Safaricom Society approves Ksh.176.9 million dividend on positive returns

Safaricom Society approves Ksh.176.9 million dividend on positive returns

Safaricom Investment Co-operative shareholders have approved a Ksh.176.9 million dividend payout at the 14th Annual General Meeting.

This translates to a 7 percent per share dividend up from 4.69 percent per share paid in 2021.

The pay-out comes after the Society posted a Ksh.542.9 million gross profit, compared to Ksh.396.3 million posted in 2021.

The growth in profit is attributed to an increase in land revenue that grew by 92 percent to Ksh.1.8 billion up from Ksh.949.8 million and housing revenue that grew by 15 percent to Ksh.86.7 million up from Ksh.75.3 million realized in 2021.

“Our financial performance has improved across all metrics, and this would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of the team. We continue to implement innovative solutions that have cemented our performance through adverse economic times and those that focus on driving value to our investors,” said Safaricom Investment Co-operative Chairman Peter Gichangi during the AGM.

Total assets for the year grew to Ksh.5.7 billion up from Ksh.5.2 billion reported in 2021.

This was attributed to the growth in trade receivables, cash and bank balances and current assets held for sale.

Total expenses for the year grew by 19 percent to Ksh.238.5 million up from Ksh.200.4 million.

This jump in expenses was driven by the administration and personnel costs of the organization.

“Our goal at SIC is to create a model investment cooperative. To achieve this, we have started the process of automating our systems and adopting new technology to help us optimize operations and capitalize on market opportunities. We have also onboarded new staff members to increase capabilities in the organization and to streamline our skill set so that we can achieve better results,” said Safaricom Investment Co-operative CEO Sarah Wahogo.

The sale of land continues to be the main revenue driver for the Society, accounting for 92 percent of the overall revenues.

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