By NGOZI Onyeakusi


Shareholders of PZ Cussons have approved a total dividend of N1.98 billion for its for the 2017 financial year.

The dividend which is payable to investors of the firm whose names appeared in the company will be translated to a dividend payment of 50 kobo per share.

The shareholders who gave the nod at the firm’s annual general meeting in Abuja commended the board and management of the company for the dividend.

PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc recorded a revenue of N79.65 billion for the year ended May 31, 2017, up by 14.5 per cent from N69.52 billion posted in 2016.
Profit before tax stood at N4.811 billion in 2017, up from N3.148 billion, while profit after tax (PAT) increased by 73.1 per cent to N3.68 billion in 2017 compared to N2.12 billion the previous financial

Shareholders’ funds rose to N42.27 billion from N40.90 billion.
Addressing shareholders at the AGM, Chairman of the company, Chief Kolawole Jamodu said despite the challenging economic conditions, the company was able to grow both top line and bottom line.
He said:”The result reflects that the underlying business is solid and reflects the strength of our operations…Your board and management will continue to monitor the business environment and will make necessary adjust to sustain the positive growth momentum into the future.”

According to him, they remain excited and confident about the future of the company.

“This confidence is emboldened by the recent positive turn in the economic situation in the country which has witnessed the starting of a turnaround during the second quarter of the fiscal year.

“We are confident of our brands which are leading in the markets segment in which we participate. We are going to sustain the current initiatives that have proved to be supportive and effective. We sustained our strong cash position which makes us flexible and agile to fund operations and pursue any business opportunities that may arise.”