New Benchmark for African Private Equity Reveals 11% Annualised Return for 10 Years September 2012

A new index of institutional-quality private equity funds in Africa posted an 11.2% annualised return for the 10 years ending September 30, 2021.

Key findings:

  • African private equity funds outperformed U.S. venture capital and are roughly in line with the broad Cambridge Associates emerging markets private equity and venture capital index for the most recent10-year period.

  • For earlier 10-year periods – for instance, those ending in 2008 to 2010 – African private equity outperformed the 10-year emerging market benchmark.

  • Except for the most recent periods, African private equity has performed in line with or ahead of Asian and Latin American private equity.

  • Over 40% of the funds in the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Index beat the broad emerging markets median fund for their vintage year.

  • The strongest performing sectors within the private equity funds in the African index were IT/telecom, industrial, manufacturing and consumer. Other than the consumer sector, all of these have outperformed their other emerging market peers.

  • African funds from the older, more mature vintage years (1996 to 1998 and 2002 to 2004) have outperformed African, emerging markets, and developed markets stocks on a Public Market Equivalent (PME) basis.

  • African funds from the 2005 to 2007 vintages are trailing African and emerging markets stocks to date, but are slightly ahead of developed markets stocks on a PME basis.

  • Many of the funds in the African benchmark remain early in their lifecycle and are largely unrealised, making comparisons to public markets for more recent vintages less meaningful for now.

  • A much smaller proportion of African funds are showing a partial or total loss than U.S. venture capital over the vintage years 1995 to 2008.