Wednesday, September 27, 2017 0 9:40 AM / Africa Capital Digest
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.
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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
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.
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.
ASOC backs Okuhle Media in recap deal
Africa Special Opportunities Capital has completed its deal to recapitalize Okuhle Media.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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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