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The ZSE’s 2020 research found that individual Zimbabweans made a meagre amount of contributions to the regional capital market. A few of the obstacles mentioned are a lack of understanding of the investment process and the notion that it is the realm and preservation of the wealthy in society.

According to an article by Mail and Guardian published May 25, 2022, this survey prompted the bourse to launch ZSE Direct, a product that would make access to the market straightforward even for first-time investors.…

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  • Zimbabwe is anticipating the listing of some Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) this year.
  • ZSE is expected to list the fifth ETF, Cass Saddle Agriculture ETF this week
  • FINSEC introduced automated contract writing and derivatives trading, complete with direct integration of the trading, clearing, custody, and settlement facilities
  • VFEX introduced broker-controlled accounts to ensure convenience in trading on the US dollar-denominated stocks trading platform
  • VFEX is expected to launch its mobile securities trading platform, VFEX-Direct, at the end of this month in a move meant to simplify trading

This year is shaping up to be a defining year for Zimbabwe’s capital markets. Financial Securities Exchange (Private) Limited introduced derivatives and chatter over a new asset class has whet curious investors’ appetite.

Zimbabwe is anticipating the listing of some Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) sometime this year, and this could deepen the country’s capital markets.

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) is …

The focus over this period, undoubtedly, is on a number of listed corporates reporting their earnings. Taking a step back, Centum, BAT Kenya and East African Breweries Limited (EABL) started this round of earnings’ campaign with release in July.  

Centum reported financials for the year ending 31st March 2021 a drastic decline in its earnings per share to a loss of KES0.90 per share. The company’s profit after tax improved albeit in the negative territory while operating profits declined 75% y/y to KES 245Mn on a 59% y/y drop in investment income to KES1.5Bn. The company’s comprehensive income declined 10% y/y to KES4.8Bn on account of a 334% y/y rise in unrealized gains from the sale of rental units that are only recognized upon registering and transfer of ownership to the respective buyers.

The bulk of the Group’s KES2.3Bn loss was driven by the full consolidation of the Two

The firm has undertaken assignments in 50 of the 54 African countries and employs more than 500 people in its network of over 20 local offices.

This latest partnership comes at a time when the firm’s latest London sales and lettings reports show that June was a record-breaking month for sales transactions, lettings, viewings and new prospective tenants registering.…

The release of first quarter results (1Q21) in the banking sector has been pertinent in the bourse in this review period. The spotlight was on KCB and Equity Group which received different investor reactions that saw foreigners exiting KCB and accumulating Equity.  

Equity Group reported an impressive 63.8% y/y rise in Earnings per Share (EPS) to KES 2.3. This performance was on the back of substantial decrease in loan loss provisions (-59.3% y/y) coupled with 28.4% y/y rise in Net Interest Income (NII). Interest expense on customer deposits however, weighed down on NII, rising 63.5% y/y to KES 4.2Bn. Non-Interest Revenue (NIR) grew 30.7% y/y to KES 10.9Bn. Borrowed funds went up 68.2% y/y to KES 88.4Bn on acquisition of development finance institution (DFI) funding to boost liquidity that stands at 60.6%. The Group’s subsidiaries in Rwanda and Uganda now deliver above the cost of capital returns giving a positive

The review period has been salient with fresh 52-week low levels hit by some of the listed counters. Centum’s profitwarning announcement (expecting a dip in profit in its earnings by more than 25% on a yearly comparison) at the tail end of 1Q21 triggered a negative momentum on the counter in the subsequent twomonth period.

This resulted in the counter touching a fresh low of KES14.40. Standard Group touched a new low of KES15.55 in early May, attributed to the negative knock from its FY20 earnings release. The media company had reported a KES301.6Mn loss during the last calendar year. Limuru Tea also fell to a new low of KES340. That said, activity on this agriculture stock has been thin with only 100 shares (minimum) trading in the review period.  

Bamburi Cement recorded a higher-than-expected FY20 EPS (Earnings per Share) of KES2.89. This partly enabled

venture capital funding round

Winners of the 2020 edition of the Private Equity Awards Africa are set to be announced on 19 November 2020. There are 19 African focused private equity firms in the running for the house of the year position.

In the previous year’s awards, the house of the year award went to Development Partners International, a firm that manages over US$1.6 billion in pan-African private equity.

Several other subcategories will rate private equity firms in terms of deal size, the exit of the year, debt and infrastructure, and a portfolio company of the year. The competition also includes a category for the best advisors and fund administrators

The London Business School Private Equity Institute in conjunction with the private equity awards advisory panel will make recommendations for the deserving winners.

The ultimate winners will be chosen by an autonomous panel of judges which comprises some of the

Kenyan equities market reversed the negative trend in the first two weeks of September, with the indices NSE All Share Index (NASI) and NSE-20 Share Index ticking up 9.0% and 8.2%, respectively, on a month-on-month comparison. This could be attributed to the improving business prospects issuing from the second quarter’s deep economic and business strain arising from the containment measures for the Covid-19 pandemic. On a year-to-date (YTD) basis, the NSE-20 and NASI have posted negative returns of 29.3% and 15.4%, respectively.  

Across the market, there have been outstanding performers that bucked the general trend. Absa NewGold ETF (a security whose price is derived from gold commodity price) is up 38.3%. Kenya Airways, currently suspended, edged up 86.8% on a buy-out fueled rally while Eaagads Ltd is up 23.8%. The key index counters are all in negative territory with the key banks – KCB, Equity and Co-operative – sharply lower,

The second half period of 2020 has been marked with persistent bearish sentiment exacerbated by the financial performance amidst uncertainty in economic and business recovery in the pandemic era. On a year to date (YTD) basis, the NSE-20 and NASI have posted negative returns 34.2% and 22.2%, respectively. However, there have been outstanding performers that bucked the general market trend. Absa NewGold ETF (a security whose value is pegged on the value of global price of gold) is up 39.5%; Kenya Airways (+86.8%) on a buy-out fueled price rally; and Olympia Capital (+21.9%). The key index counters are all negative with the key banks (Equity, KCB and COOP) sharply lower, on average by 41% YTD while Safaricom and EABL have retreated 12.1% and 22.4% YTD, respectively.  

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The bearish market coupled with uncertainty around resolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, has shifted investors’

Risk asset prices rebounded globally with the benchmark MSCI (Morgan Stanley Composite Index) World trimming first quarter losses to -6.6% at the end of the first half of the year. The steady state in the global financial markets has been anchored on the accommodative policies in the developed economies and easing of containment measures in some pockets across the globe.

Some equity markets such as in the emerging world have recouped back the first quarter losses while frontier markets are trailing 18.1% from the start of the year levels. US Dow Jones Industrial Average benchmark that tracks the 30 largest listed companies, posted its hitherto best quarterly performance in 33 years with a return of 17.8% in the quarter ending June 2020.

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Closer home, revised estimates have struck a bearish tone as per our second quarter outlook. …