EnergyMay 26, 2018

CEC Africa: Hopes High on Sector Reform
Siyanga Malumo is an optimistic man. The power sector veteran and Chairman of CEC Africa makes a compelling case for shareholders to remain optimistic in his letter to shareholders in the CEC Africa 2017 annual report. The chairman is placing most of his faith in the fact that their Nigerian story has an opportunity of […]

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 […]

BankingMay 12, 2018

Barclays Africa Moves On With A Big Smile
It’s December 2015 and Jes Staley, the veteran American banker who had spent almost three decades on Wall Street with JP Morgan Chase is appointed CEO of Barclays Bank PLC. Expectations are high among financial observers that they finally have the man to lead the firm to the top of the pile after being mired […]

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 […]

EnergyMay 7, 2018

What Is Renewable Energy and Why Is It So Important?
Since the energy crisis of the 1970’s, Americans have been searching for ways to use our natural resources safely and efficiently. And since the release of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, buzzwords and catchphrases like global warming, climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable energy have become a part of the American lexicon. But what does […]

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 […]

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 […]

Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc, EnergyApril 23, 2018

CEC Conditions Precedents to the CDC Deal
On 30 January 2018, CDC and A P Moller Capital announced that they had made a bid to acquire Copperbelt Energy Corporation. According to the CEC website, the company is majority owned by Zambian Energy Corporation (“Ireland”) Limited (“ZECI”) which holds 52% shareholding whilst the balance of 48% is held by various institutional and retail […]

Investrust Bank Plc, ZCCM-Investment Holdings PlcApril 12, 2018

ZCCM IH Mandatory Offer – Case of the ‘lonely’ underwriter
It all started with a right offer. Investrust bank needed to raise money. Debt or Equity are usually the choices that premier companies have when it comes to raising finance for whatever reason. The bank chose the latter which involved issue of rights to its existing shareholders that would enable them to buy additional shares […]