KenGen to pay Sh1.98 billion in dividends

In Summary

• The Managing Director Rebecca Miano pointed out that under the Corporate strategy, KenGen had been able to expand its revenue sources and international footprint. 

• It is under this strategy that they now have on-going contracts to drill geothermal wells in Ethiopia and Djibouti and also provide geothermal consultancy services in Kenya.

ICT Director John Mudany, KenGen Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano, Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge KenGen Board Chairman Samson Mwathethe.
ICT Director John Mudany, KenGen Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano, Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge KenGen Board Chairman Samson Mwathethe.

KenGen will pay its shareholders Sh1.98 billion in dividends.

This follows Thursday's approval by shareholders of the Board’s recommendation for a first and final dividend payment of Sh0.30 per ordinary share of Sh2.50.

The dividend payout for the year ended June 2020 is an increase from the Sh1.65 billion paid to the shareholders in 2019.

Speaking during the Company’s 68th Annual General Meeting which was held virtually, KenGen Managing Director and CEO Rebecca Miano, said the Company’s capacity expansion and diversification agenda had contributed to the results and growth achieved during the year the year.

“The progress we have been able to make as an institution has mainly been driven by deliberate strategic decisions taking into account the prevailing operating environment, business sustainability, trends and market needs,” Miano said.

Miano pointed out that under the Corporate strategy, KenGen had been able to expand its revenue sources and international footprint.

“It is under this strategy that we now have on-going contracts to drill geothermal wells in Ethiopia and Djibouti and also provide geothermal consultancy services in Kenya.

"We are happy this direction we have taken is paying off and are determined to continue with it so that we can provide more value to you, our shareholders,” She said. 

She also highlighted the achievements attained during the period, adding that the company envisioned to add another 83.3 MW to the national grid by the end of 2021 following the completion of Olkaria 1 Unit 6 geothermal power plant.

The Managing Director added that going forward, the company would focus on delivering ongoing projects and pursuing new ones in Kenya and beyond.

During the year ended June 2020, KenGen announced a Sh13.9 Billion profit before tax which translated into 18% growth from the previous financial year during which the company announced Sh11.6 billion profit before tax.

The company’s profit after tax improved from Sh7.88 billion to Kshs.18.4 billion, an increase that the company attributed to a Sh8.1 billion reduction in corporate tax rate from 30% to 25% as per the Government’s relief measures to support companies navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.

In his address, KenGen Board Chairman Samson Mwathethe said the company was pleased to have delivered positive results amidst a challenging business environment.

He added that the company would continue implementing its Corporate Strategy to ensure sustainable electricity supply in the country, while leveraging on innovation and partnerships for business growth and diversification.