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AfricInvest raises over $400m for its African Midcap focused Fund

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May 31, 2022, 10:53 a.m.
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AfricInvest has announced the final close of its AfricInvest Fund IV with total commitments of $411m.

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AfricInvest has announced the final close of its AfricInvest Fund IV with total commitments of $411m.

Launched two years ago with a hard cap of $400m, AfricInvest IV (AF IV) received investment from new and returning institutional investors, development finance institutions and family offices from around the world.

George Odo, Senior Partner and Managing Director, East Africa, said: “The support we received from our investors has been terrific. Seeing how many of them have recommitted to this mip-cap fund strategy, especially amidst the Covid pandemic, is a testament to their belief in our ability to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns. We are grateful for their confidence and look forward to partnering as we build a future with the next generation of African entrepreneurs.”

The Fund is the largest in AfricInvest’s history and follows on from the previous flagship fund, AfricInvest III, which closed in 2016, reaching a fund size of €272m ($300m).

AF IV aims to invest in mature and profitable African mid-cap companies across diverse sectors to accelerate their regional growth and deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns.

The Fund also supports inclusive and sustainable development, having committed to the 2X Challenge criteria in support of women’s economic empowerment.

Employing AfricInvest’s signature hands-on approach, the Fund’s investment team offers portfolio companies a unique combination of local insights and global perspectives. Skander Oueslati, Senior Partner and CIO of sub-Saharan Africa, said: “AfricInvest Fund IV is well positioned to continue financing African companies, supporting them as they develop into local and regional champions."

"Our local expertise and insight allow us to generate proprietary deals to help create long-term strategies to deliver value for portfolio companies.” Since its inception, AfricInvest IV has made three investments, the first being the acquisition of a minority stake in Fidelity Bank Ghana in mid-2020.

The second, in 2021, was an investment in a merger of Compagnie Marocaine de Goutte à Goutte et de Pompage’s (CMGP) with Comptoir Agricole du Souss (CAS), creating CMGP-CAS, one of Africa’s leading irrigation and agribusiness companies.

The most recent investment, in April 2022, saw the Fund, alongside the International Finance Corporation, to acquire a 36% stake in Kenya-based AutoXpress, the largest importer, distributor and retailer of tyres, auto-parts and accessories in East Africa.

Hakim Khelifa, Senior Partner, said: “Mid-cap opportunities in Africa will continue to grow. At AfricInvest, we are ready to invest across the continent, engaging management teams directly to further accelerate their goals of building profitable and sustainable businesses while creating long-term impact.”

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