Dangote Sugar Refinery grows Q3 profit by 81% to N26.6b


Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Plc recorded well-rounded performance in the third quarter as net profit rose by 81 per cent to N26.6 billion within the nine-month report.

Key extracts of the interim report and accounts of DSR for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020 showed that turnover rose by 36.7 per cent to N160.51 billion as against N117.42 billion recorded in comparable period of 2019. Profit before  tax grew to N29.08 billion in third quarter 2020 as against N22.97 billion in third quarter 2019. After taxes, net profit leapt by 81.1 per cent from N14.7 billion to N26.63 billion.

Market analysts attributed the improved performance to synergistic gains from scale and operating efficiency. DSR recently concluded acquisition of Savannah Sugar Company Limited  with the listing of the additional shares that arose from the acquisition at the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Shareholders of DSR had earlier approved the acquisition of Savannah Sugar Company Limited (SSCL), a subsidiary of DSR in a deal aimed at further integrating the operations of the group.

With the approval, a total of 146.878 million ordinary shares of Dangote Sugar Refinery was issued as consideration for 162.76 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each held by shareholders of SSCL.

Shareholders approved that all assets including all tax attributes, unutilised capital allowances, tax losses, withholding tax credits and any other tax refunds available subject to the approval of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)), liabilities and business undertakings, including real property and intellectual property rights of SSCL be transferred to DSR, pursuant to the scheme of arrangement for the business combination.

With the combination, all legal proceedings, claims and litigation matters pending or contemplated by or against SSCL shall be assumed by DSR after the scheme becomes effective.

Dangote Sugar is Nigeria’s largest producer of household and commercial sugar with 1.44 million metric tonnes refining capacity at the same location. The refinery located at Apapa WharfPorts Complex, refines raw sugar to white, Vitamin A fortified refined granulated white sugar suitable for household and industrial uses.

Its subsidiary, SSCL, located at Numan, in Adamawa State, is an integrated sugar production facility, with an installed factory capacity of 50,000 tonnes. Covering 32,000 hectares, the Savannah Estate has considerable opportunity for expansion which is underway as part of the Dangote Sugar for Nigeria Project campaign.

DSR had explained that its backward Integration goal is to become a global force in sugar production, by producing 1.5 metric tonnes per annum of refined sugar from locally grown sugar cane for the domestic and export markets in 10 years.

As part of its backward integration project, DSR had strengthened its group with incorporation of four other companies including Nasarawa Sugar Company Limited, Dangote Taraba Sugar Limited, Dangote Adamawa Sugar Limited and Dangote Niger Sugar Limited. The new companies have a combined landmass for agriculture of about 110,000 hectares. The greenfield sites like Savannah Sugar, will be integrated sugar production facilities with new plantation and modern facilities that are located closer to the consumers.


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