South Africa

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Funds

Sanlam and Absa to merge as ZAR 1trn fund manager

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 …

Egypt

AELP Link order platform to boost trading between African exchanges

The African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) has signed a contract on 30 July to procure an order-routing system to link stockbrokers on seven of Africa’s …

Exchange news

A2X exchange scores dual listing #17

Tharisa plc became the 17th company to list on South Africa’s A2X exchange in February. Kevin Brady, CEO of A2X, said in a press release: …

Egypt

Africa’s eurobond outlook 2019

A good overview of Africa’s  $92bn eurobond market, with a summary of 2018 and 5 key themes for 2019, written by Gregory Smith, Director and …

Other news

Consensys ramps up blockchain rollout in African financial markets with new appointment

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.

Capital raising

Recent Africa share listings news

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.

Capital raising

How big are African pension funds?

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.

Capital raising

Innovative African IPO and listing successes show strong demand

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.

Capital raising

African IPO pipeline includes $3bn Vivo Energy

Investors have been snapping up Africa-focused IPOs of shares; future listings include a reported offer by Vivo Energy and AfriTin, Cytonn Investments and Hystead.

Cote d’Ivoire

Egypt is Africa’s new #1 investment destination

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.

Exchange news

Strate’s CEO Monica Singer steps down to focus on blockchain

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.

Exchange news

South Africa’s securities exchange war goes to court

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.

Capital raising

Africa IPO round-up

Roundup of some recent initial public offers (IPOs) of shares which raised capital for businesses listed on Africa’s stock exchanges.

Exchange news

New South African stock exchange ZAR X to start 3 October

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.

Exchange news

About 4AX – new South African securities exchange

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.

Exchange news

Ethos Capital PE lists after R1.8bn oversubscribed private placement

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.

Exchange news

JSE switches to T+3 on 11 July

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is switching to a shorter T+3 settlement cycle for the equity market from 11 July. Currently it works on T+5.

Exchange news

JSE Clear gets approval from European regulator ESMA

The JSE-owned derivative central counterparty (CCP) JSE Clear has been recognized by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).

Exchange news

South Africa – politics affects the market, damaging savings and jobs

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.

Events

Africa’s securities exchanges summit next week

Africa’s securities exchanges gather for their flagship conference in Johannesburg from 15-17 November. The 19th African Securities Exchanges Association annual summit is hosted by Johannesburg Stock Exchange.