STATUS OF THE PRIVATIZATION PROGRAMME

1. Development Bank of Kenya (DBK) Ltd

OBJECTIVE
To release funds invested by Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC) for lending to industry and other enterprises and mobilize necessary resources to support the bank’s future growth, support the growth and stability of the financial markets, enhance corporate governance and broaden shareholding.

STATUS
Updated detailed proposal submitted to the Government for consideration and approval. 

 

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2. National Bank of Kenya (NBK) Ltd.

OBJECTIVE
To mobilize necessary resources to support the bank’s future growth, support the growth and stability of the financial sector and the capital markets, enhance corporate governance, broaden shareholding and to recoup part of Government investment to finance other development projects.

STATUS
Updated detailed proposal and takeover option under consideration.

 

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3. Public Sector Owned/Controlled Sugar Companies

OBJECTIVE

  • To mobilize resources to rehabilitate and modernize sugar milling facilities to enhance their efficiency and competitiveness.
  • To raise funds for the rehabilitation of the sugar factories;
  • To address the excess debt through necessary restructuring.

 

STATUS

Transaction approved by Parliament on 21st April 2015. Announcement made on 15th May 2015 in the Daily Nation and on 22nd May 2015 in The Standard. Updating of due diligence work completed. Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) advertised on 4th and 8th December 2015. EOIs re-advertised on 11th March 2016 with a submission deadline of 15th April 2016.

 

A Judicial Review application and Constitutional petitions proceedings against the Commission and the Attorney General with respect to various issues, including constitution of the Commission Board and devolution of the assets to the counties where the sugar companies are situated, were heard and judgment delivered on 10th November 2017.

 

In the ruling, the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi dismissed the petition (Petition No. 187 of 2016) thereby granting the Commission the go ahead to continue with the sale of the five government owned/controlled sugar companies. The High Court additionally directed that further consultative engagements be held between the National Government and the County governments under the Intergovernmental Relations Act, 2012.

 

The Commission is currently re-initiating structured engagements with all primary stakeholders in the sugar industry and has already commenced consultations with the Council of Governors with a view to co-operatively identify sustainable solutions to the bottle necks currently facing the operations of the state-owned sugar milling companies.

4. Kenya Wine Agencies (KWAL) Ltd.

OBJECTIVE

  • To ensure its continued viability;
  • Bring a Strategic Partner on board to obviate pressure from current suppliers.

 

STATUS
Sale of 26% shareholding completed. Closing of sale of 4% shareholding to staff extended due to low uptake.

 

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5. Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) Hotels

OBJECTIVE
To mobilize resources to rehabilitate and modernize existing facilities.

STATUS
Approval granted by Parliament for three hotels: Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi; Hilton Hotel, Nairobi and Mountain Lodge, through pre-emptive rights. Offers made but bids were too low due to low hotel occupancy in 2014 and 2015. 
Process on hold awaiting finalization of consultations within Government.

 

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6. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) - Approved Projects

OBJECTIVE
Capacity expansion through mobilization of private sector capital and management resources.  Three projects are included in the     Privatization Programme. These include:

  • Operationalization of the Eldoret Container Terminal;
  • Outsourcing of stevedoring services; and
  • Development of berths 11-14.

 

STATUS
Transaction on hold awaiting the approval of recommendations to remove projects from the Programme following enactment of the PPP Act.

 

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7. Consolidated Bank of Kenya (CBKL) Ltd

OBJECTIVE
To mobilize necessary resources to support the bank’s future growth, support the growth and stability of the financial sector, enhance corporate governance and broaden shareholding.

STATUS
Updated detailed proposal submitted to the Government for consideration and approval.

 

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8. Agro-Chemical and Food Company (ACFC)

OBJECTIVE
To address financial and management resource needs and the company’s excess debt.

STATUS
Detailed proposal completed and submitted to the National Treasury for approval by the Government.

Transaction on hold awaiting decision on the next steps in view of the on-going State-Owned Enterprises Rationalization Programme.

 

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9. Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) Ltd.

OBJECTIVE
To mobilize resources for additional investments, enhance transparency and corporate governance, broaden shareholding, develop the Capital Markets and raise resources to support the Government budget.

STATUS
Due diligence and Options Analysis completed. Transaction on hold following recommendation to remove the Company from the Programme for now.

 

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10. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)

OBJECTIVE
To mobilize resources for additional investments, enhance transparency and corporate governance, broaden shareholding, develop the Capital Markets and raise resources to support the Government budget.

STATUS
Due diligence work and Options Analysis completed. Detailed proposal prepared and submitted to the National Treasury. Rights Issue adopted as preferred option for mobilizing required resources. 

Rights Issue completed. Awaiting the approval of recommendation of transaction removal from the Programme.

 

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11. East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC)

OBJECTIVE
To mobilize resources for additional investments, enhance transparency and corporate governance, broaden shareholding in the economy, develop the Capital Markets and raise resources to support the Government budget.

STATUS
Detailed proposal prepared and submitted for Government approval. Transaction on hold awaiting decision on the next steps in view of the State-Owned Enterprises Rationalization Programme.

 

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12. Kenya Meat Commission (KMC)

OBJECTIVE
To address KMC’s future viability and the required financial and management resources through restructuring and privatization.

STATUS
Detailed proposal prepared and submitted to the National Treasury for approval by the Government.

Transaction on hold awaiting decision on the next steps in view of the State-Owned Enterprises Rationalization Programme.

 

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13. New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (NKCC) Ltd.

OBJECTIVE
To address future governance and sustainability of its operations.
Improve its competitiveness.

STATUS
Due Diligence and Options Analysis completed. Detailed proposal finalized and submitted to the National Treasury. Updating of detailed proposal ongoing following Parliamentary recommendations and further consultations.

 

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14. Numerical Machining Complex

OBJECTIVE
To address mobilization of resources for investment in the company and the utilization of the company’s idle assets.

STATUS
Transaction awaiting removal from the Programme following completion  of due diligence and options analysis and detailed proposal and submission of recommendations to the National Treasury for consideration by the Government.

 

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15. Isolated Power Stations

OBJECTIVE
To facilitate comprehensive review of the most appropriate and effective way of operating the stations in future.

STATUS
Transaction awaiting removal from the Programme following completion of due diligence and options analysis, preparation of detailed proposal and submission of recommendations to the National Treasury.

 

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