Israeli Investor Said to Withdraw Zambia Mining Stake Bid

Israeli Investor Said to Withdraw Zambia Mining Stake Bid

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Sapir Capital, an Israeli private-equity firm, has withdrawn an offer to buy a stake in Zambia’s state-owned mining holding company for more than $100 million, according to two people familiar with the situation. Sapir canceled the offer after delays in the transaction but is still in informal talks with the government over a potential deal, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t…

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Bond Winners of Yesteryear Not Looking So Fantastic in 2017

Bond Winners of Yesteryear Not Looking So Fantastic in 2017

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa ) – Developing-nation debt traders who stuck with 2016’s top securities took a hit this year. That’s because last year’s best emerging-market dollar bond bets are posting the starkest reversals. Venezuela, Ecuador and Gabon, which led the pack in 2016, had some of the worst changes, according to data compiled by Bloomberg on debt from 69 developing nations. Meanwhile, last year’s laggards, Mozambique and Suriname, have had the best improvements. “As the…

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Debt Management Should Be Priority for Zambia, Kalyalya Says

Debt Management Should Be Priority for Zambia, Kalyalya Says

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia must prioritize its debt management to protect the economy from a surge in borrowing costs, central bank Governor Denny Kalyalya said. “That’s one area that we really need to put a hand on so that it doesn’t overheat the economy,” Kalyalya said in an interview Wednesday in Washington. “If that happens then all these interest rates we’re talking about will go up very significantly.” Ballooning debt levels are key to negotiations…

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IMF Sees No `Substantive’ Zambian Aid-Deal Talks This Month

IMF Sees No `Substantive’ Zambian Aid-Deal Talks This Month

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Zambian government and the International Monetary Fund won’t be holding meaningful discussions on a proposed $1.3-billion aid program at the Washington-based lender’s annual meetings this month after talks were put on hold in August. The nation’s Eurobond yields climbed. “IMF staff will be meeting the Zambian delegation at the IMF-World Bank annual meetings to discuss next steps,” Alfredo Baldini, the fund’s resident representative in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, said in reply…

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Zambia Favors Kwacha Debt Over Eurobonds for 2018 Financing

Zambia Favors Kwacha Debt Over Eurobonds for 2018 Financing

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia won’t sell dollar debt in 2018 as it focuses on raising kwacha loans and increasing tax collection, Finance Minister Felix Mutati said. The government plans to borrow 11.2 billion kwacha ($1.2 billion) from the domestic market next year, more than triple the amount in the 2017 budget. This is part of its strategy to tilt funding in favor of the local market, after external debt bulged to $7.5 billion by mid-year…

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Zambia Seeking Bids for New Mobile Provider to Take on MTN

Zambia Seeking Bids for New Mobile Provider to Take on MTN

LUZAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia is seeking bidders for a fourth mobile-network license to take on operators including market leader MTN Group Ltd. in the southern African country, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba said. The ministry last week gave the go-ahead to the telecommunications regulator to start the process, he said in a recorded response to questions on Monday. The new carrier could be in place over the next six to 12 months and the…

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Zambia’s economy to grow 4.3 percent, copper output easing slightly in 2017

Zambia’s economy to grow 4.3 percent, copper output easing slightly in 2017

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia’s economy will grow 4.3 percent this year and 5.1 percent in 2018, boosted by improved agriculture and mining output and a recovery in electricity generation, the central bank reported. “There has been strengthening confidence in Zambia’s medium to long-term economic prospects as reflected by the participation of non-resident investors in the Government securities markets,” the Bank of Zambia hinted in a report surveying the first half of 2017….

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