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Sub Saharan Africa is most attractive market for investment, EMPEA survey shows

Accoridng to an artcile published on VC4Africa, the 2013 Global Limited Partners Survey, released this week by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), indicates Sub Saharan Africa as the most attractive market for private equity investments. The study surveyed institutional investors to hear their attitudes toward private equity investing in emerging markets.

The study shows that global limited partner investors (LPs) continue to believe that private equity in emerging markets will outperform markets in industrialised countries. Nearly 60% of LPs expect the dollar value of their emerging market private equity commitments to increase over the next two years. Although Sub Saharan Africa is seen as the most attractive market for investments, the markets seen as most attractive destinations for dealmaking are Brazil, China and India. Return expectations for most emerging markets have dampened slightly year-on-year, but remain highest for Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, where 68% and 60% of LPs anticipate net returns of 16% or more from funds focused on these regions, respectively.

That Sub Saharan Africa is seen as the most attractive market for investment is a significant jump up from its 5 place ranking in last year’s Survey. Followers up are Southeast Asia and Latin America excluding Brazil, making it the first time in the Survey’s nine-year history that none of the BRIC markets broke the top three most attractive markets for GP investment.

The complete study is accessible here. Also see EMPEA’s interactive Emerging Markets Private Equity Data Dashboards, and the EMEA website for more emerging market private equity fundraising and investment statistics.

Read more on VC4Africa

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