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Nigerian Breweries records N106bn loss in 2023

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Nigerian Breweries Plc has recorded a net loss of N106 billion for the year ended 2023, as against N13.93 billion posted in its 2022 financials, indicating 860 per cent loss.

Mr Uaboi Agbebaku, Company Secretary, Nigerian Breweries stated this in the audited financial result of the company for the year ended 2023 sent to the Nigerian Exchange Ltd.

The audited results indicated that revenue rose by 9% versus the prior period of 2022. The company also reported an operating profit of N44.5 billion in 2023. However, this was lower by 15% compared to the corresponding period in the previous year, citing increase in input cost, a one-off reorganisation cost and other economic pressures as causes of the decline.

While speaking on the announcement, Mr Hans Essaadi, Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Breweries Plc said, “The business performance of 2023 reflects the challenging economic environment in Nigeria. These severe economic conditions include persistent cash scarcity, removal of fuel subsidies resulting in a notable surge in energy cost, naira devaluation, foreign exchange scarcity, and continued challenged consumer spending in the midst of high inflation.

“Despite these challenges, the business recorded some progress, delivering a 9% growth in revenue aided by a positive price mix. Unfortunately, our efforts were undermined by the impact of the devaluation of the naira, causing a N153 billion loss on foreign exchange transactions.”

The company further revealed that its reaction to the challenges presented by the tough economic terrain was centered around reducing risk to the business by focusing on a positive price mix, efficient sales operations, strong and aggressive cost management, and other efficiency measures.

“Going into the new year, we are conscious of the continued severe macro-economic challenges – rising inflation, heightening operating costs and pressured consumer income spend. However, we believe the challenges of 2023 have laid the groundwork for opportunities that would lead to value creation for all our stakeholders”, Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr Essaadi said.

One of these opportunities is the acquisition of an 80% business stake in Distell Wines and Spirits Limited, a local business in the wines and spirits category, and an exclusive right to import all Heineken Beverages wines, spirits, and ciders brands from South Africa, including a license to market and distribute all the products in Nigeria, as well as to produce any of the imported brands locally.

“This acquisition is part of efforts to provide access to a complementary multi-category portfolio of fast-growing wines and spirits brands and capture significant growth opportunities in the wines and spirits segment of the beverages industry”, he explained.

He added that the “Board and Management will ensure that the Company builds on its more than 77 years’ experience of operating in Nigeria to cope with current realities. The Company will continue to be resilient and forward-thinking leveraging our broad portfolio, strong supply chain footprint and passionate workforce driving long-term value creation for its shareholders and other stakeholders.”

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