Kenya

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.

Capital raising

Rise of pension giants set to transform investment in Africa

New giants are arising in African investments – the domestic pension funds. Several countries have funds worth billions of US dollars and in many they are growing at 25% a year or more. Handled well, they could transform local equity markets, exits for private equity and infrastructure investment.

Exchange news

Kenya’s CMA regulator pushes capital markets development plan

Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) is pushing the development of the capital market through today’s (16 Oct) launch of a 16-member steering committee to formulate the Capital Markets Master Plan (CMMP) covering the next 5 years of development.

Funds

Africa’s best real estate developer is private equity group Actis

Leading African private equity group Actis has won the title for “Best Developer in Africa” in the 8th annual global Euromoney Real Estate Survey run by finance magazine Euromoney

Kenya

Rerating of emerging and frontier markets debt risks will boost issues

World investors and debt-rating agencies should rethink criteria for evaluating political and other risk. “Risk is up for developed markets (DM) and down for Emerging Markets (EM)” was a key message from a Thomson Reuters conference in London on 18 September.

Capital raising

Uganda’s power distributor Umeme says it plans Nairobi and Uganda IPOs this year

Uganda’s only power distributor, Umeme, said it plans to raise capital to invest in Uganda’s electricity sector through an initial public offering (IPO) on the Ugandan and Nairobi securities exchanges later in 2012

Exchange news

Kenya licences first ethical Islamic finance fund

Kenya has licensed its first ethical fund, an Islamic fund issued by FCB Capital, a sharia-compliant investment bank, and aims to become the centre of Islamic finance in East Africa, calling for the set-up of a council to advise on Islamic finance products.

Exchange news

First global company lists on Stock Exchange of Mauritius

The first offshore company was approved to be listed for trading on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Evisa Investments Ltd, which has invested in Kenyan insurance, has a Global Business Licence Category 1, approved by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission.

Capital raising

East African investors opening accounts at Nairobi Stock Exchange

The number of investors from other East African countries opening trading accounts at Kenya’s Nairobi Stock Exchange is still very small, but has grown more consistently in the last 2 years than other categories of investors.

Exchange news

FTSE Group working on Pan-Africa index with African Securities Exchanges Association

FTSE has launched a FTSE-ASEA index with the African Securities Exchanges Association, which will help to unlock Africa an investment for larger portfolio investors. The index covers stocks on 16 exchanges and is adjusted for investibility, including free float and liquidity.

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.

Exchange news

Is lack of liquidity driving African issuers to list on London Stock Exchange and others?

Reuters newsagency has put together stories on issuers’ and investors’ difficulties with African stock markets. These include lack of liquidity and sinking currencies. It notes that African companies are increasingly dual listing on international stock exchanges.

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

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.

Kenya

Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority regulator proposes corporate governance law

Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority has drafted proposals on corporate governance and is waiting for approval so they can be gazetted and become law.