Safaricom net profit jumps to Sh63.4bn

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Safaricom net profit jumps to Sh63.4bn

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Safaricom has reported a 14.7 per cent jump in net profit for the year ended March 2019 to Sh63.4 billion.. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Safaricom has reported a 14.7 per cent jump in net profit for the year ended March 2019 to Sh63.4 billion.

In the results released on Friday in Nairobi, voice service revenue grew by 0.3 percent to Sh95.9 billion while M-Pesa revenue grew by 19.2 per cent to Sh74.9 billion, making the two the largest contributors to revenue.

The telco declared a special dividend of Sh24.8 billion in addition to the normal dividend of Sh50 billion.

Here are the highlights of the report released to investors at the company’s headquarters in Westlands:

• Service revenue growth of 7 per cent  to Sh 240.30bn.

• Voice service (incoming and outgoing) revenue grew by 0.3 per cent to Sh95.94bn.

• M-PESA revenue grew by 19.2 percent to Sh 74.99bn.

• Mobile data revenue increased by 6.4 per cent to Sh38.69bn.

• Messaging revenue declined by 1.3 percent to Sh17.50bn.

• Fixed service revenue increased by 22.7 per cent to Sh8.19bn.

• Total customer base increased by 7.7 percent to 31.8m.

• 30-day active M-PESA customers increased 10.2 percent to 22.6m.

• 30-day active mobile data customers increased 6.6 percent to 18.8m.

The firm said Kenyans have already borrowed Sh45 billion on Fuliza— a service that allows M-Pesa customers to complete their transactions when they have insufficient funds in their account.

The growth of the overdraft service is an indicator of Kenyans’ growing appetite for instant loans to spend.

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