Radar’s results excellent but…


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On paper Radar’s results for the six months to December were excellent. Though mainly driven by inflation, turnover from continuing operations was up 621 percent from $5 billion to $36.2 billion, well ahead of annual inflation of 599 percent.

Operating profit was up 913 percent from $1.2 billion to $11.9 billion, an improvement in margins from 23 to 33 percent. Net profit was up1198 percent from $689.1 million to $8.9 billion.

But the Bulawayo-based company says the results are not worth commenting on in the context of the prevailing conditions as this would be misleading.

It says a full comment will be made after the full year results to June “when, hopefully, there will be some semblance of direction”.

Local demand to all intends and purposes has collapsed and export revenue does not come close to meeting the costs of an ongoing operation, it says.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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