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02 Oct 2016

Building a Kingdom – example of Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited


This informative article provides a case study of sustained entrepreneurial development of Kingdom Financial Holdings. It’s the entrepreneurial financial institutions which survived the financial meltdown that were only available in Zimbabwe in 2003. The lender had been established in 1994 by four entrepreneurial young bankers. It’s grown substantially over the years. The outcome examines the origins, growth and growth regarding the bank. It concludes by summarizing classes or principles which can be produced by this case that possibly appropriate to business owners.

Profile of a business owner: Nigel Chanakira

Nigel Chanakira grew up in the Highfield suburb of Harare in an entrepreneurial household. Their parent and uncle operated a public transport organization contemporary Express and later diversified into retail shops. Nigel’s parent later on exited the household business. He purchased completely the shops and expanded it. During school vacations young Nigel, while the first born, would work in the shops. Their parents, especially his mommy, insisted he get an education very first.

On conclusion of highschool, Nigel failed to enter dental or health school, which were his very first passions. In reality his grades could just be considered him for the Bachelor of Arts degree programme at the University of Zimbabwe. But he “sweet-talked his means into a transfer” towards the Bachelor in Economics degree programme. Academically he worked hard, exploiting his strong competitive character that was created during his sporting times. Nigel rigorously applied himself to his educational pursuits and passed his studies with exemplary grades, which opened the door to work as an economist because of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).

During his stint because of the Reserve Bank, his economic mind-set indicated to him that wealth creation had been taking place in the banking industry for that reason he determined to comprehend banking and financial areas. While used at RBZ, he read for a Master’s degree in Financial Economics and Financial Markets as preparation for his first into banking. At the Reserve Bank under Dr Moyana, he had been an element of the research group that put together the insurance policy framework for the liberalization regarding the financial solutions in the financial Structural Adjustment Programme. Staying at the best place at the right time, he became conscious of the opportunities which were setting up. Nigel exploited his place to recognize the essential profitable banking establishment working for as preparation for his future. He headed to Bard Discount House and struggled to obtain 5 years under Charles Gurney.

A while later the 2 black executives at Bard, Nick Vingirayi and Gibson Muringai, left to form Intermarket Discount House. Their particular departure inspired the young Nigel. If both of these could establish a banking establishment of their own so could he, given time. The departure additionally developed the opportunity for him to go up to fill the vacancy. This provided the aspiring banker critical managerial experience. Subsequently he became a director for Bard Investment solutions where he attained critical expertise in portfolio management, client relationships and dealing in the dealing department. While there he found Franky Kufa, a new dealership who was making waves, who does later on be an integral co-entrepreneur with him.

Despite his expert business engagement his parent enrolled Nigel in the Barclays Bank “Start a Business” Programme. However just what really made a visible impact regarding the young business owner had been the Empretec Entrepreneur Instruction programme (might 1994), to which he had been introduced by Mrs Tsitsi Masiyiwa. The course demonstrated he had the prerequisite entrepreneurial competences.

Nigel chatted Charles Gurney into an attempted management buy-out of Bard from Anglo -American. This failed as well as the increasingly frustrated aspiring business owner considered occupations with Nick Vingirai’s Intermarket rather than Mhlanga’s nationwide Discount House that has been regarding the verge of being created – hoping to join as a shareholder since he had been acquainted with the promoters. He had been rejected this possibility.

Being frustrated at Bard and achieving already been rejected entry to the club by pioneers, he resigned in October 1994 because of the reassurance of Mrs Masiyiwa to follow his entrepreneurial fantasy.

The Fantasy

Motivated by the emails of his pastor, Rev. Tom Deuschle, and frustrated at his incapacity to take part in the chapel’s massive building task, Nigel desired a way of producing huge financial resources. During a period of prayer he promises he had a divine encounter where he received a mandate from God to start Kingdom Bank. He visited his pastor and informed him for this encounter as well as the subsequent aspire to begin a bank. The godly pastor had been astonished at the 26 year old with “big spectacles and using tennis shoes” who wanted to begin a bank. The pastor prayed before counselling the child. Having already been persuaded regarding the genuineness of Nigel’s fantasy, the pastor did anything unusual. He requested him to provide a testimony towards the congregation of just how God had been leading him to start a bank. Though shy, the child complied. That experience had been a powerful vote of self-confidence from godly pastor. It shows the power of mentors to create a protégé.

Nigel teamed up with young Franky Kufa. Nigel Chanakira left Bard at the place of Chief Economist. They would develop their own entrepreneurial venture. Their particular idea was to determine players that has particular competences and would each manage to generate financial resources from his task. Their particular eyesight was to produce a one – end financial institution supplying a discount home, a secured asset management organization and a merchant bank. Nigel utilized his Empretec model to produce a small business plan for their venture. They headhunted Solomon Mugavazi, a stockbroker from Edwards and Company and B. R. Purohit, a corporate banker from Stanbic. Kufa would offer money marketplace expertise while Nigel supplied earnings from federal government bond dealings plus overall direction regarding the group.

Each one of the budding partners brought in the same part of the Z$120,000 as start up capital. Nigel chatted to his spouse as well as offered their recently acquired Eastlea residence and automobiles to boost the equivalent of US$17,000 because their preliminary capital. Nigel, his spouse and three children headed back once again to Highfield to reside in together with his parents. The partners established Garmony Investments which started investing as an unregistered financial institution. The business owners conformed not to ever draw a salary inside their very first 12 months of businesses as a bootstrapping strategy.

Mugavazi introduced and suggested Lysias Sibanda, a chartered accountant, to participate the group. Nigel was initially reluctant as every person needed to bring in a receiving capability also it had not been clear just how an accountant would generate income at start-up in a financial establishment. Nigel initially retained a 26per cent share which guaranteed him a blocking vote plus providing him the positioning of controlling shareholder.

Nigel credits the Success inspiration Institute (SMI) training course “The Dynamics of effective administration” while the lethal tool that allowed him to obtain managerial competences. In the beginning he insisted that most his secret executives undertake this instruction programme.

Beginning regarding the Kingdom

Kingdom Securities P/L commenced businesses in November 1994 as a completely possessed subsidiary of Garmony Investments (Pvt) Ltd. It traded as a brokerage on both money and stock areas.

On 24th February 1995 Kingdom Securities Holding came to be because of the after subsidiaries: Kingdom Securities Ltd, Kingdom Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd and Kingdom investment Managers (Pvt) Ltd. The leading Kingdom Securities Ltd had been registered as a price reduction House under Banking Act part 188 on 25th July 1995. Kingdom Stockbrokers had been registered because of the Zimbabwe stock-exchange under ZSE Chapter 195 on 1st August 1995. The pre-licensing trading had produced great income but they nonetheless had a 20per cent shortage regarding the needed capital. Many institutional investors switched them straight down because they were a greenfield organization promoted by men and women observed become “too young”. At this time nationwide vendor Bank, Intermarket and others were in the marketplace raising equity that were operate by seasoned and mature promoters. However Rachel Kupara, then MD for Zimnat, believed in the young business owners and used 1st equity portion for Zimnat at 5per cent.

Norman Sachikonye, then Financial Director and Investments management initially Mutual adopted fit, taking on an equity share of 15per cent. Both of these institutional investors were inducted as shareholders of Kingdom Securities Holdings on 1st August 1995. Garmony Investments ceased businesses and reversed it self into Kingdom Securities on 31st July 1995, thus getting an 80per cent shareholder.

The first 12 months of businesses had been marked by intense competitors plus discrimination against brand new finance institutions by general public organisations. All of those other running products done well aside from the organization finance department with Kingdom Securities, led by Purohit. This financial reduction, varying spiritual and moral values generated the forced departure of Purohit as an executive manager and shareholder on 31st December 1995. From then Kingdom started initially to develop exponentially.

Structural Development

Nigel along with his group pursued a hostile growth strategy because of the intention of increasing market share, profitability, and geographical spread while establishing a solid brand name. The growth strategy had been built around a small business viewpoint of simplifying financial solutions and making them readily available towards the general public. An IT strategy that developed an affordable distribution station exploiting ATMs and POS while providing a platform that was prepared for online and web-based programs, had been espoused.

On 1st April 1997, Kingdom Financial providers had been certified as an accepting home targeting trading and circulating forex, treasury tasks, business finance, financial investment banking and advisory solutions. It had been created under the management of Victor Chando because of the intention of becoming the merchant banking arm regarding the Group. In 1998, Kingdom vendor Bank (KMB) had been certified also it overran the assets and liabilities of Kingdom Securities Limited. Its primary focus had been treasury related products, off-balance sheet finance, forex and trade finance. Kingdom analysis Institute had been established as a support service to the other products.

The entrepreneurial bankers, cognisant of these limitations, desired to produce critical size rapidly by actively searching for capital injection from equity investors. Desire to was to broaden ownership while lending strategic help in aspects of shared interest. An endeavor at equity uptake from worldwide Emerging Markets from London failed. However in 1997 the efforts regarding the bankers were rewarded as soon as the after organisations used some equity, decreasing the shareholding of executive directors as shown below: ïEUR Ipcorn 0.7per cent, ïEUR Zambezi Fund Mauritius P/L 1.1per cent, ïEUR Zambezi Fund P/L 0.7per cent. ïEUR Kingdom worker Share Trust 5per cent, ïEUR Southern Africa business developing Fund – 8per cent redeemable inclination shares amounting to US$1,5m while the very first investee organization in Southern Africa from US Fund initiated by US President Bill Clinton, ïEUR Weiland Investments, an organization belonging to Mr Richard Muirimi, a long standing friend of Nigel and associate in the fund management business used 1.7per cent, Garmony Investments 71.7per cent -executive directors. ïEUR After a rights problem Zimnat dropped to 4.8per cent while FML transpired to 14.3per cent.

In 1998, Kingdom launched four Unit Trusts which proved highly popular because of the marketplace. In the beginning these items were focused at specific clients regarding the discount home plus personal portfolios of Kingdom Stockbroking. Hostile advertising and marketing and understanding promotions established the Kingdom device Trust as the most well-known retail model of the team. The Kingdom brand name had been hence created.

Purchase of Discount Company of Zimbabwe (DCZ)

After a spurt of natural growth, the Kingdom business owners chose to hasten the growth rate synergistically. They attempt to acquire the earliest discount home in the united kingdom as well as the globe, The Discount Company of Zimbabwe, that has been a listed entity. With this particular acquisition Kingdom would get critical competences plus attain the much coveted ZSE listing inexpensively through a reverse listing. Initial efforts at a negotiated merger with DCZ were rebuffed by its executives who cannot countenance a forty year old establishment being swallowed up by a four year old business. The business owners are not discouraged. Nigel approached his friend Greg Brackenridge at Stanbic to finance and effect the acquisition regarding the sixty percent shares which were in the possession of of about ten shareholders, on the behalf of Kingdom Financial Holdings but become placed in the ownership of Stanbic Nominees. This plan masked the identity regarding the acquirer. Claud Chonzi, the nationwide Social Security Authority (NSSA) GM and a buddy to Lysias Sibanda (a Kingdom exec manager), consented to act as a front in the negotiations because of the DCZ shareholders. NSSA is a favorite institutional trader and therefore these shareholders could have thought that they were coping with an institutional trader. Once Kingdom controlled 60per cent of DCZ, it overran the organization and reverse detailed it self on the stock-exchange as Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited (KFHL). Due to the negative real interest levels, Kingdom effectively utilized debt finance to shape the acquisition. This acquisition as well as the subsequent listing provided the as soon as despised young business owners self-confidence and credibility in the marketplace.

Various Other Strategic Acquisitions

Within the same 12 months Kingdom vendor Bank acquired a strategic risk in CFX Bureau de Change possessed by Sean Maloney plus another risk in a greenfield microlending franchise, Pfihwa P/L. CFX had been turned into KFX and used in many forex trading tasks. KFHL put as a strategic intention the acquisition of an extra 24.9per cent risk in CFX Holdings to shield the original financial investment and make certain management control. This would not work-out. Rather, Sean Maloney opted away and overran the unsuccessful Universal vendor Bank licence to form CFX vendor Bank. Although Kingdom executives contend the alliance failed as a result of the abolition of bureau de modification by federal government, it would appear that Sean Maloney declined to stop control of the extra shareholding sought by Kingdom. It for that reason would-be reasonable that when Kingdom cannot get a handle on KFX, a fall out ensued. The liquidation for this financial investment in 2002 led to a loss in Z$403 million thereon financial investment. However it was workable in light regarding the strong team profitability.

Pfihwa P/L financed the informal industry as a type of business social obligation. But when the hyperinflationary environment and stringent regulatory environment encroached regarding the viability regarding the task, it had been wound-up at the beginning of 2004. Kingdom pursued its financing regarding the informal industry through MicroKing, that has been established with intercontinental help. By 2002 MicroKing had eight limbs located in the midst of, or almost, micro-enterprise clusters.

In 2000, considering increased task regarding the forex front side in the banking industry, Kingdom opened an exclusive banking facility through the discount home to take advantage of income channels using this marketplace. After marketplace trends, it engaged the insurance coverage organization AIG to go into the bancassurance marketplace in 2003.

Meikles Strategic Alliance

In 1999 the entrepreneurial Chanakira on advice from his executives as well as the legendary business finance team from Barclays bank led by the affable Hugh Van Hoffen entered into a strategic alliance with Meikles Africa whereby it injected some Z$322 million into Kingdom for an equity shareholding of 25%. Interestingly, the offer nearly collapsed on prices as Meikles just wanted to pay $250 million whilst KFHL valued themselves at Z$322 million which in real terms had been the greatest personal industry bargain done between an indigenous bank and a listed business. Nigel testifies it was a walk through the imperfect Celebration Church website regarding the Saturday preceding the signing regarding the Meikles bargain that led him to sign the offer which he saw as a method for him to sow an astonishing seed to the chapel to improve the Building Fund. God had been faithful! Kingdom’s share cost increased considerably from $2,15 at the time he made the dedication to the Pastor completely to $112,00 by the after October!

In return Kingdom acquired a powerful cash-rich shareholder that allowed it entrance into retail banking through a cutting-edge in-store banking strategy. Meikles Africa opened its retail limbs, namely TM Supermarkets, Clicks, Barbours, Medix Pharmacies and Greatermans, as circulation stations for Kingdom commercial bank or as members providing deposits and requiring banking solutions. This is a less expensive means of entering retail banking. It proved useful through the 2003 money crisis because Meikles featuring its massive money sources within its business units assisted Kingdom Bank, hence cushioning it from a liquidity crisis. The alliance additionally increased the reputation and credibility of Kingdom Bank and developed the opportunity for Kingdom to finance Meikles Africa’s customers through the jointly possessed Meikles Financial solutions. Kingdom supplied the capital for several rent and employ acquisitions from Meikles’ subsidiaries, hence operating product sales for Meikles while providing easy financing opportunities for Kingdom. Meikles handled the relationship because of the client.

Meikles Africa as a strategic shareholder guaranteed Kingdom of success when recapitalisation had been needed and it has enhanced Kingdom’s brand name image. This strategic commitment has created powerful synergies for shared advantage.

Industrial Banking

Exploiting the opportunities due to the strategic commitment with Meikles Africa, Kingdom made its first into retail banking in January 2001 with in-store limbs at High Glen and Chitungwiza TM supermarkets. The prospective had been principally the size marketplace. This rode regarding the strong brand name Kingdom had developed through the Unit Trusts. In-store banking supplied low-cost distribution stations with just minimal financial investment in physical. Because of the end of 2001, thirteen limbs were working in the united states. This adopted a deliberate strategy for aggressive roll-out regarding the limbs with two leading limbs ïEUR­ïEUR one out of Bulawayo as well as the other in Harare. There is a giant focus on an IT driven strategy with considerable cross-selling between the commercial bank also SBUs.

But had been more unearthed that there clearly was market for the upmarket clients and therefore Crown banking outlets were established to broaden the goal marketplace. In 2004, after shutting three in-store limbs in a rationalization exercise, there were 16 in-store limbs and 9 Crown banking outlets.

The entrance into commercial banking had been probably held at the incorrect time, taking into consideration the imminent alterations in the banking business. Commercial banking does provide low priced deposits, but at the cost of huge staff prices and human resource management complications. Nigel concedes that, with hindsight, this could being delayed or done at a slower pace. But the need for increased market share in a fiercely competitive business necessitated this. Another reason for persisting because of the commercial banking task had been that of prior agreements with Meikles Africa. It is possible that Meikles Africa had been sold on the equity take-up bargain regarding the straight back of promises to take part in in-store banking, which will increase income because of its subsidiaries.

Innovative Products

KFHL proceeded its aggressive pursuit of product development. Following the failure regarding the KFX task, CurrencyKing had been established to carry on the work. However it was abolished in November 2002 by federal government ministerial input when bureau de modification were forbidden in order to stamp completely synchronous marketplace forex trading.

Unfortunately this governmental choice had been mistaken for not just did it neglect to banish forex parallel trading however it drove underground, managed to make it more profitable and afterwards the federal government destroyed all control of the handling of the exchange rate .

In October 2002, KFHL established Kingdom Leasing after being approved a finance home licence. Its mandate was to take advantage of possibilities to trade in financial leases, rent hire and short term financial loans.

Regional Development

Around 2000 it became evident the domestic marketplace had been very competitive, with restricted customers of future growth. A decision had been made to broaden income channels and lower nation risk through penetration to the regional areas. This plan would take advantage of the proven competences in securities trading, asset management and business advisory solutions from a tiny capital base. And so the entrance had low risk regarding capital injection. Thinking about the forex control limitations and shortage of forex in Zimbabwe, it was a prudent strategy although not without its downside, since will likely to be noticed in the Botswana venture.

In 2001, KFHL acquired a 25.1per cent risk in a greenfield banking enterprise in Malawi, very first Discount House Ltd. To shield its financial investment and make certain managerial control, an executive manager and dealership were seconded towards the Malawi venture while Nigel Chanakira chaired the Board. This financial investment has actually proceeded to develop and yield positive returns. Since July 2006 Kingdom had eventually managed to up its risk from 25,1per cent to 40per cent within financial investment and may in the end get a handle on it to the point of searching for a conversion regarding the permit to a commercial bank.

KFHL additionally used a 25per cent equity risk in Investrust vendor Bank Zambia. Franky Kufa had been seconded to it as an executive manager while Nigel took a seat regarding the Board.

KFHL had been guaranteed a choice to gain a managing risk. But when the financial institution stabilized, the Zambian shareholders entered into some questionable deals and are not ready to allow KFHL to up it is risk and thus KFHL chose to take out as relationships switched frosty. The Zambian Central Bank intervened with a promise to grant KFHL unique banking permit. This would not materialize while the Zambian Central Bank exploited the banking crisis in Zimbabwe to deny KHFL a licence. An acceptable advanced of Z$2.5 billion had been obtained at disinvestment.

In Botswana, a subsidiary known as Kingdom Bank Africa Ltd (KBAL) had been established as an overseas bank in the Overseas Finance Centre. KBAL had been designed to spearhead and manage regional initiatives for Kingdom. It had been headed by Mrs Irene Chamney, seconded by Lysias Sibanda because of the concurrence of Nigel after managerial difficulties in Zimbabwe. Two other senior executives were seconded there. She effectively arranged the KBAL’s banking infrastructure along with great relations because of the Botswana authorities.

But the business model selected of an overseas bank ahead of a domestic Botswana merchant bank permit turned out to be the Achilles heel regarding the bank more so as soon as the Zimbabwe banking crisis set-in between 2003 and 2005. There were fundamental variations in just how Mrs Chamney and Chanakira saw the financial institution enduring and in the years ahead.

Eventually, it had been considered wise for Mrs. Chamney to leave the financial institution in 2005. In 2001 KFHL acquired the mandate while the single supplier regarding the United states Express card in the whole of Africa aside from RSA. This is managed through KBAL. Kingdom professional Bank had been transferred from discount home to be a subsidiary of KBAL as a result of the prevailing regulatory environment in Zimbabwe.

In 2004 KBAL had been briefly placed under curatorship considering undercapitalisation. At this time the moms and dad organization had regulatory constraints that stopped forex capital injection.

A solution had been based in the sourcing of local partners as well as the transfer of US$1 million previously realised from proceeds regarding the Investrust liquidation to Botswana. Nigel Chanakira took a far more active management role in KBAL due to its huge strategic significance towards the future of KFHL. Presently efforts tend to be underway to obtain a local commercial bank licence in Botswana also. Once that is acquired there are two main feasible situations, namely keeping both licences or giving up the offshore licence.

The interviewees were divided inside their opinion on this. However in my view, judging from stakeholder energy involved, KFHL will probably surrender the off shore banking licence and make use of the area Kingdom Bank Botswana (Pula Bank) licence for regional and domestic growth.


The staff complement expanded from preliminary 23 in 1995 to more than 947 by 2003. The growth had been in keeping with the growing establishment. It exploded, specially through the launch and growth regarding the commercial bank. Kingdom from creation had a solid human resourcing strategy which entailed considerable instruction both internally and externally. Prior to the forex crisis, workers were sent for learning such countries as RSA, Sweden, India as well as the American. In the individual of Faith Ntabeni Bhebhe, Kingdom had an energetic HR driver who developed powerful HR systems for the appearing behemoth.

Since a sign of its dedication to building the human resource capability, in 1998 Kingdom Financial Services entered a management agreement with Holland based AMSCO for the provision of seasoned bankers. Through this strategic alliance Kingdom strengthened its skills base and increased opportunities for skills transfer to locals. This helped the entrepreneurial bankers produce a great managerial system for the bank while the seasoned bankers from Holland compensated for the youthfulness regarding the appearing bankers. What a foresight!

In-house self-paced interactive learning, team development workouts and mentoring were all an element of the learning selection geared towards establishing the human resource capability regarding the team. Work and job profiling had been introduced to best match workers to suitable posts. Profession path and succession preparation were embraced. Kingdom had been 1st entrepreneurial bank to have smooth unforced CEO changes. The founding CEO offered the baton to Lysias Sibanda in 1999 as he stepped to the role of Group CEO and board deputy chair. Their role had been today to follow and spearhead international and regional niche financial areas. A couple of years later on there clearly was another modification regarding the guard as

Franky Kufa stepped in since Group CEO to displace Sibanda, who resigned on health grounds. You can argue that these smooth changes were because the baton had been passing to founding directors.

Utilizing the volatile growth in staff complement as a result of the commercial bank task, culture issues appeared. Consequently, KFHL involved with an enculturation programme resulting in a culture transformation dubbed “Team Kingdom”. This culture had to be reinforced considering dilutions through considerable mergers and purchases, considerable staff turnover due to increased competitors, emigration to greener pastures as well as the age profile regarding the staff increased the possibility of high mobility and deceptive tasks in collusion with members of people. Tradition changes tend to be tough to effect and their effectiveness also harder to assess.

In 2004, with a high staff turnover of approximately 14per cent, a compensation strategy that band fenced critical skills like IT and treasury had been implemented. As a result of low margins as well as the financial stress experienced in 2004, KFHL destroyed more than 341 personnel considering retrenchment, natural attrition and emigration. This is acceptable as profitability dropped while staff prices soared. At this time, staff prices accounted for 58per cent of all of the expenses.

Inspite of the impressive growth, the financial overall performance when inflation modified had been mediocre. Really a loss place had been reported in 2004. This growth had been seriously affected by the hyperinflationary conditions as well as the restrictive regulatory environment.


This informative article shows the dedication of business owners to drive until the realisation of these fantasies despite considerable odds. In a subsequent article we are going to deal with the difficulties experienced by Nigel Chanakira in solidifying his investments.