Senegal is days away from launching sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest sukuk, with the CHF100bn ($208m) bond expected to receive strong investor demand and create further momentum for sovereigns and banks in the region to offer Islamic financial products.
After concluding an investor roadshow on Friday, Senegal is due to end the bookbuilding process for its debut Islamic bond on July 18. The four-year instrument, which has an annual 6.25 per cent profit margin, is targeted at banks and institutional investors in the eight member West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), though it is also open to international investors. Unlike conventional bonds, sukuk do not pay interest, which is forbidden under Islamic law, but grant investors a share in an underlying asset. Continue reading »
South Africa’s Ethos Private Equity has teamed up with the country’s $150bn Public Investment Corporation, one of the continent biggest asset managers, and Development Partners International to acquire a majority stake in logistics company RTT Group.
With the investment in Johannesburg-based RTT, Africa’s largest privately-owned parcel distribution company, the consortium is backing a business poised to benefit from the growth of e-commerce as more people join the middle class. RTT, which has annual revenues of R2.5bn ($235m) and employs nearly 5,000 people, delivers on behalf of large fashion retailers, as well as companies in the telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. Continue reading »
CDC, the UK government-owned development finance institution, has invested $17m in the South African transport and logistics company Grindrod, backing the development of roads, railways and ports across sub-Saharan Africa that could boost the region’s competitiveness and create jobs.
The investment marks the start of a strategic partnership between Johannesburg-listed Grindrod and CDC, which says it has the appetite to invest over $100m through the alliance as and when suitable projects emerge. Continue reading »
By Jonathan Berman
It was 1996, and Sam Jonah knew he was in trouble.
Jonah was chief executive of AngloGold and had just led the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange, making it the first African company on the Big Board. He was on a routine follow-up roadshow when the Rwandan genocide filled the airwaves, and Jonah spent much of the next year explaining that his company had no operations in Rwanda. “Most investors then still thought Africa was a country,” he recalls, “one country. And once Rwanda hit the airwaves, we were all Rwanda.” Continue reading »
By Ivor Ichikowitz of Paramount Group
Africa’s time is now but its full potential can only be unleashed by those brave enough to forge true partnerships.
As economies stumble and fail around the world, the continent is the chief source of hope for global growth but the world’s most powerful leaders are ignoring the truth. Continue reading »
Tax isn’t an issue just for the G8. African governments are on a push to raise their tax contribution to GDP, with Kenya planning to reintroduce a capital gains tax according to the recent budget, and Ghana expected to place a CGT on disposable shares from August this year.
This puts pressure on the status of Mauritius as a tax efficient – or even tax-free – gateway to Africa. Continue reading »
While infrastructure and access to finance are well-known constraints on African firms’ competitiveness, a new study has identified a less obvious burden: political monopoly.
Although political stability might been seen as a positive to investors, single-party states are not cutting it when it comes to getting ahead with business. Continue reading »
President of Cote d'Ivoire
When anyone speaks about investment into Africa, China comes to mind. It’s the familiar and contentious story of a developing power drawn to a resource-rich continent.
But now another growing economy, India, is eyeing Africa – and India’s most prominent industrial house, Tata group, is leading the pack. Continue reading »