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.
Tanzanian news media yesterday (1 May) announced that 37-year old Moremi Marwa has been appointed as the new CEO of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. He is the first stockbroker to manage the securities exchange.
The Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange is advertising for a new CEO, after the contract of the previous CEO Gabriel Kitua, expired on 31 January. The deadline is 15 February.
Entrepreneurs running small and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in West and East Africa stand to benefit from a new $75m private equity fund. The announcement follows the news on 29 Jan that two long-term private equity partners – Jacana and InReturn Capital – are merging.
The 86 emerging markets members of the world’s securities markets regulator, International Organization of Securities Commissions form 80% of IOSCO membership and are increasingly important in the global economy. They back setting up IOSCO Foundation, to boost funding so IOSCO can scale up research, education and training and technical assistance.
Demand was strong for most Treasury bills in Tanzania at the last auction on 21 November, the average yield-to-maturity was 13.43% (up from 13.18% at the previous auction) on the 364-days bills, 12.86% on the 182-days paper, 11.76% on 91-days and 7.25% on 35 days.
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
Voxtra East Africa Agribusiness Fund, a Norwegian social investor, has completed its inaugural investment of US$1.5 million in Mtanga Farms Limited in Tanzania, which grows seeds, crops and livestock.
The ten stock exchanges of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are working together to increase the effectiveness of their markets. The Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges (CoSSE) has agreed to concentrate on six priority areas in support of regional moves to more efficient capital markets.
The best in African banking was celebrated recently at the 6th edition of the African Banker Awards, under the patronage of the African Development Bank and African Banker magazine, in Arusha, Tanzania.
Tanzanians are to be able to invest in the gems that bear their country’s name, tanzanite. Richland Resources Ltd, listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market says that it plans listing at the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange by April, according to local press reports.
The number of investors from other East African countries opening trading accounts at Kenya’s Nairobi Stock Exchange is still very small, but has grown more consistently in the last 2 years than other categories of investors.
East African venture capital firm InReturn Capital has entered a partnership with Hurlingham Eye Care Services group (HECS). InReturn Capital is an impact investing company which aims to generate positive social impact and profits by investing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in East Africa.
The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 58,841,750 shares at TSh 475 (US$ 28 cents) each in Tanzania’s Precision Air Services is set to start on 7 October and continue to 28 October, aiming for a listing and trading on the Dar Es Salaam Stock Exchange from 8 December.
Kenyan financial services firm British-American Investments Company Ltd. said on 23 August that its initial public offering (IPO) had only attracted 60.09% of the targeted KSh5.85 billion ($63million).
The Dar Es Salaam Stock Exchange aims to increase to 18 listed companies and is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) for Precision Air during September and cross-listings of 2 mining firms listed in London. Tanzania is also set to ease controls on the amount of shares foreigners can buy.
British American Investment Company (Kenya) Ltd launched its initial public offer (IPO) this week. It aims to raise KES 5.58 billion (US$62.2 million) for expansion. The offer is open until 5 August, and it to list its shares on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
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).
The International Finance Corporation and East Africa’s Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI), based at the Uganda Securities Exchange have signed an agreement to broaden training over the next 10 years. This will be used to licence market participants.
Demutualization of Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange is to be driven by a National Demutualization Committee (NDC), under the guidance of the Capital Markets and Securities Authority.The exchange is to start looking for a consultancy firm to develop the demutualization strategy.