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  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 36
    We're in the season of public holidays on several continents important to Africa's private capital markets which probably accounts for the lack of volume in deal activity last week. Of the deals that were done, there were certainly a couple of worthy of note. If you've been following the fortunes of Atlas Mara over the last couple of months, you
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 35
    African Rainbow Capital grabbed the headlines in Africa's private capital markets last week by unveiling its plans to list some of its portfolio on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in September. ARC Investments, as the listed entity will be known, will include almost half of ARC's financial services assets and all of the firm's non financial servic
  • Africa : Foreign investments for new projects in Africa rose by 40% in 2016
    Foreign capital for new investments in Africa soared by 40% in 2016 to $92.3 billion. This was disclosed by Financial Times in its 2017 report on investments in Africa. The document also indicates that the number of projects that received these funds decreased by 16% to 602. According to Adrienne Klasa, author of the report, this trend is to be a
  • Africa : Rania Belkahia, l’initiatrice d’un e-commerce «revisité» pour les Africains
    Dans le domaine du e-commerce en Afrique, Rania Belkahia est certainement l’une des figures emblématiques du moment pour sa startup Afrimarket cofondée en 2013. En quatre ans d’existence, l’entreprise s’impose sur une niche quasi jamais pensée : un e-commerce sous la forme d'envoi de biens et services par la diaspora africaine aux proche
  • Africa : Télécoms : l’Afrique subsaharienne, « the place to be » pour les opérateurs
    Le secteur du mobile sub-saharien est perçu par la GSMA, l'association mondiale des opérateurs télécoms, comme le marché le plus porteur au niveau mondial pour ce segment. La relativement faible pénétration du service dans la région et la hausse estimée de la contribution au PIB de la région font de la région un marché à haute valeur a
  • Africa : Global PE firm Abraaj Group to raise new fund, according to SEC filings
    Global private equity firm, Abraaj Group, plans to raise a new fund, but have not disclosed a target, according to SEC filings. The buyout giant made its intentions clear after filing an application this morning, only months after AltAssets reported that the firm was targeting $8bn. It is not known whether it is the same vehicle, however. Th
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 33
    For the biggest private equity deal announced in Africa last week, we have Capitalworks to thank. The South African investor has agreed to buy listed poultry producer Sovereign Foods in an all-cash deal for R907 million or about $67 million. The offer, which is subject to approval by the Competition Commission, represents an almost 19% premium
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Weekly Review
    Technology and venture capital deals were a major theme in Africa's private capital markets last week.Throw in a couple of retail-related transactions and you pretty much have the week's activity in a nutshell. African Rainbow Capital has agreed to take a 20% stake in Rain, formerly known as Wireless Business Solutions until June this year. The S
  • Africa : Informatique : Badreddine Ouali, pionnier tunisien des logiciels financiers
    Le fondateur de Vermeg, Badreddine Ouali, également esthète et mécène, s’apprête à faire franchir un nouveau cap à sa société. Retour sur un parcours aux allures de success-story. Originaire des faubourgs de Tunis, Badreddine Ouali, le président de l’éditeur de logiciels Vermeg, n’était pas familier du monde de la finance. «
  • Africa : Venture capital for Africa révèle les clés de réussite des startups du Continent
    La dernière livraison de la plateforme de connexion et de levée de fonds, Venture Capital for Africa, apporte une donne encore ignorée dans les performances de la jeune entreprise en Afrique : sa réussite repose d'abord sur le potentiel et la solidité de ses fondateurs. Intitulée «2017 Venture Finance in Africa», l'étude fait le zoom sur
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 30
    Deals in Africa tended to be on the small size last week. The agribusiness and power sectors saw most of the activity, although there were a couple of financial services sector items of interest. Sanlam Private Equity announced that it is acquiring a 60% interest in JAB Dried Fruit Products, a processor and distributor of dried fruits and nuts fo
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 29
    There were, for Africa, some big numbers flying about last week for private equity deals. Only one concerned a direct investment of capital, however, while the others related to deals that had been done or are about to be done. Milost Global, a New York-based private equity firm with $25 billion in committed capital, agreed to make its first inves
  • Africa : Télécoms et digitalisation, le grand gâchis africain ?
    Vantée depuis des années pour sa vitalité et sa croissance exponentielle, les télécoms en Afrique sont à la croisée des chemins. Partagée entre grands opérateurs qui cherchent à consolider leurs marges et régulateurs souvent en panne de vision, la digitalisation de l’Afrique et la nécessaire démocratisation de l’accès au réseau s
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 28
    This week, we're starting with some interesting fund news. Yeelen Capitalannounced that has held a €30 million initial close for the Yeelen Financial Fund, a new private equity investment vehicle fund focused on opportunities in the financial services sector in the WAEMU region. Yeelen was selected by the West African Development Bank earlier
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 25
    Dollar-wise, the two biggest private equity deals involving African assets last week involved exits-and they were companies that had operations in other regions in addition to their African businesses. In the first, having sold a significant proportion of its stake in Rocket Internet in late February this year, Swedish investment firm Kinnevik
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 24
    Dollar-wise, the two biggest private equity deals involving African assets last week involved exits-and they were companies that had operations in other regions in addition to their African businesses. In the first, having sold a significant proportion of its stake in Rocket Internet in late February this year, Swedish investment firm Kinnevik
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Review Week 22
    Last week was a quiet week for private capital investment activity in Africa. And, of the deal that were done, none were on the large side. In what we estimate to the the largest deal of the week, XSML Capital announced that it is backing KARE Distribution for its first Ugandan deal. Terms of the deal were nor disclosed. The deal caps a busy per
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 21
    Tech deals were the flavor of the week in Africa's private capital investment world last week. There were three private equity transactions reported, for established companies and a startup. Google, Convergence Partners, the IFC and Mitsui & Company are teaming up to commit up to $100 million to CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company
  • Africa : Développement : 350 millions d’Africains font désormais partie de la classe moyenne
    Concernant "la santé, l'éducation et le niveau de vie", un tiers des pays africains ont atteint des niveaux de développement "moyens ou élevés", selon un rapport publié lundi par la BAD, en partenariat avec l'OCDE et le Pnud. Même si « les progrès sur le front du développement humain restent lents et inégaux », 18 pays africains su
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest week 20
    Hopefully, small proves to be beautiful for the Africa-focused private equity investors making deals last week. Because, the common theme of the week was deals of the smaller variety. Not that they don't have big plans. They do. Fresh from holding a first close for its second fund in early April, Catalyst Principal Partners has completed the firs
  • Africa : Télécommunications : Maroc Telecom récolte les fruits de son offensive subsaharienne
    Pionnier parmi les entreprises chérifiennes à s’être implantées au sud du Sahara, l’opérateur de téléphonie mobile tire désormais une bonne partie de sa croissance de ses nouveaux marchés. La réussite de l’offensive africaine de Maroc Telecom est à présent tangible dans les comptes, y compris pour ses derni
  • Africa : L'industrialisation de l’Afrique passera par l’agriculture et l’agro-industrie
    Dans cette tribune exclusive pour La Tribune Afrique, Akinwumi Adesina, le président de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) revient sur les enjeux stratégiques dont est porteur le secteur agricole pour l’industrialisation et le développement des pays africains. L’agriculture figure en effet au second rang des priorités de l'instit
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 19
    An exit and portfolio company deals were the main features of private equity activity in Africa last week. And not a fund raising announcement in sight, which, as you know, was unusual as far as 2017 is concerned. First the exit; GetSmarter, a provider of online executive education courses, has been acquired by 2U for $103 million, handing the c
  • Africa : Africa capital Digest Week 18
    Numbers were in short supply last week. By that we mean that all of Africa's private equity deals reported came without their financial terms being disclosed. But deals there were, in all the main sub-Saharan regions. In South Africa, Ethos Private Equity announced that it has led a deal in partnership with Nedbank Private Equity and the company
  • Africa : Distribution : FNAC Darty se lance au Cameroun et au Congo
    L’enseigne française FNAC Darty inaugure ce mercredi 26 avril son nouveau magasin à Douala au Cameroun avant celui de Brazzaville prévu pour le mois de juin prochain. Le distributeur français, qui s’est allié à la société Mercure International, étoffe ainsi sa présence sur le continent dans le cadre de sa stratégie d’expansion afri
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 15
    Blame it on the time of year, perhaps, but actual deals were thin on the ground in Africa's private capital world last week. But funds and fund raising news bucked that trend and were once again at the forefront of the action. The only private equity deal of consequence was undertaken by a portfolio company. MédiS, a generic pharmaceuticals busi
  • Africa : Helping small businesses succeed in a mobile world
    Facebook has reached the milestone of more than 5 million advertisers, with more small businesses worldwide turning to Facebook and Instagram to help them grow. In addition, Facebook now has more 65 million businesses using Pages and 8 million with Profiles on Instagram. “We need to invest in the future of small businesses because they are the
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 15
    Once again, private equity fund raising hogged the limelight in Africa's private capital markets last week. It seems the continent is in step with the global trend in fund raising, which has got off to a quick start this year. While a nice challenge, how and where to put all this fresh capital to work is sure to press on the continent's investment
  • Africa : Ces 12 startups africaines parmi les meilleures des pays émergents
    Le 6 avril dernier s’est tenu à Lausanne le sommet des startups des pays émergents et en voie de développement organisé par le groupe suisse Seedstarsworld depuis 2012. Un événement majeur qui réunit caque année les startups ayant gagné les concours Seedstars organisés dans 65 pays. Plus de 3000 startups ont participé à l’éd
  • Africa : Mobile banking : une success-story nommée M-Pesa
    La plateforme de services financiers de l’opérateur kényan Safaricom a fêté ses dix ans en ce mois de mars. Jeune Afrique livre les clés de la réussite d’un pionnier africain, entre connaissance profonde du marché et réglementation accommodante. Il y a au Kenya une couleur que tout le monde reconnaît, du cultivateur de thé dans la
  • Africa : Investissement : « L’Afrique restera plus attrayante que les marchés développés ces dix procha
    Alors que se tient la 14e conférence annuelle de l'African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (Avca), organisée du 3 au 7 avril à Abidjan, sa directrice générale Michelle Kathryn Essomé décrypte la métamorphose de ce secteur et ses défis. Après Lagos, Londres et Addis-Abeba, la conférence annuelle de l’Avca arrive à Ab
  • Africa : Les fonds d’investissement ou la bonne recette de l’africapitalisme
    Que de chemin parcouru en moins de 15 ans ! Il suffit de regarder en arrière alors que la 14e conférence annuelle de l’African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) se déroule à Abidjan pour s’en convaincre. Partie de zéro, l’activité des fonds d’investissement sur le continent est de nouveau en croissance et renoue progressivement avec
  • Africa : Investir en Afrique subsaharienne: risque ou opportunité?
    La crise que vivent de nombreux pays subsahariens en raison de la baisse du prix du pétrole et du gaz offre plus que jamais de réelles opportunités d’investissement. C’est notamment le cas en Angola et au Mozambique Investir en Afrique subsaharienne n’est pas sans risque. Secteur financier quasi inexistant ou à peine naissant, contr
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 14
    Fund raising news dominated the headlines in Africa's private capital world last week. Both fund launches and partial closes. And in various shapes and sizes for various asset classes. The biggest private equity fund making news last week came courtesy of Catalyst Principal Partners. The Nairobi-based fund manager held a first close for its secon
  • Africa : Romuald Yonga, un cœur et une tête pour les marchés financiers africains
    Sa plateforme d’information boursière est devenue une référence pour les acteurs du secteur et tous ceux qui cherchent à en savoir plus ou à investir sur les marchés boursiers africains. Lui, c’est Romuald Yonga, un ingénieur financier qui a décidé de tourner le dos à une carrière prometteuse en banque d’affaires à Paris pour cons
  • Africa : Enko Capital lance un fonds de dette dédié à l’Afrique
    La société de gestion d’actifs Enko Capital annonce le lancement d’un fonds de dette dédié à l’Afrique. Objectif : offrir aux investisseurs une exposition sur le marché de la dette africaine aux rendements élevés. Enko Capital lance Enko Africa Debt Fund (EADF), un fonds de dette dédié à l'Afrique avec 200 millions de dollars
  • Africa : Google to ramp up Africa investment with fiber, cheaper phones
    Google is scaling up investment in Africa by laying fiber optic cable, easing access to cheaper Android phones and training a workforce in digital skills as the US technology giant seeks to expand on the continent. “We laid about 1 000 kilometers (621 miles) of fiber in Uganda and we are busy doing about 1 000 kilometers in Ghana,’’ Google
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest week 13
    Africa's private equity market watchers got a jolt on Friday. Not an unwelcome one, you understand, in fact rather the opposite. The biggest transaction in some time was announced by The Carlyle Group who have agreed to acquire Royal Dutch Shell's onshore assets in Gabon in a $587 million deal. The transaction is being executed through Assala En
  • Africa : AfDB: ‘There Has Never Been A Better Time For Africa To Attract Capital Investment’
    “There has never been a better time for Africa to attract capital investment for good bankable projects from sovereign funds, global pension plans and other available capital in the financial system” said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank at the “Investing in Africa” conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal in
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 12
    If it was a big number you were looking for in Africa's private equity world last week, Phatisa gave it to us. The private equity investor that terms itself a development equity fund manager launched the raise for Phatisa Food Fund 2, a successor fund to the African Agriculture Fund. The 10-year fund has already got off to a good start, landing a
  • Africa : Africa's pay-TV market to hit US$6bn
    Africa's pay-TV revenue for the year 2016 stood at US$4.4 billion and is forecast to reach US$6 billion by 2021. This is according to market research firm Dataxis, which notes that for the year ending 2016, Africa's pay-TV subscribers stood at approximately 18.7 million, which represents an increase of approximately two million subscribers compa
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 11
    Fundraising news for Africa-focused or Africa-related private equity funds attracted a lot of attention last week. But then, so did news of a maiden African investment by a significant US-based private equity firm. Compared to the previous couple of weeks, there was a lot of activity to report. Let's start with the private equity firm and its maid
  • Africa : 500 Startups stages event to expose Nigeria’s investment opportunities
    Determined to expose the investment opportunities in Nigeria, 500 Startups, in partnership with Ingressive and African Technology Foundation, is to host the inaugural Africa’s edition of ‘Geeks on a Plane’ programme in Lagos, the Nigerian economic capital, from the 20th-23rd of this month. In a statement made available to The Guardian yester
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest week 10
    Private capital deal activity in Africa turned out to be a little slow last week. That's not to say there weren't any interesting developments--there were--but, where revealed, deal sizes tended to the smaller end of the size spectrum. The biggest story of the week revolved around the acquisition of quite a high profile African asset manager - 
  • Africa : Africa: Private equity investment charting well
    Amid global headwinds together with worldwide political shifts, private equity investment in Africa continues to grow from strength to strength. This is according to a new report from the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)’s 2016 Annual African Private Equity (PE) Data Tracker, which shows a marked increase in
  • Africa : e-commerce : les gisements de croissance transfrontalière
    Dans un effort pour convaincre les opérateurs du e-commerce de la pertinence de la livraison à l'internationale qu'il propose, DHL express vient de publier un rapport sur les opportunités économique du e-commerce transfrontalier. Details Le secteur du e-commerce a encore de beaux jours devant lui, à condition qu'il s'internationalise. C'e
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 9
    Metier, the private equity fund manager, saw two of its funds make their first investment forays into East Africa last week. The first, a consumer deal, is a joint investment, with the South African fund manager teaming up with fellow private equity investor, Amethis Finance, to take a significant minority stake in Kenafric Industries, a major FM
  • Africa : Investment in Africa’s tech start-ups on the rise
    From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges. New data charting investment activity flowing into Africa’s tech start-ups shows that international investors are taking notice. According to Disrupt Africa, a port
  • Africa : 5 African Blockchain Companies to watch
    Blockchain is undoubtedly one of the hottest topics in the tech industry. When people think of Blockchain their initial thought lean towards cryptocurrencies and fintech; it is however far more than just a new payment system. Blockchain can potentially revolutionise how transactions over the Internet take place altogether. Blockchain uses crypt
  • Africa : Africa Capital Digest Week 8
    Small and impactful is the moniker that could be applied to the private capital deals in Africa last week. There were none of the high-profile, big name private equity transactions that we've seen over the past couple of week, but the impact investment category was well-represented. At the end of the week, Injaro Investments announced that it has