Safaricom profits grow 14 per cent to Sh55billion as Bob returns

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore addresses investors via video link. Says he will fly back to Nairobi as soon as doctors allow him

Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) chief executive Bob Collymore has announced his return to the helm of the organisation as the company announced a 14 per cent increase in full year net profits to Sh55billion .

The firm which is the most profitable organization in the East African increased its dividend payout to Sh1.1 per share for the year ended March 2018. The firm’s revenues soared by 10 per cent to Sh224.5billion.

Speaking via a video message at the company’s Full Year investor briefing, Mr. Collymore, who has been on medical leave in London since October last year, noted that he was making good progress in his treatment.

“I look forward to being back in action in Nairobi soon,” Collymore said.

“To achieve these results we sharpened our focus on putting our customers first, delivering relevant products and services, and organizational effectiveness; a strategy that was exceptionally well executed considering the challenging business climate last year,” said Mr. Collymore.

For the year to 31st March, 2019, the company announced it would spend between Sh35 billion-Sh38 billion in infrastructure expansion.

“In FY 2019 we look to drive long-term shareholder value by deploying next-generation network services, leveraging data analytics and segmentation, guided by our purpose of transforming lives to turn innovative ideas into realities,” said Sateesh Kamath, Finance Director – Safaricom.

The company maintained a steady momentum in mobile money business, adding 2.1 million new M-PESA customers and achieving revenue growth of 14.2% YoY to KES62.91 billion.

M-PESA now contributes 28.0% of Safaricom’s service revenue from 20.9% in FY 2015, highlighting its central position as a key growth driver alongside mobile data, and displacing traditional voice and SMS.

The sustained demand for data remains a key growth driver for the company, with mobile data revenue increasing by 24 percent to Sh36.36 billion.


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