Investors update: June 26 2023
3 min Read June 26, 2023 at 12:37 PM UTC
IFC provides $207m to expand Seacom’s broadband network in Africa
- IFC has partnered with digital infrastructure and IT services provider SEACOM to grow the latter’s broadband cable network and cloud-based product offering in sub-Saharan Africa.
- The World Bank arm will provide a $207 million long-term loan package to Seacom, including $70 million from itself, $42.24 million mobilized from institutional investors through the Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program (MCPP), and $94.76 million from Nedbank and Mauritius Commercial Bank.
- The ultimate goal is to boost broadband access in Africa and increase the availability of IT services for small and medium-sized businesses.
IFC’s partnership with Seacom is another step toward helping to close the digital connectivity gap in Africa, as access to affordable, good-quality internet is central to economic and social development. The corporation anticipates that the investment will increase access to quality IT services for African businesses, enabling Seacom to support the digital transformation of 24,000 enterprises in the region by 2027, including in low-income countries, by increasing access to the internet, and cloud and cybersecurity services.
Nigeria’s Zenith becomes first bank to cross N1trn in market cap
- Nigeria-based Zenith Bank has joined the group of stocks worth over one trillion (SWOOTs) as its market capitalization crossed N1 trillion Friday.
- The tier-one bank’s share price increased by 3.23% to N32 per share, resulting in a market capitalization of N1.004 trillion.
- The combined market capitalization of SWOOTs, including Zenith Bank, is now valued at N21.560 trillion, accounting for 66.7% of the entire NGX Equity market capitalization.
The surge in Zenith’s stock price sees it join an exclusive group of bellwether companies listed on the Nigerian exchange, which include prominent names such as Airtel Africa, MTN, Dangote Cement, BUA Foods, and BUA Cement. Together, they make up 66.7% of the entire NGX Equity market capitalization as such influence the direction and performance of the stock market. As of Friday, The NGX All-Share Index and Market Capitalization appreciated by 0.34% to close the week at 59,206.63 and N32.237 trillion respectively.
New report finds that Kenya leads the world in global TikTok usage
- Kenya leads the world in global TikTok usage according to the Reuters Institute Digital News report 2023 survey released recently.
- The East African country dominates the platform, with 54% of users engaging in TikTok for various purposes, while 29% specifically rely on it for news consumption.
- Thailand comes in second, closely followed by South Africa, where 50% of users engage with TikTok for general content, while 22% use it as a news source.
Source: Africa News
Kenya’s ranking as the “TikTok capital of the world” further illuminates how rapidly smartphone and internet penetration is growing in Africa, driving the uptick in social media and digital services adoption. Furthermore, the report’s findings highlight the changing nature of social media, partly characterized by declining engagement with traditional networks such as Facebook and the rise of TikTok and a range of other video-led networks. The Chinese-owned social network reaches 44% of 18–24s across markets and 20% for news and is growing fastest in parts of Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.
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