Financial Gazette, Old Mutual Zimbabwe’s top companies

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  • The 2022 edition of the Top Companies Survey Awards was sponsored by the Financial Gazette and Old Mutual Zimbabwe
  • Delta Corporation has been crowned the company of the year
  • This year’s theme was ‘Innovating for Growth in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) Environment’

The Top Companies Survey is an annual event held to honour top-performing companies on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) and the best performers in the insurance and banking sectors.

According to an article by StartupBiz dated July 26, 2022, the vision behind this initiative is best summarized by what Old Mutual once said: “Since the launch of the Top Company Survey, the survey has proved invaluable in promoting transparency, good corporate governance, ethical conduct, and corporate social responsibility as well as providing a platform for networking among corporate leaders and other guests”.

The 2022 edition of the Top Companies Survey Awards was sponsored by the Financial Gazette and Old Mutual Zimbabwe. The first ever Top Companies Survey Awards were held in 1980. This year’s award-giving ceremony was held on July 7 at Old Mutual and the event was streamed live via the Old Mutual Facebook and Financial Gazette pages.

According to an article by Daily News published July 8, 2022, the 2022 Top Companies Survey ran under the theme “Innovating for growth in a VUCA environment”. This largely sums up the operating environment in Zimbabwe, which is very volatile, unclear, complicated, and ambiguous.

For this year’s survey, Musa said it was clear that the local market was still struggling with the timely publication of results, which, on the other hand, is a critical component of creating efficient markets.

“We continue to have more than 90 percent of our listed companies missing the regulatory deadlines and most financials carrying qualified opinions. Our challenge to the accounting bodies is to protect the market’s reputation by changing the current status quo and strive to raise our standards,” Musa further said.

In a related article published by 263Chat dated August 18, 2021, the survey considers a range of quantitative and qualitative aspects to determine and award the winning companies. In 2020, an entirely new evaluation model was created, that is adjusted in line with the hyperinflationary environment. The model was put to the test this year, and it demonstrated its resilience, robustness, and functionality. Additionally, the insurance sector and banking sector models were adjusted to increase their relevance to the operating environment, enhance quality and increase the objectivity of results.

For the 2022 edition, the judges were drawn from stockbrokers and market watchers. Old Mutual highlighted that this significantly improved their evaluation model. This year’s panel of judges was headed by Simbiso Musa, who has over a decade of experience working in Capital Markets. Here are the companies that passed the evaluation to take the awards;

2022 TOP COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Winner: Delta Corporation

Delta Corporation, Zimbabwe’s largest beverage manufacturer has reported a 39% rise in full-year revenue to ZW$ 40.45 billion (US$111.7m) for the year ended March 2021. (Photo/ Food Business Africa)

Delta comes out supreme in the 2022 Top Company survey following a similarly rigorous exercise of quantitative and qualitative evaluation factors.

In 2021, the winner was Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. This award recognizes dominant performance in areas such as quality of earnings, financial wellbeing, leadership, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and environmental social governance (i.e. sustainability issues).

Mobile network operator Econet Wireless and Simbisa Brands were named the first and second runners-up respectively. The first runner-up in 2021 was Delta Corporation.

According to African Financials, Delta Corporation Limited manufacturers and markets international and locally-produced beverages in Zimbabwe. It operates in four segments: non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling beverages, lager beers, and traditional beers. Brands in its non-alcoholic range are a flavored maize drink called Shumba Maheu, and a flavored drinking yoghurt called Supersip Yogurt.

The sparkling beverages division operates two bottling plants and one canning plant; bottling and distributing popular cool drink brands sold worldwide by the Coca-Cola Company, a range of drink mixes, and an energy drink called Burn. The Lager beer division operates two breweries; bottling and distributing international brands such as Castle Lite, Miller’s, Peroni, Redds, Brutal Fruit, and Sarita.

2022 TOP BANKING INSTITUTION

Winner: Ecobank

EcoBank launches a unified banking app for 36 African countries, coming soon to Zimbabwean clients. (Photo/ TechZim)

Ecobank has kept its position from last year. The same goes for Stanbic Bank which became the first runner-up as this was its position in 2021.

According to the company website, Ecobank Zimbabwe Limited (EZW) is a registered commercial bank that is supervised and regulated by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ). It commenced operations in Zimbabwe in January 2011 after ETI acquired a controlling stake in Premier Banking Corporation. It has 12 branches.

2022 TOP INSURER LIFE

Winner: Doves Corporation

This is Doves Corporation’s second year in a row being awarded the Top Insurer Life. First Mutual Life was the first runner-up.

2022 BEST DISCLOSURE AND INVESTOR RELATIONS

Winner: Delta Corporation

Delta also won the Disclosure and Investor Relations award after scoring a fair balance in the transparency of its financial statements. This was its award in 2021 and they have clinched it again this year.

“It did this by being bold enough to recognise significant auditor oversights when comparing the substance of actual business reality versus what is legally and technically compliant in reporting its financial performance.

“The qualitative attributes of the company are fairly disclosing the strides made in expanding into the region through the acquisition of major players in the opaque (sorghum) beer markets in Zambia and South Africa started to reflect on the company’s financial statements and shine a good light on leadership aspects of the survey,” Musa added.

2022 MOST IMPROVED DISCLOSURES AND INVESTOR RELATIONS

Winner: Hippo Valley Estates

Hippo Valley Estates is in the agriculture and agro-processing business, focusing on sugarcane farming, milling, sugar packing, distribution, and cattle ranching operations.

The business is in the South Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe. Hippo Valley Estates Ltd is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and is a subsidiary of Tongaat Hulett Ltd, listed on the JSE.

2022 SPECIAL MENTION AWARD

Winner: TelOne

They got this award for their efforts in disclosures, good corporate governance, and sustainability. Last year it was Padenga Holdings Limited that won this award.

2022 BEST TANGIBLE RESULTS

Winner: Simbisa Brands

Simbisa in US$19,3m expansion drive. (Photo/ Newsday)

According to African Financials, Simbisa Brands Limited is the largest fast-food restaurant operator in Zimbabwe and owns, operates, and franchises a selection of well-known Quick Service Restaurant brands. These include Pizza Inn, Chicken Inn, and Nandos and Steers of South Africa. Simbisa Brands Limited has an extensive footprint in Africa, with outlets in Zimbabwe and 10 African countries including Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Zambia. The fast-food restaurant group is a spin-off from Innscor Africa, a ZSE-listed manufacturing group in Zimbabwe.

Read: 2022 a defining year for Zimbabwe’s capital markets

Albert is a Chemical Technologist and Author. He is passionate about mining, stock market investing, Fintech and Edutech.

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