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In March and April we had given our stock picks I&M Bank (unlisted), Kenol Kobil (KENO) and Total Kenya (TOTL) - we revisit these stock picks in this newsletter.
The Central Bank follows an accommodative monetary policy stance with the aim of stimulating economic activity. The monetary policy is successful in pushing market interest rates to record lows, as well as leading to a spurt in bank lending, and an increase in GDP growth. The low interest rates lead to a rush by investors to subscribe to long-term Treasury bonds in preference to Treasury bills, leading to a lengthening of the average maturity of Government debt.
Safaricom's results for the year ended in March 2011 covered the most traumatic period in the company's history. The company faced challenges from the regulatory regime, which were seen to be tilting the playing field in favour of competition. On the competitive front, the year saw the entry of the Indian telecommunication group Airtel
The yield on the 91-day Treasury Bill continued its upward trajectory, reaching a rate of 3.52% at the latest auction. The rise has been somewhat muted as a number of banks have opted to invest in 91-day Treasury bills and give other maturities a miss, until the market is seen to have stabilized. This has resulted in a sharper increase at the longer end of the yield curves.
Total Kenya Limited is a Kenya-based company, which is principally engaged in the sale of petroleum products. Total Kenya Limited is part of the Total Group, the 4th largest oil and gas company in the world operating in over 100 countries throughout the world. The Company has four business channels: Network, General Trade, Aviation, and Export and Bulk.
Kenol Kobil Limited is engaged in the importation of crude oil for refining, trading, storage and distribution of refined and other petroleum products. The Company offers fuel products (both white and black), lubricants, LPG, and non-fuel goods like mobile phone scratch cards, tyres and car batteries, among others. Kenol Kobil operates in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Ethiopia.
I & M Bank is a leading private sector bank in Kenya, and has its footprint in Mauritius and Tanzania. Bank One Ltd, a commercial bank in Mauritius where I & M Bank has a 50% stake and increased regional presence through acquisition of CF Union Bank Ltd, now called I & M Bank (T) in Tanzania.
In order to give effect to its changed monetary policy stance, the Central Bank also resumed Repo transactions as part of its Open Market Operations after a gap of almost two years. We expect the Central Bank to regularly carry out repo transactions as part of its Open Market Operations in the next few months.
Kenyan interest rates have been on a declining pattern since December 2008, and reached a low during the month of July 2010. Since then rates there has been a mild upward correction in rates.
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AgriculturalEaagads LtdKakuziKapchorua Tea Kenya PlcLimuru Tea PlcSasini Tea and Coffee LtdWilliamson Tea Kenya Plc
Automobiles and AccessoriesCar and General (K) Ltd
BankingBarclays Bank LtdBK Group PlcCo-operative Bank of Kenya…
Commercial and ServicesDeacons (East Africa) PlcEveready East Africa LtdExpress LtdKenya Airways PlcLonghorn Publishers PlcNairobi Business Ventures…Nation Media Group PlcSameer Africa PlcStandard Group LtdTPS Eastern Africa (Serena)…Uchumi Supermarket LtdWPP ScanGroup Plc
Energy and PetroleumKenolKobil LtdKenya Electricity Generating…Kenya Power and Lighting LtdKenya Power and Lighting 4%…Kenya Power and Lighting 7%…Total Kenya LtdUmeme Ltd
InsuranceBritam Holdings LtdCIC Insurance Group LtdJubilee Holdings LtdKenya Re-Insurance…Liberty Kenya Holdings LtdSanlam Kenya Plc
Investment ServicesNairobi Securities Exchange…
Manufacturing and AlliedBAT Kenya PlcBOC Kenya PlcCarbacid Investments PlcEast African Breweries LtdFlame Tree Group Holdings…Kenya Orchards LtdMumias Sugar Company LtdUnga Group Ltd
Telecommunication and Tech…Safaricom Plc
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