Innovate Ventures, the Somali tech and business startup accelerator launched in partnership with VC4A, Telesom and the Work in Progress! Alliance, had their second cohort of 10 startups from Somaliland and Somalia graduate from their programme.
Four black-owned South African financial services startups each won R1-million last night at a pitching event hosted by AlphaCode.
Zambia has become the first Southern African member country of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading development finance institution for infrastructure in Africa.
“We have to give more attention and support to emerging African entrepreneurs, if the continent’s poverty, inequality and unemployment challenges are to be addressed.”
Depositary Receipts of the African Export-Import Bank started trading on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius yesterday, with the Bank topping the list of issuers in terms of capital raised prior to a listing.
Rx Healthcare Fund, an Africa-focused healthcare private equity fund currently under establishment, today announced that GE Healthcare is set to become an anchor limited partner in Rx.
The African Development Bank Group approves €15m equity investment in the Mediterrania Capital Fund III
The AfDB has approved a EUR 15 million equity investment in the Mediterrania Capital Fund III under the management of an experienced team of Mediterrania Capital Partners with strong transactional and operational experience in private equity.
FSDH Merchant Bank has announced that AFIG Funds, a leading African private equity fund manager has, through the Atlantic Coast Regional Fund (ACRF), completed an investment in the Bank.
TheAfrican Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a $600-million line of credit to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).
Africa is a place of real business opportunity that the world should be alive to. I know, having built businesses that now operate in 20 African countries and through creating a program over 10 years that is funding and mentoring 10,000 African entrepreneurs.
[South Africa] Rand Merchant Investment’s AlphaCode makes fourth investment: Luno, international bitcoin platform
Luno today announced its expansion into 35 new markets across Europe, and R120 million Series B funding round, led by London-based Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms.
Once the last loose ends have been tied up, Kenya will be celebrating its largest debt and equity restructuring transaction yet: USD 2.2 billion restructuring of Kenya Airways PLC.
[South Africa] Arise acquires 12% stake in Equity Group Holdings and becomes single largest shareholder
Arise is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 12% stake in Equity Group Holdings Limited, the parent company of Equity Bank.
Improvon Group, one of South Africa’s most established logistics and warehouse property specialists, is poised to disrupt the sector in key sub-Saharan distribution markets, following a recent joint venture with Actis.
Kalon Venture Partners, formerly Grotech, and Smollan Group SA both acquired a minority stake in South Africa’s fastest growing shopping community, SnapnSave.
The African Export-Import Bank’s (Afreximbank) in today Lagos met with leading Nigerian investors to push for strong participation in the Bank’s $300 million equity offering, for which it is using depositary receipts backed by its Class “D” shares.
The 12 banks involved in the $1.2 billion 9Mobile loan are setting aside a large part of the debt from their books ahead of the December 31 end-date for the fiscal year.
WDB Investment Holdings has increased its stake in Seed Engine (incorporating Seed Academy and the WDB Seed Fund) from 35% to 51%, officially confirming Seed Engine as a proudly 51% black women owned company.
The African Export-Import Bank, an investment grade rated multilateral financial institution, is opening its shareholding to the investing public through the issuance of Depositary Receipts.
Nigerian owned and San Francisco based payment startup Flutterwave has announced it secured over USD10 million from Greycroft Partners and Green Visor.
Twiga Foods, the Kenyan business-to-business food supply platform announced today that it has successfully raised a Series A funding round including $6.3m in equity and $4m in debt instruments.
Milost Global Inc, an American Private Equity firm headquartered in New York has announced that it is forming a subsidiary company in Africa, Milost Bank Africa Limited
Africa-focused private investment firm Helios Investment Partners, the leading, has acquired Fertilizers and Inputs Holding B.V. which holds Louis Dreyfus Company’s Africa-based fertilizers and inputs operations.
Section 12J Venture Capital company, Grotech has rebranded as Kalon Venture Partners. For the last 18 months, the business did extensive screening of hundreds of companies and three new deals are imminent
Siemens has announced the purchase of Crabtree Electrical Accessories in South Africa and its associated Lesotho business from Powertech Industries Limited.
VAIDS is a golden opportunity for Nigerian companies to regularise their tax affairs - Sage West Africa
Nigerian companies and entrepreneurs that don’t have their tax affairs in order should act now to take advantage of the government’s Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).
Prudential plc, one of the oldest and most strongly capitalized life insurance companies in the world, has acquired a majority stake in Zenith Life of Nigeria and formed exclusive bancassurance partnerships with Zenith Bank in Nigeria and Ghana.
Fountain Technologies Ltd (FTL) has entered into a strategic business alliance with Ferri Group, a Luxembourg based company, which will see the two companies jointly bid and tender for industrial and electrical projects.
The Abraaj Group, a leading investor operating in growth markets, announced that it is set to acquire a 100 per cent stake in Java House Group East Africa’s leading coffee-led casual dining chain.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 15 million investment in Shore Capital Fund III, a multinational Private Equity Fund which promotes financial inclusion.
The East Africa region attracted more than Sh113.7 billion ($1.1 billion) funds from Private Equity (PE) between 2015 and 2016, a new study has revealed.
ACM Gold has announced the imminent upgrade to MetaTrader5 (MT5) in the company’s quest to deploy exceptional trading platforms in the ever changing forex trading world.
JSE-listed Hulisani Limited, an investment holding company focused on energy opportunities has appointed Marubini Raphulu, Hulisani’s chief investment officer as CEO with effect from 1 July 2017.
Ascendis Health recently declared the acquisitions of Sunwave Pharma SRL and NHP Natural Health Pharma unconditional, together with Cipla Agrimed Proprietary and Cipla Vet Proprietary.
Barclays PLC has announced its intention to sell 187 million ordinary shares in Barclays Africa Group, which represents approximately 22% of Barclays Africa’s issued share capital.
Actis, a leading growth markets investor, has announced that its portfolio company MédiS, a major pharmaceutical company based in Tunisia, has acquired Winthrop Pharma Senegal (WPS) from Sanofi.
AFRI-RES, a unique facility to support climate proofing of Africa’s long-lived infrastructure investments, was given significant impetus with the formal approval of funding of 5 million Euros by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) for its programme activities.
Foreign investors have been snapping up South African banking stocks, enticed by the cheapest valuations relative to emerging-market peers since 2011, even as the country’s downgrade to junk deepened a broad equity selloff.
Casablanca and Nairobi rank leading destinations for Fortune 500 companies establishing international headquarters
The Middle East Africa (MEA) region has become increasingly important for the majority of global Fortune 500 companies, according to a new report released by Infomineo, a global business research company specialising in Africa and the Middle East.
UK based asset management company Enko Capital has announced the launch of Enko Africa Debt Fund (EADF), with $200m assets under management (AUM).
UNIC Insurance Plc was yesterday delisted and replaced by UNIC Diversified Holdings (UDH) Plc at the Nigerian Stock Exchange as the insurance company completed its transformation into a financial services holding group.
Africa Finance Corporation, a pan-African multilateral development finance institution and project developer, has issued a US$500 million 7 year Eurobond.
New research shows private equity activity in Africa will inject Billions of US dollars or sustainable investment over the next five years. Private equity deals in Africa are growing from a low base equivalent to 0.18% of Africa's GDP in 2016.
Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, has announced that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.
Maria Auma is a Ugandan entrepreneur and investment specialist. Her company, Blue Luxury Investments, specializes in connecting investors with viable businesses.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is proud to announce the selection of 1,000 African entrepreneurs, creating the 3rd cohort of the 10-year $100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Program.
Biogaran, a French pharmaceutical company specialized in generic and biosimilar medicines, and a subsidiary of Servier, have announced the takeover of all the activities of Swipha, a Nigerian company that manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical products known for their quality.
Shareholders of Britam Holdings have approved the sale of 10.37 per cent stake to International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group’s private investment and lending arm, for Sh3.55 billion.
Listed diversified Pan-African financial services group The Sanlam Group, through its subsidiary Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM), has reached an agreement with PineBridge Investments (“PineBridge”), a global multi-asset class asset manager, to acquire PineBridge’s majority stake in PineBridge Investments East Africa Limited in Kenya (PIEAL).
Bowmans advises on one of the first significant financing by a private equity credit fund in sub Saharan Africa
Pan-African law firm Bowmans recently advised Helios Credit Partners on a landmark transaction representing one of the first significant financing by a private credit fund in sub-Saharan Africa. The transaction was one of the largest debt financing secured by a Namibian company in the private sector.
Dele Babade retained as advisor to Carlyle’s Sub-Saharan African Fund Global alternative asset manager
The Carlyle Group has announced that Dele Babade has been retained as an Advisor to Carlyle’s Sub-Saharan African Fund (CSSAF), effective immediately.
South African based payments service provider Zoona has raised US$1 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the MasterCard Foundation to strengthen the reach of its mobile banking services in Zambia.
Ascendis Health, the high growth health and care brands group, is to purchase the southern African veterinary operations of Cipla India for R375 million.
Innoventures has just opened applications for the fourth cycle of its accelerator program ‘Startup Reactor’ in partnership with VC4A after a successful third cycle and its grand finale last December.
Indigenous investment banking firm, Dusk Capital, has entered into an agreement with the International Investment Management Group (IIMG Africa Ltd) that will give the Ghanaian company access to over 300 international mutual funds across the world.
Private equity firms Amethis Finance and Metier have partnered to acquire a minority stake in Kenafric food industry. The three companies – Kenafric, Amethis and Metier have been working together on a promising acquisition.
Korede Ologun of Helix Securities Limited interviews with Africa Business Communities on past and present economic situation in Nigeria:
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is committed to providing financial and advisory support to assist Sao Tomé and Principe achieve its structural transformation which focuses on expanding and diversifying its blue economy.
The recent acquisition of a 27.7 % stake in CAL Bank in Ghana by newly formed investment company, Arise, is set to boost the banking sector in the country.
Mastercard commits to empowering over 150,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Kenya within 2017 by giving them access to Masterpass QR.
African data collection startup Bamba has announced today that it has closed its first seed investment round after raising US$1.1 million (Kes. 110 million) in investment funds, making it one of the largest and most successful seed rounds completed by an East African startup.
Safaricom Spark Venture Fund has today announced its investment in FarmDrive, a data analytics startup that connects small-scale farmers to financial services.
East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association has appointed Eva Warigia and Esther Ndeti the co-executive directors to run the lobby.
Global events remained turbulent and unpredictable throughout 2016 resulting in a downward effect on M&A activity, however the market remained resolute in Q4 2016, according to Baker McKenzie's Cross-Border M&A Index.
African focused investment firm Quantum Global Group were announced as the winners of the Global Banking and Finance Review award for Best Investment Company Angola 2016.
An international consortium including the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) is set to invest in Alufer Mining Limited to fund the development of Guinea-Conakry’s high grade bauxite reserves.
The Global Transactions Forecast issued by global law firm, Baker McKenzie in association with Oxford Economics has predicted that the South African M&A market will grow by 66 per cent in the next two years