It will be a year of uncertainty but not entirely doom and gloom

Published courtesy of M&A Africa Corporate financiers, private equity players, and dealmakers are braced for an uplift in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2019 after a turbulent 2018 that made the hunt for quality deals difficult.During 2018, M&A professionals had to navigate an investment landscape fraught with low economic growth, volatile global financial markets and policy proposals that are [...]

January 10th, 2019|Categories: Corporate Finance, News, Transactions|

“Send me”. What will it take for the private sector to truly step up to Ramaphosa’s challenge for public private partnerships?

Over the last few weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa said repeatedly that the private sector is invited to enter into meaningful partnerships with government in establishing an Infrastructure Fund. Ramaphosa said infrastructure expansion and maintenance had the potential to create jobs on a large scale, attract investment and lay the foundation for sustainable economic expansion. “With a view to unlocking [...]

November 30th, 2018|Categories: Economy, News|

Black Industrialists – the key to true transformation of the South African economy?

The debate on black ownership in South Africa has intensified this year, driven by the issue of land reform and the recent gazetting of the Mining Charter which places strict requirements on local procurement.The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B- BBEE) Strategy is now in its fifteenth year of existence, with the first B-BBEE codes having been published over a decade [...]

November 30th, 2018|Categories: B-BBEE, Economy, News|

Cash stockpiling a sign of uncertain times

Published courtesy of M&A Africa “Investors are opting to sit on cash as they increasingly face a shortage of good assets to acquire in South Africa,” said Rob Bergman, a principal in corporate finance at Bravura. Political uncertainty and distrust between the public and private sectors are major issues, which are prompting more investors to either not commit to [...]

November 21st, 2018|Categories: Corporate Finance, News, Transactions|

Woolworths’ Australian struggles overshadow good investment opportunities down under

David Jones continues to present problems for Woolworths; this time much closer to home. On Wednesday, the company announced that it would be rebranding the David Jones clothing label under its own Classic Collection brand. This is yet another setback that presents itself in what has been a series of unfortunate events for the company since its expansion into Australian [...]

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Australia, News|

Mauritius Stock Exchange’s recently launched Africa Board lures investment to the continent

Mauritius continues its upward trajectory as the most desirable business destination in Africa, having been ranked as the 20th top business jurisdiction for 2019 out of 190 countries, according to the World Bank. This is five positions up from last year’s ranking, and more than 50 rankings above South Africa. Quick to leverage the country’s coveted role as the gateway [...]

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Mauritius, News, Transactions|