Saturday 25 October 2014

Acumen and Novastar Invest in Solar Distributor SolarNow

Imact investors Acumen and Novastar Ventures have announced an investment in SolarNow, a Ugandan distributor of quality solar home systems to rural markets. The company supplements its distribution services with a financing solution that allows clients to...

Helios Join USD130m Investment Round in Wananchi Group

PE firm Helios Investment Partners have joined existing investors like Altice SA, Liberty Global, Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) and the Africa Telecoms, Media and Technology (ATMT) Fund in a new investment round of USD130m for triple-play operator...

Catalyst Principal Partners Invest in Kenyan Pharmacy Retail Chain

East Africa fund manager Catalyst Principal Partners have acquired a stake in Mimosa Pharmacy Ltd, a pharmacy retail chain that also offers health and beauty products. Mimosa was founded ten years ago by Chris Getonga and currently has six outlets in...

TBL Mirror Fund Exit International Medical Group to Kibo Fund

Dutch TBL Mirror Fund have exited their investment in Ugandan International Medical Group (IMG) to Kibo Fund, a fellow SME PE fund and co-investor in IMG. Both funds invested in IMG in January 2012. Founded in 1986, IMG comprises three companies, the...

Fusion Group to Exit Bakery Group via Securities Exchange

The Star reports that Fusion Group are considering exiting its 45% stake in GAL Baking Services Ltd through a listing on the new Growth Enterprise Market Segment (GEMS) on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). Fusion had invested KES254m in the bakery in...

Guest Post: Invested Development on Tech Subsidies

Nairobi has grown to be a key hub for emerging-market based technologyinvestors. The relative stability, strong regional GDP growth, comparably modern infrastructure, and a growing technology community make it attractive for many of us. For the same...

Ascent Capital Announce USD50m First Close

Ascent Capital have been working away at this – and a deal in Ethiopia – for a while, but are finally ready for at least one announcement: The fund managers have raised USD50m for their Ascent Rift Valley Fund (ARVF). Interesting about this is that it’s...

Fusion Capital Acquire Stake in Xtra Publishing Ltd

Fusion Capital have announced the acquisition of a 40% stake in Kenya-incorporated Xtra Publishing Ltd, the publisher of free newspaper X News launched in the March 2014 in the capital Nairobi. Fusion’s funds will be invested in IT and editorial systems...

Match Maker Group Launch SME Impact Fund in Tanzania

Another SME fund for Tanzania: Advisory and investment firm Match Maker Group launched the SME Impact Fund (SIF) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. SIF will be a debt fund: They are looking to lend at 20% p.a. in local currency on a declining balance – this...

8 Miles in the Market for Chicks

It’s all about the chicks: 8 Miles have announced an investment in Uganda’s Biyinzika Poultry International Ltd (BPIL). The amount invested was not disclosed. Founded in 1990, BPIL is the market leader for day-old chicks and has 21 outlets around the...

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