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 […]

Opinion, StrategyAugust 3, 2018

HLB Reliance Zambia at 10
Its 17 00hrs and I just beat traffic to get to Radisson blu Hotel to attend a birthday. You might be wondering why a financial news website would be writing about a birthday. Well, it’s not just any birthday. Its HLB Reliance Zambia’s 10th birthday or anniversary depending on your cup of tea. We have […]

Opinion, StrategyJuly 27, 2018

Business Lessons From The Real CR7 Love Story!
It’s the summer of 2009 and the football world is witnessing the biggest transfer of its time. The sweet smiling boy from Madeira tipped for the biggest things in the world of football has just completed a switch from the “red devils” to the “white angels” in a record 80 million pound deal. Florentino Perez, […]

StrategyJuly 11, 2018

Listed notes: Options for Izwe’s capital raising
On 7th May 2018, the Board of Izwe Loans Zambia Limited announced its intention (through SENS Announcement on LuSE) of reviewing and considering various strategic growth opportunities that included pursing a listing on the local exchange. Fast forward to present day, the board further reiterated through their Company Secretary HLB Zambia that holders of its […]

StrategyJune 14, 2018

Brand Utility: Could this be the answer for SMEs remaining relevant?
As I sat down and reflected on the prospects of the company Roman and I had created, it soon dawned on me the weight of responsibility that stood on our shoulders as founders of Financial Insight. We are an SME and like many, we have been dreading year 2 of our existence. What is worse, […]

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 […]

StrategyMarch 21, 2018

The Deadly Obsession with the PAT
It’s the year 2008, several major banks have fallen and Richard Fuld looks on as his mighty reign comes to a crushing end. The mighty Lehman brothers, the sixth largest investment bank has fallen. Ben Bernanke, an astute ivy league trained Economist together with Timothy Geithner, New York Fed president and secretary to the Treasury […]

StrategyFebruary 19, 2018

When Companies Face Working Capital Constraints
James Rouse (a US real estate developer) once said that ‘Profit is not the legitimate purpose of business. The legitimate purpose of business is to provide a product or service that people need and do it so well that it is profitable!’ Very candid words indeed. However, the reality that 2018 offers many businesses in […]

Agriculture, Strategy, Zambeef Products PlcFebruary 13, 2018

IDC under Attack
It has been an interesting start to the year 2018 for the custodians of all parastatals. IDC closed 2017 with a $15m purchase of ZAMPALM. While the ink was still drying following this acquisition, we learned through zambia24.com that their CEO Mateyo Kaluba (MK) had announced to a Parliamentary Committee on Parastatal Bodies chaired by Msanzala Member […]