Presco Plc Q3 2020 Unaudited Results - Cost Pressures Keep Earnings Flat


Tuesday, November 3, 2020  / 07:12 PM / by CardinalStone Research / Header Image Credit:  African Financials  

Presco Plc (PRESCO: TP - N58.22) reported a marginal decline (-0.3% YoY) in earnings after tax to N640.4 million in its Q3'20 unaudited results. The company's top line growth was offset by operating costs and asset disposal losses. 


Some Highlights 

PRESCO reported a 14.3% YoY increase in gross profit to N2.9 billion in Q3'20. The increase was driven by higher quarterly sales (+13.9% YoY) leading to a slight improvement in gross margin to 52.7% (+0.2 ppts). The continued jump in sales may be related to its recent expansion in oil palm processing capacity 


Higher administrative costs (+19.4% YoY) and a jump in 'other losses' to N223.2 million (vs N700 thousand in Q3'19) eclipsed savings in S&G costs (-10.3% YoY) to drive down EBIT (-9.8% ) on a year-on-year basis. We note that 'other losses' largely referenced asset disposal losses in its FY'19 financials 


Finance costs fell for the third consecutive quarter to N388.2 million (-5.3% YoY). The moderation in finance costs may reflect the company's materially lower short term borrowings on its balance sheet (N3.5 billion vs N9.2 billion in FY'19). 


Presco's negative cash position deteriorated further during the quarter leading to N1.3 billion in additional overdraft drawdown. To this point, we note that cash used for principal and interest repayments largely outweighed cash accretion from operating activities.


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