Safaricom posts first profit tumble in nine years

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Thursday Also can 13 2021

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Safaricom Plc CEO Peter Ndegwa all over the telco’s 20-one year social gathering on the Nairobi Serena Hotel on October 27, 2020. PHOTO | NMG

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By PATRICK ALUSHULA

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Summary

  • At some level of the overview length, divulge earnings fell by 4.6 p.c to Sh82.55 billion whereas messaging earnings retreated by 11.7 p.c to Sh13.6 billion.
  • M-Pesa earnings, which accounted for roughly a third of the total earnings, declined by 2.1 p.c or Sh1.79 billion on the relief of zero-ranking transfers of Sh1,000 and below from mid-March to December closing one year. 
  • Free transfers had seen M-Pesa earnings decline 14.5 p.c in half of one year but recovered to grow at 10.1 p.c within the 2nd half of of the one year following the lapse of zero costs.

Safaricom #ticker:SCOM has posted the first tumble in pudgy one year profit in nine years weighed down by decreased divulge, messaging and M-Pesa revenues on the relief of free mobile money transfers of Sh1,000 and below.

The telco’s procure profit for the financial one year ended March 2021 dropped by 6.8 p.c to Sh68.67 billion from Sh73.65 billion the earlier one year.

“The Covid-19 pandemic precipitated socio-financial challenges that disrupted our prospects, strained the patron pockets and agencies across the country. We had been no longer spared either,” said Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO.

The performance came on the relief of a decline in service earnings and elevated costs in Covid-19 enterprise atmosphere, plunging the telco into the first pudgy one year profit tumble since 2012.

Safaricom had in March 2012 posted a 4.03 p.c tumble in procure profit to Sh12.63 billion but has since been recording disclose till the infectious virus upset the enterprise atmosphere.

At some level of the overview length, divulge earnings fell by 4.6 p.c to Sh82.55 billion whereas messaging earnings retreated by 11.7 p.c to Sh13.6 billion.

M-Pesa earnings, which accounted for roughly a third of the total earnings, declined by 2.1 p.c or Sh1.79 billion on the relief of zero-ranking transfers of Sh1,000 and below from mid-March to December closing one year. 

Free transfers had seen M-Pesa earnings decline 14.5 p.c in half of one year but recovered to grow at 10.1 p.c within the 2nd half of of the one year following the lapse of zero costs.

Whereas total earnings grew by 0.6 p.c to Sh264.02 billion, helped by disclose in mobile records, mounted service and wholesale transit, elevated costs piled tension on the bottom-line.

Shriek costs rose by 7.1 p.c or Sh5.3 billion to Sh80.15 billion whereas the anticipated credit rating losses—an estimate of the illustrious funds that it does now not demand to get successfully— rose 1.8 times to Sh3 billion.

Safaricom board has instructed a final dividend of Sh0.92 per allotment amounting to Sh36.86 billion, bringing the total payout for the one year to Sh54.89 billion.

The telco had paid an intervening time dividend of Sh0.45 per long-established allotment amounting to Sh18.03 billion.

The original one year’s total payout is a exiguous tumble from closing one year when shareholders got Sh56.09 billion.

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