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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kenya Capital: TPS Stock to Watch in 2008

With his avid analysis over time now MjengaKenya thinks that TPS is a stock to watch in 2008.
Given the trend that tourism in Kenya is expected to take with expectations of increased tourist in the next 5 years, this will translate to increased revenue for this company that has spread its tentacles accross east africa. TPS is well positioned to rake in higher returns and better stock prices.

Check out my earlier analysis on this company set to benefit from tourism upswing.

The Hot Seat that is Safaricom CEO

Being the CEO of Kenya'a most profitable company is no mean feat and many corporate CEO's are now envious of their unparalleled achievements and would wish to occupy this higher pedestal.

Safaricom's CEO
Michael Joseph has been at the helm of Safaricom since inception and with his contract coming to an end in the first quarter of 2008, picking the CEO of Kenya’s most valuable and successful company would appear as a big political concession that any regime would like to lose.

Succession Plan
Mr Joseph has been an asset to the firm, which has not put in place a well thought out and well publicized succession plan. The risk of losing a successful manager at a time when the company is preparing to go public would have made investors skittish. more

Syndicated Loans
Safaricom owes a syndicate of banks Sh12 billion and with the fast growth that the company is experiencing, it still needs the ability to tap both the equity and debt market for cash.

Treasury is seeking to sell 25 per cent of its 60 per cent stake in Safaricom to the public through the NSE in a transaction expected to net at least Sh34 billion and billed as the largest sale ever in the Kenyan capital market.

Telkom Kenya
Already, a number of investor including British Telkom, France Telkom and South Africa Telkom have lined up to purchase a 51 per cent stake Telkom Kenya in deal worth Sh5.6 billion. The stake is set to be transferred to the winning bidder on November 26th.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Foreign Investors Back with a Bang

Foreigners Flock NSE
Despite the recent jitters about the stock market that saw various politicians make remarks about the stock market, indications are ripe that foreign investors are not shying away from the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
Infact over the last few weeks insiders have it that foreign investors are now flocking the NSE. Their deals in some days have accounted for more than 40 per cent of the trades in a number of counters.

Blue Chips
It appears that the target of this investors are blue chips including, East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Kenya Airways (KQ), Barclays Bank (BBK), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Mumias Sugar Company (MSC), Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen) and recent debutant to the NSE Kenya Reinsurance (Kenya Re) amongst others.

Economic Fundamentals
It is noteworthy therefore that the re-entry of foreign investors into the local equity market is a clear indicator of the strong perception of the country’s economic fundamentals and favourable corporate earnings projections in the country despite the impending elections that has been expected to send these investors packing due to uncertainty of the election outcomes.

Political Comments
The recent reassurance by some presidential candidates on their support for the goings-on at the NSE against a backdrop of earlier negative comments on the sam market is welcome and is a positive signal to more foreign investors as well as local investors to flock the NSE in preparation for the Safaricom IPO.

Safaricom IPO
There are strong indications that various players across the global divide (From Wallstreet to Kimathi Street) are positioning themselves to invest in this most profitable company that raked in 17B profir last year and expected to beat such feats given its current products that have been positively received by customers including MPESA service. Their expansion programs are also welcome and it is a matter of time before we proudly own THE BETTER OPTION.

Monday, October 8, 2007

NSE Amidst Electioneering Frenzy

Kenya is one of the few countries in the world that has the uncanny knack of being gripped by election fever from one election through to the next national polls due to politicking amogst its leaders.

Big Investors
Traditionally the big-time investors take a wait-and-see stance during an election year and the result is sluggish economic activity, which could result in slower GDP growth. On the Nairobi Stock Exchange, which is a barometer of economic performance in the country, share prices nosedive.

Political Uncertainty
Kenya’s equity markets could face their hardest test in four years amid heightened volatility caused by political uncertainty ahead of the general election. Massive offloading of shares by individual investors in anticipation of the Safaricom Initial Public Offering could also spark market fluctuations and depress market activity.more
Already, the market is showing signs of a slow down with the benchmark

NSE Index
NSE 20Share index that tracks the performance of the 20 select listed companies, threatening to dip below the 5000 point mark.In the last one month, the NSE 20 Share index has shed an estimated 600 points, closing last week’s session at 5005.89 points compared to a high of 5611 points in early September.

Election Frenzy
The looming general election in Kenya cannot escape investors’ minds. As much as they wish to celebrate a new beginning and the anticipated Safaricom IPO, at the back of every investors mind is a dark cloud of uncertainty as to what the election frenzy will bring to the bourse.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

SME Listings at East African Bourses

Small and Medium Enterprises play a vital role in any emerging economy. In Kenya the emergence of microfinance banking has catapulted the growth of SMEs.

East African Exchanges
NSE, DSE and USE collectively the East AfricanExchanges have plans to allow the listing of SMEs through relaxation of the stringent listing requirements that characterise these marts. The tough floatation rules have hindered most SMEs from floation their shares through IPOs.

SME Listings
The listing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) is expected to provide more shares at the market, allowing investors to diversify their investments and help spread liquidity, which has at times distorted the valuation of some shares.The development, which will also be replicated by Kampala and Dar-es-Salaam bourses, will catapult the region into the same level with developed and middle level economies which allow listing for SMEs as a way of enhancing their contribution to the economic growth.

Regional Bourses Agree
The opening up of the regional bourses to SMEs by late 2008 was agreed on by the Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania heads of stock exchanges at the East African Securities Exchange Association (EASEA) meeting held in Kampala on September 7. This will spur the trading in the yer to be established over the counter market at these stock exchanges.

Microfinance banking set to spur economic growth


After a couple of weeks of silence in this blog due to travel and work demands i must apologize to my avid readers for some dissapointment with my postings which havent been forthcoming.

Microfinance Banking
Microfinance is a term for the practice of providing financial services, such as microcredit, microsavings or microinsurance to poor people. By helping them to accumulate usably large sums of money, this expands their choices and reduces the risks they face.
Today after reading the case of Equity bank and others seriously following suite including the hirtheto big mans banks of yersteryears that are now hawking loans and other products,i was drawn aback to the role of microfinance banking in economic growth and profitability.

Internation Year of Microfinance
Today, microfinance plays a major role in the development of many African, Asian, and Latin American nations. Its impact is substantial enough to have warranted acknowledgment by the United Nations who declared 2005 "The international year of microfinance", reminding people that millions worldwide benefit from microfinance activities.

Economic Growth
It is generally accepted that long-term sustainable microfinance programmes hold enormous potential for national economic growth and development. Many microfinance institutions have sprung up and some are already applying for banking licenses. The future is indeed brighter for microfinance with the passing of microfinance bill in parliament. more

Microfinance institutions are indeed set to change the course of business in the world. Case studies of Equity in Kenya and the Bangladesh bank attest to this. Both institutions have already wone various accollades for their work.