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Rights Issue Shares Lift UACN  Market Capitalisation to N49bn

The market capitalisation of UAC of Nigeria Plc rose to N49.1 billion last Friday, following the listing of additional shares of 960,432,193.  By this action, the total outstanding shares of the company now stood at 2,881,296,580.

The company had made the Rights Issue last year to raise N15.37 billion as part of efforts to boost its operations. The company had said the proceeds of the rights issue would provide it with the requisite  financial  capability  to address the capital needs of its  agro-facing subsidiaries in 2018 among others.

UACN had reported a revenue growth of 21 per cent to N68.7 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, from N56.8 billion in the corresponding period of 2016.

However, profit after tax fell by 55 per cent from N4.8 billion to N2.2 billion, partly due to high interest charges and cost of inputs. “We have made progress in reducing finance costs through focused execution of UACN Property Development Company Plc’s Cash Generation Plan, the depletion of high-priced inventory and  the equity raise of Portland Paints, Livestock Feeds and UPDC. We have launched our N15.4 billion Rights Issue.

This will provide us with the requisite  financial  capability  to address the capital needs of our agro-facing subsidiaries in 2018,” the company said.

Also, as part of strategies to remain efficient, the company recently decided to close down one of its subsidiary, Warm Spring Waters Limited(WSWL) due to poor performance.  The conglomerate owns 76 per cent equity in the company that is based in Ikogosi-Ekiti State.

 UACN had explained that the company was promoted in 2002 with Ekiti State Government, Ikogosi-Ekiti Community and some private investors to produce premium quality spring water under Gossy label.

According to UACN since  WSWL commenced  commercial production in 2013, it has been delivering weak operational performance due to problems associated with the rural location of the plant at the source of the spring.

“There were also   associated logistics challenges, 100 per cent reliance on company generated power and difficult operating environment. The shareholders of the company, at a meeting held on February 6, 2018, resolved to appoint a liquidator to wind up the affairs of the company distribute its assets,” it said.

UACN assured stakeholders that the liquation of the WSWL will not have any negative impact since its contribution to the group’s results is less than one per cent.