The ANSA McAL group of companies recorded revenue of $1.445 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2022.
This was an increase of $42 million or three per cent compared to the same period last year.
“With the lifting of restrictions in all markets and the return to pre-pandemic activities, most of the group’s substantive operations are doing well,” the group’s executive chairman A Norman Sabga stated.
“Revenue in our beverage sector is trending toward pre-pandemic levels and our manufacturing, construction and distribution businesses are all exhibiting positive performance,” Sabga stated.
The group’s total assets grew by six per cent to $17.550 billion.
And the gearing ratio was reduced to 8.8 per cent.
Sabga said the group’s results were impacted during the quarter by non-cash mark to market losses in the global investment portfolios within its banking and insurance segment.
“Triggered by the war in Ukraine, inflationary pressures and increasing interest rates globally, all major international investment asset classes experienced downward pressure during the first quarter of 2022,” Sabga stated.
“The reduction in the valuation of these investments was the main contributor to the downward variance in the group’s profit before tax to $79 million and earnings per share to $0.22,” he said.
Sabga said nonetheless as these portfolios are long-term investments and are well positioned to be resilient over time, it is expected that these investment valuations will recover as the markets normalise.
“The core businesses with the banking and insurance segment remain strong due to the solid and growing customer base, robust balance sheet and healthy capital base,” he stated.
Sabga said increased revenue coupled with excellent management of inventory and receivables has yielded improved cash flows from operating activities of $337 million.
“While the investment markets are expected to continue to reflect volatility during the year, the group’s financial position is strong. We are confident of being able to withstand the current headwinds as we continue to invest in regional and global expansion while ensuring a sustainable future as we inspire better choices for a better world,” he stated.