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    Trading income lifts Zenith Bank from loan impairment hit

Trading income lifts Zenith Bank from loan impairment hit

Loan impairment charges more than tripled to N98.23 billion for Zenith Bank in 2017 but management used a 456% advance in trading gains to level up the impact of credit losses on the income statement and still achieved an accelerated growth in profit. The galloping growth in loan loss expenses for the second year and the phenomenal rise in gains [...]

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    Total Nigeria: Profit drops from 2016 peak

Total Nigeria: Profit drops from 2016 peak

Total Nigeria has reported a drop of 46% in after tax profit in the 2017 full year from the record profit high it registered in 2016. At N8.02 billion, after tax profit is down to the second highest figure in the operating history of the oil marketing company. Total Nigeria had multiplied after tax profit more than three and half [...]

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    Seplat Petroleum reaps tax credit windfall

Seplat Petroleum reaps tax credit windfall

Seplat Petroleum Development Company, the oil producing firm, has returned to profit, ending three years of rapidly falling profits that hit a big loss at the end of 2016. A strong final quarter saw the company advance from near break-even at the end of the third quarter to a pre-tax profit of N13.45 billion at full year.Profit performance was reinforced [...]

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    Food/beverages sector: Springing back to life

Food/beverages sector: Springing back to life

Food and beverage companies recorded considerable progress towards recovery in 2017 from the foreign exchange crisis of 2016, the associated exchange losses and the drop in consumer spending power due to economic recession. Stability in the foreign exchange market last year strengthened output and consumers gradually adjusted to price increases. The operators here however still faced a highly competitive market [...]

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    Why insurance sector is still losing attraction

Why insurance sector is still losing attraction

The insurance sector isn’t getting the attention of investors in the current stock market rally that has seen some share prices double within three weeks of the new year. The sector continues to face weak growth in revenue and rising underwriting expenses.The core business of underwriting remains constrained in the face of operating difficulties but there are reasonable improvements in [...]

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    2017 earnings: What to expect from conglomerates

2017 earnings: What to expect from conglomerates

Conglomerates have since lost the normal advantage of diversified operations that enable them maintain stability through the business cycle. Their usual advantage is to use earnings from highly growing markets to compensate for slowly growing or declining areas and thus maintain overall stable growth.The operators seem to have lost that advantage. Every market segment faces its own difficulties, making it [...]

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    Petroleum companies: Interest/input costs likely to hinder profits

Petroleum companies: Interest/input costs likely to hinder profits

Huge interest expenses as well as rising cost of sales were a major headache for petroleum marketers and producers in 2017. While the companies succeeded in reinforcing revenue growth in the year, rising input cost and huge finance expenses stood on the way of converting revenue into profit. Inability to grow wealth for shareholders despite improved revenue is expected to [...]

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    Healthcare companies responding to treatment

Healthcare companies responding to treatment

Pharmaceutical companies are pushing their way forward through the economic difficulties and the sector looks quite promising to be one of the firsts to get the spur of economic recovery. Nigeria’s large consumer market is able to consume its way out of economic decline and   healthcare companies here offer food and medicines that drive the rest of the consumer market.The [...]

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    Outlook for cement companies: Expect profit rebound

Outlook for cement companies: Expect profit rebound

Cement companies are expected to have finished 2017 trading on a generally elevated earnings position, breaking forth from the loss of operating momentum that has greeted the sector since 2014. Rising cost of production has been a limiting factor for the operators here but they seem to have found a way around it in the concluded financial year.Further to that, [...]

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    Breweries: From despair to rising hopes

Breweries: From despair to rising hopes

Fiscal 2017 is a year in which new hopes have flickered through the breweries sector, holding mild turnaround prospects for a sector that has been in despair for the preceding three years running. Brewing companies have faced the worst operating period in decades since 2014. The total brewed products market moved from stagnation to a decline during these years.Breweries are [...]

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