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Nairobi, Kenya. The East African country is attracting private equity interest. Credit: Alamy/Financial Times

Private equity looks to East Africa for investment opportunities

Buyout groups investing in Africa are turning east and shunning the oil-rich western part of the continent as they grapple with the effect of low commodity prices on private equity’s final frontier.

Waitresses place a series of orders at the Orbit Place Java House, a chain of Kenyan cafes

East African assets attract private equity interest

Family businesses seek sales amid growth in buyout groups in the region

Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa

Barclays Africa 'divorce settlement' is not a sale deal: Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa

The British bank’s sell-down of its majority stake in its African subsidiary is still some way off.

Carlyle Group And TPG Capital Make $100M Bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Carlyle Group and TPG Capital make $100M bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Two of America’s largest private equity firms, Carlyle Group and TPG Capital, are looking to acquire Kenyan coffee chain Java House is a deal that could be worth as much as $100 million.

Eric Kump, Co-Head, Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: innovation-group.com

Private equity powerhouse Carlyle to acquire GCR, Africa's largest credit rating agency

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announced on Monday that it has agreed to acquire a significant stake in Africa’s largest credit rating agency GCR from the management founders, and German development financial institution DEG.

Marlon Chigwende (L), former Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa at Carlyle; Kayode Akinola (R), Director, Africa at KKR. Credit: LinkedIn

Former Africa heads at Carlyle and KKR to set up private equity firm Arkana Partners

Kayode Akinola quits KKR to start firm with Marlon Chigwende. New firm to target investments of less than $100 million in equity.

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group announced last week that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of CMC Networks.

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director General, Pension Commission of Nigeria (Pencom)

Africa still attractive to investors, says PenCom Head Chinelo Anohu-Amazu

Portfolio flows into Africa may be falling but this marks a readjustment in the way investors interact with the continent, says Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Head of Nigeria’s National Pension Committee (PenCom).

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Carlyle Group to acquire Amrod, a South African Supplier of Promotional Products and Clothing

The Carlyle Group announced last week that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of Amrod, a fast-growing supplier of promotional products and clothing, serving distributors in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

Arif Naqvi, Founder & Group CEO, Abraaj Group

Abraaj-led group could bid for 35% of Barclays Africa

Buyout firm Abraaj Group is leading a group of investors planning to bid for a minority stake in Barclays Plc’s African unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

"Industries serving consumer staples and discretionary spending fetch the highest prices because of favorable demographics in the growing middle class," says Rory Ord, RisCura's Head of Valuations

Private Equity Firms Bid Up Africa M&A Prices on Record Funds

The prices private equity firms pay for stakes in African companies are the highest in six years, driven by record fundraising and competition for the continent’s expanding middle class.

Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank

As Bob Diamond readies Barclays Africa bid, South Africa warns on bank buyouts

South Africa raised caution over Bob Diamond’s potential offer for Barclays Plc’s local unit, with the central bank signaling that private-equity bidders for the country’s third-largest lender would face opposition from regulators.

Dan Matjila, CEO, Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

South Africa's PIC in talks with Barclays on African business stake

South Africa’s state pension fund is talking to Barclays Plc about buying some of the stake which the British bank is selling in its African business, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond preparing bid for Africa arm of Barclays

Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond preparing bid for Africa arm of Barclays

Bob Diamond has teamed up with a major private equity firm as he attempts to develop plans to mount a bid for the African operations of Barclays, the bank he ran until four years ago.

Skyscrapers stand on the city skyline looking west from the Carlton Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

Private equity firms builds war chest to invest in Africa (Infographic)

Private-equity companies amassed a $4.3 billion war chest for investment opportunities in Africa last year as the global commodity rout and weakening local currencies cut prices of potential target companies.

Marlon Chigwende, Managing Director and Co-Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Buyout Advisory, Carlyle

Private equity giant Carlyle says it may make Sub-Saharan Africa deals early next year

Carlyle Group LP, the world’s second-largest manager of investment alternatives to stocks and bonds, said it may announce new purchases for its sub-Saharan Africa fund early next year as it forecasts the region will grow faster than all other areas except India and China.

Dominique Lafont, Senior Advisor, KKR

KKR to invest $100M in Africa over the next year and make Nigeria regional base

KKR & Co. L.P. might be turning to Africa as its next hotspot for private equity investments.

Afriflora, a rose farm in Ethiopia, attracted a $200M investment from private equity powerhouse KKR last year.

From milk to roses, private equity investments in Africa on the rise

From milk churning in Zimbabwe to rose growing in Ethiopia, private equity investments in Africa have returned to pre-crisis levels and should keep rising as funds seek bumper returns in far-flung markets.

Nigerian billionaire business man Aliko Dangote. Credit: Benedicte Kurzen/NOOR/theafricareport.com

Billionaire Aliko Dangote's smooth landing

With a new government in power, the business magnate is betting on his huge refinery and agriculture projects taking off. Meanwhile, Dangote Cement continues an expansion plan that has left others scrambling to catch up.

Wale Tinubu, CEO, Oando

Vitol partners with private equity firm Helios in $276M deal to buy 60% of Oando's downstream business

Nigeria’s Oando has agreed to sell a 60 percent stake in its downstream business to Vitol and Helios Investment Partners for $276 million, the energy company said on Tuesday.

Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim has partnered with TPG to invest up to $1 billion in Africa.

Private equity power house TPG and billionaire Mo Ibrahim partner to invest up to $1 billion in Africa

TPG, one of the world’s largest private equity firms with $70 billion in assets under management, plans to invest up to $1 billion in Africa in a partnership with Sudanese billionaire, Mo Ibrahim.

The African Development Bank (AfDB): Connecting regions (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Why you should care who's in line to run the African Development Bank

This week, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank of Africa if you like, will elect a new president to replace Donald Kaberuka, a former Rwandan finance minister, who steps down on August 31 after a decade in charge.

There is no better moment to invest in Africa than now

There is no better moment to invest in Africa than now

Home to the world’s youngest population, untapped natural resources and a growing middle class, Africa has become the target for investors keen on high returns.

Hurley Doddy, Co-Founder, Managing Director, & Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)

Private Equity in Africa: Emerging Capital Partners' Hurley Doddy on myths of Africa & the arrival of PE megafirms

Fundraising in Africa reached a record $4 billion in 2014, but the demand for capital still far exceeds the supply, a panel of private equity executives told attendees of the Global Private Equity Conference hosted earlier this week by the International Finance Corp. and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

There's plenty to go around. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Normally risk-averse US pension funds are starting to bet big on Africa

Private equity firms see Africa as the next big thing. But now US public pension funds are starting to look at the continent too.

Dapo Okubadejo, Partner & Africa Head, Deal Advisory & Private Equity, KPMG

Consumer demand will drive the next wave of private equity investments in Africa, says KPMG Partner Dapo Okubadejo

Though Africa has been described as the last frontier market for natural and mineral resources, market trends indicate that it is in fact meeting current needs of the 1 billion plus population and, the future demands of the rapidly emerging middle class consumers, that will drive the next wave of private equity investment on the continent.

David Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Private equity: The African promise

Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein made headlines last year for suggesting Africa was poised to become the next private equity hotspot. “The great explosion in private equity, if it is going to occur anywhere around the world in the next couple of years, is probably going to be in Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa …”

Aliko Dangote, billionaire and chief executive officer of Dangote Group, pauses during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2015. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloombergp

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote courts Blackstone to boost Nigerian gas

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to quadruple the supply of gas to Nigeria by building pipelines that may be backed by Carlyle Group LP and Blackstone Group LP, the world’s two biggest private-equity firms.

South Africa's Brait to pay $1B for control of Richard Branson co-owned Virgin Active, in biggest M&A deal from Africa so far this year.

South Africa's Brait to pay $1B for control of Richard Branson co-owned Virgin Active, in biggest M&A deal from Africa so far this year

South African investment house Brait SE (BATJ.J) is to pay 682 million pounds ($1 billion) for a controlling stake in gym group Virgin Active, Brait said on Thursday, seeking to tap the growing health-conscious middle classes particularly in Africa and Asia.

Private equity firm Abraaj's $990M Africa fund had more demand

Private equity firm Abraaj's $990M Africa fund had more demand

The Abraaj Group, an emerging-market private equity investor, had “substantially higher” demand for its third Sub-Saharan Africa fund than the $990 million actually raised, partner Mustafa Abdel-Wadood said.

Private equity firm Development Partners International closes 2nd Africa fund at $725M, 45% above target

Private equity firm Development Partners International closes 2nd Africa fund at $725M, 45% above target

Development Partners International, the private equity house, has closed its second Africa fund at $725m, 45 per cent above target, reflecting growing investor appetite to tap the continent’s expanding consumer class.

The Abraaj Group

Private equity firm Abraaj raises $1.3B for Africa investment

Emerging markets private equity group Abraaj has raised more than $1.3bn for two funds investing in Africa, the largest amount amassed for direct deals across the continent, people aware of the matter say.

US private equity firm KKR made its maiden investment in Africa in 2014, spending $200M on a stake in an Ethiopian flower farm.

African private equity deals hit seven-year high

The value of private equity deals in Africa reached their second-highest level on record in 2014 as population growth and an increasingly stable political climate helped drive international interest in the continent.

The Carlyle Group, the world’s second-largest manager of alternative investments, invested $147 million for an 18 percent stake in Nigeria's Diamond Bank.

South Africa losing buyout allure to fast-growing Sub-Saharan African rivals

South Africa is no longer the destination of choice for private equity investors seeking to tap returns on the continent.

Private equity investors are getting hot for Africa

Private equity investors are getting hot for Africa

When Paul Kavuma began approaching private companies in Africa a decade ago to suggest investing in their businesses and improving the way they were run, he was often shown the door.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Investors keep an eye on the big picture in Africa, in spite of short-term challenges

Concerns about the scale of the Ebola crisis and plunging commodity prices would have had investors fleeing Africa not that long ago. But dealmaking in the sub-Saharan region is buoyant as most investors set aside short-term worries and bet big on growth.

What’s Happening in Nigeria’s Economy? (Image credit: Bloomberg News)

What's happening in Nigeria's economy? The short answers

The Nigerian economy is being challenged by crashing oil prices despite the central bank’s best efforts to stem outflows.

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M&A activity heats up in Africa as investors bet on growth

Concerns on the scale of the Ebola crisis, current levels of political unrest and plunging commodity prices would have sent investors rushing out of Africa not long ago.

Ziad Dalloul, CEO, Africell

Africell on mission to secure U.S. private equity investment

Africell Holding, the largest mobile-phone operator in Sierra Leone and Gambia, is courting U.S. private-equity firms including Providence Equity Partners, KKR, and Carlyle Group, hoping to sell a stake in the company, which is valued by the owner at up to $1.5 billion.

The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group partners with Old Mutual Private Equity to acquire 100% of Tiger Automotive in maiden South Africa deal

Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and Old Mutual Private Equity today announced that they have agreed to acquire 100% of South African tyre retailer and wholesaler Tiger Automotive (TiAuto) from Ethos Private Equity and the founders.

David Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group

Carlyle Group buys 18 percent stake in Diamond Bank for Nigerian expansion

Carlyle (CG) Group LP invested $147 million in Lagos-based Diamond Bank Plc (DIAMONDB) as it seeks to expand in Africa’s largest economy.

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Global private equity players increasingly look to Africa as investment on the continent doubles in 2014 H1

The value of global private equity deals targeting Africa has more than doubled (137%) in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to research by global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.