Sunday 05 July 2015

KPMG-SAVCA Survey: SA Private Equity Remains Steady, Funds Returned to Investors Increase

KPMG and SAVCA have released their 15h South Africa Private Equity Survey – from their press release: For the 2014 calendar year, funds under management represent a compound annual growth rate of 11.3% (excluding undrawn commitments) since the inception...

Exits: So Necessary, So Difficult?

We all know that more successful exits and more data on exits will be key to attracting more investment into African private equity. A few interesting insights on this came out in the recent EAVCA conference on 9 June 2015 in Nairobi: Landing local...

Guest Post: Finding Scale for Tech VC Investments

So much excitement about Africa’s tech space, so little scale! We’re borrowing this post from Russell Southwood from Smartmonkey TV who interviewed Sacha Poignonnec, the managing director of Africa Internet Group (AIG). Africa’s fizzy start-up scene...

More US Pension Fund Money for African PE?

This subject is getting a bit of traction on the internet: The WSJ first reported that one of the largest US pension funds, the USD180bn New York State Common Retirement Fund, had announced that it would invest up to 3% of its assets – which could be...

SAVCA Launch Compendium of ESG Case studies

The Southern Africa Venture Capital Association (SAVCA) have launched their first environmental, social and governance (ESG) compendium with 16 case studies from the private equity industry. The case studies document how private equity investment can...

Guest Post: Why is Francophone African Start Up Culture Slow to Take Off?

African Francophone start-up culture has been slower to take off than in Anglophone countries. The roots of the explanation for why this might be the case are a mixture of cultural and economic. Russell Southwood talks to those involved in the Francophone...

SAVCA/RisCura: South African PE Continues Strong Returns in Q4 2014

The joint Riscura/SAVCA Private Performance Report notes continued strong performance int the fourth quarter of 2014 despite ‘significant volatility across all investment markets’ during the year. From the press release: ‘Particularly pleasing for...

Atlas Mara Post USD63m Loss for 2014 as PE Remains Enthusiastic about Financial Services

Private equity’s enthusiasm for financial sector acquisitions has continued in the past few months: Enko made their first investment in Zambian Madison Financial Services, 8 Miles finally got round to a bigger transaction with their co-investment in a...

SAVCA/RisCura: South African Private Equity Ten-Year Returns at 18.5%

SAVCA and RisCura have released their joint Private Equity Performance Report, noting that the returns come in marginally below the JSE’s All-Share Index. From their release: ‘The Private Equity Performance Report confirms that the local asset class...

The African Valuations Data Gap – Does it Matter?

Out of sheer curiosity (and we basically do everything we do in the name of one curiosity or another) we recently attended EAVCA’s training* on valuations in Nairobi. Since we started collecting data on private equity in Africa, many people have come to...

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