Unilever records 1,178% increase in profit for H1:2016

Unilever Nigeria Plc’s has posted a turnover and Profit after Tax of N32.28 billion and N1.094 billion respectively with improvements across board for its half year 2016 result.

In its recently released financial result, the company showed consistency in performance over the last two quarters demonstrates the company’s strong resilience in a challenging operating environment.

Profit after tax for the full year increased by 1,178 per cent from N86 million in H1 2015 to N1.09 billion in H1 2016, while 12 per cent growth in turnover from N28.72 billion in H1 2015 to N32.28 billion in H1 2016.

Cost of sales increased by 16 per cent to N22 billion for the period ended 30 June 2016 from N19 billion recorded in the corresponding period in 2015.

Net finance costs reduced by 54 per cent to N0.67billion for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to N1.47 billion reported for the corresponding period in 2015.  H1 2016 results show that net finance cost as a function of operating profit improved significantly to 31 per cent (H1 2015: 94 per cent), reflecting sustained improvements in cash management.

Trading conditions remained difficult in the second quarter of 2016 with prevailing tight consumer wallets and rising costs. However, Unilever Nigeria has continued to optimise its planning capabilities and demonstrate resilience in navigating the difficult operating terrain. H1 performance has been delivered in the midst of multiple challenges including foreign exchange devaluation amongst others.

In a statement released by the company, Unilever Nigeria assured shareholders of continued focus on key business drivers to ensure sustained growth in the company’s operations to improve returns on shareholder investments.

“Although the challenges in the operating environment are yet to abate, we have continued to see sustained momentum behind recent cost and operating efficiency initiatives taken by Management.  We remain focused on driving cost & operating efficiencies, growing market share across key categories and reinvesting behind our core brands.”