DAAR Communications Records N2.14bn Operating Loss
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja
Pioneer publicly-quoted broadcast group, DAAR Communications Plc has declared an operating loss of N2.139 billion in 2016, up from N1.515 billion loss in 2015.
Chairman of DAAR Group, Chief Raymond Dokpesi (Jnr.) told shareholders in Abuja at a combined 2015/2016 annual general meeting (AGM) that the economic recession in the country pushed the company’s operating loss from N1.515 billion in 2015 to N 2.139 billion in 2016.
“The adverse business environment together with the biting economic recession caused the 2016 turnover of the company to plummet to an all time low of N 3.733 billion representing 47 per cent decline over 2015 earnings. The loss after taxation in 2016 was N2.139 while in 2015 loss after taxation was N1.515 billion. As encapsulated earlier, the losses were as a result of the astronomical increase in cost of operations occasioned by the economic recession and the severe devaluation of the naira which could not be matched with corresponding growth in earnings as the advert budget in the industry declined in the ensuing period,” he said
The DAAR Group chairman, however, assured shareholders that there was a hope of the company returning to profitability in the nearest future following a conscious business restructuring and operations digitalisation and expansion project already at its final implementation stage.
As part of the initiatives, he stated that DAAR Communications had successfully resolved all litigation matters in several courts emanating from the 2015 general elections, adding that in the process a lot of funds were saved in litigation fees as some were settled out of court or struck out for want of evidence.
Convinced that the company’s future holds great prospects, the shareholders, in an uncommon display of selflessness, unanimously voted to return the share bonus offer declared by the company as compensation for its inability to declare a dividend due to the poor result back to the organisation.
According to the shareholders, the gesture was part of their contributions to DAAR’s quick recovery and return to profitability.
In his address, the Group Managing Director of DAAR Communications, Mr. Tony Akiotu said that in view of the harsh operating environment and low business, the group did not shirk its corporate social responsibility (CSR), adding that it offered free aired services to some 135 patients seeking assistance on their medical conditions from different locations across the country.
“In the years under review, on AIT alone, we have aired medical fund appeals for 135 patients. This is apart from our other initiatives and projects in our various locations such as donations, rural road construction, free medical tests in conjunction with some Foundations and medical institutions.