Absa Bank and Sanlam, both headquartered in South Africa, have announced plans to merge their investment management businesses. The merger could finalize in the first …
Leading blockchain innovator Consensys continues to ramp up its role in shaping the future of financial services and capital markets in Africa with the recruitment of fintech veteran Ian Bessarabia.
Roundup of recent African share listing news including Old Mutual’s move back to Johannesburg, Grit Real Estate Income Group and ASA International microfinance debut on the London Stock Exchange debut, a green bond in Nigeria and the 9th listing on South Africa’s A2X Markets exchange.
Traditional assets under management in 12 African countries were $634bn in 2014, set to reach $1.1trn in 2020 (PwC). South Africa’s $124bn GEPF is the biggest but many other fast-growing African funds are also investing in infrastructure and private equity.
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.
Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) Where to Invest in Africa 2018 report shows changes in the top investment destinations in Africa. Egypt is the new number 1, pushing South Africa to 2nd, while Nigeria and Algeria crashed out of the top 10. But African countries are still at the lower end of global performance as investment destinations.
Monica Singer, former CEO of South African CSD Strate, left at the end of August 2017 after nearly 20 years. She will concentrate full time on blockchain.
Court is the next battleground in a war between securities exchanges in South Africa. New exchange 4AX launched a High Court application to set aside both the decision of the FSB and its Appeals Board to grant a licence to new exchange ZAR X.
Trading is to start on South Africa’s new ZAR X securities exchange on 3 October. It gained a licence on 2 September and the first listings will be Senwes and Senwes Beleggings, with up to 5 listings planned for first week October.
South Africa’s second new exchange, which also got a licence according to the 2 September announcement by the Financial Services Board (FSB), is 4AX, also known as 4 Africa Exchange. It plans to trade securities that are currently traded over-the-counter (OTC) and to go live early in 2017.
Ethos Capital listed on South Africa’s JSE on 5 August after R1.8 bn ($131m) oversubscribed private placement creates liquid vehicle for private equity investors.
On 13 Dec the Johannesburg Stock Exchange JSE spelled out how the sacking of South Africa finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and market reactions to political moves had affected people’s savings, jobs and hopes in the previous 4 days.