Orange (France Telecom) has announced that its sales in Africa and the Middle East has grown 3.3% for the first six months of this year. It has also made four acquisitions, representing 12 million new customers. We recommended that you take a look at this company about two years ago, and it looks like it’s still worth consideration.
“Sa plus belle performance durant les six premiers mois de l’année a été réalisée en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient, région dans laquelle Orange compte une vingtaine d’implantations et où ses ventes ont augmenté de +3,3 % à 2,516 milliards d’euros au premier semestre. C’est d’ailleurs dans cette zone qu’Orange a été le plus actif.”
“Its best performance in the first six months of the year was carried out in Africa and the Middle East region in which Orange has twenty installations and where its sales rose 3.3% to 2.516 billion from euros in the first half. This is also in this area in which Orange was the most active.”
They have divested themselves of Telecom Kenya, but are strengthening their businesses in French Africa and West and North Africa.
More growth still looks possible.
“Orange confirme sa croissance en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient au premiere semestre”: http://www.jeuneafrique.com/345099/economie/orange-maintient-croissance-afrique-moyen-orient-premier-semestre/
In addition to Anglophone, we’re scanning French and Portuguese business information to make sure we can let you know about the best opportunities in investing in African stocks.
Africa Investment Report owns shares in Orange.
FRENCH EQUATORIAL AFRICA – CIRCA 1946: a stamp printed in French Equatorial Africa shows Young Bacongo Woman, circa 1946
Many investors in anglophone countries don’t seem to understand, or are afraid of, investing opportunities in francophone Africa. Although this article from South Africa discusses it from their perspective and from a total business perspective (as opposed to a stock investor perspective), the theme here is relevant.
“Francophone Africa remains a bridge too far for most risk-averse South African investors. Only a handful of SA’s sizeable corporates have made the journey to countries in this complex but promising region, kept at bay by the invisible barriers of language and foreign business culture.”
We here at the African Investment Report remain “on the hunt” for great stocks in all of the countries of Africa, whether the culture is anglophone, french, lusophone or “whatever”. The important thing is to find great investments that you can add to your portfolio.
“Orange Could Be A Great Stock to Buy and a Great Play on African Growth”
“Standard Bank’s Expansion Into French Africa Teaches Us About Africa’s Investment Growth Potential”
“How to Invest in French Africa From Home”
Risk-averse Companies Missing Out in Francophone Africa: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2016/07/04/risk-averse-companies-missing-out-in-francophone-africa
Orange (ORAN), formerly France Telecom, was mentioned recently in Barron’s as possibly a good stock to purchase for the long term. The company is on a cost-cutting crusade, and looks to significantly cut costs in the future.
“This may well be a stock worth looking into, both for its general growth prospects, and for its growth prospects in Africa.”
But what about the African growth prospects for Orange? Orange is having very strong growth in the Middle East and Africa, and the telecommunications business is growing at a very healthy clip in these places.
Below is a map that denotes the countries where Orange has a strong presence. Notice on the map that Orange’s coverage is mostly in the francophone (French-speaking) countries. (Notice that they are not in South Africa, Nigeria nor Ghana, although they are in Kenya.)
Orange Operations in Africa: actual and proposed as of January 2013 – Source: africantelecomsnews.com
This may well be a stock worth looking into, both for its general growth prospects, and for its growth prospects in Africa.
Africa Investment Report covers not only the anglophone countries in Africa, but also the francophone and lusophone ones as well.
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