Skip to main content

ESGL Holdings Limited Reports Full Year 2023 Results

  • Revenues increase by +23.5% to $6.2 million on higher waste volumes

    • +4.8% gross margin expansion from 64.3% to 69.1%

    • Company provides guidance for topline growth between +23% and +53% for 2024

SINGAPORE, May 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESGL Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: ESGL) (“ESGL” or the “Company”), a sustainable waste solutions provider whose mission is to upcycle industrial waste into circular products using innovative technologies and renewable energy, today reported its financial and operating results for the full year 2023.

Financial Results Summary

In 2023, revenue totaled $6.2 million, an increase of 23.5% compared to $5.0 million in 2022. Revenue was driven by higher waste volumes, driving waste disposal services to increase by $1.6 million, or 71.8% year-over-year, for 2023. The higher waste management revenue was primarily attributable to the increase in the collection and treatment of solid industrial wastes, waste plastics, waste wood, and chemical wastes.

Gross margin was 69.1% for the year ended December 31, 2023, an improvement of 480 bp compared to a 64.3% gross margin for the full year 2022. The Company expects proactive enhancements to continue to positively impact margins, but some degree of volatility is inherent given the Company’s size.

Non-GAAP EBITDA adjusted for non-recurring items (“Adjusted EBITDA”) for 2023 was just shy of $1.0 million, a decrease of 15.7% from approximately $1.1 million for 2022. The change was primarily due to reallocating the use of the Company’s warehouses and a decrease in available government grants.

Non-GAAP Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (“EBITDA”) was negative $92.1 million in 2023 compared to a positive $0.2 million for the full year of 2022. The dramatic shift was primarily driven by non-recurring listing costs.

Net Loss was approximately $95 million for 2023 compared to approximately $2.4 million in 2022 due largely to non-recurring listing costs.

Management Commentary

“During 2023, ESGL continued to demonstrate robust top-line growth despite headwinds related to delays in capacity expansion, weakness in the semiconductor sector, and the need to get our new products qualified with customers before securing volume orders,” said Quek Leng Chuang, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of ESGL. “We head into 2024 with a high degree of confidence given that we have now secured a strong order book, substantially expanded our production capacity, and have a rich pipeline of new, upcycled circular products that address the needs of large end markets. We also completed a strategic expansion into Malaysia, where our new subsidiary is growing distribution and warehousing at a cheaper cost basis with favorable exchange rates.

“We are gaining additional traction in the circular products space with our latest product innovations and intend to deliver growth and increased operating capacity in a capital-efficient manner. Having built out significant headroom in the previous year, our near-term capital expenditure needs have been met, and we are focusing efforts on ramping free cash flow to expand volumes, improve margins, and strengthen our balance sheet.”

2023 Operational Highlights

  • The Company has successfully doubled its G2 Thermal System Capacity, resulting in an upside potential of 12,000 Tons per Annum or an estimated incremental revenue opportunity of $1.5 million.
  • ESGL optimized M4 Liquid Chemical Waste Synthesis Capacity by 50%, which is expected to yield an upside potential of 10,000 tons per annum or an estimated incremental revenue opportunity of $3 million.
  • On August 3, 2023, the Company announced it had successfully closed its business combination and commenced trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market the following day, August 4, 2023.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2023, ESGL successfully secured new offtake channels in Malaysia, marking a strategic expansion. Establishing a Malaysian subsidiary serves as a central hub for trading and cost reduction initiatives, leveraging favorable exchange rates.
  • ESGL and Nanomatics continue to develop technologies in accordance with the previously announced joint development agreement to convert plastic waste into sustainable chemical feedstock, carbon nanotubes, and green hydrogen. Phase 2 has been successfully completed, and Phase 3 kicked off earlier this quarter.
  • ESGL continues to execute new offtake agreements that should further monetize the expanded product lines and expects 100% coverage on revenue bookings.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2023, ESGL had approximately $0.4 million in total cash and equivalents compared to approximately $0.3 million at the end of 2022. Subsequent to the close of the year, ESGL secured an additional $2.5 million in a private placement of common stock in April 2024. The Company believes that its current cash, combined with anticipated cash generated from operating activities, will meet its anticipated working capital and modest capex needs in 2024.


ESGL is committed to improving capital efficiency, continuing double-digit revenue growth, and delivering breakeven results on a net basis by the end of 2024. Specific metrics that the Company is targeting include the following:

  • Revenue for 2024 is expected to be between $7.6 million and $9.5 million, representing a growth rate between 23% and 53%.
    • The revenue mix is expected to be derived from a mix of 60% services and 40% circular products.
  • Gross Margin is forecasted to be stable at approximately 68%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $2 million assuming that the Company achieves the bottom end of revenue guidance of $7.6 million.
  • The Company expects to report positive net income for the year 2024, excluding any non-recurring items.

ESGL expresses confidence in its markets' long-term growth potential, and the revenue forecast is backed by bookings for 2024 of approximately $8 million as of March 31, 2024. The Company’s commitment to capacity expansion and optimization, as well as its efforts to convert plastic waste into sustainable resources, align with both financial and environmental goals.

Conference Call

ESGL will host a webcast and conference call today at 8:00 a.m. EDT to discuss its full-year 2023 results. The live webcast and a slide presentation will be available on ESGL’s investor relations website in the “Events” section under the “News & Events” header at

A webcast replay of the call will be available on the website for 30 days following the call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures of ESGL

ESGL has provided in this press release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"), including EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA. ESGL uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to analyze its financial results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. ESGL believes that such non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others about its operating results, enhance the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects, and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by its management in its financial and operational decision-making.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures and should be read only in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of ESGL prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to the data of ESGL. A reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the table, captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures", included at the end of this press release, and investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation.

The definition of ESGL’s non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release is presented below.


EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP performance measure defined by ESGL as net income (loss), computed in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for interest expenses, tax benefits (expenses), depreciation, and amortization expenses. Management believes that this metric is an important indicator of the Company’s operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP supplemental performance measure defined by ESGL as net income (loss), computed in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for interest expenses, tax benefits (expenses), depreciation and amortization expenses, and for the exclusion of non-recurring expenses related to its business combination transaction and equity issuance. Management believes that this metric is an important indicator of the Company’s operating performance.

About ESGL Holdings Limited

ESGL Holdings Limited is an exempted holding company incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands. At the forefront of driving sustainable waste management solutions, ESGL is dedicated to revolutionizing waste transformation with an emphasis on innovative technology and a commitment to preserving the environment. ESGL conducts all its operations through its operating entity incorporated in Singapore, Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte. Ltd. For more information, including the Company’s filings with the SEC, please visit

Forward Purchase Agreement Valuation

Please note that the included financials are not yet final due to the required review of our forward purchase agreement ("FPA") valuation by our auditors. As such, we have taken the most conservative approach and written off the FPA to zero. Any subsequent adjustments would be non-cash in nature but could potentially result in changes to the shareholder's equity and GAAP net income reported within.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be considered to contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “target,” “believe,” “expect,” “will,” “shall,” “may,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “would,” “positioned,” “future,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements made in this press release regarding anticipated future financial and operating performance and results, including estimates for growth, gross margins, adjusted EBITDA, potential regional expansion, development of new products, partnerships, customer relationships, demand for waste processing, and sales of circular products. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on ESGL management’s current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks, and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict, many of which are outside of our control. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements.

A further list and description of risks and uncertainties can be found in documents filed with the SEC by ESGL and other documents that the Company may file or furnish with the SEC, which you are encouraged to read. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to the Company and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 December 31,
December 31,
Current assets  
Cash and cash equivalents366,761 252,399 
Trade and other receivables1,032,522 815,128 
Inventories64,184 221,151 
 1,463,467 1,288,678 
Non-current assets  
Property, plant and equipment, net21,786,365 22,493,283 
Intangible assets, net2,381,465 1,845,912 
 24,167,830 24,339,195 
Total assets25,631,297 25,627,873 
Current liabilities  
Trade and other payables6,540,559 4,285,345 
Lease liabilities192,282 185,764 
Borrowings5,666,160 5,427,538 
Deferred underwriting fee payable2,753,125  
Tax liabilities76,540 - 
 15,228,666 9,898,647 
Non-current liabilities  
Lease liabilities (non-current)1,974,524 2,071,571 
Borrowings (non-current)112,319 371,103 
Deferred tax liabilities296,000 163,000 
 2,382,843 2,605,674 
Total liabilities17,611,509 12,504,321 
Net assets8,019,788 13,123,552 
Share Capital10,892 10,000 
Accumulated losses(99,986,897)(5,006,590)
Other reserves3,422,799 3,422,799 
Share premium reserve89,725,052 - 
Exchange Reserves(123,198)(460,481)
Revaluation Surplus14,971,140 15,157,824 
Total equity8,019,788 13,123,552 

Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss

  For the Year Ended December 31
2023  2022 
  (US$) (US$)
Revenue 6,164,173  4,992,034 
Other income 169,819  396,373 
Cost of inventory 977,619  1,093,194 
Logistics costs 925,225  689,762 
Operating expenses 3,466,606  2,460,951 
Finance expense 388,717  246,359 
Depreciation and amortization 2,354,839  2,300,252 
Listing expenses 93,068,293  981,701 
Loss before income tax (94,847,307) (2,383,812)
Income tax credit 133,000  8,000 
Net loss (94,980,307) (2,391,812)

GAAP and Non-GAAP EBITDA Reconciliation

 For the Year Ended December 31
 2023  2022 
 US$  US$ 
Loss before income tax(94,847,307) (2,383,812)
Finance expense388,717  246,359 
Depreciation and amortization2,354,839  2,300,252 
EBITDA(92,103,751) 162,799 
add : non recurring listing expenses93,068,293  981,701 
Adjusted EBITDA964,542  1,144,500 

Investor / Media Contact:

Crocker Coulson
CEO, AUM Media, Inc.
(646) 652-7185

ESGL Contact:

Lawrence Law
Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer
ESGL Holdings Limited
(65) 6653 2299

Primary Logo

Data & News supplied by
Stock quotes supplied by Barchart
Quotes delayed at least 20 minutes.
By accessing this page, you agree to the following
Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.