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Sub Saharan Africa Mergers and Acquisition Transactions Totalled US$ 129.7 Billion in 2021

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Refinitiv today released the 2021 investment banking analysis for the Sub-Saharan African. According to the report, an estimated US$506.0 million worth of investment banking fees were generated in Sub-Saharan Africa during 2021, 8% less than in 2020 and the lowest annual fee total in the region since 2014.  While debt capital markets underwriting fees increased 128% to US$150.3 million, the highest full year total since our records began in 2000, fees from equity capital markets underwriting, M&A advisory and syndicated lending all declined from 2020. 

Equity fees declined 35% to US$56.9 million, while syndicated lending fees declined 17% to US$216.0 million.  Advisory fees earned in the region from completed M&A transactions reached US$82.9 million, down 38% year-on-year to the lowest annual total since 2003.  Fifty-five percent of all Sub-Saharan African fees were generated in South Africa during 2021, and 25% were earned from deals in the financial sector. Standard Chartered earned the most investment banking fees in the region during 2021, a total of US$37.7 million or a 7.5% share of the total fee pool.

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The value of announced M&A transactions with any Sub-Saharan African involvement reached US$129.7 billion during 2021, more than four-times the value recorded during 2020 and the highest full-year total since our records began in 1980.  The high dollar-value was boosted by the Naspers/Prosus share swap in May, and Redefine Properties’ offer for the remaining shares in retail property company EPP, which together were worth a more than US$70 billion.  The number of deals increased 13% from 2020 to a four-year high of 853.

M&A involving a Sub-Saharan African target reached US$79.6 billion, again lifted by the share swap to an all-time record annual total, while the number of deals increased 21% over the previous year.  Inbound deals, involving an acquiror outside of Sub-Saharan Africa, increased 164% to US$20.1 billion, while outbound M&A reached an all-time high of US$42.3 billion.

High technology was the most targeted sector by value in Sub-Saharan Africa during 2021, while the materials sector saw the highest number of deals in the region.  South Africa was the most targeted nation, with US$63.7 billion in M&A announcements over the year, equivalent to 80% of total activity recorded in the region.

With advisory work on deals worth a combined U$52.1 billion, Morgan Stanley held the top spot in the financial advisor ranking for deals with any Sub-Saharan African involvement during 2021.

EQUITY CAPITAL MARKETS

Sub-Saharan African equity and equity-related issuance reached US$1.4 billion during 2021, down 43% compared to 2020 and the lowest annual total since 2005.  The number of issues declined 38%, again to a 16-year low.  Issuers in South Africa raised more in the equity capital markets than any other Sub-Saharan African nation during 2021, a total of US$979.6 million, followed Mauritian and Ugandan issuers.

Follow-on offerings raised US$1.3 billion in 2021 with Pepkor Holdings, Lighthouse Capital and financial services group FirstRand Ltd among those in the region raising new equity funds from follow-ons in 2021.  Just one initial public offering was recorded in the region during 2021, MTN Uganda raised U$163.0 million listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange in December. Investec and Goldman Sachs share first place in the Sub-Saharan African ECM underwriting league table during 2021, each with a 24% market share. 

DEBT CAPITAL MARKETS

Sub-Saharan African debt issuance totalled US$43.5 billion during 2021, up 125% from the value recorded during 2020 and the highest full-year total since our records began in 1980.  The number of new offerings brought to market increased 46% over 2020 to a four-year high of 73.  South Africa was the most active issuer nation during 2021, accounting for 26% of total bond proceeds, followed by Ivory Coast and Nigeria with 22% and 16%, respectively.  DCM activity from Government & Agencies accounted for 51% of issuance during full year 2021, while financial sector issuance accounted for 26%. Citi took the top spot in the Sub-Saharan African bond book runner ranking during 2021, with US$6.7 billion of related proceeds, or a 16% market share.

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Shell to Acquire Nigerian Solar Energy Provider, Daystar Power

Subject to regulatory approval, Shell Petroleum Development Company is set to acquire Daystar Power.

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Subject to regulatory approval, Shell Petroleum Development Company is set to acquire Daystar Power.

Daystar Power, which is one of the leading providers of hybrid solar power solutions to commercial and industrial (C&I) hubs in West Africa, announced the potential acquisition in a press release. 

According to the energy provider, the acquisition will help Daystar Power to continue its growth in West Africa while expanding its presence to other African countries in East and Southern Africa. 

The Lagos-based company has a target to increase its installed solar capacity to 400MW by 2025. 

Daystar Power currently has an installed solar capacity of 32 Megawatts (MW).

This could make Daystar Power to become one of Africa’s leading providers of solar power solutions for commercial and industrial businesses.

The Chief Executive Officer of Daystar, Jasper Graf von Hardenberg disclosed that Daystar Power needed more capital to expand operations to meet the rising demand for solar energy and the choice of Shell as the new parent company comes at the right time. 

Jasper further stated that Shell’s strong balance sheet and long history in Africa will help to take Daystar to a new height.

On the other hand, Shell’s Executive Vice-President, Renewable Generation, Thomas Brostrøm noted that the deal will be Shell’s first power acquisition in Africa. 

He noted further that the deal is a fundamental step for Shell in growing its presence in the emerging power market. 

“We have had a long and established presence in West Africa and with Daystar Power, we are taking our first steps into the renewable power space,” he said.

“Daystar Power has a loyal customer base and a promising growth outlook, and by combining our efforts and expertise, I believe we can make a real difference in the energy transition, for West Africa and beyond.” Shell’s Executive Vice-President concluded.

Investors King learnt that Daystar Power currently has a presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Togo. The company also received $20 million in funding last year to boost its operations.

 

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PowerDFI Acquires Nigerian Startup Naijacrypto to Impove BlockChain Transparency And Security

PowerDFI, a US-based blockchain company that redefines payments and enables the usage of tokenized assets, has acquired Nigerian-owned cryptocurrency exchange company Naijacrypto.

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PowerDFI, a US-based blockchain company that redefines payments and enables the usage of tokenized assets, has acquired Nigerian-owned cryptocurrency exchange company Naijacrypto.

The Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange startup expanded its offering into six new markets this year and also improved its presence in existing markets.

It is one of the few Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange platforms with its presence in the Caribbean, and has on several occasions indicated an interest in expanding to other Latin American countries.

Speaking on the recent acquisition, PowerDFI CEO Tim Webb said “Adding the work done by Naijacrypto to what we are building in PowerDFI fills out our technology suite to handle trillions in assets over the next decade.”

“We are set to lead the transition of the $57 trillion shadow banking market to the blockchain to improve transparency and security,”

Our combined strengths of being first in the market to allow the staking of physical assets using smart contracts on the blockchain and the integration of various yield mechanisms to be a leading fintech globally.” 

We’re also building a derivative platform on the blockchain to help businesses hedge against native currency and asset exposure risk to global markets,” Webb explained.

Also speaking on the acquisition, Naijacrypto CEO Chiagozie Iwu in an email to its users said;

“Harnessing its innovative blockchain technologies, PowerDfi also expects to lead the way in “bringing physical asset economic utility to the Blockchain.

This acquisition allows us to bring the future of financing vast amounts of critical assets to the blockchain. No other DeFi platform is making it possible for tokenized assets to be leveraged for staking, loans, and derivative creation.

Large amounts of equity can now be unlocked and unfrozen because of the PowerDfi platform and its staking and lending protocols.

At a time of job-cutting and freezing client funds in this sector, we’re creating a robust new platform that will drive asset financing on the blockchain globally.

PowerDfi’s acquisition of Naijacrypto is a fit-like-a-glove, synergistic arrangement in which the capabilities of each company perfectly meet the needs of the other”.

PowerDfi is the next phase of the DeFi evolution, and I am glad Naijacrypto and its entire team will have a front seat on this journey”.

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Adobe To Acquire Web-Based Design Platform, Figma in a Deal Worth $20 Billion

Figma announced it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Adobe, the Co-Founder and CEO of Figma, Dylan Field said in a blog statement sent to Figma users. 

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Today, September 15, 2022, Figma announced it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Adobe, the Co-Founder and CEO of Figma, Dylan Field said in a blog statement sent to Figma users. 

Figma is an advanced web-based graphic design tool that offers next-generation collaborative work on UI/UX prototyping. It is a robust application that enables you to create unique UX designs that are user-friendly yet professional. It was founded 10 years ago by Dylan Field and Evan Wallace.

The collaborative design platform has become key for many businesses in recent years.

Investors King gathered that Adobe offered approximately $20 billion in cash and stock for the leading web-based collaborative design platform. 

While Adobe is used to create, view, and annotate text among others, the combination of Adobe and Figma will usher in a new era of collaborative creativity.

According to Adobe in a press statement, “Together, Adobe and Figma will reimagine the future of creativity and productivity, accelerate creativity on the web, advance product design and inspire global communities of creators, designers and developers. The combined company will have a massive, fast-growing market opportunity and capabilities to drive significant value for customers, shareholders and the industry”

“Adobe and Figma share a passion for helping individuals and teams to be more creative and productive. With Adobe’s and Figma’s extensive product portfolio, the combined company will have a rare opportunity to power the future of work by bringing together capabilities for brainstorming, sharing, creativity and collaboration and delivering these innovations to hundreds of millions of customers”, the statement added. 

After the acquisition, Adobe will allow Figma to work autonomously and retain Dylan as Figma’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dylan will however be reporting to David Wadhwani. David Wadhwani is the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Digital Media at Adobe Incorporated. 

 

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