With an end to Nigeriaâ€™s worst recession in two decades, buoyed by improved performance of oil, agriculture, manufacturing and trade sectors, Oando Plc has shown positive performance across all financial indices, as turnover increased by 16 per cent to N383.5 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2017, from N329.9 billion in comparative period of 2016.
The energy companyâ€™s gross also profit increased by 148 per cent to N71.2 billion from N28.6 billion while profit-after-tax increased by 120 per cent to N7.1 billion from a loss of (N35.8 billion) in Q3 2016.
Commenting on the results Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu said: â€œAfter five consecutive quarters of contraction, Nigeriaâ€™s official exit from the recession buoyed by improved performance in the oil, agriculture, manufacturing and trade sectors of the economy is laudable news. The continued increase in oil prices to a 2017 high of $58 in September, coupled with ongoing peace efforts in the Niger Delta have significantly impacted our fourth successive profit declaration.â€
Oando continues to keep to the promise it made to shareholders during its 39th annual general meeting in 2016 with the declaration of its fourth consecutive profit. The company was proactive in its approach to cushion the effect of the oil downturn by immediately implementing its strategic growth initiatives.
Further commenting on the companyâ€™s results, Tinubu said: â€œOur third quarter financials are reflective of the continued implementation of our strategic initiatives of growth through our dollar earning upstream portfolio; deleverage through recapitalisation and asset divestments and the expansion of our oil export trading business. The proceeds from our business restructuring and asset sales have been successfully used to improve our balance sheet with a reduction of N18 billion in our debt position from N247 billion as at December 2016 to N229 billion today.â€
Oandoâ€™s results defied the speculation of many who watched the company and its management came under scrutiny in the past months. It also comes as a relief to aggrieved shareholders who have in the past months expressed their dissatisfaction on the damage the SEC probe caused to brand value and the companyâ€™s share price.
However, these result prove the company can look forwards to an optimistic future. In 2015, Oando concluded the recapitalisation of its downstream business with a consortium of Helios Investment and Vitol Group for US$210 million. The partnership reinvigorated Nigeriaâ€™s downstream sector to create one of Africaâ€™s largest downstream operations. Oando further divested its midstream business now known as Axxela to Helios partners for US$115.8 million to increase its gas footprint.
Speaking on the future of the company, Tinubu said: â€œOur tenacity to continuously create value despite prevailing headwinds is evident in our improved performance four quarters in a row; we remain optimistic about the fourth quarter and are steadfast in delivering strong returns to shareholders in the near to medium term.â€™â€™