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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 …

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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).

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Capital raising

Recent Africa share listings news

Roundup of recent African share listing news including Old Mutual’s move back to Johannesburg, Grit Real Estate Income Group and ASA International microfinance debut on the London Stock Exchange debut, a green bond in Nigeria and the 9th listing on South Africa’s A2X Markets exchange.

Capital raising

Some African IPOs – August 2018

Roundup of African share offers (IPOs) for investors, including CIPLA-QCI closing 24 Aug in Uganda, Giza Spinning and Weaving in Egypt and telco MTN listings in Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria.

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Mobile phone app for trading on Zimbabwe securities exchanges

Investors can use their smartphones to check share and bond portfolios and send orders to stockbrokers in Zimbabwe with an online and mobile trading platform called C-Trade from today (4 July).

Capital raising

Meet FINSEC, Zimbabwe’s second securities exchange

Zimbabweans have a second option for regulated securities trading: Financial Securities Exchange (Private) Limited (FINSEC) is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe as a securities exchange (alternative trading platform).

Capital raising

Why Ethiopia needs a stock exchange as it liberalizes

One of Africa’s biggest economies. Ethiopia, announced a transformational liberalization and privatization campaign. But there is no Ethiopian stock exchange, limiting participation by citizens and domestic savings funds, and cutting transparency.

Capital raising

Africa-focused Vivo Energy soars after £548m IPO on London SE

Africa’s £1.98 billion ($2.68bn) megalisting Vivo Energy (VVO) soared in its first 2 days of trading on the London Stock Exchange (dual-listed in Johannesburg ) on 10-11 May after a successful initial public offer (IPO) raised £548m.

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London Stock Exchange financing African growth

There are 108 African companies listed or trading on the London Stock Exchange with total market capitalization of over $200 billion ($271bn). In the last 10 years they have raised more than $16 bn on London’s markets.