Despite difficult trading conditions in 2008, First Aluminium Nigerian Plc made a trading profit of N35 million, compared to a trading loss of N140 million in 2007.
The Chairman of First Aluminium Group, Alhaji Sulaiman S. Bafa, said the trading profit is a substantial improvement on last year’s business operations and indicated how the manufacturing operations are fighting their way back to efficiency and profitability.
In his speech at the 49th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company in Port Harcourt, Baffa said the sales volume and turnover of the rolling mill of the company dropped by 8 per cent and 7 per cent respectively within the period under review. Production volume however increased by 4 per cent.
The chairman explained that all the divisions of the company including the head office contributed immensely to the marked improvement in reducing its cost base.
He explained that the company took several strategic decisions in 2008 that enhanced the company’s operations in the year under review. Such decision includes that all coils produced at the rolling mill should be sold by the rolling mill and not through Aluminium City as well as the closing down of the project side of the business.
He said though, it was an area that had unpredictable turnover due to low margins and high bad debt, the decision reduced sales turnover but more importantly improved its financial trading performance.
He, however, commended management’s decision to make provisions against the company’s many debts, which had impacted on the Aluminium City results by N92 million.
During 2008, Baffa said, the company had an estimated 10 per cent growth for coated coils as the construction industry continues to expand. According to him, this demand has been met last year by both the local suppliers and cheap imports.
“In July 2008, the cost of aluminium reached an all-time high of over $3,200 per tonne, making easy pickings for importers. This situation has since reversed with the LME value falling automatically as the world recession showed effect to under $1,500 tonne by the end of the year,” the chairman said.
He regretted that even though the board did not recommend dividend for the year, the company needed enough cash for future growth and to overcome the difficulties caused by the repeated gas and electrical power outages.
He expressed gratitude to the staff of the company and customers for their faith in and standing behind the company even in moment of economic challenges. He assured that management would continue to give the best quality and price to ensure growth in the business.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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