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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.

Capital raising

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.

Capital raising

Will Brexit impact Africa-focused IPOs?

Brexit, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, is having a global ripple effect. Will Brexit affect initial public offerings (IPOs) in Africa?

Exchange news

Malawi Stock Exchange to start automated trading in May

Malawi Stock Exchange is set to go live with an automated trading system (ATS) by end May and 30 April is start date for dematerialization as shareholders move physical certificates onto the Reserve Bank of Malawi electronic Central Securities Depository.

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Barclays Bank call for standards for derivative trades on blockchain

Blockchain technology can revolutionize trading in derivatives, fix inefficiencies and cut costs of trading if there is more standardization. Barclays Bank is one of the key champions and yesterday (26 April) spoke out at the annual meeting of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).

Exchange news

African capital markets and innovation key to achieving African agenda

African capital markets are key to African development visions but governments must prioritize market finance structures over donor funding. There are $1trn of assets in pension, insurance and collective investment vehicles across sub-Saharan Africa, speech by Paul Muthaura, CMA Kenya.

Exchange news

London Stock Exchange appoints David Schwimmer as CEO

The London Stock Exchange has appointed 49-year-old David Schwimmer as its new CEO, starting on 1 August. He has been working for investment bank Goldman Sachs for the last 20 years

Exchange news

Top learning on the future of African exchanges – BAFM seminar this week 19-20 April

Tomorrow (17 April) is the last day to register for the 7th Building African Financial Markets (BAFM) seminar with a top lineup to debate the future of Africa’s exchanges. It will be on 19-20 April and is organized by African Securities Exchanges Association and hosted by Nairobi Securities Exchange, Kenya.

Cote d’Ivoire

BRVM investment open days – 14 March Johannesburg

The Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM), headquartered in investment destination Côte d’Ivoire, will meet South African fund managers and market experts on March 14

Exchange news

Africa’s top stock exchange performance in 2017

Despite a great year on the main US markets in 2017, many African stock exchanges offered USD investors a higher return. Biggest gain in USD was the Malawi Stock Exchange index, which climbed by 56.0%, one of 6 African exchanges which beat the Nasdaq index.

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Highest ranked African securities exchange websites

According to www.Alexa.com, in rankings today (9 Jan) the Nigerian Stock Exchange website was ranked #83,112 busiest website in the world ahead of the Egyptian Exchange, JSE, BRVM and Nairobi Securities Exchange.

Capital raising

African issuers raise $1.4bn in IPO share offers in 2017

African share issuers have raised $1.4bn in 2017 through initial public offers (IPOs) of shares, compared to $1.2bn in 2016.

Exchange news

London Stock Exchange – blue blood in the City after shoot out

The Mexican standoff at the London Stock Exchange saw everyone getting hit, after CEO Xavier Rolet quit suddenly, cutting short a Dec 2018 transition. A round up of what happened and UK press comments on the issues of governance and the mature influence of Mark Carney.

Capital raising

Innovative African IPO and listing successes show strong demand

A round-up of recent African IPOs and other listings, many over-subscribed, shows demand and innovation – Namibia scored its first SPAC and Mauritius listed GDRs.

Capital raising

African IPO pipeline includes $3bn Vivo Energy

Investors have been snapping up Africa-focused IPOs of shares; future listings include a reported offer by Vivo Energy and AfriTin, Cytonn Investments and Hystead.

Exchange news

More hires at leading Africa and frontier investment bank Exotix Capital

Leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank and stockbroker Exotix Capital continues to add senior hires in key African markets, adding to the strengthening of the team to harness increased investor interest in the world’s highest-growth economies.

Capital raising

UK regulator accused of dropping standards to woo $2 trillion listing

Investor institutions are protesting moves by UK capital-markets regulator, Financial Conduct Authority, to alter listing standards to accommodate a potential $2 trillion listing of Aramco on the London Stock Exchange, the world’s biggest listing.

Exchange news

Runaway gains continue as Zimbabwe Stock Exchange soars

Zimbabwe Stock exchange continues to soar, with gains of 9.3% yesterday (14 September) in its industrials index which closed at 379.95, up by 163% this year.

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) CEO resigns

The CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), Ermias Eshetu, has tendered his resignation, according to a news report. He will stay until a successor is found.

Ethiopia

Do African commodities exchanges achieve the desired results?

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) has received at least $29m in donor funding since 2008 but is it achieving its aims of transforming agriculture for small farmers? A review of some articles.