Investrust Bank Plc (Investrust) recorded a 19% decrease in net interest income to K39.77 million during the year ended 31 December 2015 (2014: K49.30 million). This was driven by the increase in interest rates in fixed term deposits and inter-bank lending. During the year under review, the bank did not expand the physical branch network. Rather, the bank focused on consolidating operations in its branch networks.
In 2015, Investrust embarked on a capital raising exercise through a Claw back Rights Offer to meet the minimum capital requirement set by Bank of Zambia. ZCCM-IH fully underwrote the offer and the results, subsequent to year end, indicated that ZCCM-IH ended up with 48% of the shareholding in the bank.
ZCCM-IH made an application for waiver of a mandatory offer to the SEC and the SEC approved the application on condition that ZCCM-IH sold down its shareholding to below 35% which is the trigger for a mandatory offer. ZCCM-IH has since sold 3.2% of its shares in the bank and is currently at 45.4% shareholding.
The bank’s share price on the LuSE closed the period under review at K13.50 (2014: K13.50). There were no dividends declared during the financial year ended 31 March 2016 (2015: Nil).