Tunisia central bank to steadily weaken dinar, finance minister says

Tunisia central bank to steadily weaken dinar, finance minister says

TUNIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Tunisia’s central bank will reduce its interventions so the value of the dinar steadily declines, but it will prevent a dramatic slide in the currency, the finance minister said on Tuesday. The strategy is part of Tunisia’s talks on reforms with the International Monetary Fund. The IMF is pushing Tunisia to overhaul its finances and reduce public spending, especially public-sector wages, where spending is among the highest in the…

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Foreigners Lapping Up Egypt’s Growing Supply of Cheap Debt

Foreigners Lapping Up Egypt’s Growing Supply of Cheap Debt

CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – A flood of new issuance is offsetting foreign-investor demand for Egyptian debt, keeping yields among the highest in emerging markets. Offshore investors boosted holdings of government Treasury bills to 79 billion pounds ($4.4 billion) as of April 4, compared with less than 1 billion pounds before a currency devaluation in November, according to Finance Ministry data. Government borrowing is already 11 percent higher than the target this year, and…

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Tunisia’s economy to see recovery in 2017

Tunisia’s economy to see recovery in 2017

TUNIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Tunisia’s economy will start to regain momentum this year after six years of slow growth, driven by the revival of the vital tourism industry and the return to state phosphate production, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said. Chahed was speaking in an interview with state television late on Sunday, addressing concerns about the economy after hundreds of youths protested over the last week in some towns, demanding development and employment….

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Investec Asset Management invests in SJL Group

Investec Asset Management invests in SJL Group

RABAT (Capital Markets in Africa) – Investec Asset Management (IAM), through its Africa Private Equity capability, has completed the management buy-out of 100% of SJL Group. SJL is the market-leading transport and logistics operator providing fully integrated cross-border services on the Morocco-EU corridor, as well as in Tunisia and domestically in Morocco. Together with its co-investors, DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and Avanz Capital, IAM is backing an experienced senior management team, led…

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Mediterrania Capital Partners and AfricInvest exit Grupo San Jose & Lopez (SJL)

Mediterrania Capital Partners and AfricInvest exit Grupo San Jose & Lopez (SJL)

RABAT (Capital Markets in Africa) – Mediterrania Capital Partners, a regional private equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries, and AfricInvest, a leading pan-African SME-focused private equity firm with more than $1bn under management, are together pleased to announce the sale of Grupo San Jose & Lopez (SJL), a logistics and international road freight transport company with operations in the Maghreb and Europe. Under the ownership of Mediterrania…

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Fitch Affirms Morocco at ‘BBB-‘; Outlook Stable

Fitch Affirms Morocco at ‘BBB-‘; Outlook Stable

RABAT (Capital Markets in Africa) – Fitch Ratings-Hong Kong-07 April 2017: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Morocco’s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BBB-‘ with a Stable Outlook. The issue ratings on Morocco’s senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been affirmed at ‘BBB-‘. The Country Ceiling has been affirmed at ‘BBB’ and the Short-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency IDRs at ‘F3’.  KEY RATING DRIVERS  Morocco’s ratings are driven by its economic…

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Actis exits Edita Food Industries After Four Years

Actis exits Edita Food Industries After Four Years

 CAIRO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Actis, a leading growth markets investor, has announced the sale of its remaining 7.5% stake in Edita Food Industries (Edita) to 42 blue-chip international investors from the USA, UK, Germany, South Africa, and the UAE through an accelerated book build on the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Actis originally became a 30% shareholder in 2013, and with this final sale of 7.5% has now fully exited. Edita was founded in 1996…

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