Which Bank is best for me? Find out their Average Interest on deposits

I was reading a very interesting and educative article written by Nana Otuo Acheampong, Head, OTCEER in today’s issue of the Business and Financial Times (B&FT) and would like to share some of his research findings. The article is titled “WHICH BANK IS BEST FOR ME”? In this article, he tackled the question I get from people on daily basis about what bank they should deposit their monies in and what bank is good for them. People contact me when they want to deposit monies at the banks to know of the various interests on the deposits.

Others call to know about what banks give the best interest on Agricultural loans, loans for mortgage, loans for construction and other forms of loans. The writer ranked the 25 banks in the country indicating their various average interests on deposits, and those paid on agricultural Loans etc. And using the Consensus Model of Base rate determination for the banking industry, he ranked the banks based on Base Rates, from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) – 12.37% to First Atlantic Bank – 26.95%.


Below are the Top 5 and Bottom 5 banks for Average Interest paid on deposits.

   TOP 5 Banks 


Banks
Average Interest on Deposits
1. Bank of Africa
15.94%
2. Guaranty Trust Bank
15.01%
3. Bank of Baroda
13.89 %
4. First Atlantic Bank
12.94%
5. Fidelity Bank
12.18%



  Bottom 5 banks

1. Barclays Bank
5.49%
2. HFC Bank
5.17%
3. Ghana Commercial bank
4.60%
4. Agric. Devt. Bank
4.19%
5. Standard Chartered bank
3.94%

 I would advise you look for today’s B&FT if you can, and read the full article on page 9 and page 28.

Charting the Progress on the Stock Market: UT Bank and CAL Bank

This post is the 3rd and final part on the Banking Sector of the Ghana Stock Exchange. In my first article on the Banking Sector of the GSE, [ Focusing on the Banking sector of the Ghana Stock Exchange (Part I)], I looked at Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) and HFC Bank (HFC). The second part [ Charting the Banking Sector of the Ghana Stock Exchange ] focused on Ecobank Ghana (EBG) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB). 

Using price movement charts, lets see how UT bank (UTB)  and CAL bank (CAL) stocks performed on the exchange six months into the year. 
UTB: Market Cap. (Million GHS)= 96.65 , Price/Book (most recent qtr.)= GHS 1.5785 
Current Price = 0.32p

UTB [ Jan to June, 2012 Price movement]

CAL: Market Cap. (Million GHS)= 66.86 ,   Price/Book (most recent qtr.)= 0.7868 ,  Current Price = 0.28p

CAL [Jan to June, 2012 Price movement]


Ghana Stock Exchange: Market Update (20.06.12) – CAL Bank led the market.

Today on the exchange, losses in two equities were cancelled out by upward price movement in four equities, ensuring that the stock market closed with a positive return of 0.17%. The major indices responded kindly. The GSE-Composite Index
climbed 1.77 points to 1,025.80 points while the GSE-Financial Stock Index also went up 2.80 points to 880.66 points.

Nearly five times more shares were traded today, compared to the previous session as a total of 1.15 million shares were exchanged today, for a sum of GHS0.49m, more than seven times the value recorded in the previous session. CAL Bank (CAL) led the market with 76.77% and 48.79% of the trade volume and trade value respectively.
There were four gainers, CAL, Enterprise Group Ltd (EGL), Fan Milk Ghana Ltd (FML) and SG-SSB. Ghana Oil (GOIL) and Tullow Oil (TLW) recorded losses.


Courtesy: CAL Brokers Ltd.

Benso Oil Palm Plantation (BOPP) in the 1st Quarter of 2012 on Ghana Stock Exchange

6 months performance on GSE – BOPP [Oct – Mar]
Benso Oil Palm Plantation with GSE stock ticker symbol; [BOPP] is an oil palm producing and processing company and was listed on the GSE on August 30, 2004 when it was converted into the public limited liability. The nature of businesses the company is authorized to carry on include: Growing of oil palm and other agricultural products, Processing of oil palm fruits to produce palm oil and palm kernels and Dealing & trading in palm oil, palm kernels and other agricultural products.
BOPP on the Ghana Stock Exchange has recently been the choice for investors as the company continues to show greatness in different forms.
The Key Statistics for BOPP as researched by Bloomberg reveals that, the current P/E ratio [trailing twelve months (ttm)] is 6.0546 and Earning per share (EPS) (ttm) is 0.2808.  BOPP’s current market capitalization is GHS 59.16 million with about 34.80 million shares outstanding. Price per Book (most recent quarter) is valued at 1.9908.
BOPP started the year, 2012 on the Ghana Stock Exchange with a share price of GHS 1.10 (03.01.12) and has since been rising to attain a year high of GHS 1.78 (20.02.12); the highest since 18th October, 2011. An investment made in BOPP exactly a year ago would make an outstanding 121.23% profit to date.
Year to Date change on GSE – BOPP [Jan -Mar. ]
Analysts predict further rise in price of this stock in the year but the greatest fear for most investors is the Election Year fever on the market which has shown its power over stocks in the past years.
We hope to closely follow this stock and see how investors react to it despite the election year’s controlling force in the market. 

Is CAL Bank undervalued on the Ghana Stock Exchange?

The debate continues everywhere among investors as they keep wondering whether CAL Bank shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange are undervalued. My earlier post on the 2011 year review of CAL bank on GSE has shown clear analysis of CAL as at last year. It showed the potential of CAL’s share price rising this year as the bank plans to recapitalize to meet the required capital as proposed by the Bank of Ghana. Meanwhile, some investors and market analysts argue that, the share price is undervalued to the extent of stating that there could be a rally on the exchange for these stocks very soon.
Let us look at some figures of the Bank; (courtesy: Bloomberg)

Valuation and Earnings as at 20.02.12.

The Banking stock shows a relative P/E to the GSE Composite Index of 0.2628 and a P/E ratio (ttm) of 3.6220 as reported by market analysts.

With a current market capitalization of about GHC 64.48 million, the Bank would recapitalize this year to meet the requirement.

Dividends figures & Other Market figures

Chart: Share Price Movement from December 2011 to Date on GSE.

2011 Year Review of CAL Bank on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Overview of Company

 CAL Bank Limited formerly Continental Acceptances Limited and then CAL Merchant Bank was incorporated on March 20, 1989 but the bank was licensed in June 1990 and commenced business in July 1990. With issued shares of 238,802,978, CAL Bank is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) and the share price is 0.23p as at December 6, 2011. We would be looking at how this bank performed on the GSE for the 2011 financial year.
As at 31st December, 2010, the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) held 82,363,074 shares in the bank making 34.13% whiles Mr. Afare Donkor, the largest individual shareholder and second largest shareholder held a stake of 7.51% representing 18,120,000 shares.



Analysis

CAL Bank began the year, 2011 with a share price of 0.33p (04/JAN/2011) and because of investor activities & active trades, share price of the bank rose to 0.39p (04/FEB/2011). Meanwhile, the stock price dropped steadily after that time to close at 0.26p on 22/March/ 2011. Further fluctuation of price was recorded from July to October 2011. Ten months down the year, CAL recorded a Year high of 0.39 pesewas and Year-Low of  0.25 pesewas (p). The volume of trade heightened at the end of October and hence was reflected by an increased in share price by some pesewas.
CAL stock and other financial stocks performed badly in November making the Financial Stock Index remain lower than the Base index of 1000.

The Year 2011 obviously was not the best year for most stocks on the GSE and CAL Bank is no exception.

I would be writing on Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG) in my next post. I would be reviewing EBG stock on the Ghana Stock Exchange for the Year 2011.

[Courtesy: Ghana Stock Exchange, Bloomberg]