NSE for Beginners

Prices are as at end of June 2005.

Unilever Tea (115.00)
Pro: tea is hot sector
Con: expensive share

Kakuzi (61.50)

Rea Vipingo (21.25)
Pro:Largest producer of African sisal (Thanks to Kuoasan for correction)
Con: Focus mainly on sisal and yet textiles is a difficult sector.

Sasini (34.25)
Pro: tea is hot sector
Con: Trade dispute with Pakistan – main Tea destination

Commerc.and Allied
Car & General (30.00)

Pro: stong fleet sales, expanding into Sudan & Tanzania
Con: strong competition from vehicle importers

Hutchings Biemer (20.25)
Con: Inactive share

Kenya Airways (63.50)
Pro: Solid management, dominant in parts of Africa
Con: airline sector unpredictable, with rising oil prices

Marshalls (26.50)
Pro: Strong government sales
Con: Peugeot eclipsed by cheaper Toyota & other Japanese brands
Nation Media Group (199.00)
Pro: leading regional media house
Con: Expensive stock

Tourism Promotion Services (Serena)(86.50)
Pro: Soon to merge with Serena Tanzania & Zanzibar
Con: very competitive sector

Uchumi Supermarkets (19.95)
Pro: restucuring under a strong management team
Con: cash flow and creditor problems still unresolved

Finance & Invest
Barclays Bank(251.00)
Pro: Kenya’s leading & most profitable bank
Con: high share price

CFC Bank (66.50)
Pro: Large insurance business
Con: few branches

Diamond Trust (28.50)
Pro: Affordable share for a clean Bank
Con: few branches

Housing Finance Company of Kenya(12.65)
Pro: Restructuring/merger talks ongoing
Con: Not fully provided for bad debts

ICDC (67.00)
Pro: diversified portfolio
Con: not much share movement

Jubilee (69.50)
Pro: potential as Kenya is an under-insured country
Con: difficult selling insurance in Kenya

Pro: largest branch network in Kenya
Con: still separating the good book from the bad

National Bank (20.75)
Pro: Speculation on a restructuring deal
Con No dividend likely for many more years

National Industrial Credit (NIC)(54.50)
Pro: MOVE network has greatly increase customers, and loans
Con: MOVE costly

Pan Africa Insurance Holdings Ltd (32.50)
Pro: potential as Kenya is an under-insured country
Con: Not much share activity

Standard Chartered Bank (130.00)
Pro: pays high dividend, costs half as much as Barclays
Con Still a pricey share

Indust. & Allied
Athi River Mining Ltd (25.75)
Pro: Cement is a hot & they have expanded to fertilizer (another hot sector)
Con have only 10% share of cement market

BOC (K) (142.00)
Con: expensive share

Bamburi (122.00)
Pro Cement is hot sector because of increased building activity
Con: expensive share

British American Tobacco (224.00)
Pro: leading producer and market share growing despite legislative threats
Con: expensive share

Carbacid (124.00)
Con: Expensive share

Crown Berger(29.75)

Olympia Capital Holdings (23.50)
Pro: large rubber operation
Con: had a tough year

E.A.Cables (145.00)
Pro: solid management and dividend payout
Con: Expensive share

E.A.Portland (105.00)
Pro Cement is hot sector because of increased building activity
Con: A strong Yen will eat into profits

E.A.Breweries (149.00)
Pro: we are a drinking nation
Con: rural beer sales dropping owing to illicit, cheap alternatives

Sameer Africa (18.00)
Pro: Now free to sell/distribute all tyres in Africa
Con: No longer Bridgestone exclusive, and shares will be offloaded later

Kenol (115.00)
Pro: very active shares, price passed 600/= before split in 2004
Con: relatively low dividend

Mumias (26.50)
Pro: Most efficient Kenyan sugar company, and can export to EU
Con: Sugar is produced more cheaply in neighboring COMESA countries

K.Power & Lighting (110.00)
Pro: High tariffs lead to high profits
Con: A strong Euro will eat into profits, and drought will affect production

Total (44.75)
Pro: Higher earnings & dividends per share than KENOL
Con: Shares not as active as KENOL

Unga (19.55)
Con: no significant share activity

A.Baumann (10.70)

City Trust (57.00)

Eaagads (17.00)
Con: no significant share activity

Express (15.80)
Pro: Huge currency transport contract with Central Bank
Con: Recent losses make dividend unlikely soon

Williamson Tea (144.00)
Pro: Tea is hot
Con: Expensive share

Kapchorua (185.00)
Pro tea is hot sector
Con: Expensive share

K.Orchads (4.55)

Limuru Tea (365.00)
Pro tea is hot sector
Con: Very expensive share

Standard Group Ltd (40.50)
Pro: rumored to be for sale
Con: High operational costs in bid to catch Nation media group

8 thoughts on “NSE for Beginners

  1. kipepeo

    thank you for another great post. ur one of my favorite ‘learn new things’ blog! as a result, i have book tagged you! enjoy!

  2. kuoasan

    Rea – NO tea… mainly sisal

    Hutchings – Suspended

    Marshalls – Peugeot is “dying” after the exit of 504. Tata is growing in importance for them

    Olympia – Manufacture PVC tiles not Rubber products. Good 2004 but might have tough 2005. AGM on Aug 5 @ Noon @ Nairobi Club… Hope you can go!

    Eagaads – Coffee in Ruiru & coffee prices much higher in 2004/5 than previous years

    Express – Source of info about CBK transport tenders?

  3. oqb

    Check your premises. What does an expensive share exactly mean? Perhaps these beginners do not care much for the cost, eh?

    Isn’t the presumption inherent in the “con” that cheaper means better investment flawed?

  4. bankelele

    ‘Expensive’ means might be too expensive for young beginners at the NSE. Later, I will re-arrange one for that takes account of earnings & dividend per share

  5. Ken

    This is a really great blog, keep it up, i will definately be visiting often.

    I dont entirely agree with your suggestion that some shares are expensive, because in my uinderstanding, the share price (in relation to other factors) will actually reflect the companies net worth.

    All in all sites like this are rare, great job.

  6. Anonymous

    This is great info some of us young investor , with updated info on the stock such as you are providing we will not burn our figures in future as we have suffered on Uchumi…..Kudos keep up.

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