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27 Sep 2016

Building a Kingdom – example of Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited


This informative article presents an instance research of sustained entrepreneurial development of Kingdom Financial Holdings. It is one of many entrepreneurial financial institutions which survived the financial crisis that were only available in Zimbabwe in 2003. The lender ended up being created in 1994 by four entrepreneurial young bankers. It offers grown substantially over time. The actual situation examines the origins, growth and growth for the lender. It concludes by summarizing lessons or maxims that may be produced by this situation that maybe appropriate to entrepreneurs.

Profile of operator: Nigel Chanakira

Nigel Chanakira grew up inside Highfield area of Harare in an entrepreneurial family members. His dad and uncle operated a public transport organization Modern Express and soon after diversified into retail shops. Nigel’s dad later exited your family company. He bought on one of many shops and expanded it. During school vacations young Nigel, whilst the first born, would work inside shops. His parents, particularly their mom, insisted which he get an education very first.

On completion of highschool, Nigel didn’t enter dental or medical school, of their first passions. Actually their grades could only be considered him the Bachelor of Arts level programme during the University of Zimbabwe. But he “sweet-talked their means into a transfer” to the Bachelor in Economics level programme. Academically he worked difficult, exploiting their powerful competitive personality which was developed during their sporting days. Nigel rigorously used himself to their scholastic pursuits and passed their studies with exemplary grades, which launched the doorway to employment as an economist with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).

During their stint with the Reserve Bank, their financial mind-set indicated to him that wealth creation ended up being happening inside financial industry consequently he determined to know financial and financial areas. While used at RBZ, he read for a Master’s level in Financial Economics and Financial Markets as preparation for their debut into financial. In the Reserve Bank under Dr Moyana, he was an element of the analysis team that assembled the policy framework the liberalization for the financial solutions in the financial Structural Adjustment Programme. Being at suitable location during the correct time, he became aware of the options of opening up. Nigel exploited their position to spot many profitable financial organization to get results for as preparation for their future. He headed to Bard Discount House and struggled to obtain 5 years under Charles Gurney.

A short while later the two black executives at Bard, Nick Vingirayi and Gibson Muringai, left to make Intermarket Discount House. Their departure inspired the young Nigel. If both of these could establish a banking organization of their own therefore could he, provided time. The departure in addition produced a chance for him to rise to fill the vacancy. This provided the aspiring banker critical managerial knowledge. Subsequently he became a director for Bard Investment solutions in which he gained critical experience with portfolio management, client relationships and working in the working division. While there he met Franky Kufa, a young dealer who was simply making waves, who later become a key co-entrepreneur with him.

Despite their professional company engagement their dad enrolled Nigel inside Barclays Bank “begin your very own company” Programme. Nonetheless just what really made an impact regarding the young business owner ended up being the Empretec Entrepreneur Instruction programme (May 1994), to which he was introduced by Mrs Tsitsi Masiyiwa. The course demonstrated which he had the necessity entrepreneurial competences.

Nigel talked Charles Gurney into an attempted management buy-out of Bard from Anglo -American. This failed additionally 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 – looking to join as a shareholder since he was knowledgeable about the promoters. He had been denied this opportunity.

Being frustrated at Bard and achieving been denied entry into the club by pioneers, he resigned in October 1994 with the encouragement of Mrs Masiyiwa to pursue their entrepreneurial dream.

The Fantasy

Impressed because of the messages of their pastor, Rev. Tom Deuschle, and frustrated at their inability to take part in the church’s massive building project, Nigel sought a way of creating huge money. During an occasion of prayer he promises which he had a divine encounter in which he obtained a mandate from Jesus to start out Kingdom Bank. He visited their pastor and informed him of the encounter additionally the subsequent aspire to begin a bank. The godly pastor ended up being surprised during the 26 year old with “big spectacles and wearing athletic shoes” who desired to begin a bank. The pastor prayed before counselling the child. Having been convinced for the genuineness of Nigel’s dream, the pastor did one thing uncommon. He asked him to provide a testimony to the congregation of exactly how Jesus ended up being leading him to start out a bank. Though timid, the child complied. That knowledge ended up being a powerful vote of self-confidence through the godly pastor. It shows the power of teachers to create a protégé.

Nigel teamed up with young Franky Kufa. Nigel Chanakira left Bard during the position of Chief Economist. They might develop their entrepreneurial endeavor. Their idea was to recognize players that has specific competences and would each have the ability to produce money from their activity. Their sight was to develop a-one – stop financial institution providing a discount household, a valuable asset management organization and a merchant lender. Nigel utilized their Empretec model to develop a small business policy for their particular endeavor. They headhunted Solomon Mugavazi, a stockbroker from Edwards and Company and B. R. Purohit, a corporate banker from Stanbic. Kufa would offer cash market expertise while Nigel supplied earnings from government relationship dealings plus general guidance for the team.

Each one of the budding lovers earned the same part of the Z$120,000 as start up money. Nigel talked to their wife and additionally they offered their particular recently obtained Eastlea home and automobiles to improve the same as US$17,000 as their initial money. Nigel, their wife and three kids headed to Highfield to reside in together with parents. The lovers established Garmony Investments which started trading as an unregistered financial institution. The entrepreneurs conformed never to draw an income within their first year of operations as a bootstrapping method.

Mugavazi launched and suggested Lysias Sibanda, a chartered accountant, to join the team. Nigel was hesitant as each person had to make an earning ability plus it wasn’t clear exactly how an accountant would produce income at launch in a financial organization. Nigel initially retained a 26per cent share which guaranteed him a blocking vote plus providing him the position of managing shareholder.

Nigel credits the Success Motivation Institute (SMI) course “The Dynamics of Successful administration” whilst the life-threatening weapon that allowed him to obtain managerial competences. At first he insisted that most their key executives undertake this education programme.

Beginning for the Kingdom

Kingdom Securities P/L commenced operations in November 1994 as a wholly had subsidiary of Garmony Investments (Pvt) Ltd. It traded as an agent on both cash and stock areas.

On 24th February 1995 Kingdom Securities Holding was created with the following subsidiaries: Kingdom Securities Ltd, Kingdom Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd and Kingdom investment Managers (Pvt) Ltd. The flagship Kingdom Securities Ltd ended up being subscribed as a price reduction House under Banking Act part 188 on 25th July 1995. Kingdom Stockbrokers ended up being subscribed with the Zimbabwe stock-exchange under ZSE Chapter 195 on first August 1995. The pre-licensing trading had produced good income but they still had a 20per cent deficit for the required money. Most institutional investors turned them down because they had been a greenfield organization marketed by men and women recognized to be “too young”. At this stage nationwide Merchant Bank, Intermarket yet others had been available raising equity that had been operate by experienced and mature promoters. Nonetheless Rachel Kupara, after that MD for Zimnat, thought inside young entrepreneurs and took up the very first equity portion for Zimnat at 5per cent.

Norman Sachikonye, after that Financial Director and Investments management at First Mutual accompanied fit, using up an equity share of 15per cent. These two institutional investors had been inducted as shareholders of Kingdom Securities Holdings on first August 1995. Garmony Investments ceased operations and reversed it self into Kingdom Securities on 31st July 1995, therefore getting an 80per cent shareholder.

The very first year of operations ended up being marked by intense competition plus discrimination against new finance institutions by public organisations. The rest of the operating devices performed really except for the corporate finance division with Kingdom Securities, led by Purohit. This financial reduction, differing spiritual and moral values led to the required departure of Purohit as an executive director and shareholder on 31st December 1995. From then your Kingdom began to grow exponentially.

Structural Development

Nigel along with his team pursued a hostile growth method with the objective of increasing market share, profitability, and geographical scatter while developing a powerful brand name. The growth method ended up being built around a small business philosophy of simplifying financial solutions and making them easy to get at to the average man or woman. An IT method that produced a low cost distribution station exploiting ATMs and POS while offering a platform which was ready for Web and web-based applications, ended up being espoused.

On first April 1997, Kingdom Financial providers ended up being licensed as an accepting household targeting trading and distributing foreign exchange, treasury tasks, corporate finance, investment financial and advisory solutions. It had been created underneath the management of Victor Chando with the objective of becoming the merchant financial arm for the Group. In 1998, Kingdom Merchant Bank (KMB) ended up being licensed plus it took over the possessions and debts of Kingdom Securities restricted. Its primary focus ended up being treasury associated services and products, off-balance sheet finance, foreign exchange and trade finance. Kingdom Research Institute ended up being set up as a support service to another devices.

The entrepreneurial bankers, cognisant of the limits, sought to achieve critical mass quickly by actively looking for money shot from equity investors. The aim was to broaden ownership while providing strategic assistance in regions of shared interest. An effort at equity uptake from international Emerging Markets from London failed. In 1997 the efforts for the bankers had been compensated as soon as the following organisations took up some equity, reducing 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 Employee Share Trust 5per cent, ïEUR Southern Africa Enterprise developing Fund – 8per cent redeemable choice shares amounting to US$1,5m whilst the first investee organization in Southern Africa through the US Fund started by US President Bill Clinton, ïEUR Weiland Investments, an organization belonging to Mr Richard Muirimi, an extended standing friend of Nigel and associate inside fund management company took up 1.7per cent, Garmony Investments 71.7per cent -executive directors. ïEUR After a rights issue Zimnat fell to 4.8per cent while FML went down to 14.3per cent.

In 1998, Kingdom launched four product Trusts which proved extremely popular with the market. At first the products had been concentrated at specific consumers for the discount household plus exclusive profiles of Kingdom Stockbroking. Aggressive advertising and awareness campaigns set up the Kingdom device Trust as the most preferred retail make of the group. The Kingdom brand name ended up being therefore produced.

Purchase of Discount Company of Zimbabwe (DCZ)

After a spurt of organic growth, the Kingdom entrepreneurs chose to accelerate the rise price synergistically. They attempted to find the oldest discount household in the united kingdom additionally the globe, The Discount Company of Zimbabwe, that has been a listed entity. With this specific purchase Kingdom would get critical competences plus achieve the much coveted ZSE listing inexpensively through a reverse listing. Preliminary efforts at a negotiated merger with DCZ had been rebuffed by its executives who couldn’t countenance a forty year old organization being swallowed up by a four year old company. The entrepreneurs are not discouraged. Nigel approached their friend Greg Brackenridge at Stanbic to invest in and effect the purchase for the sixty percent shares of in the hands of about ten shareholders, for Kingdom Financial Holdings but to be placed in the ownership of Stanbic Nominees. This tactic masked the identity for the acquirer. Claud Chonzi, the nationwide personal Security Authority (NSSA) GM and a friend to Lysias Sibanda (a Kingdom professional director), consented to work as a front inside negotiations with the DCZ shareholders. NSSA is a common institutional buyer and therefore these shareholders could have believed that they were dealing with an institutional buyer. When Kingdom monitored 60per cent of DCZ, it took over the organization and reverse listed it self onto the stock-exchange as Kingdom Financial Holdings restricted (KFHL). Because of the bad genuine interest rates, Kingdom effectively utilized debt finance to plan the purchase. This purchase additionally the subsequent listing provided the once despised young entrepreneurs self-confidence and credibility available.

Other Strategic Acquisitions

Inside the same year Kingdom Merchant Bank obtained a strategic stake in CFX Bureau de Change had by Sean Maloney plus another stake in a greenfield microlending team, Pfihwa P/L. CFX ended up being became KFX and used in most foreign exchange trading tasks. KFHL set as a strategic objective the purchase of another 24.9per cent stake in CFX Holdings to safeguard the first investment and ensure management control. This would not work out. Instead, Sean Maloney opted out and took over the failed Universal Merchant Bank licence to make CFX Merchant Bank. Although Kingdom executives contend the alliance failed as a result of abolition of bureau de change by government, it would appear that Sean Maloney refused to give up control of the extra shareholding looked for by Kingdom. It consequently would be reasonable that when Kingdom couldn’t get a handle on KFX, a fall out ensued. The liquidation of the investment in 2002 led to a loss of Z$403 million on that investment. Nonetheless this was manageable in light for the powerful group profitability.

Pfihwa P/L financed the casual industry as a type of corporate personal duty. However when the hyperinflationary environment and stringent regulating environment encroached regarding the viability for the project, it absolutely was wound-up during the early 2004. Kingdom pursued its funding for the casual industry through MicroKing, that has been set up with international support. By 2002 MicroKing had eight limbs located in the midst of, or near, micro-enterprise clusters.

In 2000, as a result of increased activity regarding the foreign exchange front in the financial industry, Kingdom launched a personal financial facility through the discount household to exploit income streams using this market. Following market styles, it involved the insurance organization AIG to go into the bancassurance market in 2003.

Meikles Strategic Alliance

In 1999 the entrepreneurial Chanakira on advice from their executives additionally the celebrated corporate finance team from Barclays lender led because of the affable Hugh Van Hoffen entered into a strategic alliance with Meikles Africa wherein it injected some Z$322 million into Kingdom for an equity shareholding of 25per cent. Interestingly, the offer almost collapsed on rates as Meikles only desired to pay $250 million whilst KFHL valued by themselves at Z$322 million which in genuine terms ended up being the largest exclusive industry deal done between an indigenous lender and a listed corporate. Nigel testifies it was a walk through the imperfect Celebration Church website regarding the Saturday preceding the signing for the Meikles deal that led him to signal the offer that he saw as a method for him to sow an astonishing seed into the church to boost the Building Fund. Jesus ended up being faithful! Kingdom’s share cost shot up considerably from $2,15 during the time he made the dedication to the Pastor right to $112,00 because of the following October!

In return Kingdom obtained a powerful cash-rich shareholder that allowed it entrance into retail financial through a cutting-edge in-store financial method. Meikles Africa launched its retail limbs, particularly TM Supermarkets, Clicks, Barbours, Medix Pharmacies and Greatermans, as distribution networks for Kingdom commercial lender or as members offering deposits and requiring financial solutions. It was a less expensive means of entering retail financial. It proved useful through the 2003 cash crisis because Meikles having its massive cash sources within its sections assisted Kingdom Bank, therefore cushioning it from a liquidity crisis. The alliance in addition increased the reputation and credibility of Kingdom Bank and produced a chance for Kingdom to invest in Meikles Africa’s consumers through the jointly had Meikles Financial solutions. Kingdom supplied the funding for all rent and employ purchases from Meikles’ subsidiaries, therefore driving sales for Meikles while offering simple lending options for Kingdom. Meikles handled the partnership with the client.

Meikles Africa as a strategic shareholder guaranteed Kingdom of success when recapitalisation ended up being needed and has now enhanced Kingdom’s brand name image. This strategic relationship has generated effective synergies for shared benefit.

Commercial Banking

Exploiting the options arising from the strategic relationship with Meikles Africa, Kingdom made its debut into retail financial in January 2001 with in-store limbs at High Glen and Chitungwiza TM supermarkets. The target ended up being principally the mass market. This rode regarding the powerful brand name Kingdom had produced through the product Trusts. In-store financial provided cheap distribution networks with just minimal investment in physical. By the end of 2001, thirteen limbs had been working in the united states. This accompanied a deliberate technique for intense roll-out for the limbs with two flagship limbs ïEUR­ïEUR one in Bulawayo additionally the various other in Harare. There was a massive focus on an IT driven method with considerable cross-selling amongst the commercial lender also SBUs.

But ended up being more found that there was an industry the upmarket consumers and therefore Crown banking outlets had been set up to broaden the mark market. In 2004, after closing three in-store limbs in a rationalization exercise, there were 16 in-store limbs and 9 Crown financial outlets.

The entrance into commercial financial ended up being most likely held during the wrong time, thinking about the imminent alterations in the financial business. Commercial financial does provide inexpensive deposits, nonetheless during the price of huge staff prices and peoples resource management problems. Nigel concedes that, with hindsight, this could are delayed or done at a slower rate. But the necessity for enhanced market share in a fiercely competitive business necessitated this. Another basis for persisting with the commercial financial project ended up being compared to prior agreements with Meikles Africa. You are able that Meikles Africa had been sold on the equity take-up deal regarding the straight back of promises to engage in in-store financial, which will increase income because of its subsidiaries.

Innovative Products and Services

KFHL carried on its intense quest for product development. After the failure for the KFX project, CurrencyKing ended up being set up to carry on the task. Nonetheless this was abolished in November 2002 by government ministerial intervention when bureau de change had been restricted in an effort to stamp on parallel market foreign exchange trading.

Sadly this government decision ended up being mistaken for not just did it fail to banish foreign exchange parallel trading but it drove underground, managed to make it more lucrative and consequently the us government lost all control of the management of the trade price.

In October 2002, KFHL established Kingdom Leasing after being given a finance household licence. Its mandate was to exploit possibilities to trade-in financial leases, rent hire and short-term financial products.

Local Development

Around 2000 it became evident the domestic market ended up being extremely competitive, with minimal prospects of future growth. A decision ended up being made to broaden income streams and reduce country risk through penetration into the regional areas. This tactic would exploit the confirmed competences in securities trading, asset management and corporate advisory solutions from a small money base. Therefore the entrance had reduced risk regarding money shot. Thinking about the forex control limits and shortage of foreign exchange in Zimbabwe, this was a prudent method yet not without its downside, since should be present in the Botswana endeavor.

In 2001, KFHL obtained a 25.1per cent stake in a greenfield financial enterprise in Malawi, First Discount House Ltd. To safeguard its investment and ensure managerial control, an executive director and dealer had been seconded to the Malawi endeavor while Nigel Chanakira chaired the Board. This investment has proceeded to grow and produce positive comes back. By July 2006 Kingdom had eventually been able to up its stake from 25,1per cent to 40per cent inside investment and will eventually get a handle on it to the point of looking for a conversion for the license to a commercial lender.

KFHL in addition took up a 25per cent equity stake in Investrust Merchant Bank Zambia. Franky Kufa ended up being seconded to it as an executive director while Nigel took a seat regarding the Board.

KFHL had been promised an alternative to get a managing stake. However when the financial institution stabilized, the Zambian shareholders entered into some dubious deals and are not prepared to enable KFHL to up it’s stake and so KFHL chose to grab as relationships turned frosty. The Zambian Central Bank intervened with a promise to grant KFHL its own financial license. This would not materialize whilst the Zambian Central Bank exploited the financial crisis in Zimbabwe to deny KHFL a licence. A reasonable advanced of Z$2.5 billion ended up being obtained at disinvestment.

In Botswana, a subsidiary called Kingdom Bank Africa Ltd (KBAL) ended up being set up as an overseas lender inside International Finance Centre. KBAL ended up being meant to spearhead and handle regional initiatives for Kingdom. It had been headed by Mrs Irene Chamney, seconded by Lysias Sibanda with the concurrence of Nigel after managerial challenges in Zimbabwe. Two various other senior executives had been seconded there. She effectively set-up the KBAL’s financial infrastructure together with good relations with the Botswana authorities.

But the business model chosen of an overseas lender before a domestic Botswana merchant lender license turned into the Achilles heel for the lender way more as soon as the Zimbabwe financial crisis set in between 2003 and 2005. There have been fundamental variations in exactly how Mrs Chamney and Chanakira saw the financial institution surviving and moving forward.

Eventually, it absolutely was considered prudent for Mrs. Chamney to leave the financial institution in 2005. In 2001 KFHL obtained the mandate whilst the only distributor for the United states Express card inside entire of Africa except for RSA. It was taken care of through KBAL. Kingdom professional Bank ended up being moved through the discount household to become a subsidiary of KBAL as a result of prevailing regulating environment in Zimbabwe.

In 2004 KBAL ended up being temporarily placed under curatorship as a result of undercapitalisation. At this stage the moms and dad organization had regulating limitations that stopped foreign exchange money shot.

An answer ended up being found in the sourcing of local lovers additionally the transfer of US$1 million formerly realised through the profits for the Investrust liquidation to Botswana. Nigel Chanakira took an even more active management part in KBAL due to its huge strategic value to the future of KFHL. Presently efforts are underway to obtain a local commercial lender licence in Botswana too. When this might be obtained there are two feasible scenarios, particularly maintaining both licences or giving up the overseas licence.

The interviewees had been divided within their viewpoint with this. In my view, judging through the stakeholder energy included, KFHL probably will throw in the towel the off coast financial licence and make use of the local Kingdom Bank Botswana (Pula Bank) licence for regional and domestic growth.


The employees complement expanded through the initial 23 in 1995 to a lot more than 947 by 2003. The growth ended up being consistent with the developing organization. It exploded, especially through the launch and growth for the commercial lender. Kingdom from creation had a powerful peoples resourcing method which entailed considerable education both internally and externally. Ahead of the foreign exchange crisis, employees had been delivered for trained in these types of countries as RSA, Sweden, Asia additionally the United States Of America. Inside individual of Faith Ntabeni Bhebhe, Kingdom had a lively HR motorist who produced effective HR methods the rising behemoth.

As an indication of its dedication to creating the peoples resource ability, in 1998 Kingdom Financial providers entered a management agreement with Holland based AMSCO the provision of experienced bankers. Through this strategic alliance Kingdom strengthened its skills base and enhanced options for skills transfer to residents. This aided the entrepreneurial bankers generate a solid managerial system the lender even though the experienced bankers from Holland compensated the youthfulness for the rising bankers. Exactly what a foresight!

In-house self-paced interactive discovering, team building events workouts and mentoring had been all an element of the discovering selection targeted at developing the peoples resource ability for the group. Work and task profiling ended up being introduced to best match employees to suitable posts. Job course and succession preparation had been welcomed. Kingdom ended up being the very first entrepreneurial lender to have smooth unforced CEO changes. The founding CEO passed on the baton to Lysias Sibanda in 1999 while he stepped into the part of Group CEO and board deputy chair. His part ended up being now to pursue and spearhead global and regional niche financial areas. Many years later there was another change for the guard as

Franky Kufa stepped in since Group CEO to restore Sibanda, who resigned on medical reasons. You can believe these smooth changes had been due to the fact that the baton ended up being passing to founding directors.

Using the explosive growth in staff complement as a result of commercial lender project, tradition issues emerged. Consequently, KFHL engaged in an enculturation programme leading to a culture transformation dubbed “Team Kingdom”. This tradition must be strengthened as a result of dilutions through considerable mergers and purchases, considerable staff turnover considering increased competition, emigration to greener pastures additionally the age profile for the staff enhanced the possibility of large mobility and fraudulent tasks in collusion with members of the general public. Culture changes are difficult to effect and their particular effectiveness even harder to evaluate.

In 2004, with a higher staff turnover of approximately 14per cent, a compensation method that band fenced critical skills like IT and treasury ended up being implemented. As a result of the reduced margins additionally the financial tension skilled in 2004, KFHL lost a lot more than 341 personnel as a result of retrenchment, normal attrition and emigration. It was acceptable as profitability fell while staff prices soared. At this stage, staff prices accounted for 58per cent of all of the costs.

Despite the impressive growth, the financial performance when rising prices modified ended up being mediocre. In fact a loss position ended up being reported in 2004. This growth ended up being severely compromised because of the hyperinflationary problems additionally the limiting regulating environment.


This informative article shows the determination of entrepreneurs to drive until the realisation of the fantasies despite considerable odds. In a subsequent article we will tackle the challenges experienced by Nigel Chanakira in solidifying their investments.