Olympia Capital held it’s 2016 AGM in in Nairobi on Monday. It was a brief meeting at the 680 Hotel during which the board promised they had turned the company round and expected to pay a dividend next year and be on time with their financial reports. They will announce their half year results, in two weeks, and the CEO said their (unaudited) business in Botswana was their best investment, while South Africa was a disaster where they had lost a lot of money.
He said, 17 years after they made the deal, 50% of the company business is now from outside Kenya, and even though the Botswana Pula had major exchange rate swings they expect Kalahari Floor Tiles to pay an interim dividend which will be passed on to Olympia shareholders as a full year dividend.
Shareholders questioned the company’s debts, investment decisions & classification, the absence of the chairman’s report from the accounts and a decision to de-list a subsidiary in South Africa to protect it from creditors. On the, promised dividend, shareholders said that they want shilling dividend payments, not cents.