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Capital raising

SANAD Fund to target SMEs in North Africa and Middle East

Tiny, small and medium businesses in Egypt and Tunisia, later Algeria and Morocco, are set to benefit from a new €30 million ($43.2 mn) SANAD Fund for MSME.

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International lenders back Egypt debt, domestic yields climb

Egypt is chasing its short-term domestic market to fund ballooning Government deficits, but seems to be preparing for a new Eurobond issue to replace $1 bn in 8.75% Eurobonds maturing in July. US President Barack Obama’s May guarantee on $1 billion of Egyptian debt could cut the country’s borrowing costs by $100 mn.

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Egypt travel ban lifted on PE firm Citadel Capital chairman

Leading African private equity firm Citadel Capital said that Egypt’s public prosecutor has lifted a travel ban imposed in April on its chairman Ahmed Heikal, according to Reuters. The company also announced Citadel Capital Partners Ltd. sold 13.4 million shares in Citadel Capital worth US$12.4 mn.

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Revolution at Egyptian Exchange – innovations to boost liquidity

The Egyptian Exchange is to introduce new products and trading innovations, including remote orders placed abroad, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), intraday trades and short selling. Mohamed Abdel Salam, chairman of the Exchange, says transparency is up and political uncertainty down in Egypt.

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Egyptian Exchange opens, hit by giant wave of selling

The Egyptian Exchange opened today at 10:30am after nearly 2 months, and was immediately swamped with a flood of selling, which saw the index plunge nearly 10% and trading halted a few minutes after the exchange opened. After a regulated halt, the EGX 30 Benchmark slowly edged up before drifting through to close at 5,142.71 after a further 2 hours, down 8.9% on the day.

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Giant growth foreseen for African stock exchanges over 10 years

African exchanges could grow dramatically in both market capitalization and turnover in the coming decade, following the explosive trends already charted by the Indian and Chinese markets. This was the view of Sunil Benimadhu, President of the African Stock Exchanges Association (ASEA), speaking at an African investment conference organized by stockbroker Securities Africa in London on 14 March.

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Egyptian Exchange again fails to reopen, bonds and GDR prices fall

The Egyptian Exchange has failed to meet another self-imposed deadline to reopen on 6 March, and investors are increasingly unhappy. In a statement on 3 March the stock exchange said the delay was linked to the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik.

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Investors worry as Egyptian Exchange again delays reopening

Investor confidence in Egypt is likely to be further undermined after officials again delayed the reopening of the Egyptian Exchange from today (1 March). It was announced late on Monday that trading would not start today at 10:30am but would again be put off until Sunday, 6 March. There have been repeated delays to the reopening.

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Egyptian Exchange to start trading tomorrow (1 Mar)

The Egyptian Exchange is set to reopen tomorrow (1 March) after it closed on 27 Jan. in the popular uprising that saw President Hosni Mubarak resign on 11 Feb. It was due to open earlier, but delayed because strikes were devastating the banks on which it relies for clearing and settlement. Some selling is anticipated.

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Private equity firm sees “compelling opportunities” in Egypt and beyond

A leading African private equity firm, Citadel Capital based in Cairo, says change in Egypt brings “very compelling opportunities for long-term private equity investors in Egypt and beyond.” But it warned in a recent press release: “The situation on the ground in Egypt remains fluid” and there could be “short-term impact on both our investment and divestiture plans.”

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Egyptian Exchange again delays reopening

The Egyptian Exchange has again postponed its reopening and says it will only open when the strike-hit banking system gets back to normal. Dates mentioned include 20 or 22 Feb, and the bourse is likely to introduce rules to limit trading volatility. It closed on 27 Jan after a 16% fall in its EGX30 Index.

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Egyptian stock exchange delays reopening to 16 Feb

The Egyptian Exchange has postponed its reopening until Wednesday 16 February. The stock exchange closed on 27 Jan after the main EGX 30 Index fell 16% in a week, and was due to open again 13 Feb. Talks continue with regulators, stockbrokers and the Misr for Central Clearing, Depository and Registry.

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Investors optimistic about change in Egypt

Bulls seem to be waiting for a positive outcome from widespread pro-democracy unrest in Egypt, one of Africa’s biggest stock markets and prices have climbed for depository receipts of Egyptian companies and for an Egypt exchange-traded fund available internationally. The Egyptian Exchange has been closed for several days as unrest intensified.

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2 African stock exchanges among world ESG leaders

Two African stock exchanges are among leaders in requesting companies to report on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. South Africa’s JSE Ltd this year became the first exchange in the world to require listed companies to move towards integrated reporting which includes ESG reports along with profit figures. The Egyptian Exchange, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Malaysia are other exchanges discussing with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment initiative through its sustainable stock exchanges dialogue.

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Rencap has expansion plans

Renaissance Capital (www.rencap.com/eng), the Russian emerging-markets bank with operations in Africa, plans to expand next year into Egypt and at least 3 other African countries, according to a 5 October interview published on Bloomberg.

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Citadel Capital announces cement deals in Sudan and Egypt

Leading African private equity house Citadel Capital has this week announced 2 cement deals. Citadel was recently named “African Business of the Year” at a gala awards ceremony organized by “African Business” magazine. It is based in Cairo and listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange (ticker CCAP.CA).

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PE firm Citadel Capital wins “African Business” title

Private equity firm Citadel Capital, with $8.3 billion in investments, has won the title of “African Business of the Year” at a gala awards ceremony organized by “African Business” magazine in London on 21 June. Other finalists included South Africa’s De Beers, Kenya’s Safaricom, pan-African bank Ecobank and Kenya’s Bidco Oil Refineries.

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New stock exchange launched in Egypt

The brand new Nile Stock Exchange (www.nilex.com.eg) saw strong trading appetite on 3 June, its first day of trading. NILEX is an initiative of the Egyptian Exchange (EGX – www.egyptse.com) and aims to support growing medium and small enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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Citadel Capital private equity fund opens in East Africa

Egypt-based private equity fund Citadel Capital is to open an East African office in Nairobi during January. Citadel says it is independently ranked as Africa’s largest private equity firm

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Tighter regulation for Egyptian markets

The recently formed Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (www.efsa.gov.eg) is tightening regulation for listed companies and other financial market intermediaries. It is working with the Egyptian Stock Exchange (www.egyptse.com) to combat insider trading and improve disclosure, including urging better investor relations skills. Good regulation is critical to attracting local and foreign investment.