I guess the fact that she has been doing the job fairly competently (and anybody would be compared to Ntamani) should have and has given her a head start for the real position. Insiders will be happy because they are familiar with Stella Kilonzo, but for us investors, I think the preference would have been for an unconnected but knowledgeable individual to guide the markets to the next stage. In anycase, its good to have a lady at the top and I hope she positively surprises...
I thought KQ would tank in its full year PAT given the problems its had (accident, customer service, Virgin), higher oil prices and so forth. Lakini, I think the stronger shilling in the 2nd half of the its financial year helped (I believe KQ normally hedges against a weakening shilling) as did its oil-hedging (fuel expenditure was flat yoy). If you take into account 30% flight occupancy for the Jan and some of Feb, the numbers are very good.
Safaricom continues to find its way downwards. A strong case of not letting in FFIs who think 20% in three months is excellent return and bolt as soon as they get it. I still haven't taken a position. I check bids/offers courtesy of rich.co.ke and they still don't make pretty reading. The price will get to a stage I just have to go in. Safcom has much better fundamentals than a whole slew of other counters. I still recall the fears many had about AK last year.
Fascinating story brewing here. ARM is the young soldier, the pick of the 3 cement counters. But Bamburi is the aging gorilla with 15% stake.