Monday, August 11, 2008

B&B surprise for H1 2008

After growing by a paltry 7% in the first quarter, Barclays Kenya turned this around with 24% growth for the whole of the first half. BBK says it made Ksh1.7bn in Q2 alone. So I was curious to see how it had done this. Income was slightly higher perhaps driven by more business days in Q2. The main driver was actually lower other operating expenses in Q2.

Bamburi also had a super half coming in 21% higher than the same half last year. These are very good numbers for two reasons. External factors were at their for sometime in this half. Fuel prices rose dangerously and ofcourse the Janaury political clashes would have cut-off the supply lines to customers. Hima, its subsidiary in Ug, also suffered from power rationing. Secondly, its bitter rival Athi only grew by a disappointing 24% from a lower base. This despite the fact that ARM has a more balanced income generating portfolio of products.

RIP Bernie Mac.

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