Beverage, Zambian BreweriesMay 21, 2018

Zambrew Loses Taste for Coca Cola
It started in October 2016 when the first cautionary announcement (published through SENS Announcement from LuSE) was made by Zambrew on its proposed disposal of the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink business segment of the company. In that announcement (and 8 others that followed), shareholders were advised that on 11 October 2016, Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABInBev the parent of […]

Economy, OpinionMay 18, 2018

Key takeaways from Denny’s Presentation on MPC
This week, Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor of Zambia’s central bank, announced his MPC’s decision to hold rates. The Financial Insight team has been closely watching the decisions that have been coming out of the committee and often have predictions of their own in terms of how they believe the MPC will act. This time round, […]

EconomyMay 14, 2018

More Urgency needed for Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
As governments in emerging economies in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) grapple with stretched resources and dependence on the foreign money to plug in the deficits, it has become more apparent that the PPP model for infrastructure development is one of the few options that is becoming more and more attractive for not only Governments but private […]

ManufacturingMay 10, 2018

ZAM AGM 2018
It is always exciting when manufacturers in Zambia get together. On 10th May, Chipego Zulu CEO of Zambia Association of Manufacturers hosts their 2018 Annual General Meeting at Radisson Blu Hotel. A quick look at their annual report showed a refreshing position that industry in Zambia was on course to turn the adverse macroeconomic environment […]

StrategyMay 2, 2018

The Art of Non-Recourse Financing
We at Financial Insight are cognisant of the fact that many SMEs in Zambia will never reach critical mass. It is not because we do not believe in these companies. Far from it. We spend each and every waking financial moment pushing agendas such as strategy, turnaround and improved performance just to get the topic […]

StrategyMay 1, 2018

Leading Change without transformational failure – A perspective on IDC
For some time now, we have followed publications in numerous online and print media about efforts that are being made by Zambian companies to enhance their businesses. Many have cited harsh macro-economic conditions that have lead some into an almost death spiral. On the list of those companies that we have keenly been interested in […]

Puma Energy (Z) PlcApril 30, 2018

Puma’s 2017 Performance
Puma continues to pride itself over its safety record. This was evident when we reviewed their 2017 annual report for the year under review saw no deaths according to their Board Chairman JJ Sikazwe. In fact, although their record indicated a one point improvement in 2017 compared to 2016, road traffic accidents stood out as […]

EconomyApril 30, 2018

Global and Local Economy in Q1 2018
The first quarter of the year saw some rather interesting developments. An unthinkable trade war ensued following months of tense economic relations between China and America. The fallout from this will be felt months after as the spillover effect of sanctions in the technology patent space begin to take effect following the 7 year ban. […]

ZANACO plcApril 26, 2018

#Kula is Here
Digital and online banking is the present. A good number of Zambian banks have invested resources and capabilities to deliver e-services to their clients. Many have delivered services that are easily accessible with the hope of improving the banking experience. However, when we attended the unveiling of #Kula at the prestigious Radisson Hotel on the […]

Construction, Lafarge, ManufacturingApril 23, 2018

Lafarge 2018 Performance with Impairment hurt
“I am pleased to present the 2017 Lafarge Zambia results on behalf of the Board of Directors. Lafarge Zambia continues to demonstrate resilience in operational and financial performance despite the economic difficulties and competitive environment.” These were the opening words in Board Chairman Muna Hantuba’s letter to the board in the 2017 annual report. The […]