Salute to Kenyan stockbrokers, investment banks and fund managers, and the capital markets authority (CMA) for their moves to improve transparency at the NSE of late.
When the new rules were announced early this year, few doubted that licensees (especially stockbrokers would comply, but the early signs are good.
One of the milestones was for the publication of financial statements by Collective Investment Schemes, Stockbrokers, Dealers, Fund Managers and Investment Banks twice a year; and this they did, many baring their losses, some with dubious figures or cosmetic summations, and some omitted profit & loss, but which their auditors will hopefully be able to reconcile at the end of the year.
The compliance was notable in that the intermediaries were able to publish their June 2009 summarized financial accounts,
Investment Banks: 100% (missing was Juanco (now Equity IB?), while FCB Capital was only licensed in June 09)
- Stock Brokers: 100% (missing was Discount (collapsed), Bob matthew (is now KingdomSecurities), while African Alliance is now an investment bank)
- Authorized Security Depositories: 100% (all 12 are commercial banks)
- Collective Investment Schemes: 100% (all are fund managers)
- Fund Managers: 94% (missing was Aueros, while African Alliance reported as an investment bank, and amazingly CIC who were licensed in June 09 already complied)
- Investment advisories 10% they are not required by the law to report, but Dry Associates and Tsavo Securities did
The results were harsh (more on that later) as the downturn at the Nairobi Stock Exchange has had a shocking effect on these companies. But they have recognized that and started taking measure in the form of mergers, re-capitalization staff reductions. When the NSE improves, they will reap the dividends. The signs are good for frontier markets and African markets, but the Kenyan political scene is still a cause for concern for the recover of the NSE and its brokers.