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Sanlam issues profit warning for FY20, citing COVID-19 woes

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4- Sanlam Kenya has issued a profit warning for the financial year ended December 31, 2020, citing a harsh operating environment occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.

The group’s chairman John Simba in a notice to shareholders said that the returns will be lower than earnings for the previous year.

“Based on our un-audited end-of-year financial results and information currently at the board’s disposal, we wish to report that our projected net earnings after tax for the period ended December 2020 will reflect a decline compare to the prior year earnings,” said Simba.

“This is due to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the local economy and foreign exchange rates which had an adverse impact on the valuation of the Group’s net assets,” he added.

During the release of its half-year earnings ended June 2020, the NSE listed firm reported a net loss of Sh99.1 million.

Sanlam has joined other NSE-listed firms that have issued profit warnings for the year 2020.

The firm said it adopted cost-cutting measures and innovation to survive the pandemic.

“In response to the challenging operating environment, the Board of Directors applied its focus on innovation and cost savings,” Sanlam chairperson John Simba said.

The board of directors has further maintained a positive outlook on the business as the pandemic and its negative impacts are expected to dissipate while the Group’s initiatives continue to support the improvement of financial performance going forward.

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