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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March 2018

In this month’s issue of AGF, we catch up with Felix Bikpo of the African Guarantee Fund. Read on to find what’s the Fund is all about, the need for SME’s lending and Africa’s growth prospects.

Our market feature focuses on Egypt. Last month, Mediterrania Capital Partners, concluded its first investment in this North African country. Khaled Saba, Senior Country Advisor for the firm, shares his views about PE activity in Egypt and tells why he thinks it’s a good time to invest.

On the private equity front, we also look at exit activity. While 2017 only saw a trickle of divestments, some private equity firms nevertheless managed impressive sell-offs during the period. Find more on the outlook for exits in the coming months.

In this edition, Roger H. Hartmann, Member of the Scientific Committee of Label R; Member of the Board of Directors of SQOPE S.A, shares his thoughts about ESG and its importance for funds and investors.

Finally, Charl Bruyns, Head, Investor Services, Standard Bank, writes that African local capital markets, domestic institutions and favourable demographics are converging. This is seeing many countries take control of their own investment and growth agendas.

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