Category Archives: Kenol

NSE Portfolio May 2009

hit bottom? Time to buy?

Last quarterly check of the Nairobi share portfolio was in February 2009 and a year ago

The Stable

Diamond Trust ↓
Kenya Airways
Safaricom ↓
Scangroup ↓
Stanbic (Uganda) ↓

– Best performer: KCB up 2%
– Worst performer Stanbic down 30% (combination of share drop and weaker Uganda shilling), and Safaricom down 10%
– In: Kenya Airways
– Out: none
– Increase none
– Decerease none
– Unexpected gains/losses: none

Events & Outlook:
– Performance: Portfolio is up 1% in the last three months while the NSE Index is down 3.5%
– Bought KQ, tried to buy illiquid Kenol at 30

Looking forward to
– Dividend payments expected from Diamond Trust, KCB, Scangroup, Stanbic (UG)
– Privatization commission has lined up several companies that may be availed later in 2009

Kutwa Tuesday: Reverse Safaricom IPO and other such tales

Safaricom needs a reverse stock split to get rid of their unhappy shareholders.
– Anyone who has less than 10,000 shares by December should be paid off by the Government or Vodafone at the IPO price of 5 shillings or market price, whichever is lower at the end of the year. Investors will not sell their shares at a loss and the least they can do is recoup their money from this mess (excluding their loans)

Kenol tweak: 36.67 million shares change hands worth 3.3 billion shillings on Friday. Meanwhile kenol/kobil stations have the most expensive fuel in Nairobi. Diesel has hit 101 shilling per litre ($1.55), while petrol is at 108, that’s about 6 shillings more than my station of choice.

Cola tweak: After enduring a difficult first quarter, coca cola is having a bit of a tumble in the second quarter due to to EABL’s Alvaro – at least in urban areas where it has become the non-alcoholic drink of choice for many previous soda (and juice) sippers. Coke has unleashed another multi-million shilling giveaway promotion to win back customers

alvaro cases at Nakumatt

Celtel tweak – More celtel confusion; The ink is not dry on posters for their newest promotion and already the terms have changed (for the better) [for customers to get free calls will now cost 65/= ($1) a day down from 99/=].

August will be a significant month for the mobile sector as Celtel switches to the Zain brand, Safaricom release their first quarterly results after the IPO, and Econet should finaly/hopefuly roll out operations.

Media tweaks: All journalists and correspondents practicing in Kenya must be registered with the Media Council of Kenya – and to do so they must each pay Kshs. 2,000, while foreign journalists will have to pay 10,000 ($154) per year [those on short term assignment of up to 3 months pay 5,000]. Amounts due by 30/9. Television radio and newspaper organizations also have to pay a quarterly fee depending on the number of media outlets

Standard tweaks Two weeks after the launch of the new Standard, their strap line of the standard has changed;

new standard at launch

standard yesterday

Sunday Nation tweaks now has the best of best of Whispers – favorite columns of the late humorist Wahome Mutahi and some articles of the New York Times

From the blogs
Pointer for Access Kenya shareholders to read
– There are only 60 lions (adult) in the Mara – but that’s an improvement by 50% from year 2001
– How bad are things for those who took IPO loans for Safaricom? Ssembonge shows that small investors are hurting more than bigger borrowers.
– Cautionary tales on life insurance from Tujuane
– Peer pressure: tales of GDP growth of rates of 8% in Ghana and
21% in Angola
Link to a puff piece in memory of the former finance minister
-US Airways to remove all in-seat movies from their planes, while Emirates is targeting to remove all paper (in-flight magazines and publications) to save a ton of weight on the new A380 (to compensate for a ton of water for showers in first class (from


African Banker Awards. deadline for nominations if 31 July in the following categories: African Banker of the Year, African Bank of the Year, African Investment Bank, Best Development Bank in Africa, African Microfinance Bank, Best Issuing House, Most Innovative Bank, Deal of the Year, Socially Responsible Bank of the Year, Best Global Bank in Africa, Award for Gender Sensitivity

from the daily papers last week
Aircraft Leasing Services: captains, first officers for Embarer 135.
– HR director at Housing Finance. Apply through deloitte by 1/8
– MD of KCB Rwanda. Apply to by 8/8
KPMG Uganda: Internal Audit Services manager, Senior Internal Auditor, Internal auditor, forensic auditors. Apply to by 1/8
– Corporate affairs manager of Nation media group.
– Independent sales agents at Standard Chartered Bank. Apply to by 31/7

Others vacancies at Kencall, Kenya Airways, and Family Bank [Credit officer, Procurement Officer, Works Officer, Accountant, Accounts Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Manager, Audit Manager, Branch Accountant]

Beach plots too good to be true? Lots of land available in Mombasa for real estate investment from Datkit agents including 3 acres creek in new Nyali with 120m sea frontage, 1.3 acres over looking Nyali golf club, 5 acre lots in kikambala, 14 acre beach plot next to Neptune beach, 25 acre beach plot next to kaskazi hotel with 168m beach front, 1/3 acre residential plots in shanzu (2nd row from beach)

Regional diversification

Taking regional investments a step further – how are various local listed companies doing on the regional front? January 2008 showed that having a focus on Kenya alone could be an Achilles heel despite it being considered one of the strongest economies in the region. Various listed companies are making pushes in East and Central Africa – however many of these countries are all dependent on Kenyan access, hence it’s not really true diversification of political risk. In that sense, Olympia Capital, an NSE laggard may be ahead of its peers with its tangled Botswana and South African corporate moves.

here’s a recap:

  • CMC says regional sales are on target in Uganda and Tanzania (from ½ year results this week)
  • Diamond Trust has set its sights on Burundi (adding to Uganda and Tanzania) while many other banks have targeted Rwanda.
  • East Africa Cables attribute good performance to their subsidiaries in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania
  • KCB has subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania and S. Sudan (though it wrongly had the flag of Sudan on its’ annual report cover. These countries contribute less than 10% to their income and Ug had a loss of 49 million (setup costs) while Tz barely broke even with a profit of 0.2m in 2007. KCB opened in Kampala in November 07 and will open 6 more Ug branches in 2008, 4 new ones in S. Sudan in 08, and another 20 new branches in Tz over the next two years according to their annual report.
  • Kenol who after acquiring Kobil could be the first 100 billion shilling turnover company, have subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Ethiopia. 80% of their sales are from Kenya, while the other countries contribute about 20%.
  • TPS East Africa acquired 8% of Serena Rwanda which includes Kigali Serena and Lake Kivu Serena. Of Serena’s 2007 sales of Kshs. 3.7 billion (~60 million), Kenya accounted for 64% and Tanzania 36%.
  • Total Oil Kenya has sister companies in Uganda, Tanzania Congo Rwanda so essentially remain a Kenyan company with 97% of their sales being local. They, however, complain in their 2007 report that other countries who should be buying from Kenya are (because of our tax regulations) buying offshore and shipping through Kenya instead.
  • Sameer Africa are looking for transporters to Somalia, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Burundi, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi Uganda and Tanzania for their products.


Savings A/C
I wanna be with “_____ Bank” but KCB need not apply
I want a savings account- that has no ledger fees, no monthly fees, or EFT fees, that has a reasonable minimum balance and sends statements out frequently. I want a savings account that emphasizes savings, not fees. Short-listed banks include ABC, Barclays, Consolidated, Equity, Stanbic, and Standard Chartered. Any other suggestions or referrals?

Kenol shareholder
I’d like a Kenol shareholder to volunteer and write up an account of the company’s AGM this coming Friday. Full credit will be given.

Ever since their MD looked like he was about to leave, Kenya Power & Lighting Company’s revolutionary system of billing (by SMS or e-mail) have stopped. I have yet to see my bill and fear a power cut soon as this company is quick to cut of subscribers who default. I’ll pre-pay an estimated amount tomorrow just in case – to avoid the cut & expensive time-consuming reconnection hassle.

Why this and Why that? – Or is it business as usual?

January 27

bank jobs

– IT security manager: applicants should have university degree with 5 years banking experience, 2 in IT. Also possess CCNA and some security certification (CISSP, CISM, or Comptia+) in addition to good knowledge of Oracle and Swift systems. App to the divisional director, HR, P O Box 48400-00100 Nairobi by February 10
– Director – Marketing: Applicants should have MBA, a professional marketing qualification and 10 years marketing experience – 5 of which should be at banking, finance, FMGC or services-related organization. Apply through Hawkins associates at by 13 February

Apply for the vacant position of Managing Director at Housing Finance Company of Kenya (HFCK). Applicants should have MBA, 10 years banking experience, 5 leading a bank or major department of one. Apply through (ref MD/01.01) by February 10.

At the Growth Oriented Women Entrepreneurs (GOWE Kenya) program of the Private Enterprise Partnership for Africa (PEP Africa) at the International Finance Corporation (IFC)
– Program manager
– Business development officer
– Financial analyst
Details at their site and apply be February 7.

World Bank
The application window for summer internships closes on January 31.

financial jobs
Oserain Development Company
– Accountant: must have business degree and be fully qualified accountant with 3 years experience.
– Assistant accountant; must have business degree, at least CPA 2 and a years experience.
Apply to by February 10.

Financial Controller – farming division. Applicants should have CPA (K) and good knowledge of pastel & tally accounting systems. Apply to group human resource manager, P O Box Kenya 32931-00600 by February 15.

Kenya Orient Insurance
– Branch Managers: Applicants should be aged 30 – 35, have business degree and 3 years marking experience, preferably with insurance company. Apply to

sales & marketing (40 opportunities) at Nairobi Bottlers. Apply to by February 2.


Firms are invited to set up restaurants, fast food outlets, ATM facilities Forex bureau, cold storage, curios, petrol stations shopping malls or other businesses at Moi International Airport – Mombasa. Apply to the Airport Manager, MIA, P O Box 93904 Mombasa.

Petrol/Oil sector

Somken: Somken are selling 45 petrol stations located in prime urban areas such as Nairobi and Mombasa. Send bids to by February 18.
Kenol: Results are now out for the financial year ended in September 2005. Turnover was up from 34.5 to 41.7 billion shillings and after-tax profit rose from 839m (8.20 EPS) to 916 million shillings (8.92 EPS). The company will pay a first and final dividend of 2.25 shillings per share after their AGM on March 28.
Over a year ago I complained to Shell Kenya about the diesel fuel sold at one of their stations that is now closed.

Other News
– Western Union is for sale: it is being spun off by the parent company.
Newspaper inflation On the same Saturday early this month, both the Standard and the Nation raised the price of their Saturday editions from 35 to 40 shillings.
– Kenyan Pundit suggests that someone should investigate the procurement/source of Alco-blow gadgets
– Things fall apart. The managing director of the booming Panari Hotel has resigned
– The Economist writes aboutcorruption in Kenya
– After a year’s silence John Githongo has returned.
– Richard Leakey argues that for wildlife (and the Kenya tourism sector) to survive the current drought, national park boundaries should be flexible to enable animals to migrate out of parks in search of water and food.