AGF Magazine - March 2019 issue

  • We focus on fixed income opportunities in both public and private markets. Read on to find in which fixed income instruments and in which African markets to invest on pp. 10-11. In addition, Ashley Benatar of Ashburton Investments shares his views on benefits and risks of investing in mezzanine debt on p.22.
  • We speak with Jérémie Ceyrac, Head of Equity, Responsible Investments at Proparco to learn more about the French development institution, financial products on offer, recent investments in Africa and African impact investment scene (pp. 13-15).
  • This month’s market feature focuses on Nigeria. Sven Richter, Fund Manager, Drakens Capital, writes about his recent trip to the West African country and his observations. “While Nigeria is attractive as an investment destination, the GDP growth is a disappointment for a county that we expect to be one of the leaders in Africa,” he says (pp. 16-17).
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There are many misconceptions about Africa and African investing. One of the more common remarks when introducing Africa to potential investors is, “I know, this is a high-risk investment with a high potential return”, argues Paul Clark of Ashburton Investments. Read on to find why investing in African equity markets should decrease the volatility of a global portfolio and provide significant diversification benefits, while generating good returns (pp.14-15).

in this month’s issue of AGF we caught up with George G. McPherson of Criterion Africa Partners to learn more about the Africa Sustainable Forestry Fund II and opportunities in the forestry sector. Read on to find more about the fund’s investors, its investment strategy and objectives for the next 12 months (pp.16-17).

In this edition, we also spoke with the portfolio managers of Mazi Asset Management, a South African fund manager. Its flagship long only specialist equity capability was launched in 2007 for which they have built up a compelling track record. Learn more about the Mazi Capital Prime Africa Fund and its top holdings on pp.11-13.

Finally, our commentary piece focused on Zimbabwe, the country which is currently at a turning point. The need to attract investment is critical to kick start the economy, write  Kwadwo Sarkodie, Partner, and Joseph Otoo, Senior Associate, Mayer Brown (p.22).

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