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Residential Sector Performance Maintains Stability

Oct 10, 2021

For detached units, the top markets were Ngong, Syokimau/Mlolongo, Karen and Kitengela, and for apartments, the top markets were Dagoretti, South C and South B. During Q3’2021, the residential sector recorded improved performance from increased activities supported by; i) the continued focus on the affordable housing initiative by the government, ii) availability of relatively affordable mortgages through the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) and select lending institutions working in conjunction with developers to offer mortgage financing to a diverse number of clients with flexible repayment terms, iii) increased transactional volumes among buyers signifying a rise of investor confidence into the property market, and, iv) continued activities in the student housing sector. In terms of performance, the residential sector recorded improved performance with a 0.7% points y/y increase in average total returns to 5.5% from the 4.8% recorded...

Kenya Macroeconomic Review

Oct 3, 2021

According to the 2021 Economic Survey Report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the Kenyan economy contracted by 0.3% in 2020, from the restated 5.0% growth recorded in 2019 due to the lockdowns following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The contraction was spread across all sectors of the economy but the sectors that were hard hit included the accommodation and food serving activities, education, and professional and administrative services. Notably, the tourism and hospitality sector recorded reduced activities following the containment measures leading to a 47.7% decline in food and accommodation services in 2020. In 2021, the Kenyan economy is projected to grow at an average of 5.3% as the economy opens up but the largest challenge remains how fast the vaccination rollout shall be done and how fast business shall take to recover.  The table below shows the...

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Review

Oct 3, 2021

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Sub Saharan economy is projected to grow at a rate of 3.4% in 2021, a significant improvement from the 1.8% contraction recorded in 2020. This projection comes on the back of the increased rollout of vaccines in the region which has resulted to most countries re-opening their economies. However, SSA remains prone to a third wave of the pandemic, given the resurgence in the number of infections and the rising COVID-19 death tolls in some countries. Currency Performance In the third quarter of 2021, we have seen most Sub-Saharan currencies depreciate against the US Dollar with Nigerian Naira being the largest loser, losing 7.7% on YTD. The Zambian kwacha registered significant recovering gaining by 20.6% compared to the 42.2% depreciation recorded in Q3’2020. The strong performance...

Global Markets Review:

Oct 3, 2021

Introduction According to the July 2021 World Economic Outlook Report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the global economy is projected to expand by 6.0% in 2021, unchanged from the April 2021 projections. IMF projects that the new COVID-19 variants as well as the slow vaccine distribution continue to pose a risk on the global economic recovery. Advanced Economies are projected to expand by 5.6%, while Developing and Emerging Markets are projected to expand by 6.3% in 2021. The recovery of the Advanced Economies has been revised up to 5.6% from 5.1% due to the continued expected fiscal support especially in the US while that of the Developing and Emerging Markets has been revised downwards from 6.7% to 6.3% due to the lower speed of the...

Kenya Retail Report 2021

Sep 26, 2021

In November 2020, we published the Kenya Retail Report 2020 themed “E-commerce Shaping the Retail Sector,” which highlighted that the performance of the sector declined recording an average rental yield of 6.7%, 0.3% points lower than the 7.0% recorded in 2019. The subdued performance was largely attributed to; i) reduction in rental rates in a bid to attract tenants amid a tough economic environment which saw the rental rates in the sector post a 2.1% decline to Kshs 115.1 per SQFT in 2020, from Kshs 118.0 per SQFT in 2019, and, ii) reduced occupancy rates which declined by 0.7% points Y/Y from 77.3% in 2019 to 76.6% in 2020 attributable to reduced demand for physical retail space due to growing focus on e-commerce and scaling down of retailers in the wake of reduced revenue inflows. This week we will update our research with the Kenya Retail Report 2021 themed “Rapid...