On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to share with you the performance of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) as a Company and that of its investee companies during the financial year ended 31 March 2016.
As ZCCM-IH’s investment is largely in the mining sector, the Company experienced low to static growth owing to the challenges faced by the mining sector in general. The mining sector was faced with a significant energy deficit which affected production negatively and consequently led to a reduction in revenues. The situation was further compounded by low commodity prices particularly copper due to increased supply on the market and reduced demand mainly in high copper consumer countries such as China. As a result of the foregoing, investment in the mining sector was reduced and mainly concentrated on consolidation of already existing operations…
Beyond these current challenges, the underlying drivers of growth in Sub-Saharan Africa that have been in play domestically in the region over the past decade most importantly, the much improved business environment generally continue to be in place, and favorable demographics are poised to support these drivers over the coming decades. These will anchor medium-term growth prospects…
I express sincere gratitude to my fellow Board members, the immediate past Board members, the Management and Staff of ZCCM-IH for their dedication and commitment during the past year. I again extend my gratitude to the investee companies for their efforts and contributions during the year.