Lafarge, RetailApril 6, 2017

Lafarge Enters Cement Wars – A case of mixed fortunes
The years 2013 & 2014 will be remembered as the vintage years for the cement company. If you held stock in the company you would have enjoyed your highest dividend to-date at a whopping EPS of 2.12 in 2014. However this has cooled to lower than its 2012 eps albeit still in its expected range. […]

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Energy, ZAMEFA PlcMarch 26, 2017

Why Everyone Loves Using ZAMEFA Cables
The ubiquitous preposition by many that are currently or have built is that ZAMEFA provides the best copper cable for doing the electrical wiring for all construction projects. Some even argue that City Center is the best place to get original “ZAMEFA”. Little did I know that this company based in Luanshya is actually owned […]

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Finance, ZAMEFA PlcMarch 9, 2017

ZAMEFA – Looking East For Value
The electrical cable company has been in transition over the last 6 months. General Cable, its former parent company successfully offloaded 75.4% shares to Reunert International Investments (Mauritius) Limited (listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange). According to their Managing Director, Rosetta M Chabala, this was a significant turning point for the company in 2016. She […]

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Finance, ZAMEFA PlcMarch 8, 2017

ZAMEFA – 2016 Half Year Review
In part 3 of our project to bring you insights into value creation by some of the elite companies in Zambia, we had the opportunity to interview the CEO of ZAMEFA in July 2016. Coincidently, Rosetta Chabala was celebrating a fantastic half year performance by the company. The exclusive of the interview will published soon. […]

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Construction, LafargeMarch 6, 2017

Lafarge 2016 Half Year Review
When we reviewed the 2015 annual performance of the only cement player on the LUSE, we indicated that they were in a price war with a player who had aggressive intentions of growing market share through using low prices and controlling or incorporating components of the vertical chain of cement distribution unlike incumbent competitors. As […]

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Airtel Networks Plc, Lafarge, StrategyMarch 6, 2017

How to Fight a Price War in Zambia
Entering into a price war is usually a distant thought for the average Zambian entrepreneur. On the one hand, some often chose to ignore it and face certain doom over the long run (evidence from small businesses that have closed down due to failure to compete on price). Others on the other hand, chose to […]