KARACHI: The number of listed companies has gone down by 5% in the last three years, latest annual report of the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) shows.
As many as 30 companies have unlisted since 2012 when stocks of 590 entities were traded on the largest stock exchange of Pakistan. Their number clocked up at 560 at the end of 2014-15, just three notches above the number of listed companies at the end of 2013-14.
Although market capitalisation has gone up by a massive 111% over the last three years, total capital listed on the stock exchange has grown by just 11.1% during the same period.
However, privately held companies seem to have become more interested in going public of late. The last fiscal year saw nine new listings on the KSE as opposed to five, four and four listings in the preceding three fiscal years, respectively.
The listed capital of new companies also surged notably along with nine new listings. New companies listed capital of Rs38.1 billion in 2014-15, which was almost twice the capital listed on the bourse during the preceding fiscal year.
KSE MD Nadeem Naqvi was not available for comment on Wednesday on the prospects of new listings in the current fiscal year. However, financial accounts of the exchange show it doubled its advertising and marketing expenses to Rs16.5 million in 2014-15 in order to create awareness about the KSE, which could lead to higher liquidity and more listings in the future.
Companies that were listed in 2014-15 included Colony Textile Mills, Engro Powergen Qadirpur, Saif Power, Sindh Modaraba, Systems Limited, Synthetic Products Enterprises, Mughal Iron & Steel Industries, Ghani Global Glass and Dolmen City REIT.
New listings raised funds amounting to Rs11 billion as opposed to equity generation of Rs4.7 billion in the preceding year.
Although the number of new debt instruments listed (4) on the KSE in 2014-15 was the smallest in the last three fiscal years, the total issue size of new debt instruments in 2014-15 was Rs31 billion – slightly less than the sum of all debt instruments listed in the preceding three years.
NIB Bank and K-Electric listed a term finance certificate (TFC) and a Sukuk, respectively, on the KSE in 2014-15. Engro Corporation issued two Sukuks as well, bringing the total amount raised by the three entities to Rs31 billion by listing debt instruments on the KSE.
There were also two secondary offers in the last fiscal year by Allied Bank and Habib Bank, which are already listed on the KSE.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2015.
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