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KCB Group named most attractive bank in Kenya

Sunday December 8 2019

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Kenyatta Avenue KCB branch in Nakuru. KCB is the most attractive bank in Kenya according to Cytonn Investment report. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

FRANCIS MUREITHI
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Kenya Commercial Bank Group is the most attractive listed bank in Kenya, a report by Cytonn Investment Company shows.

KCB took the top position in the rankings, from a franchise value and a weighted score of both franchise and future growth opportunity perspective and having a better capacity to generate profits from its core business.

I &M Holdings was rated second followed by Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Equity Bank Holdings Limited was fourth.

STRONG FRANCHISE

Others in that order were Stanbic Bank Holdings Limited, Barclays Bank, Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya, NCBA Group, Standard Chartered Bank of Kenya and Housing Finance Group.

According to the Cytonn third quarter banking sector report, KCB’s good run is supported by a strong franchise value and intrinsic value score.

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The franchise score measures the broad and comprehensive business strength of a bank across 13 different metrics, while the intrinsic score measures the investment return potential.

The report titled: “Higher net interest margins and consolidation to drive growth in the post rate cap era” analysed the third quarter results of the listed banks.

“We note that the increased emphasis on revenue diversification by banks seems to be bearing fruit, with the listed banking sector’s average non-funded income (NIF) improving year on as seen in the third quarter figures,” said Mr David Gitau, Investment analyst at Cytonn Investments.

GROWTH

The report revealed that the average NFI growth was 15.8 per cent higher than 5.9 per cent growth witnessed in the third quarter last year.

Some of the five key drivers in the sector that made KCB to be declared winners include regulation, revenue diversification, SME focused lending, consolidation and assets quality.

The report notes that with the repeal of the interest cap, banks focus on the SME lending as players redirect their efforts on the core operations to take advantage of the removal of interest rate cap.

The 10 listed Kenyan banks recorded an 8.7 per cent average increase in core earnings per share while the deposit grew by 11 per cent.

An average loan growth came in at 11.6 per cent while non-funded income grew by 15.8 per cent.