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Sub Saharan Africa Financial Services Report

Nov 19, 2017

Having established a strong research team and delivery framework in Kenya, we have now launched a Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) research coverage initiative. The initial coverage will be limited to Financial Services, which is one of our strongest research sectors, alongside real estate research. SSA has long been viewed as the next global growth frontier buoyed by improving macro-economic stability, compelling demographic trends, improved governance and ease of doing business across the continent. However, following a decline in commodity prices and slowing demand from China, the region fell behind the world economy in output, growing at 1.4% in 2016, slower than the aggregate global growth of 3.2%. The slowdown was not evenly distributed amongst countries in SSA, being mainly concentrated in commodity exporters, while more diversified economies sustained robust economic growth, with countries in East Africa including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, all recordi...

Nairobi Luxury Apartments Market

Nov 13, 2017

Kenya’s real estate and construction market has grown over the last 7-years, with its contribution to GDP increasing from 12.6% in 2010 to 13.6% in 2016.The growth has been fuelled primarily by (i) demand as a result of growing population at 2.7% per annum compared to the global average of 1.2%, (ii) a high rate of urbanization at 4.4%, compared to the global average of 2.1%, (iii) infrastructural development in various parts of the country, which has opened up areas for development, (iv) entrance of multi-national firms such as Wrigleys, who demand institutional grade commercial and residential real estate, (v) and Nairobi’s status as the regional hub for East Africa. The residential real estate market has seen development of housing to meet demand from the high-end, upper middle, lower-middle and the low income market segments. In this sense, opportunities exist for either investment or home-ownership purposes, whichever the user deems fit. Notably, residential units have become o...

Structured High Yield Investment Products

Oct 29, 2017

We first wrote about structured high yield investments products in the Cytonn Weekly Report #19 on 17th May, 2015. We revisit the topic in depth this week following social media enquiries in the public domain where we continued to get questions as to how one of our structured products, High Yield Solutions (Cytonn HYS), is able to deliver an 18% per annum return to investors. Please note that this Focus Note is meant for general information only and has been prompted by the need to provide more information about structured products and respond to questions we are getting from the general public; it is not a warranty, representation, advice or solicitation of any nature. Readers are advised in all circumstances to seek the advice of a registered investment advisor. In this Focus Note, we deal with a couple of key issues about structured high yield products: What is a Struc...

Types of Listings

Oct 22, 2017

Following Cytonn’s recent plans to list by introduction on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) after having converted to a public company, Cytonn Investment Management Plc, we got may inquiries about the listing. Consequently, we thought it best to educate the public on what it means to list a company on a securities exchange, talk about the different market segments available for companies to list on the NSE, and expound on the different types of listing. Listing a company involves making available to the investing public shares of a public company through placing the shares on an official stock exchange. Contrary to common perception, listing shares on an exchange does not always involve selling shares to raise capital but may be done for other reasons, which we discuss below. Selling shares to the public for the first time with the aim of raising capital is referred to as an Initial Public Offer (IPO), the amount being raised from the issue is known in advan...

Kenya Listed Insurance Sector H1’2017 Report

Oct 15, 2017

Following the release of the H1’2017 results by insurance firms, we have carried out an analysis on Kenya’s listed insurance companies to decipher any material changes from our FY’2016 Insurance Report. In our analysis of the insurance sector, we seek to give a view on which insurance firms are the most attractive and stable for investment from a franchise value and a future growth opportunity perspective. The report is themed "Sustaining Profitability in an Era of Heightened Regulation", as the insurance sector still struggles in the local market with low penetration levels, excessive duplication of products and increased capital requirements following full adoption of a risk based capital adequacy framework, as a result of the Insurance (Amendment) Act 2016. The Kenyan economy has experienced stable growth expanding by 5.0% in Q2’2017, higher than Q1...