South Africa

Exchange news

JSE adds derivatives: grain specific to silos and more silver and platinum futures

South Africa’s JSE Ltd continues to expand its commodity derivatives range, adding silver and platinum “quanto futures” and it is helping South Africa’s grain market by allowing Safex silo receipts to complete a futures contract, so producers and buyers can trade grain depending on location.

Cote d’Ivoire

World Bank says 4.8% growth for sub-Saharan Africa in 2012, cuts earlier forecast

The World Bank has cut its growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier in the year it forecast 5.2% growth overall for SSA economies in 2012, but yesterday (4 Oct) it cut this to 4.8%.

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

Capital raising

JSE growth board AltX scores 100th listing with Osiris

The 100th company listed on the AltX growth capital board of South Africa’s JSE Ltd securities exchange this week, when Bermuda-based Osiris Properties International did a dual-listing to help it raise capital.

Exchange news

SADC stock exchanges work together towards links, shared skills and better visibility

The ten stock exchanges of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are working together to increase the effectiveness of their markets. The Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges (CoSSE) has agreed to concentrate on six priority areas in support of regional moves to more efficient capital markets.

Ethiopia

5 Africans named social entrepreneurs of 2012

Five leading Africans and innovators were named Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012 Africa by the Schwab Foundtion last week at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa.

Exchange news

JSE stock exchange unveils new Africa strategy

This morning South Africa’s securities exchange, the JSE Ltd, announced a revised strategy to attract more listings from other African countries, as international interest soars. The JSE is closing its Africa Board and moving the 2 listed companies onto the Main Board or to Alt-X if they are growth companies. The JSE is also stepping up trading in depository receipts (DRs) and offering a broader range of exchange-traded funds and debt instruments.

Exchange news

Kentucky wheat futures contract coming to JSE

The JSE will introduce its third wheat futures contract, with a cash-settled contract based on hard red winter wheat, referencing the Kansas City Board of Trade’s benchmark settlement prices. The contract will be introduced on 28 March with expiry dates in July, September, and December 2012 and March 2013.

Exchange news

Africa calls for regional integration and financial infrastructure

South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan said the continent needs to take advantage of having a market of 1bn people and some of the world’s fastest-growing economies: “You can’t ignore a continent like Africa. In the next 15-20 years the focus on Africa will sharpen.”

Capital raising

JSE seeks more African equity listings in 2012, targets telecoms, mining and financials

The JSE Ltd, South Africa’s securities exchange, is hoping to attract more listings from the rest of Africa in 2012 and to expand its range of products and services. This year should also see the JSE installing its equity trading system in Johannesburg, to avoid dependence on a transatlantic cable connecting it to the London Stock Exchange.

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.

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.

Exchange news

Private equity exits total $1.2bn

Private equity managers (GPs) have exited some $1.2bn of investments this year, spurred by new interest and good deal values, according to data from Preqin. This compares with $79m last year. This lists some deals.

Exchange news

BRICS stock exchanges form alliance

The securities exchanges of the “BRICS” emerging market bloc have announced a joint initiative to expose investors to the dynamic economies of the bloc members, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Exchange news

JSE boosts net profit by 22% for first half

South Africa’s JSE Ltd reported a 22% increase in net profit after tax to R253.8 million for the 6 months to June, driven by a 7% increase in revenue combined with controlled operating costs. The bourse declared a special dividend of 210c/share.

Exchange news

South Africa’s Financial Markets Bill open for comment, due 2012

South Africa’s Government has released the Financial Markets Bill for public comment, with comments due by 5 September. The new law would replace the Securities Services Act.

Exchange news

JSE sets new trading record – 230,797 trades on 10 August

South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange says that a record number of trades were executed on the exchange today (10 August). The new record is 230,797 trades, valued at more than $4 billion.

Exchange news

Wind of change blows world markets, African stock exchanges unruffled

I have the honour to be published on the opinions section of the Royal African Society website and the article can be seen along with their excellent blogs I also reprint the article, which is meant to spark debate, and I welcome your comments – is it time for change and what is the way forward?

Exchange news

Paladin private equity lists education firm on AltX

South African private equity firm Paladin Capital has listed its 76% subsidiary Curro Holdings on the JSE’s AltX on 2 June. Curro, which offers private schooling, aims to raise another R322.4 million ($48 million) through a rights offer after the listing.

Exchange news

London Stock Exchange scores on African listings

The London Stock Exchange has long been a global centre for capital, particularly where African investments are concerned. It is also the world centre for Eurobonds and several leading African equities are traded in London.