Morocco's CFG Bank plans IPO on Casablanca exchange
CFG Bank of Morocco will seek shareholder approval for an initial public offering (IPO) on the Casablanca stock exchange. This proposal to go public will be discussed by CFG bank's shareholders during a meeting scheduled for November 16, as stated on the bank's website.
CFG has been a prominent independent investment bank in Morocco since its establishment in 1992. The institution provides a range of financial services, including asset management, equity brokerage, corporate finance, and private equity investments. In addition, it offers commercial banking services, facilitating efficient and reliable day-to-day operations for its clients. Notably, in 2015, it transitioned into retail banking by establishing a digital commercial bank.
It's worth noting that the most recent IPO on the Moroccan exchange took place in December 2022 when private hospital operator Akdital raised $110 million. The Bourse de Casablanca is one of the largest in Africa in terms of market capitalization, second only to South Africa's JSE, with a total value of around $59 billion as of mid-September.
CFG Bank’s planned initial public offering (IPO), if approved, is happening at a good time for Morocco’s capital market, amid a dearth of new listings on not only the North African nation’s stock exchange but broadly across Africa. For the company, it represents a pivotal step towards accessing new capital, fostering growth, and expanding its operations. Going public can enhance its visibility and credibility, attracting potential investors. Simultaneously, this move is notable for the Moroccan stock exchange, Bourse de Casablanca, as it demonstrates the market's attractiveness and dynamism, encouraging more companies to follow suit. It contributes to the exchange's evolution and potential as a regional financial hub, bolstering its stature in the African markets.