Does Britam Kenya Still Have Room to Run?

Britam Kenya: Room to Run?

British American Investments Company – Kenya (BRITAM) has made investors very happy of late. The stock is among the Nairobi Securities Exchange’s best performers this year, posting a dazzling 94.7% return.

Now the shares trade a shade below 2.5x their book value. Is that too rich a price? Or is there upside left here?

Let’s take a look at earnings (and Kenya’s long-term bond rate) to give us a clearer picture.

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Here’s Why Co-operative Bank of Kenya Stock Popped 12%

Co-operative Bank of Kenya

When Co-operative Bank of Kenya (COOP) announced last week that they were hiring global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, for advice on improving operational efficiency, investors took notice. The stock has jumped 12.4% since the news appeared.

So why are investors so excited? How much scope does COOP have to streamline its operations? And how might such restructuring impact the bottom line?

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10 Unloved Kenyan Stocks That History Bets Will Beat the Market

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Ah, the humble price/earnings ratio.

It’s one of the crudest tools in an investor’s toolbox. But there’s no denying that the simple act of dividing a company’s share price by its earnings consistently reveals stocks poised for powerful performance.

Here we examine the recent performance of low P/E stocks on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and list 10 Kenyan shares with the lowest earnings multiples.

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Is the NSE IPO a Bargain?

Nairobi Securities Exchange

The long-awaited Nairobi Securities Exchange IPO is finally here. The Kenyan stock market is offering the public a 34% stake in the business to raise cash for expansion and to reduce mortgage debt.

The IPO price has been set at Kshs9.50 per share. Is this a bargain opportunity for Kenya investors? Let’s take a quick look at the prospectus to find out.

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Will Kenyan Bank Stocks Sizzle or Fizzle in 2014?

Bullish

Bank stocks made Nairobi Stock Exchange investors much richer in 2013.

A stable political environment, regional growth, good profits, and a relatively steady interest rate environment kept the bulls running.

But all of that’s in the rear view mirror. What we really want to know is whether these stocks are worth banking on this year. Will their shares pop or drop? Sizzle or fizzle? Jump or slump? Rise or… Well, you get the idea.

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Kenya’s Five Best Stocks of 2013

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In a year that saw Kenyans hold their collective breath through a tense presidential election and then be faced with a horrific terror attack, investors worldwide made their bullishness on the nation’s future clear.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange’s All Share Index soared 43.7% in US dollar terms, ranking it among the world’s very best.

While big names like Safaricom and ARM Cement recorded terrific performances in 2013, the year’s most explosive price gains came from insurance firms and investment holdings companies.

Let’s count ‘em down, shall we?

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What’s in Store for the Nairobi Stock Exchange in 2014?

Nairobi Stock Exchange

To bull, or not to bull: that is the question!

Samuel Gichohi of NIC Securities tells us why he believes the Nairobi Stock Exchange’s bull run will be sustained into the new year and shares his thoughts on which sectors and stocks offer the most compelling opportunities for Kenya investors.

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Building the African Dream: Two Kenyan Infrastructure Stocks

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Infrastructure is a key pillar of the sub-Saharan Africa investment thesis. The hopes and dreams of Africa’s rising consumer class need to be powered by electricity, transported by road and rail, and anchored by new homes and workplaces.

Here. Jan Schalkwijk, CFA takes a closer look at two Kenyan companies capitalizing on East Africa’s infrastructure boom.

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Kenya: A Bonanza for Bank Investors

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Jan Schalkwijk of Africa Capital Group traveled to Nairobi recently to meet with the management teams of several large Kenyan companies. The following is his take on three of the Nairobi Securities Exchange’s most prominent banks.

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Kenya’s Safaricom Is Set to Dial Up Profits After Long Price War

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Jan Schalkwijk, CFA, portfolio manager at Africa Capital Group, recently visited the Nairobi-headquarters of Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile phone company, and had the opportunity to sit down with CFO John Tombleson. Here, he briefs us on the meeting.

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