Oando Losses N47.8bn in 2015



OANDO Plc has declared a historic loss after tax of N183.9 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014 and loss of N35.1 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2015. The company recorded a loss after tax of N47.8 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared with a profit after tax of N5.2 billion in the corresponding period of 2014.

According to the unaudited results released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, the company recorded revenue of N95.8 billion in 2015, down from N101 billion in 2014. Gross profit fell from N64 billion in 2014 to N41 billion in 2015.

The company recorded an impairment charges of N24 billion on its assets in 2015, as against non in the corresponding period of 2014. Net finance cost rose from N28.6 billion to N38.8 billion. Consequently, Oando ended with a loss after tax of N47.8 billion as against a profit after tax of N5.2 billion in 2014.

Commenting on its disappointing 2014 full year results, Oando had said the less than stellar numbers were indicative of the emergence of a new global oil order due to continuing crude price fluctuations – a near halving since June 2014 – that has changed the corporate landscape for oil companies, and has far-reaching implications for the economies of oil exporters.

Giving further insight into the results, Wale Tinubu, group chief executive of Oando, had said, “Our nation is experiencing change, as witnessed from the tone of redirection in the oil and gas industry, which will lead to improved accountability and operational efficacy in all governmental agencies in this sector.

“Our business is also experiencing this change with the sale of 60 percent of our downstream business in line with our strategic goals, placing fundamental growth expectations on the upstream division, as already evidenced in the 11-fold increase in production and 82 percent increase in 2P reserves,” he said.

— Nov 9, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT


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