At least they’re not as bad as Bear Stearns

Update: The Old Mutual implied exchange rate today is Z$78 billion to 1 USD. So you can chop all of the values listed below in half. Wow.

As a followup to this morning’s wrap of the Zimbabwean currency market: it’s fascinating to read the business pages of the Zimbabwean papers and translate the numbers into USD.

Here’s the stock market wrap from Pravda’s Zimbabwe edition this morning. (If you’d like to read a Zimbabwean newspaper that isn’t run by Mugabe’s propagandists, the Financial Gazette is apparently quite good.)

Read that stock market wrap first, before you look below.

Now, with USD amounts, at $35 billion ZWD = $1 USD:

ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange shares rallied across the board at the start of the week with the minings roaring past the 285 level while the industrials going past 200 points. […]

Delta gained $1 to $288 taking its market capitalisation to $300,000, KMAL rose $0.34 to $0.91 and Old Mutual put on $1 or 100 percent to $2.00. […]

(Ed note: that market cap number can’t be right. If it is, I’m gonna fly over there and buy that Delta company right now… but I can’t pull up the ZSE website to check it.)

Furniture retailer Pelhams was buyers only at 0.046 cents after its March full year results where revenue amounted to $177 and earnings per share at four one-millionths of a cent. The group said that last year’s price blitz had significantly affected volumes.

TSL rose 1.4 cents to 7.1 cents after its interims last week. The group reported a revenue growth of 211 189 percent to $4,814 from the same period last year. […]

Phoenix was buyers only at 2 cents in the wake of its half year results where the group reported a pre-tax figure of $2,371 resulting in profits attributable to shareholders of $1,571. […]

NicozDiamond added 0.3 cents to 40 cents after its trading update for the year to May showed Gross Premium Written at $5,171.

Zimbabwe: the only country in the world where an insurance company can write $5,000 worth of business year-to-date and still make money.

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5 Responses to At least they’re not as bad as Bear Stearns

  1. Graham says:

    If you take a look at now (24.06.08) you will see the exchange rate has already moved to 78 Billion. There are a couple of listed companies charting data in USD (OMIR) – take a look at and

  2. Tafman says:

    As long as these figures are read and interpreted in their local currency (Z$), they are almost meaningless from beyond the Zimbabwean border. At least they have a better comparative website:, which attempts to use the US$ comparatives, in which case the picture changes significantly! They also provide the unofficial proxy of the US$ exchange rate – the Old Mutual Implied Rate (OMIR). I have realised some Zim companies do have similar graphings – thumbs up! Check and

  3. rob says:

    Now is the time to invest in Zimbabwe – when there is blood in the streets

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cheers – I’ve added a note about the new exchange rate at the top of the post. (Haven’t updated the USD values, though – they’re already sufficiently mindboggling. Although I do wonder what NicozDiamond will do with their $2,305 of insurance premiums…

  5. rob says:

    hi zimbabwean does send out the daily share prices for the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange daily by email alert and the source is NOT the ZSE. A warning tho the stats on trading differ by broker and on any different day – dont ask why i thinks its becuase all the stats are initially manually written down in a rush and distributed and then the proper tallying happens later by a man with a huge calculator

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