This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group. It was also was made under a previous strategy. We disclose information on all our current investments, but narrative information on our pre-2012 investments, when we introduced a new strategy, may be limited.
In November 2013, CDC committed $18.4 million to a new rights issue in the ACRF, taking its overall commitment to the fund to $33.4 million. The fund targets investments of around $5 million to $15 million.
While many of the fund’s target geographies are experiencing economic growth, many operate in difficult business environments.
Mid-market companies in these regions are still struggling to raise external finance. Local banks are often under-capitalised and under-skilled, and funding from foreign banks and capital markets is largely unavailable.
Our investment enables the fund manager to address this shortage and target companies in need of expansion capital.
It focuses on businesses that are well positioned for local or regional growth in the agricultural, financial services, light manufacturing and logistics sectors, supporting wider economic growth and job creation.
The fund has invested in a Ghanaian real estate development firm, a bus assembly firm, a mine drilling services company and three subsidiaries of pan-African bank Ecobank.
Environmental and social aspects
We worked closely with the fund manager to develop and implement a robust Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS)
Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.
- Africa, West Africa
We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people. For funds, the sectors listed here are those the fund has invested in so far.
- Construction and real estate, Financial services, Food and agriculture, Health, Manufacturing, Others
- Investment type
We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).
- Intermediated investment
- Fund manager:
- Advanced Finance and Investment Group
- Start date
For direct investments, this is the date British International Investment committed capital to the business or project.
For funds, this is the date that British International Investment committed capital to the fund.
For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e
- August 2008
For direct investments, this is the total amount that British International Investment has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).
For funds, this is the total amount that British International Investment has committed to the fund.
This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.
Investments made by this fund
|Investment name||Country||Region||Sector||Start date||Status|
RMG Concept Limited
RMG Concept Limited is a leading manufacturer and distributor of crop protection products. It mainly targets the West and Central Africa cocoa sector.
|Africa||Food and agriculture||April 2011||Active|
Nigerian-German Chemicals Plc
Nigerian-German Chemicals PLC is one of West Africa's leading manufacturers and distributors of speciality industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. It serves a number of key sectors including healthcare, agrochemicals, household consumer products and veterinary/animal healthcare.
|Nigeria||Africa, West Africa||Health||December 2014||Active|
Primrose Properties Ghana
Primrose Properties Ghana is a real estate development company with core competence in the construction of high quality residential and commercial developments.
|Ghana||Africa, West Africa||Construction and real estate||April 2015||Active|
FSDH Merchant Bank Ltd
FSDH Merchant Bank is a leading licensed merchant bank in Nigeria with subsidiaries in asset management, pension funds management and securities trading.
|Nigeria||Africa, West Africa||Financial services||November 2016||Active|