Last year post was about DRIP’s and other ideas that Safaricom can adapt from Vodafone to manage their large shareholder base.
Promote alternative methods for shareholders’ to enhance value. Support a dividend re investment program (DRIP). Not everyone wants an M-Pesa dividend; some may prefer to buy 100 more shares in the company instantly, while the shares are still cheap (Kshs. 3.7 or ~$0.05 per share) and a DRIP will be a useful tool that keeps cash within the company and its owners. Alternately, if feeling philanthropic, Vodafone shareholders may donate their meagre shares to a charity – and why not to a school in Kenya that was Tahidi High last night!
Other IR Initiatives: This requires approval of Nairobi Stock Exchange share regulators, but now that the Mobitelea monkey has been shed, Safaricom is leading in the region in terms of investor relations = and their latest media briefing was put up at their website in one day, while their CEO’s exclusive interview at Rich.co.ke is also up on the internet.
Other suggested proposals mentioned at the media briefing include share consolidation, and an employee share option program (ESOP), which however have a mixed record in corporate Kenya.