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Longhorn Publishers to sack workers in cost-cutting move

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Longhorn Publishers Limited is implementing a restructuring plan that seeks to reduce costs by Ksh100 million.

Speaking to Capital FM, Longhorn Publishers Managing Director Simon Ngigi says the process, which will involve job cuts, has been necessitated by the emerging challenges affecting the publishing industry including digital disruption, piracy, and government policies.

The staff rationalisation and realignment are aimed at enhancing operational efficiency and will conclude in August 2017. “The disruption has necessitated the rethinking of our business model and segmentation to enhance our competitive edge,” Mr Ngigi said.

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The firm has, however, not disclosed the number of employees that will be affected. “The organisational restructuring process, which is set to conclude in August 2017 is guided by the Kenya Labour Laws and global best practices. The process will further bolster our capital base hence accelerating Longhorn Publishers future growth,” Ngigi added.

Longhorn publishes educational and creative books in East Africa. The company has subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda and has entered into strategic agreements with partners in Senegal, DRC, Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia.

“We wish to assure our stakeholders and investing public that the process will be quick, fair and efficient, putting their interest at the centre of the entire exercise. We expect a smooth transition with no disruption in serving our customers” he assured.

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Last year, Centum Investment Company Limited raised its stake in Longhorn Publishers to 60 per cent from 31.25 per cent following a rights issue. The investment company said it had no intention to take over the company.

Longhorn Publishers recorded a 45 per cent growth in after-tax profit for its full year ending June 30, 2016 to stand at Sh104 million compared to Sh71 million in the previous year. The company’s revenues went up by 77.2 per cent to Sh1.5 billion compared to Sh848 million posted in a similar period.

The company attributes the turnover growth due to a good uptake in referenced products.

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