Economy, OpinionOctober 2, 2018

When one of the “Big Four” hosts the Finance Minister
Whilst regulators in Britain continue to fight a battle of what to do with the “Big Four” auditing firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC) following several financial reporting scandals that included Tesco and British Telecom (BT), in another part of the “galaxy”, the big four were busy courting Zambia’s Minister of Finance Honourable Margaret Mwanakatwe […]

TelecomSeptember 24, 2018

Is MTN Zambia Reluctant to List on LuSE?
For some time, Financial Insight has been mulling at the prospects of an IPO (initial public offering) on the Lusaka Securities Exchange.  One name that often pops up is that of MTN Zambia. Aside from Airtel which is currently listed, MTN Zambia is the natural choice for a second mobile company IPO on LuSE. We […]

Agriculture, Zambeef Products PlcSeptember 22, 2018

Zambeef Operational Report – Francis Writes to Carl (Parody)
The following parody is based on Zambeef’s recent operational announcement published on LuSe. Dear Carl, It has been a couple of months since we last worked together. Life has not been the same since you left. Life at Zambeef has not been the same since you left. We had a beautiful adventure. We knew it […]

Finance, Madison Financial Services PlcSeptember 19, 2018

Madison at Half Year 2018
In a recently published SENS Announcement on LuSE, Madison Financial Services Plc recorded results that showed a decrease in net performance over the half year period of 2018. With IFRS 9 effects being felt on the financial statements (IFRS 9 is an International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). It […]

Economy, OpinionSeptember 17, 2018

Maggie ‘Schools’ Us on Project Finance
When London based Africa Confidential (AC) began publishing a series of articles that highlighted the extent and repercussions of Zambia’s contracted debt, we read with interest where all of this was going. We also took note of the lethargy that came out of the Ministry of Finance in rebutting some of the assertions that were […]

Economy, OpinionSeptember 12, 2018

The Role of IDC in the Era of Austerity
When The Industrial Development Commission (IDC) took over 29 firms out of the 33 State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), their board chairman articulated that line ministries would then focus on policy-making. This occurrence thereby gave IDC the direct mandate and authorisation on behalf of the Zambian Government to oversee performance and accountability of the reassigned SOEs. Incorporated […]

Economy, OpinionSeptember 11, 2018

ZiCA Dates The Press at Q3
On the morning of 9th September 2018, ZiCA held what was the most important quarterly “date the press” event of their history. The ZiCA council has been hold quarterly briefing for some time now, and visibility has been stronger under the presidency of Jason Kazilimani. The purpose of the event is not to act as […]

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 […]

Economy, OpinionSeptember 5, 2018

Denny’s Dilemma
In August 2018, at his MPC briefing, Central Bank Governor made the following statement: “Annual overall inflation rose for the second consecutive quarter to 7.4% in June from the 7.1% recorded in March 2018, but remained within the 6-8% target range.” OK! The Central Banks target range has been 6-8%. Now, Central Statistics Office recently […]

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 […]