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Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 05:05 AM
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Plenty of successful South African companies have listed instruments and securities onto the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. However, this is not a true picture of all the South African and African assets listed on the Frankfurt. Many companies incorporate in the US, UK, and elsewhere and list with the African assets within the company, which then makes sense why there is so few Africa and Australian firms (6%) and much more European and North American firms, aside from the obvious, the European and America’s markets are relatively large (Combined 80% of the Frankfurt Listings.) Much of this one done to show the precieved value of North American and European management behind the listing, its more stable and accountable in the hands of Directors you can go and talk to, versus in Africa which is what most thought before the crisis.

More so than ever before for South African Companies there is an opportunity at hand, where by the 80% of the market listed in the Western Nations has lost credibility and the Rand is growing in strength and the Country has proven stability and resources through-out the crisis. The funds that traditionally are invested into North American, Europe, and the America’s in general are looking for new places to invest, such as Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. The potential for larger gains exists within these markets as Western Economics find turmoil, the value of these markets grow and undoubtedly will become inflated at some point in the future, which is what the investors are hoping to bet on.

Why South Africa?

South Africa Investment Frankfurt Stock Exchange

The market is mature in South Africa, with a stable financial regulator (JSE and FSB) who has done a very good job at educating the market. The Banking sector is mature and well controlled, and the resources are rich. However, from the list of companies one can see on the exchange and within their foreign listings in Frankfurt and abroad, the entrepreneurial infrastructure of South Africa is probably one of the best in all of Africa if not the best. (From the Micro-Finance and available debt and investment infrastructure to the talent pool, education, training, and access to cheap labour still in the service markets.) This is by far a Country where a return on investment for entrepreneurship is visible and proven. In addition, the South African melting pot connects their market undoubtedly to a global market, reaching into strong trading partners in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and North America. The African market is still very much available, and a frontier of which many otherwise well invested and capitalized companies are having difficulties reaching the larger market because capitalization has been difficult up until now. Now that the financial market has become more global, the South African market has become more stable, the World Cup of 2010 creating the showcase of modern Africa has come, the time is now for South African companies to list overseas and take advantage of the ability to bring in foreign investment through foreign listings.

Companies that have listed financial instruments in the past in Frankfurt include:

AFR1: ABSA GRP LTD, AFRICAN BANK, ANGLO PLATINUM LTD, ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI, ARCELORMITTAL STH AFRICA, ASPEN PHARMACARE, BARLOWORLD, DATACENTRIX HOLDINGS, DATATEC LTD, DRDGOLD LTD, EXXARO RES LTD, FIRSTRAND LTD, GOLD FIELDS LTD, HARMONY GOLD MNG, IMPALA PLATINUM, IMPERIAL HOLDINGS, JD GROUP LTD, KUMBA IRON ORE LTD, LIBERTY HLS, METOREX LTD, MTN GROUP, MVELAPHANDA RES, NASPERS LTD, NEDBANK GROUP LTD, NEW BIDVEST, NORTHAM PLATINUM, OMNIA HOLDINGS LTD, PALABORA MINING CO LTD, PICK’N PAY STORES, PRETORIA PORTLD, RAINBOW MINERALS, RAUBEX GROUP, REMGRO LTD, REUNERT LTD, RMB HOLDINGS, SANLAM, SAPPI, SASOL, STD BANK GROUP, STEINHOFF INTL, TELEKOM SA, TIGER BRANDS, TONGAAT-HUELTT, AFR0: AECI LTD, AFRICAN OXYGEN LTD, AVENG LTD, BELL EQUIPMENT LTD, BLUE LABEL TELE, BSI STEEL LTD, CHEMICAL SPECIAL. RC, Distribution + Warehousing, FREEWORLD COATINGS, GROUP Five LTD, HULAMIN LTD, MAZOR GROUP, MERAFE RES LTD, MIX TELEMATICS LTD, MONDI LTD, MURRAY ROBERTS, OPTM COAL HOLDINGS, SHOPRITE HOLDINGS LTD, VODACOM GROUP PTY, VUNANI CAPITAL, WILSON BAYLY HOL.

The reality is that as a South African company trying to access the European market for investment and the global market, you do not need to be one of these companies, you can list as long as you have the capital-in investment requirement of 250,000 euro and have the budget to file the listing fees, etc. The structure can be designed and implemented within 3-5 weeks and your firm will be trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. You also don’t have overwhelming costs with only one filing per annum required, with an estimated total cost of around 5,000 euro per annum.

It is often argued by smaller stock markets such as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Philippines Stock Exchange, or even larger markets like the Australian Stock Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange, etc, that what is the use of having a public company if you can’t raise the capital. The reality is that the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the third largest financial market in the world for a reason, the money is there… Its often the thinly traded market countries who become shy to list because of bad experiences on their own local markets of bearing the overwhelming costs of listing and then falling short on their expectations of financing. The monthly, quarterly, and yearly costs encumber the assets of the company and debt piles up with broken promises and lost opportunity. That is the world of the small cap markets in the illiquid market you are faced with locally. The reality is, that even the largest markets in the world, such as the US, UK (London), and Asia all list aggressively in Europe to increase the retail market for their companies stock and or for financing businesses.

The only reason why a business would not list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange would be truly the lack of experience in global markets and finance. It is a well known fact by the largest companies in your market that there is capital available in Europe. The fears of not raising capital are not real when compared to the success of others from other markets who manage to raise millions of euro in Europe in the exact same businesses that exist in your market.

The reality is that there is still a huge market for South African, Australian, and Asian companies who don’t have a standard to compare their volume of investment to in their own Countries (Accept for India).

If you are a South African, Australian, New Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazilian, or any other company in the Southern Region, Africa, or Asia regions of the World, than you have local markets that are mature enough to give your business the professional financial experts locally, but now you need to expand to the European Market, and the third largest global market in the world. Every business and region has its differences, but the general box that is provided to you includes:

Initial Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listing Package includes:

• Initial consultation and application for the Frankfurt Stock Listing
• Press release announcing your company’s Frankfurt Stock Exchange approval
• Specialist setup & maintaining of the electronic Order Book on your company’s shares
• Issuance of an ISIN number.
• Routing and processing of bid and ask orders
• Clearing and tracking of the electronic register
• Real-time quotes with Worldwide access from all European financial portals (in Java)
• Monitoring of new threads of leading Financial Community Message Boards in Europe including
Comdirect.de, Wallstreet-online.de, CortalConsors.de, financial.de, etc. Once your company is approved for trading it will enable you to increase investor awareness across the EU resulting in the ability to raise additional funds through equity sales.

Next Steps:  Fill-in the attached documentation Click Here

Begin raising 1 – 100 million euro for your business! info@fselistings.com

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Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 09:05 AM
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Number of Companies Listed On The Frankfurt Stock Exchange Per Region and Country (March 31st 2010)

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Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 08:05 AM
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Listing On the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Initial Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listing Package includes:

• Initial consultation and application for the Frankfurt Stock Listing
• Press release announcing your company’s Frankfurt Stock Exchange approval
• Specialist setup & maintaining of the electronic Order Book on your company’s shares
• Issuance of an ISIN number.
• Routing and processing of bid and ask orders
• Clearing and tracking of the electronic register
• Real-time quotes with Worldwide access from all European financial portals (in Java)
• Monitoring of new threads of leading Financial Community Message Boards in Europe including
Comdirect.de, Wallstreet-online.de, CortalConsors.de, financial.de, etc. Once your company is approved for trading it will enable you to increase investor awareness across the EU resulting in the ability to raise additional funds through equity sales.

Next Steps:  Fill-in the attached documentation Click Here

We would be pleased to schedule a conference call with one of our senior partners in Europe to answer
any questions or concerns that you may have and discuss costs and procedures.

Capital Raising and Financing

With expertise in forming diverse capital structures and a reputation for outstanding execution, FSE Listings has become the consortium of choice for large and middle market African companies seeking financing. FSE Listings seeks to create an optimal, long-term capital structure that will meet our client’s ongoing strategic, operational and financial needs.

FSE Listings provides access to many forms of capital including:

 
• Equity
• Senior Debt
• Subordinated Debt
• Convertible Debt
• Mezzanine Financing,
• Project financing
• Common uses of proceeds include:
• Expansion/Growth
• Financing Acquisitions
• Refinancing existing debt
• Becoming a Public Listing

In each client engagement we examine a number of different financing alternatives while assessing the applicable structures, cost, and timing considerations. FSE listings leverages our strong , global distribution capabilities and our diverse group of institutional buyers who have come to recognize the high quality transactions that FSE Listings brings to the market.

Mergers and Acquisitions
FSE Listings provides buy-side advisory services to large and middle-market companies whether privately held or publicly traded.

We are a full service group with experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic alternatives, recapitalizations, restructurings, spin-offs, management buyouts, joint ventures, minority investments and defensive assignments.

Because we view Mergers and Acquisitions as an important part of a client’s overall growth strategy, we provide firm-wide commitment and senior level attention across the organization to effect successful transactions.

We develop and implement integrated M&A solutions by coordinating and leveraging our execution skills, structuring expertise, comprehensive financing capabilities and insight into capital markets.

The firm applies its transaction experience, technical expertise, and extensive industry research through-out the process, including the valuation of potential targets, developing bidding strategies, structuring the offer and executing the transaction.

Click the following link below to make the next step or contact info@fselistings.com!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 05:05 AM
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FSE Listings Inc Response to Listing South African, Nigerian, Congo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe assets on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

The number of Companies Trading On the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is 10,743 as of Match 31st 2010.

 Number of Companies per Region suggest of the 10k+ companies less than 6% are from Africa. 89% of the Frankfurt listings are foreign companies accessing capital from Europe.
 
Africa and FSE Listings
Africa related to the 4 regions outlined is one of the least represented sections of the globe that have listed directly; however, many of the North American and European listed companies are listed with African Assets in both commodities and resources. The graph produced by the Deutsche Boerse AG is not exactly a clear representation of assets so much as where the companies are incorporated.

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange(FSE: Deutsche Boerse AG) is a member of the World Federation of Stock Exchanges. (Please review: www.world-exchanges.org/member-exchanges/member-exchanges.) Due to the FSE being a member of the World Federation of Stock Exchanges, it is conceivable that assets listed within the Frankfurt Stock Exchange can be dual listed into many of the other exchanges in the world. Ideally in the event the local market becomes a member of the World Federation of Stock Exchanges, FSE listed companies could have secondary listings in South Africa, Angola, etc.

The FSE is the third largest financial market in the world, and the center of European Financial Markets. The German economy has been growing in strength regardless of European Union woes, and remains a stable market to springboard valued projects and assets into the public markets and global financial markets.

The reality is that any company can list that has had 250,000 euro’s invested in capital with the business plan and structure to go public. At FSE Listings Inc in partnership with a few Equities firms who would prefer to remain unnamed, we help facilitate the listing process for African companies, or companies with African assets. A good example would be Greenwave Bio Ltd, 3G0 (ISIN GB00B688NW04, WKN A1CTRX).
The assets and interests of Greenwave Bio Ltd have been focussed on Guano deposits as organic fertilizers within Mozambique and Angola. A relatively different model than the usual Oil and Gas projects. Angola is very strong in the mineral sector and could easily raise the required exploration funds and mining capital costs from the European markets.

In addition, the European markets have an interest in ICT within Africa, and therefore, telecommunications, Internet Service Providers, etc, are all of interest.

Land development projects, such as private hospitals, rental properties, malls, Casinos, and other major economic projects carry weight in international markets for raising capital especially if there are strong Government marketing budgets and incentives for investors.
It is our opinion that listing African companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is actually a key economic  development strategy as it gives foreign investors vehicles of which they can invest and trade or benefit from dividends within the region. The retail and institutional investors that may not be part of current Government efforts to attract investment could come through the foreign markets where by the end result or benefit end up in African jobs, projects, and assets.

In the spirit of giving African Entrepreneurs the power to own their own business and control their own assets, the cost of listing is between 60,000 and 100,000 euro depending on the firm they list with, of which, they can control the assets within their own public entity of which they can raise capital into.

Many of the entrepreneurs who list often sell their assets into a public company based on the promise of capital being raised, diluting their firm for the potential of work, contracts, and building a firm. Many of these start-up companies unfortunately give control away when they option their assets into someone else’s listed company. In addition, other peoples firms often carry unforeseen liabilities that could otherwise create liens against your unencumbered assets.

Worse than going directly into someone else’s company is going public on an exchange that requires rigorous requirements in capital, trading, and assets, of which it could take years to list such as the ALTX, JSE, ASX, PSE, AIM, etc. The cost on these exchanges can range from 250,000 pounds sterling and up, the requirement of one of the big five auditing firms, and share trading performance clauses, cost annually more than some successful and growing companies can handle let alone new start up companies.

The FSE truly gives the entrepreneurs a way to enter the capital markets with a fair market clearance for a start-up venture of 250,000 euro capital-in invested and around 2500 – 5000 euro per annum in fees. The FSE is the springboard to raise the capital whereby the start-up firms can consider going to other markets with proper capital and a larger investor base that ensures market trading and liquidity prior to listing. Companies such as FashionTV, a popular nightclub and promotional firm with location globally including South Africa, listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange April 30th 2010, which gives you a fair idea that the market is open for entrepreneurs of all sectors and divisions of commerce.
If Angolan companies are looking to raise foreign capital, build a vehicle of which they can receive investment in Euro and value their firm in Euro, then the FSE Listings route is advisable. In addition, the process can be quick for qualified companies, taking 3-8 weeks to be listed and trading.

Companies that should be listing from Angola have a business plan, the capacity to raise the first 250,000 euro into their own company, and feel that there may be an appeal to European investors within their sector. To qualify this, they can contact info@fselistings.com with their business plans, and we will vet through the potential with seasoned asset assessment professionals.

A new stock exchange within the African Market is always a welcoming sign. Preferably these markets will be open to not only the higher tier companies, but will offer a mechanism for small businesses to list who have the potential to go international. A good example of this challenge being demonstrated is with the state owned oil company opening gas stations in Portugal to show its international abilities. This mechanism should be available to Angolan entrepreneurs with ideas and business that can reach outside of their market, capital however is required. Listing these companies and ideas help them to achieve this either by local investment from listing or foreign investment.

With South Africa as an example, it is often cheaper for South African assets to be listed on Canadian, US, German, and Australian markets prior to being listed on the JSE or ALTX. In addition, the companies often can raise substantially more capital in the foreign markets. The benefit to the JSE and ALTX is the loyalty of these companies and their founders who take secondary listings on their local markets once they are qualified and capital is raised. I believe that the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is a great mechanism for achieving the same for Angolan companies, and future Secondary listings on the local exchange. If anything, the foreign listings will allow for capitalized well traded companies to be listed locally in the future, building a relatively strong local market for a growing African country. Maybe the next big African listed company will not be an “Anglo” but “African” company in its name.

As my colleague who is our African representative said the other day, the Government’s efforts to help foreign investment should not be left up to Government only. The reality is the Government should make the policies and mechanisms to enable the ease of capital investment into the Country and market the Country, the entrepreneur needs to be able to market themselves and accept the investment. The most difficult part for Foreign Investors is finding the best way to make the investment. Listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange can be that answer for companies within Africa. It is local to the investor and benefits the foreign assets and country, if anything, African companies should get subsidized to list overseas and go on investor roadshows as the funds come back to the Country that sponsors them. As far as we know, FSE Listings Inc in Johannesburg South Africa is the only representative and firm in Africa helping companies list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. This is a growing business and opportunity, if one is interested in talking with him, he can be reached at +27 76 4558546 or +27110836116.

FSE Listings Inc.
Info@fselistings.com
www.fselistings.com

Countries we are interested in help listing, click the appropriate link and fill in your company form for our corporate reviewal:

Algeria Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings
Angola Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings  
Benin Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                 
Botswana Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                     
Cameroon Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings           
Central African Republic Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings               
Chad Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                  
Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)         
Congo (Republic of the Congo) 
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)                
Djibouti Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                             
Egypt Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings     
Ethiopia Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                       
Gabon Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings         
Kenya Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings               
Lesotho Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings               
Liberia Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings  
Libya Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings     
Madagascar Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings       
Malawi Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings        
Morocco Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings             
Mozambique Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings               
Namibia Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                  
Nigeria Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings  
Rwanda Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                 
Senegal Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                             
Somalia Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings               
South Africa Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings                 
Sudan Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings
Swaziland Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings
Tanzania Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings 
Tunisia Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings 
Uganda Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings
Zambia  Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings
Zimbabwe Raising Capital Through Frankfurt Stock Exchange Listings

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