Crunch time for supermarket

Over the weekend, the Receiver/Manager team of Uchumi Supermarkets (under receivership) published their six-month accounts for the ½ year to December 2008

P&L: Sales Kshs. 4.43 billion ($55 million – up 30%), gross profit 845 million (up 20%), operating expenses 676m (up 24%), financial 99m (unchanged), pre tax profit 69 million (up 10% from 63m in December 07)
Balance sheet: fixed asset 706 million (down 7%), current assets 1,123 million (up 20%), current liabilities 1,742 million (up 57%), net current assets (-619 million), total assets 87 million (down 85% from 589m in December 07).
Liabilities: capital 900 million, reserves -1,835 million, loans 1,021 million (down 36%), total liabilities 86 million

The attached notes state that cash & equivalents were 130 million, debenture holders were paid 23m, and principal banks have received 346m to date (including 16m in the last 6 months).

However, despite increased sales, basket size, customer numbers and product ranges, the statement notes the urgent need to address the technical solvency challenges in the balance sheet through
– restructuring of some secured obligations (bank loans)
– increased equity from shareholders,
– or failure to that, (imminent) invitation to third parties (search for a strategic investor is ongoing ).

The ultimate objective of Uchumi receivership plan (URP) is re-listing at the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE)

8 thoughts on “Crunch time for supermarket

  1. Anonymous

    Ok, here’s a troubled company doing well. what does that mean?

    – Retail market is fine. Remember Nakumatt announcing record sales in Dec? could have been hype since their books are not public. but still…

    – If retail is fine.. people are still consuming.

    – people are consuming coz they have not adjusted their lifestyle for hard times.

    – this means for most people – nothing has changed.

    Good. Lets see how other sectors turn out.

  2. Maishinski

    @Kainvestor: Really? Looks more and more attractive to me!

    @CT I disagree. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck.. economy is fine.


  3. bankelele

    Coldtusker: I think the stores are doing as well as possible (I’m a frequent shopper) but the legacy of debt and losses needs new capital to sort out

    Kainvestor: no it doesn’t. I wonder if we can get bailed out like Nigeria is planning

    Maishinski: I too am ready to buy more, Safcom at 2.90, and others.

  4. Mashatall

    Higher sales does not really mean that retail is doing fine, you need to factor in the fact that prices on most items were adjusted upwards end of last year, and if you were to compare revenues then you would need to compensate for the higher prices to get an accurate assesment of where retail is headed.
    Everyone else has forecasted a slowdown in the economy, but you seem very upbeat and optimistic that economy is fine. Care to share what you might know that we dont?

  5. Maishinski


    If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck… how can it be a chicken?

    Sometimes the obvious choice is the right choice.

  6. Anonymous

    KPLC makes a profit.. 15% growth in consumption.

    Who’s using the electricity? Shouldn’t they have switched off if times were bad?

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