Sat, Nov 29, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Private Equity Strategies

African Fundraising Looks Set for a Record Year

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


By: Antoine Drean, CEO and Founder, Palico

It is hard to generalize about a continent that has 54 countries, 1 billion people, a plethora of languages, and many cultures. Still, a few salient African facts stand out.

With average annual growth of 5 percent over the past decade, Africa has been relatively untouched by the global financial crisis, plus its prospects look bright. Its population is set to double by 2025, while the economic infrastructure needed to serve its rapidly growing middle class is embryonic. It is the fastest growing region in world, with the International Monetary Fund estimating that 7 of the 10 fastest developing economies between 2011 and 2015 will be in Africa.

All of this means that there is unprecedented interest in investing in African private equity - particularly in the sub-Saharan region, which arguably holds a relatively greater share of the region's unexploited potential. Public and private pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, family offices and sovereign wealth funds are eagerly reviewing investment opportunities in the region.

Given the review processes Palico has seen, and the number of fundraising campaigns targeting Sub-Saharan Africa, we think new private equity commitments for the region could hit $4 billion in 2013. That's more than three-fold the $1.2 billion raised in 2012 and easily surpasses the 2008 bubble-year record of $2.5 billion.

Overall, Palico counts 46 private equity funds with an Africa investment strategy currently fundraising. The funds are targeting $8 billion in commitments.

The biggest problem may not be getting into Africa in 2013, but eventually getting out. Nonetheless, the "build it and they will come" strategy GPs are following should work - if the region delivers on its promise.

 
This article was published in Opalesque's Private Equity Strategies our monthly research update on the global private equity landscape including all sectors and market caps.
Private Equity Strategies
Private Equity Strategies
Private Equity Strategies


Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Unlucky Paulson & Co. rebrands $1.6bn Recovery Fund after 13% drop[more]

    From Businessweek.com: A maturing U.S. economic recovery is prompting Paulson & Co. to change course. The $19 billion hedge fund firm, led by billionaire John Paulson, told investors on a conference call this month that the Paulson Recovery Fund will be renamed Paulson Special Situations Fund on Jan

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Islamic Finance races ahead with Sukuk, the first managed account platform, and foreign demand[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A number of developments took place within Islamic finance in the past years, including the launch of a Islamic managed account platform and the further growth of the sukuk space that saw this instrument evolve from being a type of an ABS security that was rarely

  3. Fund Profile - A complex hedge fund strategy works for United Technologies[more]

    From Institutionalinvestor.com: Reports that portable alpha is dead have been greatly exaggerated, as Mark Twain might have phrased it. Another Connecticut Yankee, giant United Technologies Corp., is gearing up to grow its successful, nearly decade-long portable-alpha program. The UTC strategy took

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: The unintended consequences of Basel III[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Bijesh Amin, co-founder and managing director of Indus Valley Partners (IVP), a technology solutions and services firm focused on the alternative asset management industry, has recently observed

  5. Legal - Six years after AIG takeover, lawsuit reveals another potential buyer[more]

    From Institutional investor.com: When former Treasury secretary Henry (Hank) Paulson Jr. testified in a suit last month about the U.S. government takeover of American International Group, his words were — mostly — numbingly familiar. Explaining the “punitive” terms set for the September 2008 bailout