It’s crunch time in Kenya’s economy and many companies are feelign the pinch. While operations may be hurting, listed (and unlisted) companies still strive to report (increasing) profits to shareholders to they will look to unconventional income opportunities to deliver by year end:
East African Portland Cement: went from a profit warning issued at their ½ year to a full year profit increase thanks to a property revaluation exercise.
Mumais Sugar: full year profits were attained due to a tax credits they gained from investing in electricity co-generation.
Scangroup: profit in the ½ year was credited to income from their investment in Government bonds
Access Kenya: profit growth in the ½ year was attributed to the strengthening of the US$ against the Kenya shillings – and most of their revenue is dollar denominated
Counting on Other Income: Going forward, other companies can also employ similar measures to plug income gaps e.g.
– Tax breaks from listing – Safaricom
– Green energy – carbon credits, co-generation – Kengen, Safaricom
– Fibre cable/IT investment writebacks
– Property and investment revaluations
– Forex: a weak shilling is usualy good for Kenya Airways and tea companies