Safaricom full-year profit hits Sh55.3bn, Bob makes comeback - Daily Nation

Safaricom full-year profit hits Sh55.3bn, Bob makes comeback

Wednesday May 9 2018

Safaricom chief executive, Mr Bob Collymore. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore addressing investors via video link during the company's full year investor briefing on May 9, 2018. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG 

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Safaricom has announced Wednesday that its net profit for the year ended March 2018 grew to Sh55.3 billion, compared to Sh48.4 billion the year before on the back of M-Pesa and data revenues.

This represents a 14.3 per cent growth of its full-year after-tax earnings.

M-Pesa revenue grew 14.2 per cent to sh62.9 billion while mobile data was up 24 per cent to sh36.4 billion in the period.

Bob's return

The chief executive of Kenya's largest telecommunications firm, Bob Collymore, also announced that he would be making a return to the helm.

In a video message shared to staff and shareholders, he said he is awaiting medical clearance to travel back to the country.

While presenting the results Wednesday morning, Safaricom Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Sateesh Kamath said the board had recommended a dividend of Sh44.1 billion, an increase of 13.5 per cent form the previous year.

It will be paid at Sh1.10 a share.