Guinness Nigeria plc has posted N125 billion revenue for the full year ended June 30, 2017, indicating an increase of 23 per cent year-on-year. According to a statement made available by the management to the newsmen, the results, which were released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), also showed gross profit of N48.3 billion, which is 16 per cent higher versus the previous year and an operating profit of N10.2 billion, representing an increase of 131 per cent year on year.
Commenting on the results, Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director/CEO, Guinness Nigeria, said that the company’s results were driven by a relentless focus on executing our strategy and keeping costs down.
He noted :”Despite the challenging economic conditions, we have remained focused on executing our company’s total beverage strategy, which gained further traction with strong growth in our international premium spirits portfolio following our first full year of distribution.”
He noted that in December 2015, Guinness Nigeria became the first total beverage alcohol company in Nigeria when it acquired the rights to distribute International Premium Spirits (IPS) including Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky and Bailey’s liqueur in Nigeria.
This was quickly followed in January 2016 by the acquisition of the rights to distribute McDowell’s, a United Spirits Limited (USL) whisky brand. Ndegwa also stated: “Our gross profit of N48.3 billion is as a result of volume growth, pricing benefit and a favourable sales mix as we continued to invest in our expanded brand portfolio during the year. Part of that investment includes the N4.7 billion spirits line for locally manufactured spirits, which we commissioned in Benin.
These strategic acquisitions and expansions have filled the gaps in the spirits brand base allowing us to compete across all categories of the alcoholic beverage market in Nigeria. We remain committed to executing our productivity agenda with a strong focus on cost reduction, distribution and operational efficiencies.” Also speaking to the results, Mr. Babatunde Savage, Chairman, Guinness Nigeria, said that the company remains committed to the Nigerian market.
“It is pleasing to see that the decisions we have taken in recent years have helped to position the company for sustained business growth. We are grateful for the strong support that our shareholders have afforded us over the years. With our continuing focus on driving performance and our determination to positively impact the lives of Nigerians.