The Botswana Stock Exchange’s Domestic Company Index (DCI) seems to have bottomed out and on its way up to recovery, heralding a change in investor sentiments. The DCI which tracks the performance of listed domestic companies has been on a downward spiral since the beginning of the year, losing 3.8% in the first quarter and followed by other declines which pushed second quarter losses to 4.74%.
On August 19th, the index hit new lows of -10.5% to end at 9506 points. However, improved market sentiments seem to have returned as shown by a one month rally that added 291 points to trade at 9797, reversing the losses by 28% . This means that the DCI is now down by -7.59%. The index’s momentum has been aided in part by some of the following listed companies that have delivered solid returns, particularly in the last 30 days, with some going from negative returns to positive returns.
The tourism and leisure company pulled a strong performance in the last 30 days after gaining almost 8.8% to trade at P1.30, bringing its year-to-date (YTD) to 22.42%. In its latest financials for the half year, the group achieved revenue of P159.9 million, up by 6% from the corresponding period. The profit was up by 16% to P16.4 million. An interim dividend of 4 thebe has been declared, this follows the 7 thebe dividend declared for the year ended December 2015.
Cresta is recognised in the local market as the largest hotel operator both in the number of rooms (eight hotels and 724 rooms) and in the geographical spread of its hotels. There is no other hotel operator that has such a dominant presence in the larger cities in Botswana as well as the key tourist areas.
Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited
The financial services behemoth with three subsidiaries that spans the insurance and investment management sector has been a consistent performer throughout the year. BIHL share price increased slightly by 2.32% in the past 30 days, delivering a YTD of 13.22%. The share price is currently P17.21. In its interim results ended June 2016, the group posted a lower profit of P263.8 million after declining by 9%. The lower profit did not dampen the mood as the shareholders were rewarded with a dividend payout of P202.4 million after a dividend of 55 thebe.
BIHL is a financial services titan originally established in 1975.BIHL has been listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange since 1991 and is the holding company for three subsidiaries (Botswana Insurance Fund Management, Botswana Life Insurance Ltd and Legal Guard) and holds a stake in two associate companies; Letshego Holdings and Funeral Service Group as well as a 21.5% stake in Nico holdings in Malawi.
The tourism listed group is having a good year in the local bourse trading at an all time high of P7.51, bringing the yearly returns to 10.5%. Some of the gains were realised in the past days that have rallied the index, with Chobe gaining 1.3% in that period.
Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Chobe Holdings Limited owns and operates ten eco-tourism lodges and camps on leased land in Northern Botswana and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia with a combined capacity of 290 beds under the brands Desert & Delta Safaris and Ker & Downey Botswana. Safari Air, a wholly owned air charter operator, provides air transport services to the group's camps and lodges. Desert and Delta Safaris (SA) (Pty) Ltd, another wholly owned subsidiary operating in South Africa, provides reservation services to the group. This year, the group, through its wholly owned subsidiary North West Air (Pty) Ltd, acquired Air Charter Botswana (Pty) Ltd’s aircraft maintenance operation at Maun International Airport.
Barclays Bank of Botswana
The bank is having its best days, churning out new products and services and delivering impressive financial results. It is not a surprise that investors have been rallying behind the company which has returned 8% in capital gains since the beginning of the year. The second largest listed bank went from P4.74 in mid-August to the current P4.86, representing gains of 2.5%. Barclays could also lay claim to be the only listed bank that has delivered positive returns to shareholders so far this year. Moreover, in the group’s half year results ended June 2016, the bank’s profit before tax went up to P270 million, an increase of 144% from the corresponding period. As a further reward to shareholders, the bank has declared a dividend of 14.67 thebe which translates into a P125 million payout.
The company is staging a comeback in what has been so far a dismal performance in the stock market. Engen was one of the companies that were pulling down the DCI after its share price declined by 6% in the first quarter of the year. However by August the company had cut its share losses to just 2.5%. The upward trajectory continued in the last 30 days, with the share price moving from P8.30 to P9.20, gaining 10.4% to trade at all time high and delivering a YTD of 8.1%. The sudden positive momentum has been shadowed by the company’s latest cautionary note that warns of lower earnings in their upcoming interim results ended June 2016.
Engen is a petroleum company specializing in fuels and lubricants sales and distribution. It operates filling stations nationwide to service the retail market. Primary customers are the mines, government, parastatals, construction and transport sector.
This is one company that is also on the comeback trail after hitting lows of -0.6% in August. The security company pulled back with a stellar share price performance in the past 30 days, going from P3.62 to P3.85, representing gains of 6.35% since the beginning of the year. The share price is at an all time high. The group’s profit was up by 6.4% to P15.4 million in their recent interim results ended June 2016. An interim dividend of 11.36 thebe was declared.
G4S is the world’s leading international security solutions group, which specialises in outsourced business processes such as manned security, secure monitoring and response, cash management solutions and facilities management.
Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
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A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.
Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.
As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
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Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.
The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.
Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.
“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.
He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.
Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.
“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.
He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.
He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc
“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran
Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.
“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.
Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.
“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.
He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.
“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams
He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .
Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.
“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.