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Barclays profits rise to P588 million

Barclays Bank Botswana continues to wave through tough trading environment and sluggish economic trends to deliver impressive measurable performance.

On Thursday the bank announced their financial results for the year ended December 2018. Delivered by the outgoing Managing Director Reneit van de Merwe the Bank raked in statutory profit before tax of P588 million, mirroring 5 percent  growth year-on-year when compared to the previous year ended  2017 December 31st.

According to Barclays Executives the performance was influenced by growth in income, contained costs and favourable expected losses. Removing the effect of separation costs the Bank’s normalised profit before tax registered a strong growth of 14 percent year-on-year.
"Once again our business showed resilience and tenacity and to this end we realized a Profit before tax (PBT) of P638 million for the year ending 31st December 2018.

This represents a year-on-year growth in profitability of 14 percent in comparison to the previous year on a normalized reporting basis. Our performance has been largely driven by Revenue growth, reduction in impairments and contained underlying cost growth. I am also pleased to note that all our business segments have remained profitable and continue to grow in line with our strategic drive,” said Mumba Kalifungwa Barclays, Finance Director.

On a gross basis, Interest income went up by 6 percent year-on-year, despite the interest rate cut of 50bps in the last quarter of 2017. However, an increase in the interest cost of funding driven by market trends diluted the net interest income growth resulting in the bank’s net interest income increasing marginally by 2 percent year on year. Net fee and commission income increased by 6 percent year- on –year. Kalifungwa further explained that this is on the back of the bank’s focus on driving innovation through investment and enhancement of digital channels.

Net trading income increased by 24 percent year-on-year. “This resulted from an increase in forex sales volumes and our continued focus on client acquisition and penetration; operating costs were well contained with the business achieving a cost to income ratio of 52 percent on removing the effect of Barclays plc separation costs. The ratio remains within our strategic target of the lower 50’s. Year-on-Year costs grew 5 percent removing the effect of Barclays plc separation costs.” Explained Kalifungwa

Effective 1 January 2018 a new accounting standard IFRS 9 replaced IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and measurement. To this end IFRS 9 introduced a revised impairment model which requires entities to recognise expected credit losses based on unbiased forward–looking information. This replaces the existing IAS 39 incurred loss model which only recognizes impairment if there is objective evidence that a loss was already incurred and measures the loss on the most probable outcome. According to Barclays the day 1 impact of this change that was charged to Retained earnings amounted to an after tax amount of P149 million.

However, despite the more stringent accounting for credit losses, the bank’s expected credit losses/ impairments decreased by 35 percent in comparison to the prior year. “The performance is attributable to our enhanced collections capability and conservative credit extension to high risk sectors mainly in the Retail segment” added Barclays Finance Director

Outgoing Managing Director Reinette van der Merwe said Barclays delivered results that underscore resilience as a business and reaffirms confidence that the bank will continue to capture growth opportunities in the market. “Despite the headwinds, we made progress and remain optimistic to reclaim our number one position as the leading financial services provider in our market focusing on exceptional customer service and bringing possibilities to life, our journey to build a scalable digitally-led business is one key pillar of our Absa Group strategy and we are ready to become a truly transformative bank that is modern, fast- thinking and relevant for future,” she said

Barclays registered a solid balance sheet of 12 percent growth in comparison to the previous year ended 31 December 2017. The Bank Exco further explained that the Balance sheet growth was influenced by customer’s loans which increased by 10 percent year- on-years to P11.8 billion. “This growth was fairly distributed across the segments in line with our strategy and continues to be focused around prudent lending in our chosen business segments, Customer deposits increased 8% year-on-year driven by continued customer focus and penetration across all the segments. Our focus in the short and medium term is to optimize our balance sheet, whilst focusing on revenue generating opportunities,” further shared Merwe.

Reinette Van der Merwe also  confirmed that she will be leaving Barclays end of this month with the new MD Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane taking over officially on April 1, 2019.“In the past five years we have grown the revenue contribution from the Corporate and Business Banking portfolio from 19 percent in 2014 to 29 percent in 2018. We have made significant progress in Business Banking as we delivered the customer value propositions whilst creating strategic partnerships to provide credit guarantees to the underserved small businesses. Testimony to this is our Enterprise & Supply Chain Development offering that was launched in 2017. We continue to innovate ensuring that our Digital solutions are inclusive to our Business Banking customers,” she said.

Barclays Chairman of the Board of Directors Oduetse Motshidisi officially unveiled Pheko-Moshagane as the incoming MD, succeeding Van de Merwe, who has been at the bank for five years. Motshidisi said Pheko-Moshagane has held different positions within the bank. Mogashagane shared that going forward creating a thriving organization, growing corporate and business banking portfolios in our chosen sectors as well as investing in technology and strategic partnerships in pursuit of building a customer centric digitally-led bank will remain key pivotal priorities to Barclay’s strategy going into the future.

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Inflation spike building further upwards

27th October 2020
Inflation spike

In the coming months prices will go up and inflation will shoot sharply above the target of 3 percent to 6 percent towards the third quarter of 2021, the Bank of Botswana on the other hand will continue to withhold its knife on the Bank Rate. This is according to a forecast made by Kgori Capital in its recent Market Watch Segment.

Statistics from Statistics Botswana show that the recent 1.8 percent increase in the September inflation, from 1 percent in August, was a reflection of the upward adjustment in public transport fares (Transport (from -6.9 to -3.9 percent) in September 2020, which is estimated to have increased inflation by approximately 0.64 percentage points.

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Plans to erase Edgars, Jet trademark from Botswana malls underway

27th October 2020
Edgars Jet trademark

Local anti-trust body, Competition and Consumer Authority (CCA), this month received back to back acquisition proposals from South African clothing retailers to wipe out their former rivals, Edcon, from Botswana malls.

Last week BusinessPost was in possession of Merger Notice No 23 of 2020 whereby a South African clothing retailer owner, Retailability Proprietary Limited, through Oclin Proprietary Limited, proposed to acquire parts of the Edgars business conducted by Edcon in Botswana (through Edcon Botswana), as a going concern, consisting of certain assets and identified liabilities.

South African government’s Business Rescue Practitioners earlier this year announced that Retailability will buy Edgars, after the latter filed for a business rescue plan in April after it failed to pay suppliers. This move will see Retailability add Edgars to its portfolio consisting of brands such as; Legit, Beaver Canoe and Style.

Retailability landed on Botswana shores 18 years ago with its flamboyant urban fashion Style which had 17 stores. Style, having almost the same target market as Edgars as it offers men’s and ladies’ contemporary and formal fashion, gave the 91 year old legendary clothing retailer a run for its money, and has won the battle as its parent company has taken over Edgars.

Retailability brands are synonymous with Botswana shopping centres and there are currently five (5) Beaver Canoe stores, 10 Style stores and seven (7) Legit stores across this country. The Beaver Canoe stores sell clothing apparel for men and boys only. The Legit stores have a fashion store format which focuses on the retailing of clothing, footwear, accessories, colour cosmetics and cellular products.

Retailability operates in over 460 stores across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Eswatini. Many observers suggest that because of the deal with Retailability to swallow Edcon, most Edgars stores in Botswana will change their name and be branded Style. A sad tale for religious consumers of the Edgars trademark who got used to love their favourite brand for years.

According to CCA’s Merger Notice No 23 of 2020, Retailability is controlled by Clifford Raymond Lines (through a company which functions solely as a holding company of his interests in Retailability) and Metier Investment and Advisory Services Proprietary Limited (“Metier”). Metier is a private equity enterprise with investments in a number of industries spanning from healthcare, hospitality, FMCGs and telecommunications.

Retailability directors are mostly South Africans; Clifford Raymond Lines, Mark Richard Friday and Norman Victor Drieselmann. Only Nasreen Essack, who was appointed February this year, is a Motswana. He comes after Brian Thuto Tsima left on the same date. Retailability 100 percent owns Oclin Proprietary Limited, the company it is acquiring Edgars with, by a capacity of 3000 shares.

The target business, Edgars, offer textiles, cosmetics and cellular products. Edcon has a Motswana director, Charles Mzwandile Vikisi, a South African, Shane Van Niekerk and Zimbabwean Jethro Kamutsi.

“The Target Business comprises of two (2) Edgars franchise brands and private label stores across Botswana. These stores target middle to upper income customers and are home to a range of private label brands such as Free2BU, Charter Club and Stone Harbour, and a wide range of market label brands (such as Levi’s and Guess) for clothing, footwear and cosmetics.

In addition, the Target Business operates iconic Edgars Home and Edgars Beauty stores as store-in-store formats rounding out the department store offering in Botswana,” said CCA.
Foshini also lines up to take Jet Botswana from Edcon.

The Foschini Group (TFG) released a statement confirming its latest intentions to acquire Edcon assets or Jet for a cash purchase consideration of R480 million. This was after the business rescue practitioners offered TFG to buy Jet by that amount.

CCA is currently mulling on a proposed merger by TFG to take over Jet operations in Botswana. Merger Notice No 21 of 2020 from TFG came a few days before the Retailability proposal. In this merger TFG, acting through Foschini Botswana, want to take over “parts” of the Jet business conducted by Edcon through Jet Supermarkets Botswana.

TFG will be willing to add Jet to its portfolio of 30 retail brands that trade in clothing, footwear, jewellery, sportswear, homeware, cell phones, and technology products from value to upper market segments throughout more than 4085 outlets in 32 countries on five continents. TFG will also get Jet’s distribution centre located in Durban and certain stores in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini. Also part of this fat deal is that the company is looking to also acquire JET Club and all existing JET stock of no less than R800 million.

Johannesburg listed TGF owns Foschini Retail Group which owns the local operations called Foschini Botswana, the acquiring enterprise according to CCA merger notice. “TFG is not controlled by any enterprise/s and for completeness, the three largest shareholders of TFG holding shares greater than 5% as at 27th March 2020 are: Government Employees Pension Fund (16.2%) Public Investment Corporation (13.2%); Old Mutual Limited (6.7%); and Investec Asset Management (6.3%). The remaining issued share capital in TFG is widely held,” said the merger notice.

Only Abdool Rahim Khan is a Motswana in the Foschini Botswana directorship, the rest; Ganeswari Shani Naidoo, Anthony Edward Thunström and Gustav Jansen (alternate director) are South Africans.

According to the CCA merger, the Jet Business is Edcon’s discount department store division, selling clothing, footwear, homeware and some cosmetics as well as cellular products and targets lower-to-middle income consumers throughout Botswana. The Jet Business does not directly or indirectly control any enterprises, says the notice. CCA seeks any stakeholder views for or against the proposed merger, which may be sent within 10 days from date of this publication to the following address.

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BOCRA, associates to provide broadband internet in schools

27th October 2020

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority BOCRA signed a memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Ministries of Transport and Communications (MTC), Basic Education (MoBE) as well as Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).

The MoA seeks to continue the collaboration that dates back to 2016 when the three parties first agreed to work together in a project aimed at computerizing and providing broadband Internet to primary schools in remote and underserved areas of Botswana.

The project benefitted 68 primary schools and 9 secondary schools through the construction of Local Area Network (LAN) in each primary school, provision of 5 Mbps dedicated broadband Internet to each Primary School and provision of Wi-Fi enabled tablets, laptops and related peripherals such as printers and copiers.

Further, the project will see the augmentation of computers in 9 Junior Secondary Schools with 30 laptops per identified school and employment of Information Technology (IT) officers at each primary school.

When speaking at the signing ceremony in Gaborone, Chief Executive of BOCRA and Chairperson of Universal Access and Service Fund (UASF) Board of Trustees Martin Mokgware said the project’s ultimate goal is to facilitate pupils in schools and host villages to be able to play a meaningful role in the digital economy.

Mokgware indicated that this necessitates upgrading of existing Telecommunications infrastructure to high capacity broadband that will support delivery of education, accessibility to the quality Internet and usage of ICTs.

The Fund began its inaugural programme by sponsoring the provision of WiFi hotspots in public areas around the country as its first project. Following the successful implementation of public WiFi hotspots, the Fund identified Kgalagadi, Ghanzi and Mabutsane areas for mobile network upgrades, schools computerization and internet provision.

Conscious that the project would not be possible without buy-in and support from MoBE, MTC and MLGRD, the Fund facilitated the signing of the first MoU between the three parties in 2016 for implementation of the project.

BOCRA Chief Executive said the signing of this agreement is aimed at benefitting the Kweneng District, adding that they have already assessed the area and have determined that they will be covering 62 underserved villages and 119 schools, 91 of which are primary schools.

“This is a project for which the partner Ministries need to re-commit for its success. Lessons from the previous schools’ computerization and internet connectivity project require that we increase our involvement and resources dedicated to the project for it to be successful. It is my belief as the project coordinator, that we will not do things the way we did them during the first project, for if we do, then we will not have learnt anything,” he said at the signing ceremony.

The purpose of learning is so that there can be continuous improvement to minimize the length of time and amount of resources utilized, he said expressing confidence that their partners will step up to the plate and ensure they play their part in the implementation of the project and that it will progress smoothly having already tread along a similar path.

UASF’s role lies mainly in funding and project management. According to Mokgware, once the project is completed, the work to integrate ICTs into the classroom begins in earnest. Therefore, he said, the project will not succeed without full cooperation and oversight of partners.

“MoBE will put in place the necessary content and ensure that the curriculum is available to all. MLGRD will provide, among others, the enabling environment by ensuring readiness of the school’s infrastructure and necessary security.”

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