (1005)x 30 litres of jerry cans of petroleum products each, equivalent to thirty thousand, one hundred and fifty (30,150) litres  were discovered. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) is Six million, nine hundred and seventy four thousand, seven hundred and fifty naira (N6,974,750.00), only”.
While showcasing the seized products, Jibo commended the doggedness, patriotism, dedication and high level of professionalism exhibited by his men, noting that the new Land Cruiser patrol vehicles (Buffalo) recently donated to commands by the Management of the NCS has aided the operation of the command, as the vehicles enhance access to a wider circle.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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NASS, MDAs’ Non-Remittance Of Taxes Cost FIRS N5.8bn …NCAA Tops Defaulters With N2,984bn

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Non-remittance of tax deductions by the National Assembly, comprising the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies has resulted in a loss of tax revenue amounting to N5.8 billion by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in 2019.
Disclosing this in its 2019 Annual Report on non-compliance, internal control, and weakness issues in MDAs of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation said it is for the year ended December 31, 2019.
The MDAs, according to the Report, are the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New Bussa; Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority; Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited; Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Jigawa State; Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State; Department of Petroleum Resources; National Assembly Service Commission; and Nigerian Correctional Services.
It stated that between 2018 and 2019, the MDAs failed to either remit one per cent stamp duty, value added tax, withholding tax or Pay As You Earn tax deducted from awarded contracts, thereby contravening sections of the Financial Regulations and Treasury Circular issued on December 29, 2015.
The Report further stated that Paragraph 234(I) of the Financial Regulations states that “it is mandatory for accounting officers to ensure full compliance with the dual roles of making provision for the Value Added Tax and withholding tax due on supply and services contract and actual remittance of same”.
Specifically, it quoted Paragraph 235, saying, “Deduction of VAT, WHT, and PAYE shall be remitted to Federal Inland Revenue Service at the same time the payee who is the subject of deduction is paid”.
It continued that the Treasury circular Ref No. TRY/A12&B12/2015 and OAGF/CAD/VOL.II/390, dated December 29, 2015, states that “1% Stamp Duty chargeable on contract awards and the remittance be made to the relevant tax authority (Federal Inland Revenue Service)”.
The Report also stated: “The audit observed that the sum of N5,828,621,715.06 was the amount of taxes not remitted by 12 Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has the highest amount of N2,984,887,250.00, while Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New Bussa has the least amount of N1,021,011.13”.

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NCS, Apapa Records N870,39bn Revenue Boost

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The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recorded an impressive performance in its revenue generation and anti-smuggling campaign in 2021.
Disclosing this recently during a review of its activities in 2021, the Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, said the sum of N870.38 billion of the N2.24 trillion announced recently by the Service was collected in Apapa Command in 2021.
Giving an insight into the command’s revenue profile, Malanta told newsmen that the  N870.38 billion collected by the command was 68 percent more than what was collected in 2020 which was N518.4 billion.
He stayed that the Command recorded 103 seizures worth N31 billion in 2021.
Malanta identified the seizures as 46.55kg of cocaine, which was concealed on board MV Karteria and MV Chayanee Naree laden with raw sugar; containers of foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, secondhand clothes, unregistered pharmaceuticals such as captagon pills, tramadol, codeine syrup, etc.
“These were seizures made in accordance with the provisions of sections 46, 47, and 161 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP C45 LFN 2004. These seizures are condemned by a competent court of law and the suspects are still undergoing investigation and interrogation”, the Customs boss said.
He continued that 5.38 metric tons of non-oil commodities were exported through the command as against 1.3 million metric tons in 2020.
According to him, the Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items rose from $340 million (N140 billion) in 2020 to $641 million (N264 billion) last year.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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