C&I Leasing Plc plans to raise additional $100 million to expand its operations. The Groupâ€™s Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Mr. Alex Mbakogu, disclosed this at the firmâ€™s investorsâ€™ forum in Lagos. According to him, while exploring cheaper sources of funds, the company also plans redemption of $12.4 million loan stock from Abraaj.
Mbakago said that the company would also focus on developing human capital with a view to strengthening service delivery and improving on implemented cost optimisation initiatives.
The CFO noted that the group has experienced continuous growth in pre-tax profit margin between 2013 and 2016, moving from 2.48 per cent in 2013 to 6.09 per cent in 2016.
Speaking at the forum, Group Managing Director, C & I Leasing, Mr. Andrew Otike-Odibi, said the company currently manages over 4,437 professionals that are spread across several industries, including, oil & gas, telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, agriculture and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).
â€œOur training and manpower development is structured under our SDS training centre. Leasafric is a subsidiary of C&I Leasing Plc in Ghana. It currently has a fleet size of 100 vehicles with a wide network of clients that cut across the oil & gas industry, power sector, telecommunication, FMCG and mining industries. It is the largest leasing company in Ghana and provides professional lease options for individuals and corporate bodies,â€ he said
Otike-Odibi disclosed that the group recorded a leap in profit but the huge capital requirementÂ made the company to retain some funds and planning to give the shareholders an interim dividend this year.
Speaking on the redemption of $12.4 million loan stock from Abraaj, the GMD said the company got approval from shareholders for conversion of the loan to equity. He explained that because of the volatility in forex market, the company is planning to do a combination of redemption and conversion to make the balance sheet healthier.
C&I Leasing posted 519 per cent growth in profit after tax for the financial year ended December 31, 2016, rising to N920.9 million, from N148.8 million in 2015.
Revenue rose by 16.7 per cent to N17.0 billion from N14.6 billion reported in 2015 while lease rental income of N9.1 billion, up 11.4 per cent year-on-year from N8.2 billion. Net operating income stood at N5.7 billion, up 23.1 per cent from N4.6 billion in 2015 while shareholdersâ€™ funds was N8.1 billion, an increase of 42 per cent from N5.7 billion a year earlier.
Commenting on the results, Otike-Odibi said: â€œ2016 was a challenging year for the Company, given prevailing harsh market conditions; the scarcity of foreign exchange, rising inflationary pressures and the resultant increase in the cost of doing business coupled with the lower business volumes by both local and international oil and gas companies, on the back of the decline in oil prices which impacted the service sector especially in the reduction of day rates and work scope.â€