One quirk about the Kengen IPO is that investors have the option of receiving actual (paper) share certificates. This goes against the spirit or the CDS system and the Central Depositories Act (2000) which in essence eliminated share certificates as cumbersome, slow to trade, could be lost/damaged etc. Earlier, officials had also said that IPO’s like Kengen would be offered only via the CDS system.
Who is a typical Kenyan investor?
However, this move enables traditional investors, from outside Nairobi who don’t have access to computers or who are unfamiliar with the CDS systems & probably haven’t immobilized their shares to take part in the Kengen IPO.
The typical Kenyan investor is still a buy and hold investor who does not trade/sell shares often and instead relies on dividend payments from shares to supplement their income. At the start of the IPO period, investors had opened just over 100,000 CDS accounts - yet some companies have many more owners. E.g. Kenya Airways alone has over 80,000 individual shareholders.
Another group who has benefited from the option to issue share certificates is the banking sector. As of today Barclays, CFC, Consolidated, Diamond Trust, Equity, Family Finance, I&M, KCB, Postbank, Southern Credit banks and numerous other corporations (for employees) and cooperatives (for members) have all lined up to offer financing towards the purchase of Kengen shares. Most of them will hold the shares as security until the borrowers finish paying off these loans. This would be more difficult to enforce without actual share certificates.
The IPO will also bring banks a few million shilling in the form of banker’s cheques that must be obtained to pay for shares and can range from 100 to 1,500 shillings each. However some account holders at banks such as NIC (MOVE), Stanchart and Diamond Trust already enjoy the privilege of having a free banker’s cheque each month from their flat fee accounts.
- Other IPO’s expected in 2006 include Suntra, Wananchi, Adopt-a-light, Equity Bank and Sarova Hotels.
- With thousands of Kenya’s beginning the process of opening CDS accounts this week, customer service for regular stock-broking customers is almost non-existent and likewise trading activities at the stock exchange will be at a reduced level.
- Barclays Bank registrars continue to experience delays in the immobilization of share delays immobilization of share e.g. KQ, EABL.
More 2005 Banks
National Bank of Kenya (bank No. 5 in asset size) both loans and customer deposits increased by 2 billion to 24b and 25.2b respectively. Commission & fee income increased from 840 million to 935m and the bank will present a pre-tax profit of 859m, but no dividends, to shareholders on May 19th at the Bomas of Kenya.
Commercial Bank of Africa (No. 7) bought 1/3 of AIG Kenya insurance.
Diamond Trust (No. 12) Will introduce visa cards, and by extension, will enable all visa card holders to access cash from pesa point ATM's.
Imperial Bank (No. 16) deposits increased from 4.4 billion to 5.7b. increased cash position from 618 million to 2,089m but fee & commission income was flat.
Habib (Bank no. 22) increased deposits in government securities by 600 million and customer deposits by 230m. Fee and commission income reduced slightly to 54 m.
Development Bank of Kenya (No. 34) loans increased from 647 million to 1,073m.
Transnational Bank (No. 36)pre-tax profit returned to a more conventional 59 million, down from their record 1.03 billion profit in 2004. Loans increased from 876m to 1,201m while deposits decreased from 1.2b to 900m.
City Finance (No. 41) Kenya’ smallest, is the only bank so far to record a loss in 2005. The bank went from a 2004 profit of 11 million to a loss of 47m last year, largely due to increased provision for bad debts.
Telkom Kenya is seeking distributors for its wireless services. Applicants must have 5 million in working capital and already operate a distributorship or retail outlet in Nairobi. Apply by March 31
HousingThe Ministry of Housing will 50 flats at Jogoo Road (Phase II) and 16 flats in Kileleshwa. Apply by April 21
As part of the GJLOS program, provide an IP-based telephone system for the Kenya Anti Corruption Authority. Apply though KPMG by April 20.
CEO at ICPAK. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31
Sales account managers at interactive media services. applicants must have at least 5 years, sales experience (2 in telecom sector), business degree and a marketing qualification. Apply to email@example.com by 24 March.
At the national oil corporation of kenya
- Credit Controller
- Programs, Logistics and Procurement Analyst
- IT Coordinator
- Chemical Engineer (Petrol-Chemistry)
Apply through their site by April 3.
At nitin pandya & company certified public accountants
- Practice manager (nairobi)
- Audit supervisors (nairobi and mombasa)
Apply to Milan@questkenya.com
Sub-editors at the Standard Group. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 28