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Capital raising

Bumpy ride when African tech unicorn Jumia comes to NYSE

Investors in Africa’s technology unicorn company Jumia have had a bucking bronco ride since it listed American Depository Receipts (ADRs, representing shares) on the New …

Capital raising

Airtel Africa confirms June $750m listing in London

Airtel Africa has confirmed that it is going ahead in June 2019 with its $750 million listing on the main market of the London Stock …

Capital raising

MTN Nigeria shares soaring after $5bn listing

Telecommunications firm MTN Nigeria has had strong days of trading since it joined the Nigerian Stock Exchange in a listing by introduction on 16 May. …

Cote d’Ivoire

Work starts on African exchanges linkage project

Africa’s stock exchanges, regulators, central banks, stockbrokers and clearing systems are working together on the African Exchanges Linkage Project (AELP), set to create trading and …

Exchange news

Africa’s jumbo stock exchanges to link in 2019?

An ambitious project to link Africa’s 7 biggest securities exchanges is moving to implementation with a call this month for a project manager for the …

Exchange news

A2X exchange scores dual listing #17

Tharisa plc became the 17th company to list on South Africa’s A2X exchange in February. Kevin Brady, CEO of A2X, said in a press release: …

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International – new IPSX exchange opens property as global asset class

A new asset class has opened for investors as the International Property Securities Exchange in London prepares for its first initial public offer (IPO) in …

Capital raising

IPO report 2 – African companies raised $2.2bn in 2018

Africa-focused companies raised $2.17 billion via 18 share offers (IPO) and listings in 2018, but the number is down 25% from $2.89bn raised in 2017 …

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Africans inspiring London Stock Exchange

The London Stock Exchange Group launched the 2nd edition of its Companies to Inspire Africa Report, on Wed 16 Jan, identifying dynamic growth businesses in …

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Companies to Inspire Africa 2019 report in numbers:

The report identifies 360 companies from 32 countries representing 7 major sectors. It highlights the entrepreneurial and dynamic landscape of the African private sector. Companies …

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Performance on African stock exchanges in 2018

We don’t need to tell you 2018 was rough for equity investors, particularly the last four months. Only 2 African exchanges managed to buck the …

Exchange news

Regulated blockchain and commodity exchanges coming to Mauritius

GMEX Group is leading in plans to launch a revolutionary blockchain exchange platform in Mauritius with MINDEX Holdings Limited (MINDEX) linked to Mauritius International Derivatives and Commodities Exchange and Hybrid Stock Exchange Corporation Limited (HYBSE).

Exchange news

Blockchain, crypto and the changes to stock exchanges in coming 2 years

Hirander Misra, CEO of GMEX Group, says blockchain will start changing securities exchanges in the next 2 years as regulation, custodians, etc all improve. The bar is getting higher to set up an exchange”.

Exchange news

London Stock Exchange issues reports on African bonds, SME finance, passive flows and corporate information

London Stock Exchange Group has launched 5 reports on African capital markets, developed as part of its London Africa Advisory Group (LAAG) to put forward recommendations on developing African capital markets further to increase global investment flows.

Events

Exploring African bond markets at Livingstone

Africa’s bond market gurus meet in Livingstone, Zambia, on 29 October, to discuss trends and developments in the local currency bond markets. The 3 day gathering is organized by the African Financial Markets Initiative AFMI, which highlights African Development Bank’s leading role to develop Africa’s domestic local currency bond markets, establish best practices and document lessons.

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African bond markets statistics

Statistics on African local currency bond markets from African Financial Markets Initiative (AFMI) annual report 2017: Total outstanding amount African bonds and bills up 13% to $413bn in 2017, more than 80% of the total comes from 5 countries.

Capital raising

Politics getting better, Ethiopia ready for business says Arkebe Oqubay at UK-Ethiopia forum

A packed room of businesspeople and investors assembled in London on 16 October to hear about opportunities and news at the UK-Ethiopia Trade & Investment Forum 2018. Leader of the delegation was Arkebe Oqubay, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, who gave a detailed overview of events of the last 6 months and the big ambitions driving Ethiopia.

Exchange news

SEC Nigeria leads FSD Africa programme to boost capital markets regulators

Funding organization FSD Africa is launching a 3-year programme to improve skills of Africa’s capital market regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission SEC Nigeria is the first capital-market regulator after signing an agreement worth £450,000 ($585,200) on 28 September.

Exchange news

First African fixed income ETF listed in Mauritius, tracking bond index

African Development Bank (AfDB) and Mauritius Commercial Bank Group (MCB) have launched the African Domestic Bond Fund (ADBF), a pioneer exchange-traded fund (ETF) accessible to investors through listing on 18 September on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.

Exchange news

Liquidity and cost of trading on Africa’s stock exchanges – Bright Africa 2018

RisCura’s annual Bright Africa report into African securities exchanges is out and highly-recommended. Key challenge to investors, African stock exchange operators and regulators remain: liquidity, free float and cost of trading. Broker commissions are high, but with low trading volumes they need incentives to change.