by DSRNews DSRNews

In line with its resolve to reward shareholders with improved returns, Dangote Sugar Refinery(DSR)  Plc has increased dividend paid  for  the  2017 by 192 per cent to N21 billion from N7.2 billion  in 2016. The dividend is 175 kobo per share, up from  60 kobo per share in 2016 and would be paid from today. Speaking at the annual general meeting (AGM) held in Lagos yesterday,  Chairman of DSR, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said the company recorded an impressive performance despite the challenging environment. According  to him, revenue rose by 20.4 per cent  from N169.72 billion to N204.42 billion in 2017.  Profit before tax jumped by 173.3 per cent to N53.6 billion, from N19.61 billion, while profit after tax grew fast by 176 per cent to N39.78 billion as against N14.4 billion in 2016. “The board has recommended to shareholders for approval, at this meeting, the payment of a final dividend of N15 billion, being 125 kobo for the year ended December 31,2017. The board had earlier approved the payment  of an interim dividend of N6 billion, being 50 kobo per share. This brings the total dividends for the year under review to N21 billion,” he said. Dangote disclosed that the company had invested N121 billion  on equipment, land acquisition, compensation to land owners, consultancy and related  services  in its  backward integration. He said despite the major setbacks like flood, community relations issues and most recently  clashes between host community and Fulani herdsmen that hampered  progress, Savannah Sugar  remained  the only company producing  sugar from own grown sugarcane in the country with over N30 billion spent to date. THISDAY PAGE 45, JUNE 22, 2018