Letlole La Rona (LLR), a home-grown loan stock company which engages in investment, rental, and trade in properties has recorded a whooping BWP94.8m in profits in the year ended 30 June 2018, a seven percent (7%) jump from the previous year. This marks an increase of 6% in earnings per share with over BWP1billion in assets.
The property portfolio increased by 25% and contractual revenues increased by 10% compared to the prior reporting period. This followed a major acquisition of the Water Shed Piazza, a shopping mall in Mahalapye from Jus Posh Investments. The retail property enhanced LLR’s property value and helped further diversify the portfolio in line with the strategic objectives of the Company. It also provides geographical spread opportunities.
Commenting on the results LLR CEO Mr. Chikuni Mutiswa commended the performance of the business despite a subdued economic environment, “The business continued to show resilience and perform above expectations in the current subdued economic environment. Our diversified property portfolio has ensured that both the financial and operational metrics of the business are solid.”
Increased revenues of BWP80.8m, which are 10% higher than BWP73.3 from the prior reporting period, were attributed to annual escalation of renewal of leases. Management’s ability to negotiate better deals and maintaining voids at a low level of 0.73% of gross lettable space also bolstered the business’s strong top line.
“We have a solid asset tenant base, leading to the 25% year on year capital appreciation in market values of the underlying properties, which now stand at BWP930 million from BWP739 million the previous reporting period. The company’s debt burden remains at a low level reflecting available capacity in terms of both operating and cash flows and prudent borrowing guidelines,” says Mutiswa.
For his part, the LLR Chairman outlined a positive outlook premised on strong fundamentals. “The business remains focused on its vision of becoming a premier real estate company with a broad regional footprint and a well-diversified portfolio underpinned by high occupancies and quality tenants. It current low gearing and healthy pipeline, the company is well positioned to deliver its vision and strategy,” says Ms Boitumelo Mogopa.
The company's property portfolio includes hotel, commercial, industrial, retail, and residential. Letlole La Rona was founded on July 28, 2010 and is headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana.
The state of the art jewellery manufacturing plant that has been set up by international diamond and cutting company, KGK Diamonds Botswana will create over 100 jobs, of which 89 percent will be localized.
Local diamond and metal exploration company Tsodilo Resources Limited has negotiated a non-brokered private placement of 2,200, 914 units of the company at a price per unit of 0.20 US Dollars, which will provide gross proceeds to the company in the amount of C$440, 188. 20.
According to a statement from the group, proceeds from the private placement will be used for the betterment of the Xaudum iron formation project in Botswana and general corporate purposes.
The statement says every unit of the company will consist of a common share in the capital of the company and one Common Share purchase warrant of the company.
Each warrant will enable a holder to make a single purchase for the period of 24 months at an amount of $0.20. As per regularity requirements, the group indicates that the common shares and warrants will be subject to a four month plus a day hold period from date of closure.
Tsodilo is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements. This is for the reason that the fair market value of the private placement, insofar as it involves the director, is not more than 25% of the company’s market capitalization.
Tsodilo Resources Limited is an international diamond and metals exploration company engaged in the search for economic diamond and metal deposits at its Bosoto Limited and Gcwihaba Resources projects in Botswana. The company has a 100% stake in Bosoto which holds the BK16 kimberlite project in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF) in Botswana.
African heads of state and global CEOs at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting backed the launch of the first of its kind report on how public-private partnerships can support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
AfCFTA: A New Era for Global Business and Investment in Africa outlines high-potential sectors, initiatives to support business and investment, operational tools to facilitate the AfCFTA, and illustrative examples from successful businesses in Africa to guide businesses in entering and expanding in this area.
The report aims to provide a pathway for global businesses and investors to understand the biggest trends, opportunities and strategies to successfully invest and achieve high returns in Africa, developing local, sub-regional and continental value chains and accelerating industrialization, all of which go hand in hand with the success of the AfCFTA.
The AfCFTA is the largest free trade area in the world, by area and number of participating countries. Once fully implemented, it will be the fifth-largest economy in the world, with the potential to have a combined GDP of more than $3.4 trillion. Conceived in 2018, it now has 54 national economies in Africa, could attract billions in foreign investment, and boost overseas exports by a third, double intra-continental trade, raise incomes by 8% and lift 50 million people out of poverty.
To ease the pain of transition to its new single market, Africa has learned from trade liberalization in North America and Europe. “Our wide range of partners and experience can help anticipate and mitigate potential disruptions in business and production dynamics,” said Børge Brende, President, and World Economic Forum. “The Forum’s initiatives will help to ease physical, capital and digital flows in Africa through stakeholder collaboration, private-public collaboration and information-sharing.”
Given the continent’s historically low foreign direct investment relative to other regions, the report highlights the sense of excitement as the AfCFTA lowers or removes barriers to trade and competitiveness. “The promising gains from an integrated African market should be a signal to investors around the world that the continent is ripe for business creation, integration and expansion,” said Chido Munyati, Head of Regional Agenda, Africa, World Economic Forum.
The report focuses on four key sectors that have a combined worth of $130 billion and represent high-potential opportunities for companies looking to invest in Africa: automotive; agriculture and agroprocessing; pharmaceuticals; and transport and logistics.
“Macro trends in the four key sectors and across Africa’s growth potential reveal tremendous opportunities for business expansion as population, income and connectivity are on the rise,” said Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General, AfCFTA Secretariat.
“These projections reveal an unprecedented opportunity for local and global businesses to invest in African countries and play a vital role in the development of crucial local and regional value chains on the continent,” said Landry Signé, Executive Director and Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Co-Chair, World Economic Forum Regional Action Group for Africa.
The Forum is actively working towards implementing trade and investment tools through initiatives, such as Friends of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, to align with the negotiation process of the AfCFTA. It identifies areas where public-private collaboration can help reduce barriers and facilitate investment from international firms.
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