Sunday 21, October 2018 by Bloomberg

Oragroup seeks $100 million in west African bourse's biggest IPO


Togolese lender Oragroup SA is planning to raise XOF 56.9 billion ($100 million) in the biggest initial public offering for West Africa’s regional exchange.

Oragroup will list 20 per cent of its equity on the Bourse Regionale Des Valeurs Mobilieres in Côte d’Ivoire’s capital, Abidjan, as it wants to raise funds to grow operations across 12 countries, the group said in an emailed statement on Friday. The bank will issue 6.1 million new shares and sell 7.8 million existing shares at XOF 4,100 per share, Oragroup said in the statement.

“Oragroup wants to be in the top five best-performing banks in each country in which the group is present,” it said. In addition, the lender is planning for an annual increase of 5 per cent of the dividends paid to its shareholders, it said.

Regional lenders from NSIA Group to the local unit of Ecobank Transnational Inc have sold shares and listed on the BRVM over the past two years as the eight-member West African Economic and Monetary Union achieved annual growth of more than six per cent for six years through 2017. The previous biggest share sale was for the Ecobank unit, which raised XOF 45 billion last year.


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