The on going rights issue closes on today (22/12/10) after a month and a half of the balance sheet restructuring program.
Background: CEO Joseph Njoroge said its necessity began with the 1999-2002 power-rationing period when the company incurred heavy trading losses of Kshs 15.9 billion. The debt was converted into equity for the government (GoK) and preference shares for the government and what became Kengen – and which Kengen transferred back to GoK prior to their IPO.
Preference share burden: There was a five-year moratorium on dividend, but the preference shares have continued to be perceived by lenders and investors as debt – with fixed annual payout. This distorted the value of ordinary shares, creditworthiness of KPLC, and would be a burden on cash flow to meet as seen when the moratorium ended with a payment of Kshs 1.25 billion ($15.6 million) to holders of 7.85% preference shares in 2010
New balance sheet will have a level playing field and enable the company to access more funds after the redemption of preference shares in three steps by (i) issue of 76 million new ordinary shares (ii) ordinary share split 1 to 8 (iii) a (December 2010) rights issue to shareholders entitled to buy 20 new shares, for every 51 they own, at a ~20 per share with GoK renouncing its rights – to raise a net amount of ~Kshs 9.1 billion ($114 million)
Underwriter: KPLC sought an underwriter and got Centum and Equity Bank to underwrite the issue by 50%.
Retain GoK control: from a current 40% ordinary shareholding, GoK stake will 69% for short period, but as they are renouncing their rights, on conclusion it will be 50.1% and still remain a parastatal. GoK can also ‘count on’ no.3 shareholders – the National Social Security Fund who own 8%
Barclays Kenya just published their 2008 annual report; what does some interesting points about the banking sector.
– Is the second largest bank in Kenya behind KCB, but still tops in profit – with Kshs 8 billion ($100 million) before tax. Has 126 billion ($1.58 billion) in deposits, loans of 108 billion ($1.35 billion) and total assets of 168.5 billion shillings. It would probably reclaim the number one status from KCB, but KCB shareholders will next month absorb the assets of S&L, their mortgage subsidiary
– Shariah Banking Barclays launched La Riba in 2008 – and in 2008 they managed to mobilize over 2 billion in new la riba deposits to stand at 3.3 billion ($41 million) at end of year, but gave out just 19 million in loans
– Customers They have a popular Business club – with over 10,000 members some of whom were flown to Dubai, China and Holland. Barclays had 930,000 customers in 2008 (2007 was 580,000) – compared to Equity Bank’s 3.3 million customers, and 60,917 shareholder 60, 917 (up from 58,945 in 07)
– Staff cutback? Employees in 2008 reduced by 16% – as group had 5,571 at December 08 compared to 6,900 in December 07. In 06 they had 2,197 (but it appears in 2008, they shed the part time staff whose numbers reduced from 4115 to 1698)
– No thanks Agriculture. Agriculture is referred to as the backbone of Kenya’s economy7, but Barclays estimate their exposure to the sector to be just 1% of loans. Private industries account for 44%, with 10% each to manufacturing and to transport & communications sectors.
– Asset finance reduced?? Assets under financial lease decreased slightly – still at 6.1 billion
– Gloabl crisis / External Impact? a 1% or decrease in interest rates would impact profit about 5%, but there’s no impact from strength/weakness of Kenya shilling (bank only does business in Kenya)
– Directors: the three directors who were appointed at previous times are up for re-election on May 15; Brown Ondengo (2003), Jane karuku (2003), and Paul Phemngorem (1998). Barclays (UK) parent, with 68.5% of the vote, will pretty much determine who will remain or leave the board. No other shareholder has more than 1%, with the next largest being Kenya’s national social security fund (NSSF) with 2%
– Cheaper to borrow overseas than the NSE: The bank received subordinated debt in the form of a tranche of NSE listed bonds of 2 billion shillings (3,078b) repayable over 5 years – at 10.36%. They also borrowed 1.25 billion from their Barclays parent; BBK in the form of a 10 year loan at just 2.39%
– Pension Funds gloomy outlook The Barclays staff pension scheme with 44% equity investments was down 13% in value (to Kshs 7 billion), compared to a gain of 6% in 07