An acquisition is when one company makes a bid to acquire control of another (called the target). It can either be hostile or friendly.
These are shares which are most frequently traded (bought and sold) at the NSE, as distinguished from partly active shares in which trading is not as frequent. The shares of most leading companies are active.
An agent is an appointed representative (of a stockbroker or investment bank) who is authorized to transact the business of buying and selling shares for a commission through and on behalf of the stockbroker or investment bank.
This is a restriction placed on a buy or sell order that instructs the broker to fill the order completely by the close of the market or the order should not take place.
This is the document issued by a company to its investors showing the number and value of shares allotted to the applicant after successful subscription.
This is when two companies, previously independent of one another, combine to form a new company.
A publication issued by a company to its shareholders at the company’s fiscal year-end. The document typically includes financial statements, reports on operations, the auditor’s report and other relevant information on the company. It is mandatory for all public companies.
This is a mandatory meeting held once a year by all public companies. The directors of the company report to the shareholders on the year’s performance and future of the company. All shareholders are invited and allowed to ask questions. Notice of such a meeting is mandatory.
This is a document describing the purpose, place of business and details of a company. Every incorporated company in Kenya by law must have and submit this document to the registrar of companies and work by what it stipulates. The articles of association together with the memorandum of association form the constitution of a company.
It is also known as the offer price. It is the lowest price which a seller is willing to accept for a security. It also typically stipulates the amount of the security the seller is willing to sell.
This is anything owned by a company that has a market value. This includes land, buildings, equipment, furniture, cash, bank deposits, manufactured goods ready to be sold, goodwill, trademarks etc.
This is an instruction from a client to a broker authorizing the broker to use his discretion and try to execute an order at the best possible prize.
This is the total number of shares that a company is permitted to issue according to its memorandum and articles of association. This number can only be increased if a resolution is passed to that effect by the majority of the shareholders and an application made to the registrar of companies.
The authorized share capital is calculated by multiplying the nominal share value with the total number of authorized shares. This is stated in the memorandum and articles of association as required by law.
This is the online trading system software used at the Nairobi Securities Exchange to effect all trading transactions. It can be accessed through the NSE trading floor (through the Local Area Network) or from the stockbrokers’ offices (through the Wide Area Network). It is completely controlled and managed by the NSE.
Buying more shares in a company at a price that is lower than the price paid for the initial investment. The aim of averaging down is to reduce the average cost per share bought.
Code of Ethics
This is a risk structure model used by investors who wish to spread their investments for safety and profits. At the base of the pyramid, its broadest span will be safe and liquid investments which will yield a decent return e.g. treasury bonds. The next segment will be debentures and shares which will yield a good return and at the top and narrowest segment with the least part of an investor’s funds will be the high risk investments which if successful yield extraordinary returns..
This is the act of artificially rising or lowering the price of shares by creating an appearance of acting buying and selling. It is illegal.
These are the owners of a company sharing in its risks, profits and loss. They are paid a share of the company’s profits in proportion to their shareholding after all other claims have been met. In the event of the liquidation of a company they share whatever is left of the company after all its creditors have been paid. Only equity shareholders are allowed to vote in the company’s meetings..
The last reported price at which a share was sold at the stock exchange. It is also referred to as the market value..
A rally is a period of sustained increase in the price of stocks, bonds or indexes. It can happen during a bull or a bear market, called a bull market rally, or a bear market rally respectively..