Results & Corporate Actions:
Kenol announced first results in its merged form and went up 20% on a 12 month basis. Note the ballooning finance costs partly due to the hostile business environment in Kenya. Generous DPS of Ksh3.50 payable in June. Oil industry can expect another tough year as it clears old stock and due to the economy.
Total its rival in the market, seems to have dealt better with its financing needs. PAT is up 34% on slight improvement in gross margins. Usual Ksh2.50 DPS will be paid in June.
ARM was up a disappointing 19% (and underperformed its budgeted Ksh442m), though fertilizer and its non-cement products are growing very well. Fuel and other input costs clearly played their part. DPS is Ksh1.25. Cement share in Kenya remains low so there is room for growth.
TPS had a terrible yr as expected with PAT down 46%. Notably however, turnover was only down 11%. Methinks 2009 maybe a flat yr owing to global crunch.
Centum confirmed writedown on RVR investment as well as effects of NSE falling (index fell 71% yoy to end of March). I suspect part of the problem looking at its portfolio is that it has a lot of filler i.e. stock that a good fund manager won't hold. A bit of a hospital pass for James Mworia from current NSE CEO.
PS: Are we going to catch up technologically in the NSE now fibre is here? Today you can't find one website where you can chart even the Index.
FTSE: breached psychologically important 4,000 mark.