Monday, 24 August 2009

MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets Index

The annual country review for the MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets and MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets APEX Indices is upon us. There will be no changes in the country composition of the MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets Index.

Following improved trading liquidity, Mauritius will be added to the MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets APEX Index, while Nigeria will be deleted from the index due to the introduction of restrictions and low liquidity in Nigeria's Foreign Exchange Market.
The MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets APEX Index is a tradable proxy index reflecting investment opportunities within the frontier markets and lower size spectrum of the emerging markets. It is designed to serve as a liquid proxy to the broader MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets Index.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Oando grows top line 59% y/y.

Oando reported better-than-expected results. Sales grew 12.9%59% y/y. Oando’s Q2 PBT ws N2.8bn as a result of a sequential increase in the PBT margin of 11 basis points. A higher-than-expected tax rate of 30% meant that net earnings actually only grew by 8.7%.

The upstream businesses as well as Gas & Power helped offset slight weakness in the marketing business.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Five bank CEO's fired in Nigeria

In a dramatic move, the Central Bank of Nigeria has fired the CEOs of 5 banks for allowing margin lending exposure to get out of hand. It has indicated that these banks will be recapitalised with a total of NGN 400bn in tier 2 capital. The affected banks are Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank of Nigeria, Oceanic International Bank, Finbank (First Inland Bank) and Afribank. .

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Nigeria to support indigenous oil industry

Proposals in draft nigerian legislation designed to encourage “indigenous” producers looks set to become law. The change will effect the re-licensing some of the more than 300 fields that have been discovered but not yet developed.

It is expected that, the Nigerian company, Oando will be the biggest beneficiary.

Total output in Nigeria’s oil sector, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest, is at about 1.7mb/d at most, cut to just over half of capacity by unrest and funding issues.

Sugar continues to hit new highs

The sugar price is now close to its ‘81 Peak. Damaged crops from India to Brazil mean the world won’t have enough sugar for a second straight year. Global demand will exceed output by as much as 5 million metric tons.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Mauritius to introduce futures trading

A giant leap for a frontier market. The Stock Exchange of Mauritius will soon start trading in futures. The first futures contracts will be on the SEM-7 index and on some of the most liquid stocks traded on the official market. The SEM-7 is made up of the largest companies by market capitalization, including Mauritius Commercial Bank, Naiade Resorts, New Mauritius Hotels, and State Bank of Mauritius.

Nigeria sees decline in telephone lines!

This is not something that we have seen before. Nigerian active lines actually declined in April. If you consider this as a proxy for household consumption, that is not good news. Admittedly the fall was just 75,000. That said, we are used to hearing the number going up. In the previous months there had been increasesaroungg the one million level.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

The Case for Frontier Market Fixed Income

Working Paper Series
Date posted: August 01, 2009 ; Last revised: August 01, 2009

Frontier market debt is becoming increasingly attractive as an asset class, supported by the economic development of the less developed emerging markets. Analysis of the constituents of this off-benchmark asset class shows that allocation to it can potentially result in higher yield and better diversification. The authors argue that frontier fixed income should be included in strategic asset allocation using a technique known as reverse asset allocation.

Keywords: Emerging Market, Debt, fixed income, frontier markets, asset allocation

JEL Classifications: B00

Broby, Daniel P. and, Bates, John., White Paper: The Case for Frontier Market Fixed Income(July 31, 2009). Available at SSRN:

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Investment in Serbia

There are only seven companies in Serbia that rank in the top 500 in Eastern Europe. Investors look for more choice. Maybe with the future IPO's of JATA, Telekom and Galenika that will change. Of the 800 joint stock companies, which are listed on the BSE, only 34 have sufficient trading volume. For example, if I would now like to buy Messer Technogas, on the basis of the current valuation on the BSE, one would need a year to build a small position of around 100,000 dollars. This will change when Serbia develops active domestic investors, who buy and sell regularly. In the meantime, why would anyone buy such an illiquid company although it has value?

On the positive side, six-month bonds issued by the Ministry of Finance with a yield of 13.99 percent is not bad.

To see the rest of Daniel Broby's (CIO of Silk Invest) interview with Blic, Serbia's leading newspaper, see the following link.