The Spotlight on East Africa Private Equity provides a summary of recent private equity transactions, exits and fundraising activity in the region. Our findings show that PE activity in East Africa is rising with 158 reported transactions between 2007 – 2014 and deal values totaling US$1.5bn.
Between 2007 – 2014, there were 158 reported PE transactions in East Africa totaling US$1.5bn
EastAfrica’sshareofPEtransactionsinAfricaisrising,albeitfromlowlevels. The region accounted for 18% of the total number of PE transactions in Africa from 2011 - 2014, up from 13% in 2007 - 2010. Its share of the total value of African PE transactions was 4% in 2007 - 2010 and 6% in 2011 - 2014
The PE market in East Africa is predominantly focused on investing in small and medium-sized enterprises, with a median PE transaction size of US$5mn compared with US$14mn for all African PE transactions
Kenya has attracted the majority of PE transactions in East Africa, both by number and value. Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia, however, are all seeing increased interest from PE investors