Enterprises based in Africa raised $341 million through equity issues in the first half of 2019, down 28% on the $472m raised in the first half of 2018. Law firm Baker McKenzie has published its Cross-Border IPO Index for H1 2019, using data sourced from Refinitiv, and says this was mainly because only $85m was […]
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 Fixed Income Strategist for Emerging Markets at Renaissance Capital, is available on LinkedIn. Overall there are 20 African eurobond issuers with the largest issuers South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria, also […]
Africa’s $372bn pension fund assets – do they facilitate inclusive growth and social stability? Is the money well invested, including capital markets and equities, private equity and infrastructure development? Bright Africa report by RisCura.
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.
The Namibian Stock Exchange and the central Bank of Namibia are working together to create a central securities depository (CSD) for equities, bonds and bills traded. They are waiting for laws and regulations to be passed to get the new system operational.
The International Finance Corporation continues its programme of helping develop African debt markets by launching the first bond by a non-resident issuer in Namibia. It raised NAD 180 million (about $12m) which it will use for private sector development.
The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA) has been accepted as an associate member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
All 4 Namibian stockbrokers have switched their front-end links into the local bourse to the trading solutions supplied by IRESS, a leading global supplier of innovative securities, financial markets and wealth management technology.
Malawi came out as Africa’s top-performing exchange to USD-based investors over 2013 with a strong 62.4% return. Eight out of 13 African exchanges beat the S&P 500.
Former Namibian Minister of Finance Helmut Angula is heading plans to establish a second securities exchange, the Namibia Financial Exchange (NamFin-X), which received its licence to operate in September 2012.
African countries (apart from South Africa) are set to place $7 billion of debt this year, buoyed by low interest rates and a huge global appetite. It is more than the previous 5 years combined and African capital markets are feeling the boom.
Africa’s 24 stock markets should learn to work together better if they are to seize high levels of investor interest, said Nicky Newton-King, CEO of South Africa’s JSE Ltd. She told an interviewer that plumbing, – technology and other links between exchanges and clearing and settlement – were more likely routes to more liquidity than trying to create a single exchange.
New giants are arising in African investments – the domestic pension funds. Several countries have funds worth billions of US dollars and in many they are growing at 25% a year or more. Handled well, they could transform local equity markets, exits for private equity and infrastructure investment.
A new CEO will start at the Namibian Stock Exchange on 1 January 2013. Sebby Kankondi, Chairman of the NSX, has announced that the Board of the NSX has appointed Tiaan Bazuin. He replaces John Mandy, who has already reached retirement age.
Botswana’s rise as world diamond centre – Stanchart “money laundering” woes slow P1.8bn OPIC financing
De Beers’ Diamond Trading Corporation has moved from London to Botswana and some 32m carats of diamonds (worth US$6 billion – about 40% of world diamond sales) will be aggregated and sold in Botswana. OPIC financing of P1.8bn is being held up by relations with Stanchart.
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.
The dual-listing of Hana Mining Ltd. last week on the Foreign Venture Capital Board of the Botswana Stock Exchange could bring a giant new cross-Africa railway closer.
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.