Moody’s downgrades IHS Netherlands rating to B2

Moody’s downgrades IHS Netherlands rating to B2

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Moody’s Investors Service, has today downgraded IHS Netherlands Holdco B.V.’s (IHS) corporate family rating (CFR) to B2 from B1. At the same time, IHS probability of default rating was downgraded to B2-PD from B1-PD. The company’s $800 million 9.5 % senior unsecured guaranteed notes due 2021 were downgraded to B1 from Ba3. The outlook on the ratings is stable. The downgrades follow Moody’s downgrade of Nigeria’s sovereign rating to…

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Bets on Ramaphosa Sweeten South African Stocks Rally as Risk Wanes

Bets on Ramaphosa Sweeten South African Stocks Rally as Risk Wanes

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Buoyant commodities and a weaker currency have already made South African stocks a tasty treat for investors. Now, some are betting on politics to add to the flavour. Advancing raw-material prices and the rand’s plunge to the lowest level this year boosted exporters’ shares, sending the benchmark gauge in Johannesburg to a record. Yet, some money managers have remained doubtful on how far the rally could go given President…

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Rio Tinto Says Africa Key to Growth Even After Costly Missteps

Rio Tinto Says Africa Key to Growth Even After Costly Missteps

MAPUTO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Rio Tinto Group said resource-rich Africa is still central to the company’s growth strategy despite a succession of failed investments and scandals in the last 10 years. The continent will expand its production and consumption of metals over the next decades as the economy grows and becomes more industrial, Bold Baatar, Rio’s chief executive of energy and minerals, said in a speech at Bloomberg Intelligence’s LME Week Forum in London….

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Nakumatt Kenya Creditors Face Haircut on Debt, Government Says

Nakumatt Kenya Creditors Face Haircut on Debt, Government Says

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Creditors owed more than 30 billion shillings ($289 million) by Nakumatt Holdings Ltd. will take a haircut if a plan by East Africa’s biggest retailer to enter administration goes ahead, said Kenya’s Industry & Trade Secretary Adan Mohamed. Nakumatt directors will next week seek the High Court’s approval to appoint an administrator and protection from insolvency in order to buy time from creditors including tax agencies, banks, landlords and suppliers. Approval by…

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Russia Signs Agreement With Nigeria for Nuclear Power Plant

Russia Signs Agreement With Nigeria for Nuclear Power Plant

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Russia has signed agreements with Nigeria to build and operate a nuclear power plant in the oil-rich West African nation that has a deficit of reliable power and faces security challenges by Islamist militants in the far northeast. Feasibility studies for the plant and a research center construction will include site screening, capacity, financing, and time frames of the projects, state-owned Russian nuclear company Rosatom said in an emailed…

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RMB Ventures and Investec Asset Management complete largest-ever Botswana private equity transaction

RMB Ventures and Investec Asset Management complete largest-ever Botswana private equity transaction

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kamoso, a Botswana-based retailer, and consumer goods company, was acquired by a consortium that includes Investec Asset Management Private Equity, RMB Ventures, local partners, and Kamoso’s senior management team. The transaction is believed to be Botswana’s largest ever private-equity investment.  Kamoso is a leading manufacturer and supplier of consumer goods and healthcare products to retailers in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.  The Company operates from facilities in Botswana…

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Ryanair Pilots Step Up Pressure With Demand to Double Pay Rise

Ryanair Pilots Step Up Pressure With Demand to Double Pay Rise

LONDON (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ryanair Holdings Plc’s pilot uprising shows little signs of abating, with an ad-hoc group demanding that a wage increase turned down by London Stansted crews be doubled and extended across the budget airline’s European bases. The unofficial European Employee Representative Council made the proposal to pilots after cockpit crews at Ryanair’s biggest base rejected the existing offer, according to a document sent to pilots on Sunday and seen by Bloomberg….

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