Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange attained a 16% return on equity for the year 2019

By Published On: June 15th, 2020Categories: Articles, Corporate announcement, Earnings

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) 2019 Annual Report

We have extracted the Chairman’s Statement from the 2019 Annual Report for Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz), listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange:

Introduction

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange Plc (DSE) I am pleased to present to you the Annual Report and the audited Financial Statements of the DSE for the financial year ended December, 31 2019.

Operating Environment and Financial Performance

2019 was a good year with a growing and stable economy. Tanzania’s real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.8 percent in 2019. The growth was supported by increase in investment to certain sectors particularly construction (roads, railway, and airports); stability in electricity supply, transportation services; increase in minerals extraction- specifically gold and coal as well as increase in agriculture produce. Sectors which had high growth in 2019 include construction (16.5 percent); mining (13.7 percent); information and communication (10.7 percent; water (9.1 percent) as well as transportation and warehousing (9.0 percent). Both inflation and exchange rates were stable. Annual inflation remained low at 3.8% a slight increase from 3.3% in 2018. Exchange rate also registered marginal increase with the US dollar exchanging at TZS 2,287.93 from an average of TZS 2,281.20 in 2018. In the backdrop of the growing economy, the year 2019 witnessed an improved performance in the stock market activity. Trading value increased by 198 percent, volume of shares traded increased by 3 percent and the bond turnover (in trading value) increased by 13 percent.

Performance and Dividend Recommendation

The 2019 financial year was the second year of implementation of the 2018-2022 DSE Strategic Plan II. In the year, DSE planned to implement some key strategic activities including (i) Devising mechanisms for liquidity enhancement, (ii) Preparatory work on introduction of “DSE Enterprises Acceleration Program”; (iii) Sustaining efforts aiming at attaining full membership to the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) and classification to Frontier Market status (iv) Enhancing profiling and visibility of the DSE and (v) Increasing efficiency of DSE operations leading to enhancement of profitability.

I am happy to report that most of the planned activities were implemented as planned. During the year DSE was admitted as a full member of WFE and attained a frontier market status classification by Country Classification Agent (FTSE Russell); it achieved liquidity ratio of 6% of domestic market capitalization and 12% of outstanding bonds. On shareholders’ value enhancement, DSE attained a 16% return on equity and 15% return on assets translating to an earnings per share of TZS 148.92 Part of this value is going to be returned to shareholders in the form of the TZS 74.46 per share dividend that has been recommended by the Board for approval by the Annual General Meeting. The CEO’s Statement and financial performance highlights provide further details of the DSE financial performance in 2019.

Governance

During the year, Shareholders resolved to reconstitute the Board of Directors by appointing new directors and electing new Chairman of the Board. The move was aimed at improving governance and foster strategic focus of the Exchange. All directors are well qualified and accomplished in their fields and bring with them a wealth of business and professional knowledge and experience.

I would like to express the commitment of the Board in adding value to the Exchange and ensuring that shareholders’ interests are well represented and protected. On behalf of the Board, I would also like to express my gratitude to the outgoing directors for their excellent contributions to the Exchange during their tenure. I take this opportunity to wish them prosperity in their future endeavors.

Strengthening Partnership and Corporate Social Responsibility

During the same year DSE conducted DSE members award where members were awarded different award on the different categories. This is part of DSE initiatives of Promoting Excellence in Sustainability, Fostering Good Corporate Governance, and Enhancing Corporate Responsibility and ensuring continuing membership obligations among Listed Companies, Brokers/Dealers as well as Custodian Banks in the Tanzanian capital markets. The event was graced by the Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning Hon. Dr. Ashatu K. Kijaji (MP) In adherence to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the goals relevant to stock exchanges, the DSE joined the UN-Women, UN-SSE, UN-Global Compact, and WFE in Celebrating International Women Day by ringing the bell for Gender Equality on 8th March 2019. The event, which had the theme ‘Think equal, build smart, and innovate for change’, was graced by Hon. Angellah Kairuki, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (Investment and Empowerment). In October 2019, the DSE participated in the International Financial Literacy Week by “Ringing the Bell for Financial Literacy”, an event that was also used as a platform for providing public awareness and sensitization on matters of financial literacy.

DSE, being a Partner Exchange of the UN-Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, is at the forefront in championing implementation of investors’ concerns on issues of environment, social and governance as check and balance for sustainability of businesses. In 2019 DSE made some initiatives that aimed at bringing more awareness to its members including listed companies, on issues regarding Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). This included implementing the raising of awareness of ESG in its flagship project “DSE Annual Membership Award”. The aim is to ensure listed and non-listed members of the DSE adhere to the current expected international best practices on ESG agenda. Outlook for 2020 and Key Initiatives

The Board expects the economic and business environment in 2020 to represent a slight challenge compared to the 2019’s. The company’s 2019 performance compares favourably with the prior years’ and the Board is cautiously optimistic that the Exchange’s performance will continue improving in the years ahead. The Exchange will continue to implement appropriate strategies to enhance growth and profitability as outlined in the DSE Five Year Strategic Plan. The main drivers of improved performance are derived from the strategic initiatives to be implemented in 2020. These include (i) the development of Mobile Trading Platform and Micro-saving Products (M-Akiba bonds), (ii) launching and implementing the DSE Enterprise Acceleration Program (iii) enhance investment on the ICT Infrastructure by operationalization of automatic failover in disaster recovery site and (iv) Advocacy on policy development. The Board however recognizes the growing threat of COVID-19 and the effects it may have on the future performance. The Board continues to monitor the progress of the pandemic and implement appropriate strategies to minimize the adverse effects of the pandemic.

Appreciation

I would like to express my appreciation to all stakeholders for their support and dedication. The Board has provided guidance and stewardship to Management throughout the year. On behalf of the Board, I appreciate the continued commitment and teamwork that Management and staff have shown throughout the year. I thank the Capital Market Security Authority for the constructive manner in which they engage with the DSE and other stakeholders in their oversight of the sector. Finally, yet importantly, I would like to extend special thanks to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for their steadfast support and cooperation and for maintenance of conducive business environment, stable economic policies and political stability.

Board Chairman
Name: Dr. Elinami Minja


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