Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc 9M'18 results - Unimpressive top line performance weighs on earnings (Source: InfoWARE, Date: 31-Oct-2018)

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc 9M'18 results - Unimpressive top line performance weighs on earnings



30 October 2018



Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc (DANGSUGAR) 9M’18 results – revenue declined by 28.4% YoY to N116.8 billion - lower than our projected N125.3 billion for the period (-6.8% deviation). In the same vein, after tax earnings slumped 37.0% YoY to N16.7 billion, behind our N17.9 billion estimate (-6.7% deviation). 



Other highlights:


·     In Q3’18, revenues slumped by 26.3% YoY to N32.7 billion. We believe the pressure on top-line growth stems from both lower prices and slower volume growth. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, sales dipped by 23.9%, owing principally to seasonality. We highlight that volumes are typically lower in the rainy season.


·     Down the line, cost of sales declined at a slower pace (-13.0% YoY) than revenue growth (-26.3% YoY). As such, gross margin was pressured in Q3’18, as it advanced by 12.1 ppts YoY and 9.5 ppts QoQ to 20.8% (Q2’18: 30.3%, Q1’18: 25.0%, Q4’17: 23.0%).


·     DANGSUGAR incurred higher operating expenses during the quarter (N0.06 per unit of revenue, compared to N0.05 per unit of revenue incurred in Q3’17), weighed by 35.3% YoY increase in selling and distribution expenses. Consequently, operating profit margin worsened to 15.0% (Q3’17: 28.5%, Q2’18: 23.0%), given higher production and operating costs. 


·     Overall, decline in sales, higher production and operating costs, as well as a higher effective tax rate (Q3’18: 36.6% vs. Q3’17: 32.7%) weighed on after-tax earnings, as it declined more than two-fold to N4.0 billion (-57.6% YoY). 


Analyst take: Until the smuggling of unlicensed sugar into the country is addressed, we believe DANGSUGAR’s ability to grow its top line might remain stunted. The increase of the unlicensed non-fortified sugar has been occasioned by i) lower price of global sugar prices (-21.0% YtD) and ii) continued FX stability and availability. Furthermore, the Apapa-gridlock remains a hindrance for the company to push out volumes and we believe that this also had a negative impact on distribution costs, thus weighing on margins. We will adjust our estimates after getting further clarity from management. Our target price for the counter is under review.




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