September 25th, 2017
The  weekly roundup of Africa's Private Capital news


Here's the latest wrap of Africa's key private equity, infrastructure and venture capital deals and industry news which was reported over the past 7 days. W e'd be delighted if you shared it with any interested colleagues and/or business partners.  If they would like to receive their own weekly copy, they're more than welcome to sign up here.  

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The Week in Brief...
Africa's power sector saw the biggest investment deal last week. On the sidelines of U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, Highland Group Holdings signed an agreement to co-invest $100 million alongside Symbion Energy in a methane gas power generation project on Rwanda's Lake Kivu.  The capital allows Symbion to begin work in earnest on the project in November, starting with the rehabilitation and expansion of KP1, a plant the power developer acquired in 2016.

High profile alternative investment firm Ethos Private Equity made a deal involving itself last week with the sale of a 30% stake to a consortium made up of RMI Investment Managers and Royal Investment Managers. It's expected that Ethos will reap a number of benefits from the deal. Among them, fresh capital to push the firm's growth strategy more quickly and access to the consortium's distribution networks and its broader base of potential investors.

Staying in the realm of financial services deals, it was announced that AFIG Funds is backing FSDH Merchant Bank in an undisclosed deal.  Based in Nigeria, FSDH offers a range of services including merchant, corporate and investment banking solutions as well as asset and pension fund management services. The transaction was dibe via Atlantic Coast Regional Fund II which backs established, successful companies who are looking for growth capital. According to AFIG Fund's website, the fund's investment ticket size ranges between $5 million and $20 million.

In South Africa's media sector, Africa Special Opportunities Capital completed its deal to recapitalize Okuhle Media. The transaction was prompted earlier by a number of events destabilizing to South Africa's film and TV industry earlier in the year. The transaction is being done via ASOC Fund I, which typically invests up to R50 million or $3.8 million in each transaction. 

Milost Global, an Africa-focused private equity firm headquartered in New York, is launching a $1 billion SME fund in partnership with investment holding company Monnaie Africa. Isilo, as the General Partnership will be know, will be domiciled in Mauritius, with Milost holding a 70% interest in the firm. 10-year, generalist private equity fund will target buyout and restructuring opportunities in small and medium-sized enterprises on the continent.

Mediterrania Capital's latest fund has received a capital commitment from another development finance institution.  The Africa Development Bank has approved a $15 million equity investment in the planned €250 million fund which will invest in companies in North Africa as well as a select number of sub-Saharan countries.Over the last few months, several DFIs including the IFC, EIB and EBRD have indicated they are committing capital to the fund.

Imara Holdings is acquiring Kura Capital to create one of the larger pan-African asset management companies with $200 million in assets. The deal is expected to close once standard regulatory approvals have been granted. Imara is owned by FWA Financial, an investment company backed by nine family offices from the USA, Europe and South Africa with significant experience of investing Africa and within the financial services sector.

Finally, there were a couple of interesting industry published last week. In Rand Merchant Bank's annual "Where to invest in Africa" report, Egypt takes the top spot for 2018, displacing South Africa for the first time since the report's inception. And a  new report from the African Technology Foundation and the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations partnership takes a continental, regional, and industry specific look at the evolution of technology ecosystems on the continent.

As always, you can review these and other stories by scrolling down and clicking through to them below.  

Highland Group Holdings is investing $100  million alongside Symbion Energy in a methane gas power project on Rwanda's Lake Kivu.
Image Credit: Symbion Energy
Deals and Deal News...
Private Equity
Highland Group Holdings invests $100mln with Symbion
Highland Group Holdings is investing $100 million of equity in Symbion Energy's planned $370 million methane gas power generation project on Lake Kivu in Rwanda.
Private Equity
Consortium backs Ethos Private Equity for 30% stake
RMI Investment Managers and Royal Investment Managers have agreed to back Ethos Private Equity in a series of transactions which will result in the consortium holding a 30% stake in the African private equity firm.
Private Equity
AFIG Funds backs FSDH Merchant Bank
FSDH Merchant Bank, a financial services company, has been backed by AFIG Fund's Atlantic Coast Regional Fund II.
Private Equity
ASOC backs Okuhle Media in recap deal
Africa Special Opportunities Capital has completed its deal to recapitalize Okuhle Media.
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Funds & Fundraising...
Private Equity
Milost Global targets $1bln for SME fund
Milost Global, an Africa-focused private equity headquartered in New York, is launching a $1 billion SME fund in partnership with investment holding company Monnaie Africa..
Private Equity
AfDB backs Mediterrania's latest fund with $15 million
The African Development Bank has become the latest development finance institution to commit capital to Mediterrania Capital's third fund.
Private Debt
OPIC mulls $40 million 10-year loan to ALCB Fund
OPIC, the U.S. Government's development finance institution is considering a $40 million, 10-year loan to the African Local Currency Bond Fund.
Sovereign Wealth
Private equity returns boost FSDEA's performance
Angola's sovereign wealth fund announced that it had become profitable for the first time in 2016 following the appreciation of its private equity assets .
Projects & Portfolio Companies...
Financial Services
Imara adds Kura Capital to asset management business
Imara Holdings, an asset management and advisory firm, has acquired Kura Capital in an undisclosed deal..
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And carry on reading what's being read by the who's who involved in Africa's private capital deal markets.
Policy, Regulation & Compliance...
Moving to a reciprocal U.S.-Africa trade relationship
While AGOA is not set to expire until 2025, the complexity involved in establishing and maintaining bi-lateral trade relationships requires policy makers to consider options for a post-AGOA reciprocal relationship.
South Africa's merger thresholds and filing fees to rise
On October 1st, the thresholds and filing fees for large and intermediate merger notifications are set to change. The country's Ministry of Economic Development published the the details on September 15th.
Sectors & Strategies...
Oil & Gas
Pipelines offer O&G investors opportunity
With many stalled or unfunded pipeline projects, a look at the state of play across sub-Saharan Africa and a possible model from East Africa that private capital investors and lenders can replicate.
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ESG-readiness of Africa's unlisted companies?
KudosImpact Pulse, a groundbreaking survey assessing and analyzing the extent to which Africa's unlisted companies are adopting ESG best practices, is inviting you and your private portfolio companies to take part, in confidence. The results, to be published in December in association with Africa Capital Digest, will be eagerly anticipated. To take part in this year's survey, click here today.
The state of play for Africa's technology sector
A new report from the African technology Foundation and the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations partnership takes a continental, regional, and industry specific look at the evolution of technology ecosystems on the continent.
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Trends & Perspectives...
Egypt takes top investment spot in RMB's 2018 report
Rand Merchant Bank's annual "Where to invest in Africa" report puts Egypt in the top spot for 2018, displacing South Africa for the first time since the inception of the annual report..
Can South Africa support 5 Stock Exchanges?
With South Africa's Financial Service Board granting its fourth new stock exchange licence of the past two years to Equity Express Securities Exchange, Moneyweb asks whether there is room in the market given the size of the country's economy.
Africa's tech eco-systems couldn't and shouldn't mimick Silicon Valley
As Africa's diaspora returns to the continent in increasing numbers, Quartz reports that they should resist the urge to view regional tech-ecosystems through a Silicon Valley lens.
Companies, People & Profiles...
Abraaj hires de Boer as a Managing Partner
The Abraaj Group has appointed former diplomat and McKinsey Partner Kito de Boer as Managing Partner.
SAVCA appoints 4 new Board members
At its annual general meeting last week, SAVCA announced the appointment of four leading investment executives to the South African private equity industry association's board.
Current Job Postings...
This week's featured jobs...             
Head, Startup Success & Services, Accelerator Africa at Google  //
Based in Lagos, Nigeria
Head, Operations, Accelerator Africa at Google  //
Based in Lagos, Nigeria
Investment Associate, Industrial Businesses, Equity at CDC //
Based in London, United Kingdom
Associate, Project & Infrastructure FInance at Investec  //
Based in London, United Kingdom
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Africa Private Wealth Forum 
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Finnovation Africa: Ethiopia 2017 
Addis Ababa, November 3rd, 2017 
AfricaCom 2017
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Sub Saharan Africa Power Summit
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Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Nigeria Briefing Day 2017
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