MPICO declares K5.1bn profit: Owed K9bn rental arrears by Malawi govt

Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) listed company MPICO Group has declared a K5.1 billion profit for the year ending 2017, representing a year-on-year increase of 155 percent from last year’s K2.0 billion turnover.

The board poses for a group photograph
Jiya: We are engaging the government

This is despite the company being owed a whooping K9 billion by the government of Malawi, which presently holds 32 percent of the company’s portfolio.

The K5.1 billion was declared Thursday, June 28, 2018 during the 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company’s shareholders held at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

Board chairperson Edith Jiya, who presided over the meeting attributed the increase in profits to a number of factors including rental income growth recorded at the country’s largest shopping/business centre, The Gateway in Lilongwe’s Area 47.

On a negative note, Jiya observed that government’s rental arrears continued to choke the company’s operations. As at December 31, 2017, the government reportedly owed MPICO K8 billion, which, according to Jiya has soared to K9 billion as of present.

“This unfortunate situation has stifled progress in executing the company’s strategic growth initiatives. The Group has not been able to participate in the economic growth of the country as desired,” said Jiya in her report to the assembly.

The MPICO board chair said the Group would continue engaging with the government while at the same time reducing over-exposure of its portfolio to the government, presently at 32 percent: “We have so far reduced the over-exposure from 44 to 32 percent but our target is to reduce it to less than 20 percent,” she said.

Recently, the Group issued a notice of eviction to all tenants with rental arrears

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5 years ago

Declaring profit. You declare dividend.

5 years ago
Reply to  Kikkiikikikiki

This is a joke. Real Estate company that declares pittance dividends to its shareholders and does nothing to collect from government-the main tenant of its properties. Who would wish to buy such shares? By the way, who runs the Malawi Stock Exchange not to reflect such adverse news? Does the MSE react to anything? Koma kumangotsegulira ma lifts! Hehede-Company yachimalawi yeniyeni!!!!!!!!!!

5 years ago
Reply to  Panganani

DPP government umayidziwa? APM ndalama kuthyolera mthumba

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