May & Baker Unveils Improves Water Business … As Shareholders Gets N517.57 Million Total Dividend


The board of directors and management of May & Baker Nigeria Plc, (M&B) has unveiled a new improved Lily Table water to its shareholders in Lagos. just as shareholders get a total dividend of N517.57 million for the financial year ended December 31, 2023.

This translates to a dividend of 30k for every 50k share held in the company, representing a total of dividend of N571.57 million, subject to applicable tax. The shareholders gave their consent at the 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company on Thursday in Lagos.

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Speaking on the water business the chairman Senator Daisy Danjuma explained that “our wayer business Lily table water is now fully produced at our remodeled water battling plant in our Ota factory, which used to be the old foods plant for our noodles business which we divested from in 2028”

The shareholders commended the company’s leadership for maintaining a fair performance and paying dividend amid the tough business operation terrain in the country during the year under review.

Commenting on the financials of the company in the year 2023, Danjuma stated that in spite of the tough challenges facing businesses, the company still turned in a fairly good performance.

She said that the company’s group revenue grew by 37 per cent from N14.3 billion in 2022 to N19.7 billion in 2023.

According to her, the firm’s gross profit also grew by 70 per cent to N6.8 billion in 2023, from N3.9 billion posted in the year 2022.

She said that the company’s operating income dropped significantly from N1.6 billion in 2022 to N62.2 million in 2023.

Danjuma indicated that distribution, selling and marketing expenses grew by 19 per cent to N2.6 billion in 2023 from N2.1 billion in 2022 to drive revenue.

“It is important to note that N1.1 billion out of this came from foreign exchange losses due to the depreciation in the value of Naira versus the dollar.

“At least three major pharmaceutical companies closed business operations in Nigeria while many small local players also closed shop.

“The total loss by corporates due to foreign exchange losses runs into trillion, looking across all industries, with some even recording erosion of shareholders’ funds.

“Coupled with this is the impact of fuel subsidy removal and power costs for factory operations have increased by over 500 per cent across industries on account of higher diesel and gas prices,” she said.

According to her,the company, on its future outlook, would continue to invest more in expanding its production capacity in the Pharma Centre at Ota, in Ogun State.

She appreciated the shareholders, staff, and management of the company for their continued dedication and contributions to the growth of the firm.

The chairman announced that the company would mark its 80-year anniversary of existence in Nigeria by September.

In his remark,Mr Patrick Ajah, Managing Director,said that the pharmaceutical company remains dedicated to furthering its sustainability agenda, embracing innovation and fostering partnerships to drive positive changes for its stakeholders and the planet.

Ajah stated that throughout 2023, the company continued to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles into its business operations, striving for a balance between profitability and social impact.

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