Back to the complete issue
Sunday, 5 July 2020

Italian asset manager Azimut launches Egypt-focused equity fund

Azimut launches its Egypt-focused equity fund: Italy-based asset manager Azimut has launched AZ Equity-Egypt, a fund that will invest in Egyptian equities headquartered in Luxembourg, according to a press release. Managing Director Ahmed Aboul Saad said last year that the fund would launch with USD 10 mn in capital. AZ Equity-Egypt is looking to secure USD 50 mn in AUM “as a first stage,” with a portfolio of 20-30 “high-conviction” Egyptian stocks. The fund is targeting Egyptian expats and investors in the GCC, as well as European investors.

The fund’s launch comes as Egypt’s economic reforms have made the country “one of the most attractive stories in the emerging markets universe,” particularly as Egypt is widely expected to be the only country in the MENA region to register positive GDP growth this year amid the covid-19 pandemic, Aboul Saad said. “Despite this backdrop, Egypt’s stock market is yet to capture the benefits of the transformation, reflected in attractive valuations for publicly-listed equities” compared to emerging market peers, he said.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.