Shelter Afrique CEO Andrew Chimphondah (left) and Shelter Afrique Chairman Dr. Steve Mainda when the company released the 2019 financial results in Nairobi, Monday. The company's losses shrunk to Sh59 Million.

Pan African housing development financier, Shelter Afrique on Monday announced a Ksh59 million loss for the full year ended December 2019 down from the Ksh 923 million (US$9.23M) loss recorded in 2018, representing a 94% drop year on year.

Addressing journalists in Nairobi, Shelter Afrique Chairman Dr. Steve Mainda said despite the loss, the company is confident that it has turned around its fortunes to become financially viable after a turbulent 2018.

“Enhanced corporate governance practices backed by a strong, diverse ,competent and ethical board, robust enterprise risk management, a new business model, and debt restructuring plans have played key roles in fast-tracking the recovery process,” Dr. Mainda said.

Shelter Afrique Managing Director Andrew Chimphondah said the company had projected a return to financial viability by 2020 and overall financial sustainability by 2023.

“The return to financial stability as indicated by a significant reduction in our operating loss in 2019 is an indication that the turnaround strategy has been both successful and effective. With the commencement of loan commitments leading to disbursements on the robust loan pipeline of Ksh50 billion (US$501.30M) from 2020 and beyond, the Company was poised to return to profitability and provide returns to the 46 shareholders,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

During the period under review, the company recorded a reduction in interest expense by 33% from Ksh998 million (US$9.98M) in 2018 to Ksh670 million (US$6.70 M) in 2019 on the back of a 39% decrease on borrowings from Ksh11.67 billion (US$116.77 M) in 2018 to Ksh7.16 billion (US$71.66 M) in 2019. 

Total assets under management reduced by 16%, from Ksh22.9 billion (US$ 229.43M) in 2018 to Ksh19.3 billion (US$ 193.13M) in 2019 as a result of a 31% decrease in net loan assets from Ksh16.5billion (US$165.19M) in 2018 to Ksh11.46 billion (US$114.63M) in 2019 due to effective loans collection policies on the back of reduced lending.  

Interest income and fees fell to Ksh1.53 billion (US$15.34M) Ksh130 million (US$1.30 Million) in 2019 respectively, as a result of slow underwriting of new business

The Company maintained a positive liquidity position with a cash balance of Ksh5.6 billion (US$56.97M) closing the year with a liquid ratio of 29%.

The strong liquidity position was achieved on the back of enlarged share capital receipts from shareholders and successful collections from a non-performing loan book.

A total of Ksh979 million (US$ 9.79M) was received during the year, which increased total paid-up capital by 8%, from Ksh13 billion (US$ 130.65M) in 2018 to KSh14 billion (US$140.64M) in 2019.

Shareholder Funds increased by 8% from Ksh10.6 billion (US$ 106.79M) in 2018 to Ksh11.5 billion (US$ 115.42M) in 2019 due to the new capital subscriptions.

The Chief Executive said with the improved financial performance in 2019 and the significant milestone conclusion of the Debt Restructuring Agreement (DRA) with the 8 global  lenders, the Company was optimistic of returning to full financial viability from 2020.

“Severe impacts from the COVID-19 P******c notwithstanding, we believe this is still achievable. We shall focus on our immediate strategic ambition of achieving Ksh100 billion (US$1Billion) plus in housing finance delivered directly and through funds mobilized and leveraged from third parties. The 6 key focus areas post COVID-19 p******c are going to be capital raising, business continuity, cost realignment, strategic repositioning, refinement of the business model and digital transformation,” said Mr. Chimphondah.

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