CEO CFO Insights Africa
20 Jun 2019 Africa
East Africa continues to be a world leader in the mobile banking space. Consumers across the region are now able to access an array of financial products through their smartphone, from online payment services to micro loans, enhancing financial inclusion for a largely underbanked population. Bonds & Loans speaks with Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, CEO of 4G Capital, a FinTech providing a combination of business training and unsecured instant access credit for working capital, about the company’s strategic vision, FinTech regulation, and partnering with banks.
The last three years have been tough for Kenyan banks and corporates. The introduction of the interest rate cap in 2016 sapped liquidity, leaving many corporates deprived of financing. But the last few years have also seen the blossoming of new liquidity pools including private equity and mobile lenders, which are beginning to claw market share away from banks, according to CFOs and bankers who spoke with Bonds & Loans on a recent research trip to Nairobi.
With a potential credit downgrade in the offing, yawning fiscal gaps to fill, and an election on the horizon, South Africa has found itself at yet another critical junction, forcing government and state-owned companies to weigh short-term wins against long-term objectives. In advance of our Bonds, Loans & Sukuk event in Cape Town in March, we speak with Dr Frans Cronje, CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations about the upcoming election, policy reform, and the role of financial innovation in transforming the country’s nascent and increasingly important services sector.
8 Mar 2019
Following the far-reaching state-capture allegations two years ago, many of South Africa’s state-owned companies continue to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Aubrey Matlabe, Group Treasurer for Airport Company South Africa (ACSA) tells Bonds & Loans about how the organisation has managed to duck this trend, and dives deeper into the company’s current funding plans, its bid for further investor diversification, and regulatory reform.
12 Dec 2018
With a tangible reduction in deal-flow from Africa on the international markets, infrastructure firms in countries like Nigeria this year have relied on the government and finance specialists to fast-track domestic capital market reforms, which ought to open up new sources of liquidity for the industry. We speak to Chinua Azubike, Chief Executive Officer of InfraCredit, the first 'AAA' rated specialised local currency infrastructure credit enhancement facility in Nigeria, about the state of infrastructure investing in Nigeria and the major influential factors influencing the sector’s outlook.
Madhukar Khetan, Chief Operating Officer at Dufil Prima Foods, spoke to Bonds & Loans about the Nigerian company’s expansion plans, cost-revenue balance, and the role of the issuance house for the local debt capital market.
16 Oct 2018
Cape Town is one of the few municipalities to have issued a green bond, a hugely successful transaction that generated significant oversubscription despite a challenging local market backdrop. We spoke with David Valentine, the Treasury Director and Janine Marion Abrahams, Head of Bank and Treasury Loans, Finance and Treasury Department at the City of Cape Town, about how it prepared for the transaction and why it chose to issue.
Despite overall syndication volumes down year-on-year, Sub-Saharan and East African markets are seeing pockets of activity and positive developments, including extending tenors and more corporates coming to market. We speak to Samta Lalan, Head of Distribution at Nedbank, about the lender’s key focus areas, market outlook and challenges facing the banking industry in Africa.
With pressure on high-yield assets and non-investment grade credit across EMs, Mixta Africa, an African property developer and fast-rising player in the continent’s real-estate market, is doubling down on its corporate principles – including adaptive product development, low cost land acquisition and establishing local communities – to navigate those challenges. Bonds & Loans speaks with Benson Ajayi, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for Mixta Africa about this and more.
Financial inclusion has been a challenge that African FIs have struggled to overcome for decades, with vast chunks of the population remaining unbanked to this day. Now a number of microfinance institutions are using fintech tools and disruptive technologies to bridge that gap. Tim Nuy, CEO of Mybucks, spoke to Bonds & Loans about the company’s achievements and goals for this year.
- Kenya Pooled Water Fund CEO: The Water, Sanitation Sector is Ready for Green Bonds
- MTN Group Treasurer: ‘Diversification High on Agenda, but Nigeria, SA Ratings a Key Risk’
- Interview with TDB Treasurer: First Islamic bond deal as part of diversification strategy
- Mixta Africa CFO Talks Long-Term Liquidity for Nigerian Corporates
- Stanbic Kenya: Political Volatility Will Moderate in 2018, Boosting Debt Capital Markets
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