Equity Capital Markets

African IPO market dries up as Ecobank struggles

Ecobank’s struggles in raising US$2.5bn in equity show that African equity markets are not immune to the global credit crunch.

Ecobank Transnational Inc (ETI), one of the largest banking groups in Africa, is struggling to raise the US$2.5bn it hoped to raise in a share offering at the beginning of October, in a sign that the credit crunch is making investors risk averse to African stocks.