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Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) Extract from 2022 Annual Report

During the year ended 31 December 2022, CEC reported total revenue of ZMW6.34 billion (US$374.44 million), (2021: ZMW6.74 billion (US$342.52 million)) and profit after tax of ZMW1.68 billion (US$98.71 million), (2021: ZMW1.01 billion (US$51.25 million)).  

The Bulk Supply Agreement between CEC and ZESCO that expired on 31 March 2020 was renewed after the year end on 7 April 2022. This delay negatively impacted the business’ margins and performance. Nonetheless, CEC proved to be a resilient business and continued to thrive and diversify its operations in spite of the challenges faced.  

Further, CEC successfully contested Statutory Instrument (SI) No.57 of 2020 that declared its transmission and distribution lines as common carrier. The declaration was quashed by the high court and replaced by SI No. 24 of 2021. The court did not pronounce itself on the said SI, as the new government took the decision to repeal the SI No. 24 of 2021. This action has fully restored CEC’s commercial rights over it’s own infrastructure. For the year under review, the CEC share price opened at ZMW 1.10 per share and closed at ZMW 1.95. Based on the period-to- 30 September 2021 performance, CEC management did not budget for any dividend payment. However due to unexpected improvements in financial performance.  

The Company declared and paid a dividend of US$ 50.37 million with ZCCM-IH receiving US$ 10.3 million (2021: US$9 million).  

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