Banks DIH New Amsterdam outlet recorded $2.9 billion in sales last year, surpassing its 2017 sales by $214 million. The company also announced a $45 million profit in Berbice.A section of the shareholders at Sunday’s AGMThe announcement was made on Sunday during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Berbice, Region Six. Shareholders were told that for the period of October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018, the branch sold 1,865,000 units of products, representing an increase of 88,000 units over the previous year.Branch Manager Ronald Mathews told the gathering that the Berbice Branch surpassed last year’s performance as a result of premium quality products by employing an efficient distribution service to customers and consumers.Mathews noted that the Demico Qik Serv in New Amsterdam also created a record despite the competition it faced.“The New Amsterdam Qik Serv Restaurant sold $115 million as compared to $108 million the previous year, representing a revenue growth $7 million thus attaining the Chairman’s Trophy for honourable mention.”Mathews praised the staff of that branch for the achievement. He referred to them as the company’s greatest asset.In 2017, the New Amsterdam Branch sold 1,600,011 items and recorded a profit of $13.7 million which was an increase of $8.5 million over 2016.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clifford Reis, acknowledged the efforts of the New Amsterdam Branch. Commending of the Berbice Branch’s performance, the Chairman noted that the profits recorded represent in excess of a fifty per cent increase from the previous year.Overall, Banks DIH recorded a profit of $4 billion. The group’s third-party revenue was $30.923 billion when compared with $30.006 billion in 2017, representing an increase of $9 million or 3 per cent. The trading profit from operations for the Group was $6.8 billion when compared with $6.196 billion achieved in 2017, representing an increase of $641.0 million or 10 per cent.Profit after tax attributable to the shareholders of the parent was $4.286 billion compared to $3.888 billion in 2017, an increase of $398 million.The value of shares increased from $34.33 to $40.15 which is an increase of 16 per cent over the year. Shareholders were given a dividend proposal of $1.10 per share representing $934.8 million. Revenue generated by the company was $27.863 billion compared to $26.548 billion in 2017, an increase of $1.315 billion or 5 per cent.Citizens Bank, which is a subsidiary of the company, recorded a before-tax profit of $1 billion. The after-tax profit was $602 million.According to Reis, within the year, the company examined and evaluated new business models which are compatible with its existing business model to create wealth and value for shareholders.“These new business models will bring into our existing business portfolio, a new generation of products and services which will foster job creation and added value.”“We continue to evaluate our traditional business model to create wealth for shareholders through the creation of new synergies, the implementation of finance and marketing initiatives and, continuing emphasis on cost reduction strategies.” He added.The company continued its tradition of presenting monetary donations to two schools – this time Winifred Gaskin Secondary and Number Five Primary School.
(Eds: recasting overnight story) Melbourne, Dec 27 (PTI) Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft’s recent statements detailing the build-up to the ball-tampering scandal will “raise a few eyebrows” but are unlikely to cause any fresh upheaval in the team. Speaking to Cricket Australia’s official website, ‘cricket.com.au’ on Thursday, Ponting said he is quite stunned by the statements. In interviews given to ‘Fox Sports’, Bancroft has said that he was encouraged by David Warner, who is also serving a ban, to tamper the ball, while Smith has claimed that Cricket Australia’s now ousted top officials encouraged a ‘win at all cost’ culture by statements like “we don’t pay you to play, we pay you to win”. “Now that those stories are out there, it’s going to be interesting to see what the reaction is tomorrow in newspapers and news channels. There’s enough in those stories to raise a few eyebrows,” Ponting was quoted as saying. At the same time, Ponting said he does not believe the fresh controversy on the matter will have an impact on the national team. “I think the guys that are not banned have had long enough to move on from that sort of stuff,” he said. “I’m pretty sure that Painey (current captain Tim Paine) and some of the other guys, they have to leave that behind and move on and worry about what’s happening in the middle of the MCG. “Because right now, the series is at absolute fever pitch so the less distractions the better,” he added referring to the ongoing four-Test series against India which is locked 1-1. PTI AH PM PMadvertisement