KUCHING: Borneo Oil Bhd’s fast food restaurant chain SugarBun has reaped benefits from collaboration with Foodpanda as it helped to boost sales. In first quarter ended June 30, 2019 (Q1-2019), the group’s fast food and franchise operations posted increase in revenue by RM530,000 to RM12.44 million from RM11.91 million in Q1-2018.

The higher revenue was due to the collaboration with Foodpanda during the current quarter, according to Borneo Oil in notes to its latest financials. Despite the increase in revenue, the segment recorded pretax loss of RM37,000 from profit of RM384,000 previously due to the implementation of the sales and service tax on Sept 1, 2018 that resulted in higher costs of sales.

SugarBun has said recently that it would expand its ties with Foodpanda after a successful trial run. Foodpanda, a German mobile food delivery marketplace, is an online food ordering website that connects users with selected local restaurants. Customers can browse through its numerous menus and place orders for delivery or take away.

File Photo: SugarBun’s Borneo Asian Food

As at June 30, 2019, there were 132 SugarBun and Pezzo pizza outlets under Borneo Oil group. Most of these stores are in Sarawak. In Q1-2019, Borneo Oil group’s revenue rose to RM23.23 million from RM20.77 million in Q12018 but its net profit dipped to RM376,000 from RM713,000. Earnings per share remained unchanged at 0.01 sen.

“The management and operations of properties registered an increase in revenue of RM5.34 million and profit of RM0.11 million against the preceding corresponding quarter which was derived mainly from the project  management for the construction of an integrated limestone processing plant (in Sabah), said the company.

But the oil, gas, energy and mining related business reported lower revenue of RM969,900, a significant drop from RM4.38 million in Q1-2018 due to reduced sales of gold and limestones. The segment, however, improved its pre-tax profit to RM1.2 million from RM1.03 million due to recovery of bad debts of RM2.06 million.