Nampak Takeover Bid Part of Expansion Strategy
Africa’s leading packaging company Nampak Ltd (NPK) has revealed it is looking to expand in Nigeria to counter falling profit margins in its main South African market.
Johannesburg-based Nampak has agreed to buy Nigerian packaging company Alucan for R3.3billion, which is its biggest-ever deal and is also eyeing a plastics manufacturer in the country.
Nampak, which supplies such well-known brands as the Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller Plc, also has its eye on expansion in Ethiopia and Ghana and will seek to grow by acquisition.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer Andre de Ruyter told a Bloomberg reporter that growth opportunities to take his company to the next level only came from Africa.
Nigeria is now the fastest growing country on the continent, since GDP growth rate was recalculated earlier this year and Ghana is one of the most important untapped markets in the west.
De Ruyter said: “There are sizable opportunities available in Nigeria. I am bullish on Ethiopia and Ghana we need to look at quite closely.”
The company which has operations across sub-Saharan Africa, is unlikely to look for growth in countries which have instability such as the Central African Republic and Niger.
Sales growth grew by 12 percent during the first half-year but the profit margin in South Africa dipped to 8.5 percent from 9.1 percent a year earlier, compared with a total margin of 11 percent.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.