Monthly Archives: April 2014

How to Invest in French Africa From Home

francophone africa map   French Africa, or francophone Africa, can be viewed as a “different animal”, in that that there is, of course, a different language and also, some would argue, a different cultural orientation than the so-called anglophone countries.  Francophone Africa is made up of 15 countries and at least 115 million people.  That’s as of 2007, so it’s probably grown a lot since!

Some of the countries, such as Senegal, the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are experiencing rapid economic growth.

We here at Africa Investment Report are researching investment opportunities for you by not only looking at the literature in English, but also in French!

Previously we have reported on Lafarge and Schneider Electric.  We are also looking at Orange (ORAN), formerly France Telecom, that is tapping into the explosive mobile growth in Africa.

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A Power Investment Opportunity in Africa – From France!

Electric Power  There is an energy management giant that aims to grow in Africa that many don’t know about.  Schneider Electric (SBGSF), a large French company that provides power systems around the world, has been in Africa for a long time and is continuing to expand there, with aims to expand in Southern Africa.  They are already operating in Nigeria and other African countries, and have built a new facility in South Africa, looking to go into Angola, Mozambique and Zambia.

The president of Schneider Electric Africa said in 2012 that the electrical needs of Africa should double by 2030!  This looks like a tremendous long-term opportunity, and Schneider Electric might be a great company to invest in to take advantage of this.  It is listed on the Paris stock exchange as SU.PA and in the U.S. as an ADR (SBGSF)

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A Play on Africa for Your Investment Portfolio: Domino’s Pizza

Domino's corporate logo   It has been reported that Taste Holdings, a South African restaurant company, has announced a 30-year agreement to market the Domino’s brand in Southern Africa.  This includes Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and potentially Zambia and Malawi – oh, and South Africa, of course.

Domino’s is already doing quite well, with 21.9% EPS (earnings per share) growth in the fourth quarter of 2013, including strong, robust international growth, and with a 25% increase in its dividend, it might be a stock well worth examining.

The company opened its first stores in Nigeria in 2012, that country being potentially a huge market for its product, and with the middle class growing in many countries on the continent, the potential growth for much of Africa is there.

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A Play on Africa for Your Investment Portfolio: The Lafarge/Holcim Merger

Lafarge Holcim logos

This is the beginning of a series that will appear from time-to-time, A Play on Africa for Your Investment Portfolio, where companies that are based outside of Africa, yet have significant or growing business there, will be spotlighted, thinking about and analyzing them as possible investment opportunities.

The merger of the two largest cement companies in the world, Lafarge and Holcim, could cement…uh, reap, big benefits in Africa, and for those investing in Africa.

Many countries in Africa are growing very fast. Nigeria recently announced that they have rebased their GDP, and it is now larger than South Africa’s.  But they still need lots of infrastructure, in the form of, but not limited to, highways and roads, bridges, and buildings. It takes cement for a lot of these to be built, and that’s where Lafarge and Holcim hope to come in.

Lafarge currently does 27% of their business in Africa, and is already well-established in Nigeria, while Holcim currently does 4% of theirs on the continent.

The merger still has considerable regulatory hurdles to surmount, but most seem to think that it will happen, after shedding some of their assets.

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Nigeria Tops GDP of South Africa and What It Means for Investing in Africa

Aso Rock    Nigeria has announced, after rebasing its GDP (Gross Domestic Product), that its economy is now the largest in Africa, bigger than South Africa.

That may be true,  and this points to what will probably amount to a positive outlook toward its economy, but there are some “distinctions” that should be made.  According to the “numbers”, South Africa still has the largest GDP per capita (per person), and its infrastructure is still more advanced and developed than Nigeria’s.

That being said, there could be some tremendous long-term stock opportunities for firms that are starting to make significant investments in the Nigerian economy. And some of these are South African firms!  Shoprite Holdings, LTD. (SRGHY), for example, a retailer headquartered in South Africa, is opening new stores fast in Nigeria (as well as in other countries).

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