Conoil declares N2.08 billion total dividend
Conoil has declared a total dividend of N2.08 billion for the financial year ended 31st December, 2015.
The dividend which is subject to shareholders approval at its forthcoming annual general meeting is payable to investors whose names appeared in the company’s register at the rate of N3 per every 50kobo ordinary share thus amounting to N2.08 billion.
The dividend indicated an increase of 200 per cent when compared to N1 billion paid in the 2014,financial year.
Conoil is declaring the dividend following an excellent performance recorded by the company within the period under review.
The company achieved 176 per cent increase over its last financial year profit despite the turbulence that rocked the nation’s economy and indeed, the downstream sector of the petroleum industry in 2015.
The Company’s 2015 financial results obtained from The Nigerian Stock Exchange website showed an increase in profit after tax from N834million in 2014 to N2.3billion in 2015. Its profit before tax increased from N1.5billion to N3.4billion representing an increase of 125 per cent.
The Company’s earnings per share also rose sharply by 177 per cent to 333 kobo in 2015 from 120 kobo in 2014.
In a statement released by the Company on Thursday, September 8, the management of Conoil attributed the strong performance to efficient management of resources, effective cost control policy, as well as reaping from its huge investment in the expansion and upgrade of its facilities.
“For us, the downstream sector remains fundamentally attractive and viable today and the future”, the statement declared.
“With our clarity of direction and focus, our Company’s long-term success is assured. We will sustain this improved performance and vigorously pursue our aspiration to remain the nation’s leading petroleum products marketer and one of the most profitable quoted companies,” the Company added.
At the Company’s general meeting last year, it would be recalled, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., the Chairman of Conoil did promise the shareholders that notwithstanding the tough challenges in the country, and indeed in the downstream petroleum sector, the Company would explore to the fullest, new opportunities that abound in the industry to its advantage.
Adenuga also assured investors of the Company’s commitment to cost cutting measures in its operations, vast improvement in the quality of its products and services with a strong bottom-line as its focus.
“These measures”, the statement added, “have positively contributed to our successful outing to reward our loyal shareholders”.