Kenya

Exchange news

4 priorities from new head of African stock exchanges

The new President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) put forward 4 strategic objectives for the member bourses. Oscar Onyema, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, was elected President at this week’s ASEA conference in Kenya.

Exchange news

Nairobi SE appoints Andrew Wachira as acting CEO

The Board of Directors of the Nairobi Securities Exchange appointed Andrew Wachira as the Acting CEO of the exchange, effective from 1 Oct 2014. Peter Mwangi left on 30 Sept.

Exchange news

Nairobi SE trades bonds on new automated trading system

The Nairobi Securities Exchange went live trading government and corporate bonds on an automated trading system, marking another step into Africa for South Africa’s financial software development company Securities Trading & Technology Pty (STT).

Exchange news

JSE launches futures trading for 3 African currencies

South Africa’s JSE launches 3 new currency future instruments which are the first to track exchange rate between the rand (ZAR) and Nigeria’s Naira (NGN), Kenya Shilling (KES) and Zambia Kwacha (ZMW).

Exchange news

Nairobi Securities Exchange CEO Peter Mwangi moves to Old Mutual Kenya

The well-respected CEO of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, Peter Mwangi, is to take up a new job as Group CEO at insurance company Old Mutual Kenya with effect from 1 October.

Capital raising

Nairobi Securities Exchange IPO closes 12 Aug

The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited is open until 12 August. The NSE is seeking to raise KES 627 million ($7.14m) by selling up to 66,000,000 new shares (some 31% of the equity) at KES 9.50 each, open to domestic and international investors.

Capital raising

Kenya pledges lower domestic rates after $8.8bn bids for its $2bn Eurobonds

Global investors offered a record $8.8bn and Kenya issued $0.5bn in a 5-year Eurobond at 5.875% and $1.5bn of a 10-year Eurobond at 6.875%.

Capital raising

Nairobi Securities Exchange plans to offer 38% of shares in June IPO

The Nairobi Securities Exchange is pushing ahead fast with its demutualization plans and will sell up to a 38% stake in an initial public offering (IPO) in June.

Capital raising

Nairobi Securities Exchange scores megaprofits and heads for own IPO and listing

The Nairobi Securities Exchange passed key resolutions to take its demutualization into final stages, after scoring record profits for the financial year to 31 Dec 2013 and paying its first dividend to shareholders.

Capital raising

The Africa Report food for thought on the “great game” in East Africa

An intriguing article just published by The Africa Report highlights the potential of the East African region, where the economy is forecast to grow 18-fold to $3.5 trn by 2050, and the growing links, self-determination, infrastructure and risks.

Ethiopia

Nairobi Securities Exchange invites Ethiopian firms to list

Kenya has invited Ethiopian companies to list on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in a ground-breaking move that would let them raise capital and trade their shares

Capital raising

Nigeria’s Abuja Commodity Exchange set for privatization

The Nigerian Government plans to privatize the Abuja Securities and Commodities Exchange by mid-2014, according to Arunma Oteh, Director General of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ethiopia

More weather index insurance for African smallholder farmers

IFC signed 2 grant agreements with MicroEnsure Ltd for index-based weather insurance to help small-scale farmers in Rwanda and Zambia manage drought and too much rain.

Cote d’Ivoire

Top performances for USD investors at Africa’s stock exchanges

Malawi came out as Africa’s top-performing exchange to USD-based investors over 2013 with a strong 62.4% return. Eight out of 13 African exchanges beat the S&P 500.

Capital raising

Citadel Capital’s Rift Valley Railway opens Uganda-S Sudan trade after 20 years

Rift Valley Railways (RVR), a platform company of Egypt’s Citadel Capital, has repaired 500 kilometers of track between Tororo in Eastern Uganda and Gulu in the North, opening north and northwest Uganda South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to rail services after 20 years of disuse and inefficiency.

Kenya

Sub-Saharan African sovereigns outside SA to raise $7bn in fixed income

African countries (apart from South Africa) are set to place $7 billion of debt this year, buoyed by low interest rates and a huge global appetite. It is more than the previous 5 years combined and African capital markets are feeling the boom.

Kenya

Calvert Foundation says all investors set to include impact investments in portfolios

A major shift is coming in which investors, individual and institutional, will commit at least a portion of their investable assets to social impact and investing in harmony with their values, says Calvert Foundation..

Capital raising

Jacana merges with InReturn Capital, launches $75m private equity fund for SMEs

Entrepreneurs running small and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in West and East Africa stand to benefit from a new $75m private equity fund. The announcement follows the news on 29 Jan that two long-term private equity partners – Jacana and InReturn Capital – are merging.

Capital raising

Nairobi Securities Exchange launches growth board for SMEs

This week the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has joined the rush into providing boards for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the launch on 22 January of the Growth Enterprise Market Segment (GEMS).

Exchange news

Kenya steps up corporate governance

Kenya is stepping up corporate governance and the Capital Markets Authority has appointed a 9-member Capital Markets Corporate Governance Committee.