Q3: Dangote Sugar Announces N14.22 bn Profit

Nigeria’s largest sugar producer, Dangote Sugar Refinery has announced a profit before tax of N14.22 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to N13.97 billion in corresponding period in 2014.  
According to the unaudited report released on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, gross profit rose by five percent, to N18.80 billion in contrast to N18.63 billion in 2014.
Profit after tax increased to N9.34 billion from N9.15billion in the same period in 2014.   Production at Savannah Sugar was on the increase, rising to 6,610 tonnes whereas a total of 6,245 tonnes was produced in 2014.
Speaking on the results, Abdullahi Sule, Deputy Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery, said   “After a good pick up in the second quarter, we struggled to sustain the pace of improvement in the third quarter as we continued to face challenges getting our sugar out of the Apapa area to our customers which constrained our overall operations in the quarter.
“We have begun to explore alternate means of product evacuation including the rail and additional warehouses to fulfil the growing demand of our sugar in the Northern parts.  
“I am pleased that despite these challenges we were still able to improve o ur profit margins and bagged additional market share from the sugar smugglers and competition as the quarter ended. 
“We are excited as our Sugar for Nigeria project continues to gain momentum and our 5 year target to execute the first phase of our backward integration plans – the Savannah rehabilitation and Lau/Tau projects progress.”         
“Dangote Sugar is Nigeria’s largest producer of household and commercial sugar with 1.44 million tonnes of refining capacity, with the ability to supply most of the country through an extensive network of distributors. The refinery at Apapa imports raw sugar from Brazil and refines it into white, Vitamin A fortified sugar suitable for household and industrial uses.
 Savannah cane sugar factory located near Numan, in Adamawa State has an installed sugar capacity of 50,000 tonnes.  Covering 32,000 hectares in extent, the Savannah estate has considerable opportunity for expansion which is underway. 
Sule said, “Our strategy is to become a global force in sugar production, working within Nigeria’s National Sugar Master Plan to end importation and sell more than 1.5 million metric tonnes of locally produced sugar in Nigeria and neighboring countries. As part of this plan we acquired Savannah Sugar in December 2012 and are currently improving its farm acreage and upgrading its production facilities.
“We intend to augment Savannah’s 32,000 hectares in Adamawa state by acquiring and planting a further 150,000  hectares across Nigeria, supporting the new plantations with modern production facilities that are located closer to the consumer”, he stated.

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