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.
2012 could be an active year for African bonds and particularly eurobonds, judging by the 5.5 times oversubscription for the Namibia’s debut $500 million, 10-year Eurobond. However, timing and terms of issues will be crucial in the turbulent markets.