Reasons for good cheer for Zim wine, spirit maker

(Last Updated On: September 20, 2019)


Despite the severe deterioration of Zimbabwe’s macroeconomic con­ditions that significantly reduced consumers’ disposable incomes that generally compromised product de­mand, African Distillers (AFDIS) posted a stronger than expected performance in the six months to June 2019.

The wine and spirit maker saw its top line grew by 98 percent to ZWL$60.6 million during the pe­riod under review from ZWL$30.6 million in the same period in prior year.

The top line performance was impressive on the context of what was likely to be another muted first half wines and spirits reporting pe­riod, due to depressed disposable incomes. The company did report improvements in a number of oth­er key indicators.

The financials released last week show the company’s operating income went up 257 percent to ZWL$25.4 million from ZWL$7.1 million in previous comparable pe­riod.

AFDIS chairman, Pearson Gove­ro said: “The significant operating income is as a result of volume upsurge, supply chain cost man­agement and inflation driven price adjustments.”

Profit for the period was 248 percent up to ZWL$18.1 million from ZWL$5.3 million in prior year. Total assets grew 103.5 per­cent to ZWL$81.8 million from ZWL$40.2 million in prior period.

The company said it registered a volume growth of 17 percent on prior year, largely from the first half to December 2018. Spirits increased by 21 percent, ready-to-drink by 18 percent, while wine registered a decline of 10 percent. Production innovation within the gin and vodka segments signifi­cantlya contributed to the overall spirit category volume growth.

Deloitte Zimbabwe, the com­pany’s auditors, like others, issued an adverse audit opinion. The key audit matters were on valuation of expected credit losses on trade and other receivables, valuation and disclosure of prepayment and change in financial reporting.

In the outlook, Govero gave a gloomy picture.

“Macroeconomic conditions continue to deteriorate, further reducing consumer disposable in­comes and compromising product demand. Post year end, the gov­ernment changed duty structures effectively doubling excise duty on company products. Affordability is likely to be a challenge going for­ward,” he said.

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