Tsogo Sun Gaming took a broadside hit from Covid-19 regulations and compliance in the year to March, which shaved off income 51 percent to R5.7 billion, a headline loss of 102 percent to a paltry R32 million and headline losses per share of 103 percent to 3.1 cents a share. Photo: File
Tsogo Sun Gaming took a broadside hit from Covid-19 regulations and compliance in the year to March, which shaved off income 51 percent to R5.7 billion, a headline loss of 102 percent to a paltry R32 million and headline losses per share of 103 percent to 3.1 cents a share. Photo: File

Tsogo Sun takes a hit from Covid-19

By Banele Ginindza Time of article published May 28, 2021

Share this article:

JOHANNESBURG - TSOGO Sun Gaming took a broadside hit from Covid-19 regulations and compliance in the year to March, which shaved off income 51 percent to R5.7 billion, a headline loss of 102 percent to a paltry R32 million and headline losses per share of 103 percent to 3.1 cents a share.

With earnings per share 2 cents down at 90 percent, the group did not process a dividend in the year to March as it grapples with the losses and further potential hits to its bottom line with a supposed third wave in the offing.

All the group's businesses were closed for the first quarter of the 2021 financial year and thereafter reopened in a staggered manner. Not all businesses were fully operational as yet, with the curfew in particular adversely affecting the businesses reliant on late evening trade, the group said.

The casino division experienced a very difficult 2021 financial year with its significant fixed cost base. The division focused on improving the structure and efficiency of the business while reducing its operating expenses, which focus was critical in enabling the division to generate the positive cash required to assist the group to reduce its significant debt burden.

The bingo division faced the same restrictive environment as that of the casino division, but purely due to the smaller scale and lower overheads of bingo versus casinos, the bingo division was better placed to cope with the restrictive environment.

The directors decoded not to declare a final dividend.

Tsogo Sun opted to waive its 2021 covenants and reset short-term ones for September this year.

[email protected]

BUSINESS REPORT

Share this article: