SEP reports 31% decrease in twelve months net profit

May 9, 2022

Seprod Limited (SEP) posted revenue totalling $43.88 billion compared to $37.74 billion recorded for the same period of the prior financial year, representing a 16% increase year over year. Revenue for the quarter amounted to $12.73 billion relative to the $9.08 billion reported in 2020.

Direct expenses increased by 21% from $27.25 billion to $32.97 billion, nonetheless, gross profit improved 4% to close at $10.91 billion (2020: $10.48 billion). For the quarter, gross profit closed the period at $2.79 billion (2020: $2.43 billion), a 15% increase when compared to the previous comparable period.

Other operating income totalled $1.52 billion compared to $2.50 billion in 2020, a 39% decline year over year. For the quarter, Other operating income also declined by 39% to close at $1.37 billion (2020: $2.26 billion).

The Company reported $410.43 million for ‘Selling expenses’ for 2021 compared to $469.54 million recorded in 2020. Administrative expenses increased 8% to $8.40 billion from $7.80 billion booked twelve months earlier.

Net impairment losses on trade receivables declined 30% to close the period at $21.71 million (2020: $31.09 million).

As such, Operating profit fell 23%, moving from $4.68 billion in 2020 to $3.60 billion to close the year end period of 2021. For the quarter, operating profit totalled $794.78 million (2020: $869.70 million).

Finance costs amounted to $1.20 billion (2020: $1.27 billion), a 5% reduction year over year. For the quarter, finance cost closed at $466.60 million compared to $399.95 million in the prior comparative quarter.

SEP losses as a result of fire amounted to $168.18 million, while income share of results of joint venture closed the year at $79.14 million (2020: loss $5.24 million).

Profit before taxation fell to $2.31 billion in 2021, a 32% decrease on $3.41 billion reported a year prior. Profit before taxation for the fourth quarter amounted to $322.22 million (2020: $478.77 million).

The company booked a taxation charge of $171.72 million, 69% down from $560.98 million booked the prior year.

Seprod reported profit from continuing operations of $2.14 billion (2020: $2.85 billion), a 25% decline year over year. Loss from discontinued operations totaled $145.83 million versus a profit of $23.03 million reported in 2020. The company noted, “This decline must be put in context as, in 2020, the Group recorded a one-off gain of J$762 million from the sale of a property. With the exception of this one-off gain, the unaudited full year profit for 2021 increased by J$47 million or 2% versus the corresponding period in 2020.”

As a result, Net profit for the period amounted to $1.99 billion, 31% less than the $2.87 million reported in the prior year. For the quarter, net loss closed at $1.47 million relative to net loss of  $2.14 million in 2020.

Total comprehensive income closed at $7.51 billion (2020: $2.97 billion). For the quarter, total comprehensive income totalled $3.92 billion (2020: $354.34 million).

Consequently, earnings per share (EPS) for the year ended December 31, 2021 amounted to $2.72 relative to $3.92 for the corresponding period in 2020. Loss per share for the quarter amounted to $2.00 (2020: LPS $2.92). The number of shares used in our calculations amounted to 733,546,855 units. SEP last traded on May 6, 2022 at $73.62 with a corresponding P/E ratio of 27.09 times.

The Company highlighted that “We had a devastating fire at Facey Merchandise’s distribution centre on October 9, 2021, that wiped-out over 86% of the finished goods inventory, which also included the Christmas stocks. This severely impacted the financial performance, as the well documented global supply chain challenges have limited the speed of replacement of the lost inventory. Our manufacturing entities have ramped up production, our principals in the distribution pillar did their best to supply, local stakeholders partnered with us to find and make functional alternative location for storage and our employees have simply been outstanding. While we lost billions of dollars of inventory and infrastructure (all adequately insured) we did not bow; indeed, we have started our recovery and we will emerge from this a more resilient, efficient, and committed organization with a strong growth trajectory.”

Balance Sheet at a Glance:

As at December 31, 2021, the Company’s Total Assets increased by 23% to $46.91 billion from $38.08 billion a year ago. Non-current assets closed at $27.74 billion (2020: $21.04 billion), while current assets amounted to $19.18 billion (2020: $17.04 billion). The overall increase in the asset base was mainly attributable to a 100% increase in “Property, Plant and equipment” which amounted to $13.93 billion relative to the $6.96 billion reported twelve months prior. Inventories also grew 35% or $2.65 billion to close the year at $10.21 billion (2020: $7.56 billion).

Shareholders’ Equity as at December 31, 2021 amounted to $23.45 billion relative to $16.89 billion in 2020, indicating a 39% increase. This translated into a book value per share of $31.97 (2020: $23.03).


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