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Sygnia lists ETF that invests in clean energy and space exploration. www.theexchange.africa

The listing of SYGSE happens at a time the JSE is preparing to usher in new amendments to its listings requirements, paving the way for issuers to list and trade Actively Managed ETFs (AMETFs) for the first time in the bourse’s history.

In September, the bourse announced that the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) approved amendments to the JSE listings requirements, allowing issuers to list and trade AMETFs for the first time. “The changes [allow] locally registered Collective Investment Scheme (CIS) management companies to list ETFs which related to offshore assets on South African securities exchanges. It [allows] these funds unlimited investment in offshore assets, subject to the restrictions on their offshore portfolio allowances.”

The stock exchange indicated that given the global ETF market’s evolution and the local industry’s desire, the impending introduction of AMETFs in South Africa aligns with global best practices.

Ratings agency pronouncements are important in that they determine the financial standing of a country in the markets. When a country has unfavourable ratings, it will find it difficult to borrow without paying high-interest rates.

Conversely, favourable ratings indicate a much more stable credit proposition which will enable a borrower to access funding at concessionary rates.

South Africa has received funding to the tune of tens of billions of Rand from developed countries. This financial package has been to assist the country in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels for its energy. The country received this money immediately after the COP 26 conference last year.

In 2004, Mittal Steel was founded following the merger of Ispat International and LNM Holdings, and the simultaneous acquisition of International Steel Group, becoming came the world’s leading steel producer.

Shortly after, in 2006, Mittal Steel launched an ambitious bid to merge with Arcelor, creating ArcelorMittal.

Lakshmi Mittal has done very well, and it leaves little doubt in the mind that he has enjoyed a very gratifying career replete with success in business if his personal bank account is anything to go by together with numerous recognitions of his work in philanthropy and his contribution to the steel industry.

These prospective customer circumstances have provided the proverbial “ace” which Capitec has played very successfully during its 21 years of existence.

Capitec’s success is attributable largely to the leadership of one man Stassen and the support of his team. Stassen for his part is not a traditional banker, he was during his time at the helm of the bank an even more unconventional CEO.

In his own words, he is non-hierarchical, consultative, and often informal in his approach. By his own admission, he is not a natural reader but said that he learns a lot from observation… Typically the average chief executive is said to read at least 52 books a year… but then Stassen was not an average CEO.

Capitec Bank has 16 million clients, more than half of which bank digitally.

The bank has more than 800 branches spread out through South Africa. Capitec can now claim to be the bona fide largest banking company in South Africa.

Capitec Bank was founded in 2000 in a sector fiercely competed for and dominated by what was then the big four banks, Standard Bank, Nedbank, FNB and ABSA.

Given these enabling circumstances, KKR offered to buy out RJR and reorganize the business and optimize value from its operations. This initial attempt was not warmly received, and RJR sought other investment companies to purchase it. What then ensued was what members of the investment community call putting the company in play.

This describes a scenario where one company is actively pursued by several suitors who desire to purchase it. In the end KKR triumphed albeit having paid a massive premium for the company. Unfortunately, the company did not realize the gains that it had envisaged it would.

The Nabisco operation of the company was spun off into a separate entity and the tobacco interests were also kept separate. All the gains the company anticipated it would make were swallowed up by tobacco lawsuits so that by 1994 the KKR had all but written off its investment in RJR Nabisco.