Economy, OpinionAugust 8, 2018

An effort to demystify ‘refinancing’
The past week has been interesting specifically around the unfolding ‘refinancing’ discussions by the general public. This was brought to the fore after the President raised the subject with the President of Turkey. Listening to the ensuing debates and discussions was perhaps as interesting as to those debates and discussions that unfolded on the topic […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Economy, OpinionJuly 29, 2018

Land of Rising Sun Sends Business Envoys to Zambia
So, on a day that was declared a public holiday by the Head of State, I decided to do what a typical entrepreneur ought to do in their spare time: Network. By chance, I had heard of the arrival of 50 business delegates from Japan from various industries such as agriculture and construction who would […]

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, […]

Economy, OpinionJuly 25, 2018

Should the Argument of Hidden Debt still rage on?
It is no secret that the IMF has been dating Zambia for several months now as two of Zambia’s Finance Ministers have attempted to secure a deal to plug in the fiscal hole of USD 1.3 billion. To take you back, it was the eruption of reports in Mozambique that hidden debt existed caused an […]

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 […]

Finance, Madison Financial Services PlcJuly 17, 2018

Madison Financial Services in 2017: Case of the PHD Syndrome
In a year of mixed fortunes, Madison Financial Services will remember 2017 for the highs and lows that where omnipresent in their financials. According to SENS Announcement published 14th June 2018, after a tremendous recovery was recorded for the total insurance business which had a triple jump in profits at 275%, the company made positive […]

Agriculture, Zambia Sugar PlcJuly 11, 2018

Zambia Sugar to Reduce Work Force
When Zambia Sugar’s Corporate Affairs Manager Sally Namutowe made the July 2018 press statement that her company was engaging employees in effecting a voluntary separation program, we were not surprised that the sweetest company in Zambia was considering a cost reduction strategy to save its position. According to an extract from her statement, Sally indicated […]