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.
The total value of mergers and acquisitions deals in Africa by foreign investors was $183 billion over the ten years 2003-2012, up threefold on the previous decade. Britain was the lead investor with with 437 deals worth $30.5bn.
The International Finance Corporation plans to issue a $50 million (NGN 8 billion) local-currency “Naija” bond in Nigeria to support the domestic capital markets and increase access to local-currency finance. IFC bonds are rated triple-A by Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s.
Nigerian regulator, the Securities & Exchange Commission, is travelling the country to build education and awareness. SEC Director General Arunma Oteh, SEC Commissioners and senior officials visited Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, for 4 days of meetings with stakeholder groups.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange has placed 24 companies on full suspension for failing to submit their financial statements for the year ended 31 December, 2010 and has also suspended 3 banks that are being rescued.
Leading international private equity firms are investing $79 million to build and acquire mobile phone towers in sub-Saharan Africa. Investec Asset Management, the International Finance Corporation and the Netherlands Development Finance Company are taking equity in IHS Nigeria Plc (IHS).