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Listed coffee trade firm Eaagads posts Sh20m loss

NMG Listed agricultural firm Eaagads’ #ticker:EGAD loss after tax nearly tripled due to prolonged dry weather that caused a reduced crop and increased coffee upkeep cost in the six-month period to September 30.

The company recorded an after-tax loss of Sh20.5 million compared to Sh7.6 million recorded during the same period in 2016 – a deterioration by 170 per cent. Eaagads’ board of directors while announcing the un-audited results for the six-month ending September 30, said due to the turbulence in the international coffee prices, there was a significant decrease in coffee sales revenues due to lower volumes and a decrease in the market prices in the period. “This [higher loss] is principally due to the prolonged dry weather, which has resulted in reduced crop and increased the coffee upkeep cost (irrigation, fungicides and inorganic materials),” said the company in a statement filed with the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

The Ruiru-based firm, which was incorporated in 1946 and is currently a subsidiary of Kofinaf Company, engages in growing and selling coffee. The firm’s board did not recommend payment of an interim dividend for the period under review. As at March 31, the firm had made an after tax profit of Sh18.1 million compared to a profit of Sh0.5 million in the previous financial year.


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