HARARE, April 5 (The Source) – Manufacturing concern GB Holdings reported a 15 percent drop in revenue from $3,9 million to $3,3 million for the full year to December 2016, after rubber prices fell during the year.
Gross profit declined from $1,28 million in the prior year to $658,600, while loss after tax narrowed to $936,000 from $1,78 million in 2015.
The rubber division recorded 14 percent decline in volumes to 204 metric tonnes compared to 238 metric tonnes achieved in the prior year, while revenue dropped 30 percent to $1,5 million.
Chemical division volumes dropped 17 percent to 818 metric tonnes but revenue increased by four percent from $1,77 million to $1,84 million as prices remained firm.
Net financial costs were lower at $138,000 compared to $224,000 in the previous year.
Total assets dropped from $10,3 million in 2015 to $9,9 million.
“Plant rehabilitation scheduled for completion in the third quarter will enable the company to make forays in the regional markets,” said chairman Godfrey Nhemachena.
(Buoyed by an improved agricultural outlook in 2017, the promotion for consumption of locally produced products and its strategic positioning, the company looks forward to an improved outcome in the ensuing year.