Category: Africa

ESG Adds Value for Our Investors

Ashton Global has historically used ESG factors which are vital when valuing companies in emerging and frontier markets. We utilize the Five Forces Model from Michael Porter when applying ESG analysis to our investments. Ashton Global looks at the effects of ESG goals on fair value and revenue, and we also carefully evaluate the consequences of ESG for project costs.

Infrastructure and Power Opportunities in Kenya

Kenya already has an impressive record for developing its infrastructure and power system. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report, Kenya has the most competitive economy in East Africa. Although it is still a frontier market, Kenya’s road quality is above average at 61 out of the 140 nations evaluated by the WEF.

Emerging Opportunities in Direct Lending

Emerging markets offer favorable conditions for the growth of direct lending. Direct lending is not only profitable for investors, but it also supports communities by providing more affordable credit to job-creating small businesses. The Demand from Small Businesses Small businesses have long faced difficulties in obtaining loans from large financial […]

Filling the Local Small Business Financing Gap

Historically, small businesses without extensive credit histories were still able to obtain loans and leases for equipment. Real estate, equipment, and other business assets could be used as collateral for loans. Unfortunately, the severity of the recession reduced the value of some business equipment along with real estate prices.

Why Do Emerging Managers Outperform?

Emerging managers substantially outperform more mature hedge funds because they are more nimble and can invest in ideas that are often overlooked by larger firms. According to a study by Preqin, emerging funds (less than three years old) earned an average of 12.2% versus the overall hedge fund industry’s return […]

Investing in Rising Africa

While unpredictable protectionist measures rattled US markets during 2019, Africa has been moving toward free trade. The total economic output of Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to reach over $2 trillion by 2020, up from just $300 billion in 2000. Pro-market economic reforms, favorable demographic developments, and the adoption of new […]