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Sharia-compliant finance grows in Kenya

Finance compatible with Islamic investment principles is taking further root in Kenya. There has been take up of sukuk portions of infrastructure bonds launched by the Government, the Central Bank of Kenya has announced that it is working on plans to launch sharia-compliant treasury bills in the money market and it is reported in local media that a sharia-compliant unit trust is applying for registration.

Kenya

Automated bond trading boosts liquidity on Nairobi Stock Exchange

Liquidity is up, while the number of days for settlement and cases of fraud are down in bond trading as fixed-income traders and investors flock to the Automated Trading System (ATS) of the Nairobi Stock Exchange. According to report in Kenya’s Business Daily, citing data provided by NSE, the value of bonds traded by the end of May was KSh 177.5 billion ($2.2 billion), up 60% on the KSh 110.6 billion traded in the same period in 2009.

Exchange news

SA listed companies have to integrate sustainability reports

South Africa’s JSE stock exchange is requiring listed companies to integrate their sustainability reports with their annual reports, with effect from this month. According to a report in Business Day newspaper Mervyn King, chairman of the King committee and a leading expert on governance, said: “SA is among the first countries in the world to require integrated reporting of listed companies.”

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Africa’s mid-term prospects – growth and climate change

“Africa’s economies experienced a marked acceleration in growth during the past ten years. The magnitude of the continent’s development story is startling in its specifics and the opportunity it presents”. This is the start of a detailed package on the website of McKinsey Quarterly (www.mckinseyquarterly.com).

Capital raising

Investors back $ billions of African bonds

Interest in African sovereign debt has been climbing again in recent months. Angola plans to issue a $1 billion – $2 billion benchmark bond., Kenya, Nigeria and Mauritius and many other countries have flourishing debt markets and international interest is good in high-yielding hard-currency bonds such as those issued by the Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire.

Other Countries

Rwanda Investment Group postpones $40 mln bond for cement

Rwanda Investment Group S.A. has temporarily suspended plans to issue a bond with a value of RWF 23.1 billion (US$40 million) to RWF 28.9 bln ($50 mln), in order to to finance a new cement factory. The group says costs may be high, due to low liquidity and high interest rates.

Capital raising

Africa needs $93 billion a year for infrastructure

Infrastructure is key to Africa’s growth, but financing is coming in far too slowly. Katherine Sierra, the World Bank’s vice president for sustainable development, told the fourth annual U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference on 28 April that studies show that $93 billion of investment is needed each year in Africa’s infrastructure, but only $45 billion is arriving.

Other Countries

Angola cuts back on May $4 bln bond

Angola has cut back its plans to raise as much as $4 billion in a sale of bonds without credit ratings, according to a report on Bloomberg. It cites Finance Minister Carlos Lopes speaking to reporters in Luanda and says it aims instead to issue $1 billion to $2 billion in May, after finalizing the amount by the end of April.

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Q Resources digs into African mining

Q Resources Plc hopes to raise US$50 million-$100 mln through share sales in order to fund mining acquisitions in Africa, according to reports

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“Regulation stops SA from being centre for Africa’s mining finance”

South Africa could be the centre of mining finance for Africa, according to Mick Davis, CEO of international mining company Xstrata, as reported in the local Business Day newspaper. However, he is reported to have told a business school audience that restrictions by the JSE Ltd stock exchange and remaining exchange controls made this almost impossible to achieve.

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Kenya aims for 25-year Treasury bond

Kenya’s Government says it will float the first 25-year bond since the 1960s, as part an initiative to help financial institutions offer long-term debt products such as mortgages and project finance

Capital raising

Rwanda makes $130 mln from privatisations

The sale of 56 enterprises has made at least Rwf 75 billion (US$131 million) for the Government of Rwanda, according to a report in the New Times newspaper. Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, John Rwangombwa, told members of the Senate in mid-March that initially the plan was to sell 94 of its companies.

Ethiopia

Bond market coming to Ethiopia, and experts review T-Bills

Ethiopia may soon have corporate bonds, paving the way to a bond market, according to a press conference last week by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. According to a report in the respected Fortune weekly newspaper, the Prime Minister told media on 18 March that state-owned enterprises would start issuing bonds

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Mauritius introduces new instruments and lists funds as traders get active

Sunil Benimadhu, Chief Executive Officer of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius: The Mauritius market lost 50% in, as investors worried about the fallout of the …

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Kenya’s bond trading developing fast

Andre DeSimone, Kestrel Capital stockbroker, Nairobi The Nairobi capital market has seen a lot of volatility and many local institutions pulled out. At one point, …

Kenya

Kenya’s mobile money system is “world’s most successful”

Kenya’s biggest mobile telecommunications company says it will continue to lead the market through its revolutionary mobile payment system M-PESA – already the world’s most successful with 9 million users – and through moving fast into data. Safaricom (www.safaricom.co.ke) has 78% market share (83% by revenue) and 15.2 million customers, according to Les Baillie, Chief Investor Relations Officer, and it will be hard for its competitors to catch up.

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Commodities, internal markets and governance will drive Africa’s growth, say experts

Experts launching the 5th Annual Africa Investment Securities Africa said they could see more growth coming in the 2nd biggest continent.

Capital raising

Results of Uganda’s NIC privatisation share offer

Uganda’s National Insurance Corporation (www.nic.co.ug), was oversubscribed after Uganda Shilling (UGX) 9.5 billion (US$4.6 million came in applications when Government offered its remaining 40% stake in the company in an 161,552,000 shares totalling UGX 7.2 bln.

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Botswana finished $722 mln bonds issuance

The Government of Botswana has ended its P5 billion (US$722 million) bond issuance programme with an oversubscribed auction by the Bank of Botswana last Friday, 5 March, including introducing a 15-year bond.

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Upgraded website and African investing newsletter

The website www.africaniscool.com has been upgraded with a newsletter. According to CEO Rob Stangroom: “Our newsletter contains mostly original content and is targeted at investors, regulators and listed companies in Africa. Our goal is to increase awareness of issues related to online shareholder communications.”