Impact Assessment of the Recent Events in Tunisia

Expert commentary by tuninvest-africinvest group The extraordinary events in Tunisia, which were sparked by a spontaneous youth movement protesting unemployment, social inequities and corruption will undoubtedly have a long-term impact on the investment environment there. TunInvest-AfricInvest Group shares an analysis of the short- and long-term outlook for Tunisia, based on… Read More

EMPEA Special Edition Insight: Sub-Saharan Africa (Nov. 2010)

The buzz surrounding the African private equity opportunity has escalated during the global economic crisis, as the region's brand has continued to subtly improve. Despite increased interest, actual private equity dollars in play in Sub-Saharan Africa remain at modest levels. However, significant developments currently taking place at the margins… Read More

Impact Case Study: Générale Assurance Méditerranéenne (GAM)

Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) invested in 2007. Company Headquarters:  Algeria Business focus:  Insurance Revenue:  EUR22 million Employees:  762 impact highlights In 2009, GAM sales grew twice as fast as the market with sales growth reaching 30%. Over the first half of 2010, GAM sales grew by more… Read More

Impact Case Study: Brandcorp

Ethos invested ZAR 1.3 billion in 2007. Company headquarters: South Africa Business focus: Value added distributor of niche industrial and retail products Revenue: ZAR1.5 billion Employees: 971 impact highlights Ethos introduced Brandcorp to a number of highly valuable contacts, from investors to business partners Brandcorp now has a… Read More

Impact Case Study: Letshego Holdings Limited

Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management invested US$13.4 million in 2004. Company Headquarters:  Botswana Business focus:  Consumer loans On loan:  US$192.4 million Employees:  389 impact highlights Letshego is among the top three most profitable domestic companies on the Botswana Stock Exchange 37% of Letshego’s top line growth now comes… Read More

Impact Case Study: Southey Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

Aureos acquired a 49.4 percent stake in 2010. Company headquarters: South Africa Business focus: Contracting services, ship building/repairs, manufacture of oil and gas tanks and refrigeration rooms/cabinets Growth: 20 percent per annum since 2000 IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS With support from Aureos, Southey undertook a strategic review of the… Read More

EMPEA Insight: Sub-Saharan Africa (Oct. 2009)

The Sub-Saharan African opportunity represents one of the biggest growth stories in emerging markets private equity. Once generally overlooked by investors, fundraising activity in Sub-Saharan Africa has almost tripled from US$800 million in 2005 to over US$2.2 billion in 2008. Read More

EMPEA Insight: Sub-Saharan Africa (Oct. 2008)

Sub-Saharan Africa has emerged from a once overlooked region to an increasingly attractive destination for private equity investment. In 2007, Sub-Saharan Africa funds raised US$2.3 billion, falling just slightly from US$2.4 billion raised in 2006. Read More

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