Okomu Oil Palm Plc, an indigenous palm oil company in Edo State, Nigeria, has declared a dividend payment of N3.00k per ordinary share.
The company, according to the 2017 annual report and account, made N2.8 billion Profit after Tax (PAT) and the money had been declared as the dividend.
Gbenga Oyebode, the company’ chairman, said Wednesday in Benin that the good result was made possible from the excellent prudent management handling of the affairs of the company.
“As a result of the excellent results delivered and to ensure that our shareholders remain participants in the success of the company,
“The board of directors recommends for approval, a dividend payment of N3.00k per ordinary share, or a total dividend of nearly N2.8 billion.
“During the year under review, the results of the company recorded combined turnover totaling N20.2 billion which amounts to an increase of 40 percent on 2016 turnover.
“Direct costs of sales were 36 percent higher than 2016 at N4.9 billion, generally in line with inflation and the naira devaluation,’’ he said.
According to him, in 2017, the company also paid more than N2 billion in taxes to the federal agencies up from N948 million paid in 2016.
“This translated into a total comprehensive income for 2017 of N8.9 billion, this being 78 percent better than the N4.9 billion total comprehensive income for 2016,’’ he said.
Oyebode explained that although there were some improvements from the previous year, `2017 still presented numerous challenges to the business environment with a contraction monetary policy, high levels of inflation and unemployment.
“However, government action to reign in excessive budgets and improve foreign liquidity, as well as an increase in oil prices, helped bring the economy out of recession this year.
“We also saw improved rubber and crude palm oil (CPO) prices this year, with increases of 24 percent and 44 percent respectively.
“This combined with fiscal discipline display by the management, saw the company delivering record consolidated,’’ he said.
He added that “the consolidated profits on continuing operations after tax saw an increase of 78 per cent on the 2016 results.”
“Turnover also increased by 40 percent from 2016 which saw the company take up a position as one of the top 10 companies with the highest turnover on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2017.
On its operations in the year under review, Oyebode noted that “as at the end of 2017, total oil palm area was 17,244 hectares, of which 7,371 hectares were immature and new plantings.”
“Plantation costs for the year were 28 per cent higher than for 2016,’’ he added.
According to him, production of crude oil palm from the oil mill was 2 per cent higher than 2016’s production, with oil extraction rates averaging approximately 22 per cent.
“However, the oil mill costs for 2017 were 37 per cent higher than the previous year, predominantly driven by the increased costs of imported spares as a result of the devaluation of the naira.”
“Despite increased costs, the company recorded increased palm oil products turnover, up to 40 per cent on 2016 and increased net profit from palm product operations of 55 per cent on the previous year,’’ he said.