Lafarge, RetailApril 11, 2017

Zambian Industry Analysis
The Financial Times of Zambia is proud of the work it is engaged in. We have observed that many non-premier companies (of the SME flavor) in Zambia enter markets without understanding some of the factors that influence a firm’s profit potential. This can only be determined by assessing each industries profit potential because the profitability […]

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Finance, LafargeApril 6, 2017

Hello 2017! But Wait. Why a Stoppage of Trade on Lafarge Security?
After enjoying a brief hiatus over the festive season that was laden of copulas amounts of all manner of hedonistic treats, we clicked on the Lusaka Stock Exchange’s lead story of a trade suspension ergo “SUSPENSION OF TRADING IN LAFARGE, ISIN ZM0000000011”. Now before all the Christmas pudding you eat starts to dissolve quickly due […]

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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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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 […]