FTNA reports a 56% increase in nine months net profit

May 13, 2021

Fontana Limited (FTNA) for the nine months ended March 31, 2021, recorded an 11% increase in revenues to total $3.88 billion compared to $3.49 billion for the same period in 2020. The Company’s revenue for the third quarter rose 4% to $1.22 billion (2020: $1.17 billion).

Cost of Sales for the period increased 12% to closed at $2.45 billion, up from $2.19 billion reported the prior year’s comparable period, while for the third quarter there was a 5% uptick  to $806.79 million (2020: $770.20 million).

As such, gross profit for the nine months amounted to $1.43 billion, a 10% uptick when compared to $1.30 billion recorded last year. However, gross profit for the third quarter rose 3% from $404.17 million booked in the third quarter of 2020 to $416.36 million for the corresponding period in 2021.

Fontana’s administrative expenses fell by 2% for the period, to total $926.27 million versus $943.83 million in 2020, while selling and promotion closed the nine months at $68.24 million (2020: $79.39 million). FTNA stated, “Our continued focus on cost control measures resulted in decreases in operating expenses.”

As such, operating profit experienced a 56% increase to $438.48 million relative to $281.28 million booked in the same period last year. Operating profit for the third quarter closed at $87.23 million (2020: $57.17 million).

Other income for the nine months amounted to $46.17 million (2020: $16.97 million). As for the third quarter under review, other income closed at $17.76 million versus other loss of $10.62 million booked in 2020’s third quarter.

Finance Cost year to date totalled $118.16 million, an increase of 86% when compared to the $63.62 million recorded for the same period last year. While for the quarter finance cost amounted to $32.07 million (2020: $24.96 million),  a 29% increase. FTNA noted, “Finance costs were impacted primarily by the foreign exchange losses recorded in relation to the revaluation of the lease liability (IFRS 16) which resulted in an additional cost of $12.4 million for the period.”

This resulted in profit before taxation totalling $366.70 million compared to $234.64 million recorded last year, a 56% year over year increase. For the quarter profit before taxation moved from $21.59 million in 2020 to $72.91 million in 2021, surge of 238% year over year.

There were no income taxes for the period under review, as such, net profit increased by 56% to close the period under review at $366.70 million relative to $234.64 million recorded the prior corresponding period. Net profit for the quarter amounted to $72.91 million compared to $21.59 million booked for the prior quarter of 2020.

Earnings per share (EPS) for the period totalled $0.29 (2020: $0.19). EPS for the third quarter amounted to $0.06 (2020: $0.017). The twelve months trailing earnings per share amounted to $0.33. The number of shares used in our calculations amounted to 1,249,374,825 units.  FTNA’s stock price closed the trading period on May 13, 2021, at $6.07 with a corresponding P/E of 18.56 times.

Balance Sheet at a glance:

As at March 31, 2021, total assets amounted to $3.45 billion, up $261.30 million from $3.21 billion as at the previous year. The increase in total assets was as a result of the increase in ‘Cash and Cash equivalents’ and ‘Inventories’ which closed the period with $809.39 million (2020: $533.39 million) and $808.96 million (2020: $751.08 million), respectively.

Shareholders’ Equity of $1.76 billion was reported (2020: $1.45 billion) which resulted in a book value per share of $1.41 (2020: $1.16).


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