By Steven Godfrey Mkweteza

Nico Holdings p/c says it has registered a profit after tax of MK12.7 billion, a 15 percentage growth point from Mk 11 billion it registered in the previous financial year.

The group’s interim chairman Gaffer Hassam described this as a good development looking at the holdings’ profits downward trend for the past years.

Hassam told members of the company during the annual general meeting {AGM} held in Blantyre.

‘Financial performance of the group in 2018 was satisfactory despite an ever changing regulatory environment and amidst increasing competition in the financial services industry,” he said.

The Chairman singled out NBS bank, Nico life, Nico pensions and Nico asset management as the best performers in the year under its subsidiaries.

Hassam said the drive for performance has been the strategies the group has been implementing such as increased focus on customer experience and an improvement in the processes.

“We will continue to invest in our systems and processes to ensure that we deliver value and convenience in meeting our customers’ needs. The financial position of the group continued to strengthen despite the increased provisions that we have had to make as we implemented some international accounting standards for the first time,” said Hassam.

Hassam said the investor confidence in the brand continues to grow represented by positive movements of the share price which closed at K43 compared to K34 in 2018.

The group also registered growth in revenue of 137 billion compared to Mk134 billion in 2017. Total profit for the year grew to MK13 billion from MK12 billion in 2017.

According to Hassam, the growth in profitability is mainly due to continued growth of the asset management business and significant improvement in the banking business.

Based on the 2018 performance, Nico Holdings p/c board of directors declared a final dividend of MK313 million representing 30 tambala per share.

On the other hand, Hassam expressed hope that his holdings will register much growth in the current year as a result of the predictable good macro-economic fundamentals in the economies of the country and countries within which they operate.

Nico holding are listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange and is a holding company for Nico life insurance, Nico general insurance, Nico technologies, Nico asset managers, NBS bank and icon Properties.

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Robert Ngwira
Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football.

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