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Spar plunges 10% as surge in SA costs hits profit

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Shares of JSE-listed grocery chain Spar slumped on Wednesday, after it reported muted working revenue development for its 12 months to end-September, hit by surging prices together with for gasoline and promotions, whereas its full-year dividend has greater than halved.

The agency mentioned on Tuesday group working revenue rose 1.1% to R3.43 billion, dipping in its core SA enterprise, whereas a short lived change in dividend insurance policies to fund the rollout of a brand new enterprise software program system helped immediate a fall in its full-year dividend to 400c, from 816c beforehand.

In morning commerce Spar’s shares had slumped 9.75% to R48.91, earlier falling 11%, and now having misplaced nearly 1 / 4 over the previous 12 months. Click on right here for extra particulars on Spar’s shares and different information.

Nevertheless, the corporate, which has operations in SA, Eire, England, Switzerland and Poland, mentioned it “delivered a resilient group efficiency regardless of varied challenges throughout all areas”, including that group turnover elevated 6% to R135.6-billion.

It mentioned that in fixed foreign money, turnover elevated by 7%.

“Group profitability continued to be impacted by the results of the pandemic within the first half of this monetary 12 months and new geopolitical circumstances which has seen all areas experiencing gasoline and vitality price pressures,” mentioned the corporate.

Referring particularly to Southern Africa, the group mentioned that these pressures had been “additional exacerbated” by the impact of load shedding. This area, nearly two thirds of group turnover, noticed its working revenue dip 1.4% to R2.45 billion, with working bills rising 11.7% to R6.9 billion, with pc prices leaping 38.3% forward of the implementation of its new system, promoting and promotional prices rising 20.2%, and gasoline and transport prices leaping by 26.2%.

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