Cresta Marakanelo 2021 sales revenue up 7% at US$18.4m

Published On: April 12, 2022By Tags: Southern-Africa

Cresta Marakanelo 2021 sales revenue were up 7% to US$18.4m over 2020.


  • The good news is that since the lifting of Covid restrictions in October 2021, Cresta’s H2 2021 losses were 20% of the H1 2021 losses and sales revenues increased 24% in Q4 2021 vs Q4 2020.
  • 2021 operating margins improved to -13% from -18% in 2020. H2 2021 operating margins also improved at -8%.
  • Cresta has a high long-term debt/equity ratio of 260% largely due to the 2019 acquisition of four hotels, previously leased, funded by debt (Pula 252m (US$23m)) which has a term until 2029.
  • Flour volumes were up 3%, maize volumes down 7% and animal feeds volume were up 16% in H1 2021. Other food manufacturing showed positive volume increases.
  • Cresta’s management is positive and is in discussions regarding further hotel development.

Will a rights issue be needed to reduce the long-term debt/equity ratio and fund the hotel acquisition plans?

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