NTS restocks for busy season

30 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views
NTS restocks for busy season NTS, which specialises in selling and retreading a range of motor vehicle tyres, expects brisk business in the summer

The Herald

Business Reporter

National Tyre Services (NTS) says it is working on a restocking programme ahead of the forthcoming busy summer cropping season, after the firm received a US dollar facility from its bank.

NTS supplies a significant proportion of its products to the agriculture sector and with growing support of the sector support by Government, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed companies has been one of the biggest beneficiaries, given agriculture is biggest contributor to the economy.

The business focuses on selling and retreading vehicle tyres among them light and heavy trucks, earthmoving and mining equipment as well as industrial vehicles. Most of the company’s operations are constituted by imports from China, Japan, and Africa.

Managing director Benson Samudzimu told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting that the company remains hopeful that the actions being taken by the government and the central bank will stabilize the local currency and increase market confidence moving forward.

“However, there is always a fear of instability coming back, and one gets a déjà vu feeling that we have walked this road before. So we need prolonged periods of stability to give us sufficient recovery,” he said.

“As a company, we expect headwinds to persist to the end of our financial year. However, we are grateful to our bank, which has now availed a USD facility to enable your company to stock up for the upcoming busy and hot season.”

Without giving figures, Mr Samudzimu said this significant cash infusion will reverse the volume decline, allowing the year to end on a positive note.

“So, we definitely expect volume performance to improve quite significantly there and we are working on a restocking program for the remainder of the year,” he said.

There will be no expansion programme up until the end of the year.

“We will not be opening any new branches this year. We have working capital constraints. So all the resources are being availed for stocks. “

Volume performance, notwithstanding the challenges obtaining in the market, in the year to date up to August 2022, NTS recorded a 32 percent growth in volumes of premium tyres, a 12 percent growth in retreading business over the prior year and 5 percent and 1 percent above budget, respectively.

“This was due to very good supplier relations that extended some facilities even at a time when we were having challenges here locally,” he said.

“However, volume growth for budget tyres was negatively affected by the shortage of foreign currency to import.” On a monthly basis, it requires about US$1 million for imports.

Budget tyres were therefore 76 percent below the prior year and 8 percent below budget. On a year-to-date basis, the overall volumes are 21 percent below the prior year and 60 percent below budget.

On the other hand, the Government has since suspended duty on commercial tyres imported by approved importers. The new SI 160 of 2022 has ring-fenced 1,5 million commercial tyres for 24 months, giving the company the “opportunity to increase sales performance.”

At the annual general meeting, shareholders approved the re-appointment of Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants (Zimbabwe) as auditors for the financial year ending March 31, 2023

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