Maina T kind of started this thread with a review of the P/E correction of Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) shares.
NSE: ½ full or ½ empty? - to take it further, how are NSE shares today compared to last October? If you considered them fairly priced then, you are frowning today, but if you considered them over-valued, are you smiling today?
- Shares that have appreciated since October 2007: 4% - BAT Scangroup, 3% - Access 3%, 1% - Unga
- Shares that have depreciated since October 2007: (83%) – Mumias (74%) NIC (59%) Nation Media Group, CFC (55%) - Housing Finance, (53%) – Sasini (51%) – Kenya Airways (47%) - Sameer (45%) – Kengen, Centum (44%) - Eveready (43%) - Williamson (42%) – Express, Jubilee (41%) - KPLC, Kenol
- Banking sector: Best (4%) - NBK, worst (-74%) - NIC, sector average is -32%
Interesting that despite the world financial meltdown of late 2008, the Kenyan financial sector is faring no worse than other sectors (agricultural, industrial) which are all down approximately 1/3,and remains the sector most likely to produce super-profits again this year. Best performing sector is commercial services (excluding Safaricom only listed in June 2008) which is down 20% from a year ago
Cheap M&A The depressed NSE prices bring out good and bad banking opportunities.
- Good for anyone speculating on buying into a Kenyan bank. The Helios stake in Equity is priced as almost what it was when the deal was signed, while the CFC/Stanbic merger is worth ½ as much as it was a year ago.
- Bad for the Government who are hoping to raise funds from further sale of NBK and Development Bank of Kenya share. It also raises a question of how Co-op Bank IPO shares will be received i.e. if you enter a train going down hill and you want to go up hill, where will you end up?
Family Bank a recent stockskenya discussion could indicate that a listing of shares could happen soon.
EADB: sad tales on the East African Development Bank.