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CDC scores paper loss of £72m on private equity portfolio in 2011

Pioneering private equity group CDC, 100% owned by the UK Government’s Department for International Development, has recorded a paper loss of £72 million ($111.6m) across its £2.6 billion portfolio for 2011.

Exchange news

JSE stock exchange unveils new Africa strategy

This morning South Africa’s securities exchange, the JSE Ltd, announced a revised strategy to attract more listings from other African countries, as international interest soars. The JSE is closing its Africa Board and moving the 2 listed companies onto the Main Board or to Alt-X if they are growth companies. The JSE is also stepping up trading in depository receipts (DRs) and offering a broader range of exchange-traded funds and debt instruments.

Funds

Private Equity Africa – analysis of deals and trends 2011 and looking forward to 2012

Learn from private equity fund-raising and deal trends of 2011 and look forward to the rest of 2012 with top private equity managers and a leading Africa economist at the Private Equity Africa evening seminar in London on 14 March. Entry deadline 31 March is also fast approaching for the Private Equity Africa awards, in association with the Coller Institute of Private Equity at London School of Business.

Capital raising

Abraaj Capital acquired Aureos Capital

Abraaj Capital, a leading private equity manager investing into Africa, Middle East, Asia and Turkey, recently announced the acquisition of Aureos Capital, a global private equity fund management group investing in small and medium-sized enterprises across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Ethiopia

Duet and Vasari invest private equity in Ethiopia’s Dashen Brewery

London-based alternative asset manager Duet Group and Vasari, a company with a record of growing businesses, announced recently in a press release that they had made the largest private equity investment in Ethiopia so far to expand Dashen Brewery.

Cote d’Ivoire

IFC invests in Côte d’Ivoire’s mining through Sama Resources

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on 20 Dec agreed to invest CAD1,250,000 in nickel and copper exploration through Sama Resources Inc, which will use the funds to advance the Samapleu project in eastern Côte d’Ivoire, near the border with Guinea.

Capital raising

Africa could repeat China’s long growth story– Renaissance CIO

“Africa reminds me of China back in 1999. If you missed China then, don’t do that (miss Africa) now,” is how Plamen Monovski, chief investment officer at Russia’s Renaissance Asset Managers, describes prospects for Africa. “It’s the last place in the world that is due for that rapid change and advancement.”

Funds

Aureos Africa Health Fund invests $2.5m in Kenya healthcare

Aureos Africa Health Fund invested $2.5 million in a Kenyan hospital and health insurance company, the Avenue Group, which offers affordable healthcare cover, integrated with quality healthcare provision.

Funds

InReturn Capital invests in Kenya’s Eagle Eye Laser Centre

East African venture capital firm InReturn Capital has entered a partnership with Hurlingham Eye Care Services group (HECS). InReturn Capital is an impact investing company which aims to generate positive social impact and profits by investing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in East Africa.

Capital raising

African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) to provide PE data

The African Venture Capital Association and Cambridge Associates are to work together to provide extensive, independent aggregate African private equity and venture capital benchmark data and statistics to AVCA members and other industry participants.

Funds

OPIC invests $285m in 6 impact investing funds

U.S. development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), is to invest up to $285 million in financing to private equity funds. These in turn should raise more than $875m, representing the largest commitment by the U.S. Government to impact investing in emerging markets.

Capital raising

Mobius remains bullish on Nairobi Securities Exchange, says FT

Mark Mobius, veteran emerging markets investor and head of Templeton Emerging Markets, is bullish about the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), although it is the worst-performing stock market in sub-Saharan Africa this year, according to the Financial Times.

Exchange news

UK’s regulator FSA warns on unregistered “ethical” tree investment schemes

The UK’s regulator, the Financial Services Authority (FSA), has issued a warning about unregulated “sustainable, ethical and alternative” investments. It says: “We are seeing an increasing number of overseas schemes that offer investment opportunities in tree and crop plots abroad, and other ethical investments.”

Exchange news

Private equity exits total $1.2bn

Private equity managers (GPs) have exited some $1.2bn of investments this year, spurred by new interest and good deal values, according to data from Preqin. This compares with $79m last year. This lists some deals.

Funds

Africa is ready for private equity, says EMPEA/FT summit

Government leaders, regulators and decision-makers across Africa recognize the success of private equity in growing companies, creating jobs and developing infrastructure. They are actively considering ways of encouraging flows of capital, both international and domestic, into private equity.

Funds

Caravan Capital plans $90m into African equities

Caravan Capital Management, an investment fund based in the USA, aims to invest up to $90 million in African equity frontier markets. The fund has invested in 36 countries considered as frontier markets.

Funds

Finch Africa wins “fund of the year” for Africa ex-South Africa

Pan-African fund manager Finch International Advisors received top honours as its Africa Opportunities Fund was named Africa ex-South Africa Fund of the Year

Funds

Emerging markets private equity soars, but little cash for Africa

Fund-raising for sub-Saharan African private equity funds was $1.056 billion in January to June 2011, down 5% from $1.11 bn in the first half of 2010.Total fund-raising for emerging markets funds for the first half of 2011 was $22.6 bn, according to EMPEA, more than double the activity of the first half of 2010.

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.

Funds

Oppenheimer family and Temasek SWF launch African private equity fund

South Africa’s E. Oppenheimer family and Singapore’s sovereign fund Temasek Holdings have set up a $300 million private equity fund called Tana Africa Capital to invest primarily in consumer goods and agricultural sectors