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Tough operating environment sees Caverton records N5.16bn loss in 2022

Caverton Marine gets new certification for boat production

Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc, (Bloomberg: Caverton NL), a provider of aviation, marine and logistics services to local and international oil and gas companies in Nigeria, announced its audited results for the year ended 31st December 2022 on 9 May 2023.

The results show a Loss-After-Tax of N5.16 billion which is a result of a tough operating environment.

Commenting on the results, Bode Makanjuola, Caverton’s chief executive officer, said, “Coming off the back of a difficult 2022 for the company this loss was anticipated and the Group’s management has already been taking the necessary steps to mitigate the negative impact across the Group to ensure shareholder value is not eroded.

“Whilst offshore helicopter logistics has accounted for a substantial amount of the company’s revenue over the past decade, the Group has refocused its efforts on diversifying its business interest within the aviation and marine sectors while exploring other more profitable areas for investments and business development. While reconsolidating our aviation oil contracts and industry market share, efforts are underway to boost revenue and reduce our operating and finance costs”.

According to Makanjuola, the firm’s maintenance repair and overhaul facility and the Caverton Aviation Training Centre, both in Lagos, have officially commenced business with prospects to improve the earning capacity of the Group.

“We have already commenced third-party maintenance of helicopter aircraft in Nigeria and given our Free Trade Zone status, we are also attractive to operators and aircraft owners in neighbouring West African countries who have also had to endure the arduous task of sending aircraft and engines to Europe for heavy maintenance.

“We are confident that the level of patronage we have witnessed over the first quarter of the year will herald improved revenues for 2023. Furthermore, coming off the successful reception of our AW139 flight training simulator, a second Simulator for the smaller AW 109 helicopter is due to arrive in the second quarter of 2023”.

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This, according to him, will further boost the revenue-generating potential of our Training Centre.

On the marine front, Caverton Marine Limited, Makanjuola said the subsidiary has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting improved water transportation. As a result of the growing interest in waterways transportation, the quality and safety of water ferries have been a major talking point amongst regulators, passengers and operators.

He disclosed that Caverton recently invested in a boatyard where the company is currently building GRP passenger ferries and security boats to promote and encourage safe water transportation.

“These marine vessels are being built to the highest safety and quality standards under international marine vessel classification agency guidelines. Marine vessels are classified according to the soundness of their structure and design and classification agency guidelines are there to ensure the vessels meet an acceptable standard of stability, safety and environmental impact acceptability,” he said.

He explained that with the ever-increasing population, demand for marine transportation as an alternative to our congested roads is rapidly growing.

He added that there is therefore a need for high-quality vessels that can meet the demands of both local and international markets.

“Our boatyard and jetty will provide a hub for the construction and maintenance of marine vessels, creating jobs and contributing to the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

“Our team has significant experience in boat building and we are confident that we can deliver top-quality vessels that meet international standards. We presently use modern technology and equipment to ensure that our boats are not only durable and efficient but also environmentally friendly”, the CEO stated.