While global and domestic investors looking at South Africa remain preoccupied with Eskom’s woes or the country’s lacklustre economic performance, many will have missed the impressive bounce-back in local currency capital market volumes after a trying and volatile 2018.
25 Jul 2019
The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is both ambitious and impressive, not the least of which because it created a platform for 53 heads of state across a vast and diverse continent to agree on something. But whether or not it’s a game changer for intraregional trade – or the region’s financial markets – depends to a large extent on whether Africa’s leaders…
17 Jul 2019
When the economy suffers, real estate is often among the first sectors to feel the pinch – and South Africa, where growth has stagnated amidst a hitherto volatile political landscape, is no exception. As the country’s recent election outcome heralds renewed optimism in the economy, we speak with Dirkje Bouma, Group Treasurer at Growthpoint Properties Limited, one of the country’s leading real…
26 Jun 2019
East Africa continues to be a world leader in the mobile banking space. Consumers across the region are now able to access an array of financial products through their smartphone, from online payment services to micro loans, enhancing financial inclusion for a largely underbanked population. Bonds & Loans speaks with Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, CEO of 4G Capital, a FinTech providing a combination of…
20 Jun 2019
The last three years have been tough for Kenyan banks and corporates. The introduction of the interest rate cap in 2016 sapped liquidity, leaving many corporates deprived of financing. But the last few years have also seen the blossoming of new liquidity pools including private equity and mobile lenders, which are beginning to claw market share away from banks, according to CFOs and bankers who…
13 Jun 2019
In May, Kenya became the latest African sovereign to take advantage of relatively subdued global rates and tap international bond investors for fresh funding, but a closer look at debt sustainability metrics suggest the country, and some of its peers, may be slowly running out of room to borrow.
4 Jun 2019
Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), which oversees the production, processing and marketing of cocoa, shea nut and coffee from the world’s second largest producer, regularly turns to international markets to satiate its funding requirements. However, Cocobod’s recent USD300mn syndicated loan marks a milestone in the African corporate market due to its innovative sustainability-linked features.
29 May 2019
In the world of emerging and frontier markets, there is rarely a dull moment. But while countries like Venezuela or Argentina continue grabbing headlines, one country in southern Africa is starting to creep ever so slowly into the limelight – and it’s not Mozambique.
24 May 2019
The African nation’s first international bond, a EUR500mn 7-year Eurobond, saw Bénin tap the market on the same day as neighbouring Ghana at a time when global investors, buoyed by the Fed’s dovish mood swing, piled into high yield sovereign debt.
7 May 2019