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Private Equity and Venture Capital Outperformed Public Markets in 2015

Posted On: 25 Jul 2016  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

For Second Year in a Row, Energy Companies Dampened PE Index Returns; Best-Performing Sectors in Both PE and VC Were Healthcare, Software and IT.

The Cambridge Associates LLC US Private Equity Index® rose 0.5% and 5.9% for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2015. The Cambridge Associates LLC US Venture Capital Index® increased 1.6% and 12.9%, respectively, over the same periods. For comparison, for the fourth quarter and annual returns for the S&P 500 in 2015 were 7.0% and 1.4%. While energy companies held down returns for the PE Index, as they did in 2014, the annual returns of both Cambridge benchmarks were helped by the strong performances of companies in three large sectors: healthcare, software and IT.

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Bright Africa 2016 - Private Equity: RisCura (Report)

Posted On: 25 Jul 2016  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

The increase in private equity fundraising in 2015 is evidence of the strong interest in investing in Africa’s real economy, despite the recent challenges in which many African countries find themselves. In the face of the decline in commodity prices, oil in particular, currencies have come under strain impacting liquidity and trade. The slowdown in the growth of emerging market economies, in general, has not inhibited the ability of African investment managers to attract significant amounts of capital for the larger Pan-African funds as well as Sub-Saharan Africa funds... 

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 Listed private equity in Africa: a potential goldmine

Posted On: 25 Jul 2016  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Earlier this week South African powerhouse Ethos Private Equity revealed its intention to list Ethos Capital on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The firm plans to raise 2 billion rand ($139 million; €126 million) to invest in Ethos funds. The idea behind the listing is twofold: turbo-charge the firm’s growth and diversification ambitions and reach untraditional private equity investors...

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Cross-Border M&A: Mexico Speeds Up While China Slows Down

Posted On: 22 Jul 2016  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Latin America offers compelling opportunities to U.S. private equity investors, partly because its economies are squarely in the emerging category and partly because of geography. It’s a short hop to many of these locations, and even the most remote are close to U.S. time zones. But the list of countries and economies within LatAm that represent the best opportunities can be a wildly volatile one...

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Eland Oil & Gas announces director appointment

Posted On: 15 Jul 2016  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Eland Oil & Gas PLC (AIM: ELA), an oil & gas production and development company operating in West Africa with an initial focus on Nigeria, today announces the appointment of Henry Obi to the Board as a Non-Executive Director representing Helios Natural Resources a significant shareholder in Eland. Henry will replace Richard Norris who has been Helios Natural Resources' representative on the Board since September 2014. The Board thanks Richard for his valuable contribution and wishes him well for the future...

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