Market & Operational Developments
Nigerian fertilizer demand is quite robust and is expected to continue to grow because of the Federal Governmentâ€™s efforts to increase both the supply and demand for fertilizers, through provision of subsidies, grants and loans; and through recent Government initiatives such as the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI). The domestic fertilizer market is yet to reach its full potential as the consumption of fertilizer per hectare of arable land in Nigeria is below 10kg compared to the 200kg recommended by Food & Agriculture Organization. Furthermore, the demand for urea and compound fertilizers, such as NPK, from the West African markets and Sahel African states is also quite significant. Notore sold all the urea that it produced (208,483MT) during the period under review.
Outlook for the Year
The current Federal Government policies in the fertilizer space are quite favourable to Notoreâ€™s business. Additionally, on-going market demand for NPK and NPK specialty will boost the businessâ€™ revenues when Notoreâ€™s newly installed and commissioned 2,000 MTD NPK blending plant begins its inaugural production in FY 2020. Consequently, Notore has begun gradual efforts to further diversify its revenue streams by selling specifically produced Notore seeds to farmers. Notoreâ€™s greatest challenge to its PAT remains its Net Finance Cost; and asides the TAM initiative which will be completed in FY 2020 to introduce reliability into Notoreâ€™s Plant, the Group is working on various other initiatives for FY 2020 to bring the company to profitability by considerably reducing its Finance Cost and improve its working capital.
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About Notore Chemical Industries Plc
Notore is a vertically integrated agro-allied and chemicals business situated in Onne (near Port Harcourt), Rivers State in South-South Nigeria and is engaged primarily in the production and sale of fertilizer products. Notoreâ€™s vision is to be the number one company by market share and profitability in our chosen businesses and a significant contributor to the development of Africa and our mission is to enhance the quality of life.
The Groupâ€™s current business comprises fertilizer production, supply and trading of fertilizer, and power. The Groupâ€™s primary fertilizer products are granular Urea and Ammonia. The Group operates from its Onne Complex in the heart of the Niger Delta, Africaâ€™s most prolific oil and gas producing region.
The Onne Complex is located within the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, which provides significant tax benefits and advanced logistics solutions for international distribution of products. The Onne Complex comprises of approximately 560 hectares of land owned by the Group with a 2km of waterfront including the Notore Port and a dedicated jetty (with a capacity to accommodate vessels with a maximum volume of between 25,000 MT and 35,000 MT) owned by the Group. The Notore Port gives the Group easy access to the Atlantic Ocean for easy import of raw materials and export of the Groupâ€™s products.
The Group produces Urea and Ammonia and owns a Urea producing plant in Onne, Rivers State with a current annual design production capacity of approximately 500,000 MTPA of Urea and 330,000 MTPA of Ammonia. The Group also has an installed 2,000 MTD NPK blending plant. The Group currently supplies and sells its fertilizer products in all thirty-six (36) States and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The Group trades and exports its manufactured fertilizer products to West Africa, South Africa, South America, and Europe.
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