British American Tobacco, RetailSeptember 9, 2018

BAT Smokes Success at 2018 Half Year
Board Chairman Micheal Mundashi and BAT Zambia have come a short way from their announcement on 27 February 2018 were his company secretary Valentine Kabonga sadly informed shareholders that the company expected to record a loss before tax of approximately ZMW 14,973,000 for the year ended 31 December 2017. Fast forward 6 months and investors […]

Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc, EnergySeptember 3, 2018

New Board Members at CEC? Interesting..
It came as quite a curious surprise that following the failure of the CDC acquisition of CEC, energy maestro, Hanson Sindowe was retiring at Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEC Plc. Hanson has enjoyed an illustrious career in the energy sector. Some would even say that he is one of the most important […]

Beverage, Zambian BreweriesSeptember 3, 2018

Zambian Breweries at Half Year 2018
Pssshhhhhh was the sound a Mosi bottle made when we reviewed the half year results of Zambian Breweries PLc for 2018. It is clear from the financials that the company enjoyed a stellar performance during the first 6 months of the year. Selling 13% more beverages by volume, AB InBev must be proud of their […]

FootwearAugust 29, 2018

BATA at Half Year 2018
BATA have redefined stepping into the New Year in style. The company recently reported its half year results and they did not disappoint. With brands such as Power, Weinbrenner and legacy Bata brands recording strong performance in the first half of the year, the company’s only frown was the 2% volume decline on a year […]

Strategy, TelecomAugust 16, 2018

Is the Zambian Telecoms Industry Suffering From Marketing Myopia?
Following the recent announcement of the introduction of a new tax that would be targeting voice calls made using Voice over IP services such as facebook and Whatsapp calling, we felt it prudent to view the industry through the lenses of Michael Porter and Theordore Levitt. Michael E Potter published the book and article “Competitive […]

RetailAugust 15, 2018

CEC’s Owen Looks Northwards for Love
If you ever watched the movie “Love Actually”, you can understand what a sweet romance that CDC and CEC had. Sadly, the romantic acquisition ended before it could happen and CEO Owen Silavwe and his management were left with the feeling of “what could have been” had the deal gone through. But analogous to failed […]

Banking, StanbicAugust 10, 2018

Stanbic Zambia Schools Financial Journalists
On Thursday 9th August, 2018, Stanbic Bank held a Media Training Session on financial markets at the leadership centre in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area. The Session which attracted Journalists from both Print (Newspaper) and Broadcast (Radio and Television) was aimed at educating participants on financial markets and building the already existing relationship between Stanbic Bank and the […]

Finance, ZCCM-Investment Holdings PlcAugust 6, 2018

The Achilles Heel in the ZCCM IH Armory
Recently, I was in attendance at the President’s Luncheon held at Lusaka’s up market restaurant, The Horse Shoe (“a stylish restaurant located in a cool and calm environment at the former Polo Grill premises” according to thebestofzambia.com), hosted by ZCCM IH and Stanbic Bank. This was the first event that I would have the chance […]

Agriculture, Zambeef Products PlcAugust 3, 2018

CDC Takes “Hold” of Zambeef Board
Zambeef, the fully integrated cold chain foods and retail business with operations in Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana, on 27th July 2018 announced the appointment of Frank Braeken to its Board as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect. Now this was no ordinary appointment. According to SENS announcement published on LuSE, “Frank is being appointed as […]

Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc, EnergyJuly 19, 2018

CDC walks away from CEC Deal
Over the last couple of months, the team at Financial Insight Zambia has been watching the CDC acquisition of CEC unfold. We published “CEC Conditions Precedents to the CDC Deal” which indicated the progress of the deal and the status of the deal. However, yesterday we received this email from the CDC press office and […]