FX losses cut Wigton 2019 profit

Wigton shares are still the most heavily traded on the JSE.

Profit before tax at Wigton Windfarms fell from $768 million in 2018 to $727 million in 2019 from sales revenue of $2.44 billion for 2019 compared to $2.36 in 2018.
The 2019 results include a net loss of foreign exchange of $177 million. The company retired loans that were denominated in US dollars and swapped them for loans in local currency at interest rates that were higher than the prior loans but removing the risk of exchange rate adjustments.
Costs are relatively stable as well as income. Depreciation accounts for $665 million of the total administrative and operating cost of $1.17 billion. The audited financial statement had finance expenses of $1.05 billion but that figure includes foreign exchange losses of $663 million, partially offset by foreign exchange gains of $486 million.
Taxation charge for the year came out at $173 million. It will be difficult for the company to earn much more for the current fiscal year to March 2019, than the 5 cents per share recorded in 2019.
Wigton ended the year with shareholders’ equity of $2.9 billion, borrowings of $6.3 billion and cash and equivalent of $1.38 billion. Current liabilities were relatively insignificant.
The stock has been trading around 90 cents on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 17 times earnings.

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