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CIC Makes a Play in South Africa’s Shanduka Group

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South Africa has been a key investment destination for China due to its natural resources, lower political risk profile compared to other African nations, and growing demographics. In fact, the China-Africa Development Fund has been an active investor in the country. The China Investment Corporation (CIC) will purchase a 25% stake in the Shanduka Group for 2 billion rand (US$ 245 million). Johannesburg-based Shanduka is led by former secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa and has investments in McDonald’s franchises and coal. It is an unlisted holding company. Recently, the Shanduka Group gained majority control of a coal venture that it operates with Glencore. It increased its stake in Shanduka Coal from 30% to 50.01%, giving it control. Shanduka’s coal mining operations include Springlake, Middleburg Townlands, and Graspan.

The CIC is buying the shares mostly from Investec and Old Mutual Private Equity. Standard Bank was the exclusive financial advisor for the Shanduka Group.

“This partnership will allow us to jointly explore future investment opportunities in South Africa and other parts of Africa,” Ramaphosa said in the statement regarding the recent transaction.

Altitude Infrastructure Gets Financing on Haute-Garonne Network Project

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Altitude Infrastructure SAS inked a 25-year concession agreement and closed a debt financing package for the deployment and maintenance of an ultra-high-speed broadband network in Haute-Garonne. Haute-Garonne is a department in the south of France.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Guggenheim Partners Agrees to Acquire Millstein & Co.

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On July 11, 2018, Guggenheim Partners inked a deal to acquire New York-based Millstein & Co., L.P., an advisory firm formed by Jim Millstein. Millstein will become co-Chairman of Guggenheim’s securities business. Millstein & Co. will become part of Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking division of the company. Ronen Bojmel will lead the combined Guggenheim restructuring team.

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GIC Holds Steady, Maintains Cautious Investment Stance

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited returned a 5-year return of 6.6% ended March 31, 2018. At March 2018, GIC had increased cash and nominal bonds up 2% to 37% of the total portfolio, while lowering exposure to developed market equities from 27% to 23%.

GIC CEO Lim Chow Kiat commented in his annual letter in the FY 2017-2018 report that, “In view of the high asset valuations, the increased risk of monetary policy tightening across different jurisdictions and the elevated uncertainty, we maintain a cautious investment stance. Nevertheless, we remain ready to take advantage of potential dislocations. The jump in market volatility experienced in early 2018 offered an indication of potentially bigger market turbulence and opportunities in the future.”

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