ART in $1.3 million in six months


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Art Corporation’s after tax profit for the six months to March 31, 2017 increased 41 percent to $1.3 million compared to $892 000 same period in prior year, largely driven by improved performance across its business units.

Group revenue was eight percent up at $15.2 million from $14.13 million during the comparative period, mainly on increased battery sales in Zimbabwe.

Gross margins also increased to 40 percent from 38 percent in 2016, resulting in an operating profit of $2 million, an increase from $1.7 million in prior year same period.

“The batteries division achieved an operating profit of $1.3 million. Sales  volumes increased by 26 percent as a result of improved product availability and the exploitation of opportunities presented by policy measures in support of local production,” said chairman Thomas Wushe in a statement.

Battery segment revenue stood at $9.4 million marginally four percent higher than the prior year.

Other segments performed positively, with the Eversharp contributing $2.6 million in revenues.

Total assets remained flat at $30.9 million in comparison to the corresponding period.

The company did not declare dividend.- The Source

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