By Akin Akinremi
The Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Conoil Plc increased by 125 per cent over that of last financial year despite the harsh economic condition in the country and the turbulence in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry in 2015.
Chief Mike Adenuga
Specifically, the company’s 2015 financial results obtained from The Nigerian Stock Exchange website also showed an increase in Profit Before Tax from N1.5 billion to N3.4 billion, representing an increase of 125 per cent while Profit After Tax moved from N834 million in 2014 to N2.3 billion in 2015.
According to figures announced on Thursday by the quoted company, in spite of the prevailing economic downturn, the company’s performance for the financial year was still impressive with the oil marketing giant has proposed a 200 per cent increase in dividend payout to its shareholders.
The dividend totaling to N2.08 billion is expected to be ratified by the shareholders of the company at its annual general meeting.
If approved, shareholders will get 300k on every 50 kobo ordinary share, compared to 100k paid last year.
The company’s earnings per share also rose sharply by 177 per cent to 333 kobo in 2015 from 120 kobo in 2014.
The management of Conoil attributed the strong performance to efficient management of resources, effective cost control policy, as well as reaping from its huge investment in the expansion and upgrade of its facilities.
“For us, the downstream sector remains fundamentally attractive and viable today and the future,” the company declared in the statement.
“With our clarity of direction and focus, our company’s long-term success is assured. We will sustain this improved performance and vigorously pursue our aspiration to remain the nation’s leading petroleum products marketer and one of the most profitable quoted companies,” the company added.
At the company’s general meeting last year, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., the Chairman of Conoil, promised the shareholders that notwithstanding the tough challenges in the country, and indeed in the downstream petroleum sector, the company would explore to the fullest, new opportunities that abound in the industry to its advantage.
Adenuga also assured investors of the company’s commitment to cost-cutting measures in its operations, vast improvement in the quality of its products and services with a strong bottom-line as its focus.
“These measures,” the statement added, “have positively contributed to our successful outing to reward our loyal shareholders”.