Private Equity Annual Review (2015)- Financier Worldwide

What trends have you seen in Private Equity deal-making in South Africa over the last 12-18 months? How would you describe activity levels?

“Three primary trends and activity levels have emanated from the private equity (PE) industry in South Africa over the last 12 to 18 months, some of which bear a resemblance to deal making activity in 2006 and 2007. Investment activity in South Africa for the 12 months ending 31 December 2014 amounted to approximately R17.4bn. During the last two years the number of reported investments in South Africa has averaged approximately 300 per annum. Some of the most notable deals included Ethos Private Equity’s acquisitions of Autozone and the RTT Group and the Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa fund’s acquisition of the Tiger Wheel and Tyre Group. Funds returned to investors during the 12 months ending 31 December 2014 amounted to approximately R14.2bn.”

Notable exits included Ethos Private Equity’s disposal of Alexander Forbes and its subsequent listing, as well as its disposal of Tiger Automotive to the Carlyle Group. Higher growth rates in Africa have enticed South African and international PE forms with a South African presence to expand north.


The above is an excerpt from Financier Worldwide’s Private Equity Annual Review, 2015 edition.

About Femi Oke

Relentless passion for creativity and digital acumen to help a professional services firm thrive in the digital space. Femi is an individual with a rich experience on regional African knowledge, its diverse business culture and he understands the continent’s economic drive. He thrives on selfless service and lasting mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and especially clients encountered in the course of his duties. He is creative, practical and self-motivated with business judgement in corporate, brand and strategic communications, social, digital & traditional media and executive profiling. Roles in the firm include New Media, Digital Communication, Corporate Communication, executive profiling and Brand Management execution. Working on the multi-million dollar Africa high growth market project stands out for femi; besides this, managing all KPMG’s digital communication for the World Economic Forum on Africa is another project that gives him great delight. Femi holds a Masters Degree in Global Marketing from the University of Liverpool.

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