West Africa Stocks Drop to 2012 Low

West Africa Stocks Drop to 2012 Low
West Africa Stocks Drop to 2012 Low

The optimism that drove gains in a benchmark West African stock index earlier this year has faded. Abidjan’s Bourse Regionale des Valeurs Mobiliere has tumbled almost 10% from its February high to languish at the lowest since December 2012.

Much of the blame lies in the sluggish performance of index heavyweight Sonatel SA, said Kadi Fadika-Coulibaly, chief executive officer at brokerage Hudson & Cie in Ivory Coast’s economic capital. The wireless operator, which accounts for 40% of the benchmark, “is not growing as much as we expected it to,” she said in an interview.

The market, which covers seven Francophone countries plus Guinea-Bissau, has also been dragged lower by the region’s banks. Lenders account for almost a third of the gauge and have dropped about 20% this year, Fadika-Coulibaly said, in the face of stricter central bank regulations.


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