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UCL Boss: Difficult Years of Persistent Loss-Making Are Behind Us

UCL officials led by Board Chairman, Martin Kasekende (L) during the AGM today

The Board of Directors of Uganda Clays Limited (UCL) has today announced that the company posted good results for the year 2020 with a net profit of Shs4.9 bn which is a turnaround from a loss of Shs88 Mn in 2019.

The significant improvement in the performance of the entity resulted in a dividend pay-out of Shs1.2 bn (Shs1.35 per share) out of the profits. This was announced by the UCL Chairman, Board of Directors, Martin Kasekende, during the entity’s Annual General Meeting at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the economy and many businesses, UCL remained resilient, producing unprecedented results, having registered the highest profit after tax of UGX 4.9bn from a loss position the previous year,”  Kasenkende said upon declaring the results.

He added: “The Company is well and truly on a trajectory of growth and profitability. We are confident that this good performance will be sustained during the current year and beyond. The difficult years of persistent loss-making are behind us.”

Reuben Tummwebaze, UCL Managing Director, re-echoed the entity’s resilience in the tough operating environment, “The COVID-19 pandemic, whilst presenting challenges for the business and impacting the business, especially in the first half of the year, also acted as a catalyst for change, prompting us to take decisive action to protect and upgrade the business. This included a reassessment of our costs, ensuring we are fit for the future and in a strong position to capitalize on continued improvement in our markets.”

Performance highlights

  • Total Assets grew by 11%; closing the year 2020 at UGX 68.8bn from a value of UGX 62.2bn at the close of 2019.
  • Total Revenue reduced by 3% from Shs30.7bn in 2019 to Shs29.7bn in 2020. The drop in revenue was attributed majorly to impact of COVID-19 on the business. The largest contributor to this revenue was the roofing tiles contributing 64%. An increase was also realised in the other income from Shs845mn in 2019 to Shs1.8bn in 2020 related to interest from investments in Government securities.
  • The Gross Margin for the year improved compared to 46% from 31% in 2019. The total overheads dropped from Shs11.1bn in 2019 to Shs9.3bn in 2020 as a result of cost management measures put in place during the period.
  • Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) improved by 240% to Shs9.7Bn from Shs2.8Bn in 2019.
Taddewo William Senyonyi
William is a seasoned business and finance journalist. He is also an agripreneur and a coffee enthusiast.

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