TSL expects poor H1 performance as logistics units suffer from currency shortages

TSL expects poor H1 performance as logistics units suffer from currency shortages

HARARE, March 15 (The Source) – Agro-Industrial concern TSL said its half year performance will be impacted by the slowdown in the logistics cluster, with a sharp drop in volumes for its distribution and general cargo businesses.

Chief executive, Washington Matsaira told shareholders at the annual general meeting on Wednesday that the freight forwarding business experienced a sluggish start as customers were failing to get access to foreign currency timeously.

Matsaira also said the eventual outturn of the tobacco selling season which started today, will also be a key factor in determining the overall performance in the first half.

TSL said national crop is estimated to be at previous year’s level and that the yield and quality of tobacco and maize were satisfactory.

Performance of its car rental unit remains subdued on the back of intense competition. The real estate performance remains satisfactory as key clients remain secure, but margins have been reviewed downwards.

However, the group’s overall performance will remain ‘satisfactory,’ Matsaira said.