Pan African housing development financier Shelter Afrique has posted an operating profit of US$1.04 million, up from an operating loss of US$0.58 million the Company recorded in 2020, backed by impairment recoveries and effective cost control measures.
The Company contained its operating expenses at US$8.04 million in 2021 down from US$8.44 million in 2020, representing a 10% decline. It also reined in its operating expenses which dropped from US$8.35 million in 2020 to US$7.71 million in 2021.
The Company’s gross income, however, declined slightly to US$12.09 in 2021, down from US$13.94 recorded in 2020.
Addressing Shareholders at the 41st Annual General Meeting held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Shelter Afrique Chairman Mr. Ephraim Bichetero said the transformational initiatives undertaken by the Company and its business’ resilience enabled the Company to weather the COVID storm.
“This profit continues to build on Shelter Afrique’s commitment to returning to full Financial Sustainability, one of the Company’s 3 Strategic Goals, along with Enhancing Shareholder Value & Development Impact and Organisational Sustainability. I wish to commend the board, management and staff for their continued efforts towards achieving the desired results ahead of time,” Mr. Bichetero said.
The AGM which kicked off on July 25 under the theme: Climate Change and the Built Environment, in reference to the Glasgow Conference of Parties (COP26), will close on July 30.
In the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, the Company projected a return to financial viability by 2020 and overall financial sustainability and profitability by 2023, a feat that it achieved two years ahead of schedule.
“Our 2021 financial performance, despite the macroeconomic and socio-political environment, is an indication that the turnaround plan recommended by the board and approved by shareholders continues to be the north-star on our course to returning to financial stability and viability.
“As management, we are encouraged by this and look forward to the challenge of the coming years,” said Shelter Afrique Group Acting Managing Director Mr Kingsley Muwowo.
During the year under review total assets declined by 5 per cent from US$176.68 million in 2020 to US$167.31 million in 2021, attributed to the 100 per cent reduction in settlement of the total debt following the repayment of US$34.71 million.
Liquidity decreased by 33% per cent from US$47.41 million in 2020 to US$31.59 million in 2021, attributed to significant debt servicing payments on the CFA Bond and DRA debt amounting to US$ 35.87 million. However, the liquidity ratio still remained strong, closing at 19 per cent, which is 4 per cent points above the minimum threshold of 15 per cent.
Shareholder Funds increased by 19 per cent from US$135.74 million in 2020 to US$161.60 million in 2021 due to the new capital subscriptions of US$24.85 million and the profit of US$1.04 million for the year. This increase brings the total paid-up capital by 15 per cent, from US$157.29 million in 2020 to US$182.14 million in 2021.
“We are grateful to our shareholders for their unwavering support through the continued capitalisation of the Company, with US$24 million received in 2021 against a target of US$17 million. The receipt of these funds was achieved amidst severe fiscal constraints, and we are conscious of this,” Mr. Muwowo said.
Muwowo added that the Company would continue to review various capital raising options, including new equity capital and debt options through the issuance of local currency bonds to develop and deepen Africa’s capital markets.
“We recently completed a debut ₦46 billion (US$110.7 million) Series 1 Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Bond Issuance in Nigeria’s capital market under its ₦200 billion (US$481.3 million) bond issuance programme for housing and urban development in Nigeria. We plan similar bond issuance in East African markets including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda,” Muwowo said.
In the photo: Shelter Afrique Acting Managing Director Mr Kingsley Muwowo (left) and Shelter Afrique Company Secretary Mrs. Juliette Kavuruganda present a gift to the Vice President of Zimbabwe Dr. Incumbent Chiwenga.