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Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Limited, is a leading African corporate and investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa.

Corporate and Investment Banking

RMB AT WORK – IN AFRICA

At RMB we believe that good business creates a better world, which is why we are proud to put our expertise and resources behind the funding of large-scale projects in Africa to benefit the economy and local communities. We unlock value in a range of sectors, industries and jurisdictions for our clients across the continent. Investors need a reliable, on-the-ground financial services partner who understands the unique challenges and regulatory frameworks of doing business in Africa and RMB is that partner.

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Our African footprint

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Limited, is a leading African corporate and investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa

Think RMB
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Our African footprint

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, is a leading African corporate and investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions. Our vision and primary business objective is to create sustainable value and superior economic returns for our clients and shareholders in Africa and beyond.

RMB unlocks value in Africa

RMB is no newcomer to doing business and unlocking value in Africa. We have funded several infrastructure and resource finance projects, as well as mergers, acquisitions and developments in more than 35 African countries over the past decade.

We believe in the African growth story. Over the past decade, African economic output has more than tripled; Africa’s share of global FDI flows has been improving year on year, and the continent has seen a rapid rate of urbanisation along with a growing consumer class. The ongoing need for sustainable infrastructure and technology, coupled with the need for reliable financial services, leads us to believe that Africa today holds the greatest overall investment potential for all frontier markets on a global scale.

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RMB – Your partner to investment in Africa

Making the most of Africa as an investment destination requires specialist skills, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. RMB understands the unique challenges of doing business in Africa and has the necessary skills, experience and good relationships to mitigate regulatory risks and challenges on the continent.

As the corporate and investment banking arm of the FirstRand Group, RMB has access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and subsidiaries in the UK, India, China and the Middle East. Our knowledge of local financing requirements, legal and jurisdictional frameworks, together with the expertise and balance sheet of FirstRand Bank, enable us to service the needs of the rapidly expanding African economy.

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China-Africa corridor

Africa remains a very important and strategic investment destination for the approximately 2 000 Chinese companies currently operating on the continent.

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China Africa

China-Africa corridor

China Africa
China Africa

Africa remains a very important and strategic investment destination for the approximately 2 000 Chinese companies currently operating on the continent.

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RMB’s representative office in Shanghai, which was opened in 2007, has played a leading role in facilitating trade flows between China and the African continent, and supports the ongoing investment and infrastructural development that China is able to provide.

In July 2009, FirstRand Bank formed a strategic partnership with China Construction Bank (CCB) to facilitate banking opportunities in the China-Africa corridor. This agreement focuses on providing joint advisory and structuring services to CCB's Chinese clients looking to expand in Africa, African corporate clients and projects that may be of interest to CCB's Chinese customers, and FirstRand's South African clients looking to do business in China.

*Source: “EY Attractiveness Survey, Africa 2014”
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India-Africa corridor

FirstRand Bank is the first bank from Africa to be granted a full-scale commercial banking licence in India.

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India Africa

India-Africa corridor

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FirstRand Bank is the first bank from Africa to be granted a full-scale commercial banking licence in India. Our Indian branch, based in Mumbai, primarily focuses on investment banking, fixed income, currency and commodity products, trade finance, debt capital markets, as well as other structured products. The branch provides services to Indian corporates who are looking to do business in Africa and African corporates who are looking to do business in India.

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Since 1990, bilateral trade between India and Africa has flourished – particularly in the sub-Saharan African region where countries like Nigeria, Angola, the DRC, Tanzania, Mauritius and Kenya continue to enjoy very strong export and import trade volumes with India.

In one of the largest single investments by an Indian company in Africa, RMB acted as merchant bank, guarantee provider and FX counterparty for Cipla India’s acquisition of 100% of Cipla Medpro South Africa.

*Source: “EY Attractiveness Survey, Africa 2014”
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Major sectors we cover

Our track record in Africa includes the following major sectors: Financial Services sector, Infrastructure and Transport sector, Renewable Energy sector, Oil and Gas sector, Mining and Resources sector and Real Estate and Construction sector.

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Infrastructure and Transport sector
RMB AT WORK – Constructing a continent for the future

Infrastructure is a key constraint to all-inclusive growth. The World Bank claims that it will take 50 years for most African countries to attain universal access to modern infrastructure. While Africa’s infrastructure shortage is undeniable, it does provide abundant investment opportunities – particularly for the construction sector.

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*Source: “Where to invest in Africa” 2013/2014/2015, RMB Global Markets

 
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Renewable Energy sector
RMB AT WORK – Powering up renewable energy for a brighter future

At RMB we believe that good business creates a better world, which is why we are proud to put our expertise and resources behind the funding of large-scale, renewable energy projects in Africa to benefit the economy and local communities.

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Africa has more than half of the world’s renewable energy potential, which is why we will continue to finance many more such projects to meet Africa’s estimated need of 250GW additional energy generation capacity by 2030.

While Africa is facing a number of significant challenges, as a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank, RMB is well positioned to deliver financial solutions to some of these complex challenges. RMB – your partner to building a better continent through renewable energy infrastructure, and Thinking. On the Bright side.

*Sources: “Where to invest in Africa” 2013/2014/2015 – RMB Global Markets; “EY Attractiveness Survey 2014”

 
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Mining and Resources sector
RMB AT WORK – Exploring Africa’s resources

The demand for mining in Africa has increased significantly over the past 15 years. Africa is home to more than half of the world’s reserves of gold, chrome and platinum, as well as a large amount of diamonds. South Africa, Ghana, the DRC and Zambia are currently attracting the most investment and their mining output is the largest in Africa.

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*Sources: “Where to invest in Africa” 2013/2014/2015, RMB Global Markets; Deloitte: State of Mining in Africa

 
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Oil and Gas sector
RMB AT WORK – Fuelling growth in Africa

Africa currently has the fastest growth rate in natural gas production worldwide. As the world’s emerging economies continue to expand, energy consumption is expected to increase substantially. The oil and gas sector is currently the industry with the fourth highest growth potential in Africa.

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Ever-increasing discoveries of new oil and gas reserves in Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda, and bright prospects for Sierra Leone, Morocco, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali and Kenya will be key drivers of growth across much of Africa going forward.

*Sources: “Where to invest in Africa” 2013/2014/2015, RMB Global Markets; EY “African oil and gas: driving sustainable growth” 2013; McKinsey&Company: “Africa’s path to growth”; “EY Attractiveness Survey – 2014”

 
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Real Estate and Construction sector
RMB AT WORK – Building prosperity in Africa

By 2016, over 500 million Africans will live in urban centres and 65 African cities will have a population of more than one million. The real estate industry is thus responding to the rapid urbanisation in Africa and the need for modern retail real estate infrastructure. The real estate and construction sector is currently one of the top 10 sectors with the highest growth potential in Africa.

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*Sources: “Where to invest in Africa” 2013/2014/2015, RMB Global Markets; Deloitte: State of Mining in Africa

 
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Financial Services sector
RMB AT WORK – Financing Africa’s full potential

Financial services play an important role in unlocking Africa’s full potential. Without sustainable funding and commercial credit, infrastructure, healthcare and energy, projects are simply thoughts.

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Africa’s financial roots are visibly deepening across the continent as a broader spectrum of services is being offered to enterprises and households. Regulatory reforms, the emergence of an elite, urban middle class and technological advancements are allowing financial institutions access to a previously unbanked population.

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*Source: “Where to invest in Africa” 2013/2014/2015, RMB Global Markets

 
 
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At RMB, we believe Africa rewards those who invest with a long-term agenda, those who take time to build relationships and those who understand the intricacies of doing business across multiple geographies.

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At RMB we believe Africa rewards those who invest with a long-term agenda, those who take time to build relationships and those who understand the intricacies of doing business across multiple geographies. Potential investors need a reliable, on-the-ground financial services partner who understands the unique challenges and regulatory frameworks of doing business in Africa. RMB is that partner.

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