Kengen: the Kenya electricity generating company will have its third AGM later this week – and while shareholders may be happy with a Kshs. 0.90 dividend they will also be asked to approve (i) 30% investment in a geothermal development company to be created by the Government of Kenya (ii) invest in a coal plant (iii) participate in other ventures – (perhaps buy into another IPP independent power producer?)
The proposals to shareholders are vague and without any spending amounts attached, they should not be presented to a vote. When the Access Kenya board got shareholder authority to make other investments, they capped them at Kshs. 200 million each – this one has none, and the third proposal doesn’t even limit Kengen from investing within the energy sector so it could probably buy a sugar company or tea company (for cogeneration?) with that mandate.
Anyway, Kengen has undertaken a lot of geothermal work with three Olkaria plants and is it really necessary for the Government with strained recourses to create another parastatal at this time? Shareholders who were also spooked by plans of a secondary listing of shares and plans to hive off a geothermal company from their assets two years ago will also not be happy to see that the plans are. still active.
KPLC: The much-heralded VAT reduction in electricity bills has not amounted to much. It was effected in the November power bills, but the reduction in VAT from 16% to 12% appears to only cover the fixed charge of a Kshs. 240 per meter – so the savings amount to just Kshs. 9.6 per consumer.