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Has the gloss come off the Africa rising narrative?

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Originally published in Deal Makers Africa, Vol 8: No 4 The historic combination of favourable macro-economic conditions for Africa began to reverse in 2013, with a weakening of most commodity prices as well as the taper tantrum in the global financial markets. Over the course of last year the decline in commodity prices has continued and even accelerated, and in December, the US Federal Reserve finally announced its first increase in interest rates for nearly a decade. Two to three years of falling commodity prices has now left governments grappling with meaningful current account and fiscal deficits. Previous economic darlings,... View Article

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FNB says SA must use its high mobile penetration to sustain financial inclusion

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One of South Africa’s leading banks, FNB said the country must use its high mobile penetration to sustain financial inclusion. FNB said the country needed to take advantage of its growing mobile penetration to protect current gains and further broaden access whilst reducing the cost of enablement. FNB Life’s Chief Executive Officer, Lee Bromfield said the country needs to ensure that the current state of the economy does not derail the progress made to date. South Africa‚Äôs commitment to broadening financial inclusion focuses on enabling citizens to transact, borrow (credit), invest and insure. Insurance, especially funeral insurance has been a... View Article

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ZAGACE raising capital for ongoing customer acquisition costs

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Zagace is a custom built app store for small medium-size enterprise packages in called zag apps. The platform offers a full suite of enterprise management products from accounting, inventory, sales, manufacturing, storage, HR at a price that is affordable to African SMEs, and accessible via android. The platform, having operated to just over a year, has a customer base from a diverse range of sectors (mainly in Kenya to date) and is in the process of expanding its footprint and product offering into other African markets and already has a customer base in the US. ZAGACE is currently raising additional... View Article

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Verdant Capital awarded the accolade of Best Corporate Finance Firm in South Africa

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Verdant Capital has completed four cross-boarder transactions in 2015. In recognition of the strength of its cross border franchise, Verdant Capital was awarded the accolade of Best Corporate Finance Firm in South Africa, 2015 by Acquisition International. Following its transaction in agri-chemicals in South Africa last quarter, the sale of Greenbelt Fertilisers is Verdant Capital’s second transaction in the agri / fertilisers sector this year alone. Over the last two years Verdant Capital is perhaps the most active firm in Africa in this sector.

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Verdant Capital opens Ghana Office

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Verdant Capital has opened an office in Accra, Ghana, and now has a total of three offices (Johannesburg, Ebene, Accra). The Accra office will be led by Kwabena Appenteng, Vice President. Kwabena has extensive corporate, entrepreneurial and corporate finance experience in Ghana and beyond, including as Senior Private Sector Officer at US AID. Save Save

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Verdant Capital has raised c USD 10 million for Madison Finance

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Verdant Capital has raised c USD 10 million equivalent in local currency debt financing for leading Zambian micro-SME and consumer lender, Madison Finance. The transaction was successful notwithstanding the macro economic challenges facing Zambia, and demonstrates the depth and resilience of Verdant Capital’s investor franchise. European Investment Bank was the largest investor in the transaction, which was shared by a large private institution based in South Africa. The transaction represents the first internationally sourced senior debt financing raised by Madison Finance. The transaction was signed late in 2014, and closed in H1 2015 following the satisfaction of final conditions precedent.... View Article

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