Datlabs challenges hit Adcock Ingram profit

Datlabs challenges hit Adcock Ingram profit

BULAWAYO, February 22 (The Source) – South African pharmaceutical group Adcock Ingram says its businesses in Zimbabwe and Kenya have continued to under perform, cumulatively incurring a trading loss of $69,000 in the six months to December, 2016.

The Johannesburg listed company has interests in flagging Bulawayo-based pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor Datlabs, whose production capacity has been going down due to operational challenges.

“The units in Zimbabwe and Kenya have for some time underperformed in challenging markets. These entities fortunately constitute a very small percentage of Group assets and collectively incurred a trading loss of R0.9 million during the period under review,” the company said in its unaudited group interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2016 released on Wednesday.

Datlabs produces leading brands such as Cafemol, Panado, Solphyllex and Lanolene Milk under licence but has been facing serious competition from imports mainly from the Asian bloc.

The company has been seeking close to $10 million to recapatilise its operations.