Banks DIH Limited 2012

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I have always been perplexed why companies in Guyana consistently ignore one of the most important considerations among their shareholders. This column has lamented, year after year and company after company, the absence of comments by companies‘ CEOs and directors in otherwise often very wordy annual reports on the performance of their companies’ shares on the stock market. Banks DIH Limited, the beverage giant has many things to be proud about with respect to its 2011-2012 performance and annual report – historic levels of profits, a strong balance sheet, good industrial relations, a stable management team and growth in share price of 37.5%.

We will get back to this shortly but let us consider first the financial statements.

20130127ramBanks DIH is a company with two major institutional shareholders – Banks Holdings Limited of Barbados (20%) and Demerara Life Group of Companies (10.8%) – and one that is described as a substantial shareholder under the Securities Industry Act, Trust Company Guyana Limited (6.2%).  Banks DIH is also the parent company of Citizens Bank Guyana Inc in which it has a 51% interest.  Only two directors of Banks DIH (Messrs Clifford Reis and Errol Cheong) have any shareholding in Citizens Bank. The directors of the company presented their annual report and its audited financial statements last Saturday at a usually well-attended but usually uneventful  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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