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Safaricom: The giant at a glance

By Steve Mbego | May 3rd 2019
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  • It is only telecommunications company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
  •  Kenyan government owns 35 per cent of the telco, South Africa's Vodacom 35 per cent and Britain's Vodafone 5 per cent and the rest by the public.
  • Is the most profitable company in East Africa and the most valuable company on the NSE with a market capitalization of Sh1.6trn.

  • In 2018, the firm generated Sh250.96b in revenues posting a net profit of Sh63.4b.
  • Safaricom's Sh63.4b profit overshadows that of Kenya’s top three banks combined in 2018 trading.  [Kenya Commercial Bank (Sh24b); Cooperative Bank (Sh18.2) and (Equity Sh15.8b).
  • In 2018, the company’s biggest source of revenue was from outgoing voice calls (Sh95.9 billion) and MPesa (74.99b).
  • It generated Sh38.69b from mobile data and Sh8.19b from fixed data revenue.
  • With a total revenue of Sh250.96b, Safaricom can fund Nairobi County which has been allocated the largest share of county funds in the current fiscal year at Sh15.8 billion, 15.9 times.
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  • Safaricom can fund Elgeyo Marakwet County, which has the least county funds allocation this year at Sh4.1 billion, 61.2 times.
  • The telco is a major contributor to the revenues of the Government and remitted Sh98.13b in duties, taxes and license fees in 2018, which totals to Sh698.52b since its inception.
  • Statistics released today put its subscribers at 31.8 million.
Safaricom customers (Image, Courtesy)

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