NSE projects bounce back after August General Election

NSE projects bounce back after August General Election

File image of NSE CEO Geoffrey Odundo. PHOTO | COURTESY

  • The outlook by the bourse suggests that the market will hit the bottom before the August 9 General Elections and begin registering a reversal in year to date losses.
  • NSE CEO Geoffrey Odundo expects low stock valuations to not only attract foreign but also local institutional and retail investors.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has forecast a post-election lift-off to turn around fortunes for a market currently in the red.

The outlook by the bourse suggests that the market will hit the bottom before the August 9 General Elections and begin registering a reversal in year to date losses.

NSE Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Odundo expects low stock valuations to not only attract foreign but also local institutional and retail investors.

“I’m pretty optimistic they (foreign investors) will return in a stronger way. One, because our markets are undervalued. What will help the market now is local pension funds, stocks are reaching all time lows and are much undervalued,” he told Citizen Digital in an interview on Tuesday.

“Pension funds have long-term liabilities and can therefore take a longer position. They have also seen the experience in the past two elections that markets tend to recover after elections because of the optimism and expectations of a new government.”

Nevertheless, Odundo reckons the next administration will have to take the carrot approach to bolster market activity and improve investor sentiment for the NSE’s expected rebound to lift off.

“For the next government to make an impact at a micro level, there has to be some stimulus. For me, the easiest stimulus is interest rates. If we are able to control interest rates, all other macros (macro-economic factors) will respond positively,” added Mr. Odundo.

A combination of global shocks and caution on the approaching General Election has triggered deep sell-offs especially by foreign investors so far in 2022 to leave behind a bear market- a market at least 20 per cent lower than its previous high.

For instance, the Nairobi All Share Index (NASI), NSE 20 and NSE 25 indexes have posted losses of 27.1 per cent, 15 per cent and 23.4 per cent respectively as of the end of last week.

Meanwhile, year to date net selling position by foreign investors stands at Ksh.10.3 billion ($88 million).

The market nevertheless continues to trade sharply below its historical price to earnings ratio underpinning the undervaluation to stock prices and presenting the opportunity for entry by new investors.

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