Shareholders of Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc, on Tuesday in Lagos unanimously approved N223.34 million dividend amounting to 16.5 kobo per share for the 2020 financial year.
Chairman of the company, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi also used the opportunity to assure shareholders of enhanced returns on their investments in the years ahead.
Afolabi explained at the meeting that the company would continue with its drive of becoming one of the leading ground handling companies in Africa in terms of market share, client base, revenue and profitability.
He said with a next-level mentality firmly entrenched by the board, the management had been mandated to pursue and deliver a better business result in 2021 and the years ahead.
According to him, the keys areas that will receive greater attention from the management in order to achieve the target include new business drive, customer relationship management, brand equity improvement and effective pricing of services.
He added that the company would devote sufficient resources to new equipment acquisition, infrastructural development and human capital development to ensure profitability.
Afolabi stressed that shareholders remain a key interest group as the owners of the business.
He, however, appreciated the shareholders for investing in the company and for the continuous support over time.
“Let me further reiterate and assure you that the company will always make decisions in the overall best interest of all shareholders,” he said.
Speaking on the financial performance of the company, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director of SAHCO, said the company recorded a decrease of nine percent in its revenue from N7.655 billion in 2019 to N6.981 billion in 2020.
According to him, SAHCO, however, made a profit after tax of N482.377 million in 2020 compared with N261.943 million posted in 2019.
He said the feat was achieved in spite of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The boost in our performance is as a result of the commitment of the workforce, and the smart marketing strategies,” Agboarumi said.
He said the company in its quest to provide top-notch services, acquired environmental eco-friendly electronic powered baggage tow tractors and fork lifts.
According to him, the equipment with zero emission are fitted with the latest technological innovation in the aviation industry.