Africa’s £1.98 billion ($2.68bn) megalisting Vivo Energy (VVO) soared in its first 2 days of trading on the London Stock Exchange (dual-listed in Johannesburg ) on 10-11 May after a successful initial public offer (IPO) raised £548m.
There were about 100 private equity deals in Africa in 2016, according to Preqin, valued at $3bn, according to figures at the industry-leading Private Equity Africa 7th annual review and outlook.
Tonight’s meeting: Private Equity Africa 7th Annual Review & Outlook Seminar at Thomson Reuters HQ “Generating alpha in uncertainty” features top speakers identifying 2017 trends, including emerging credit funds, deal pricing and activity.
Mauritius is the top base for private equity funds investing into Africa and is positioning as an attractive capital-raising platform for focused Africa-oriented ventures.
Nigeria’s digital payments and payment card giant Interswitch Ltd could become Africa’s first tech “unicorn” or technology company valued at over $1 billion. Private equity firm Helios is aiming to exit.
Leading African private investment firm Helios Investment Partners, says it is about to close its 3rd Africa-focused private equity fund Helios III at the $1.1 billion limit, making it the largest fund.
Fund-raising for sub-Saharan African private equity funds was $1.056 billion in January to June 2011, down 5% from $1.11 bn in the first half of 2010.Total fund-raising for emerging markets funds for the first half of 2011 was $22.6 bn, according to EMPEA, more than double the activity of the first half of 2010.
Pan-African private equity firm Helios Investment Partners announced that it had raised $900 million for its second Africa-focused private equity fund, and the fund was over-subscribed. It is the largest Africa fund raised.