• Funding Infrastructure with Carbon Tax

    The African Development Bank estimates that the continent’s infrastructure needs amount to between $130–170billion a year over the next 20 years. With an estimated $62billion per year spending on infrastructure, financing gap in the range $68–$108 billion per year. This has been a challenge for countries Africa-wide. Improving infrastructure however is a key imperative, since

    November 6, 2018
  • Sell when you’re ready, but make sure you get the full value

    Sub-Saharan Africa saw the lowest number of deals since 2009, in the first nine months of 2018, pushing inbound Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) down 42 percent, according to the Investment Banking Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region review by Refinitiv, one of the world’s largest providers of financial markets data and infrastructure. The report showed that Domestic

    October 23, 2018
  • Restructure to Breathe Again: Corporate Debt Restructuring

    South African retail group Edcon Holdings Ltd. completed a complex restructuring on February 1, 2017, involving various creditor groups across the company’s capital structure to restructure a R29 billion debt burden. Negotiations took about 11 months before it was finalized. Now, the 89-year-old company is in the process of rebuilding its market share which shrunk

    September 27, 2018
  • Bonds to the rescue: The smart project finance option attracting Corporates  

    As banks continuously reassess their lending policies, corporates are increasingly seeking alternative financing options, turning to bond issuance as a source of longer term finance. There are other potential advantages companies consider such as cheaper borrowing costs, but there are other attractions: Diversification of funding is one attraction. The banking sector’s approach to lending can

    September 7, 2018

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