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Property market expected to remain weak due to depressed economic environment

Property market expected to remain weak due to depressed economic environment

According to the latest FNB House Price Index, the subdued economic environment has continued to cast a pall on house prices, as the Index contracted by 3.7% at the end of June 2019 compared to a contraction of 2% over the same period last year.

The poor showing in the index is the worst performance recorded since 2009 and comes on the back of price contractions across all four regions in the country. According to the index, the contraction brings the average national house price at the end of June 2019 to N$ 1,066,908, which is similar to the mean price recorded in February 2016.

FNB Namibia’s Market Research Manager Ruusa Nandago said the property market is likely to remain suppressed given the depressed economic environment, the precarious unemployment situation and anaemic consumer spending.

“We therefore expect the housing market to remain in the red, with any improvements are likely to be slow and gradual. We are of the view that a turnaround in the economy that will bolster real wage growth and consumer spending is the vital catalyst that is will place growth in the property market on a stronger footing,” Nandago said.

Property prices in central Namibia showed a contraction of 6.1% at the end of June 2019 compared to a growth of 0.3% observed over the same period last year, bring the average house price down to N$1.4 million compared to N$1.5 million recorded over the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the Coastal region is the weakest performer with property prices showing a deeper contraction of 11.4%, bringing the average house price in the region down to N$1,025,000 from N$1,157,000. The Northern and Southern regions contracted by 6.5% (average house price N$822,000) and 5.1% (average house price N$832,000), respectively.


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.