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2016 Africa Private Equity Confidence Survey

More capital being deployed- what about returns

This forward looking survey provides valuable insight into how fellow private equity (PE) practitioners view the landscape at present as well as their future expectations.

African Private Equity (PE) markets have grown exponentially in recent years and, going by the results of the 2016. Africa Private Equity Confidence Survey, this trend will continue, albeit at a slower pace. An overwhelming majority of respondents across all three regions surveyed – Southern, East and West Africa – expect PE activity to increase in the next 12 months. Outside of South Africa, the region’s generally shallow capital markets and nascent stock exchanges mean PE remains a “natural” asset class for investors interested in Africa’s frontier and emerging markets. This is providing support for the industry and, as one of the world’s largest PE firms recently declared, “We’re not even in Chapter One of Private Equity in Africa. It’s more like the Prelude. We hope all the major firms will be there in five to 10 years.”

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