The performance of the Group for the six months ended 31 December 2017 has not been satisfactory. The majority of the trading divisions experienced a decline in revenue. Although some divisions showed improved trading profits, the Group’s overall trading profit declined significantly.
Challenges in the Fishing division, operational challenges in Food and Distribution together with a slowdown in the Namibian economy all had a negative impact on the Group’s overall results. The Fishing division sold another fishing vessel in the period to align the asset base with activity levels and made a capital profit of N$48,8 million. Revenue were negatively impacted by lower hard currency prices, as well as the strengthening of the Namibian Dollar against the US Dollar. New and increased legislative levies impacted the division negatively. A three-year moratorium has been placed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources on the pilchard fishery for the period 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2020 due to insufficient resource available.
Freight and Logistics division improved its trading profit, despite a decrease in revenue. The results were boosted mainly by the increased project activities in a southern coastal town of Namibia. Food and Distribution remains a great concern. The division continues to incur losses. New management had been put in place and are busy restructuring the businesses and processes.
Commercial and Industrial Services and Products division improved trading profit despite revenue being flat compared to the same period in the previous year. The Automotive division experienced a significant drop in both revenue and trading profit. This division was mainly affected by lower consumer spending caused by the economic recession in the country. Cash generation improved markedly and the net tangible asset value of the Group increased.
Prospects Operational challenges in all the divisions are being addressed including the implementation of
cost-savings initiatives. Structural and procedural changes in Food and Distribution should reduce operational losses in this division in the next six months.
Bidvest Namibia has rightsized the horse mackerel fishing fleet. All fishing assets are being evaluated critically.
Automotive is focusing on improving revenue streams other than the sale of new vehicles. Overall, the Group remains focused on growing its current business, optimising operational structures and processes as well as alert to potential acquisition opportunities.
No interim dividend has been declared.
The Board of Bidvest Namibia announces that Ms. Theresa Weitz will be resigning as executive director effective March 6, 2018. Bidvest Namibia would like to thank Ms. Weitz for her valued contribution to the company.
Bidvest Namibia anticipates basic earnings per share (EPS) to be up between 28% and 33% and headline earnings (HEPS) for the half-year ended December 31 2017 to be down between 127% and 132% on the previous corresponding period.
The Board of Bidvest Namibia announces that Mr. Peter Meijer will be retiring as nonexecutive director effective February 28 2018. Bidvest Namibia would like to thank Mr.
Meijer for his valued contribution to the company.
Further to the cautionary announcements dated November 8 and December 20 2017, shareholders are advised that the Company has entered into discussions, which if successfully concluded, may have a material effect on the price of the Company’s securities. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue to exercise caution when dealing in the Company’s securities until further announcements are made.