British International Investment

Cardinalstone Capital Advisers Growth Fund

NigeriaAfricaCommunications & IT servicesConsumer - HealthConsumer - other servicesFood & AgricultureInfrastructure

CardinalStone is a Nigerian investment management firm.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

The CardinalStone Capital Advisors Growth Fund is a Nigeria-focused SME fund focussed on providing much-needed capital to high growth SMEs that support job creation, as well as import substitution to diversify the Nigerian economy.

In 2018, we committed $15 million to the fund. Over the preceding two and a half years, we worked with the first-time fund manager on its fund structure, governance, investment committee composition, and supported the team as it fundraised. Other investors include the Dutch development bank, FMO, and NSIA, the Nigerian sovereign wealth fund.

Expected impact

Expected impact of investments made between 2012 and 2018. From 2019 onwards, we have published a fuller set of impact information, assessing each investment against six dimensions of impact.

The fund targets small and medium enterprise (SMEs) in the following six sectors: agriculture, industrials, FMCG, healthcare, education and financial services. The fund looks to invest in SMEs that provide products or services that can substitute imported ones; address structural or supply chain inefficiencies; and that have the potential to consolidate a highly-fragmented market.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

For any other general enquiries contact us at [email protected]

  • Key facts

    Last updated

    When the last quarterly update of the website database occurred.

    June 2024
    Project number

    An identifier number shared by investments in the same project.


    The current status of the investment (green flag for active and red flag for exited).


    The geographical region where the country is located. We currently invest in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Caribbean. In 2023, BII’s investment mandate was extended allowing it to invest in regional funds linked to Ukraine, with the majority of activity expected to begin post-war. Investments outside these regions were made prior to 2012 under previous investment mandates.


    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    Communications & IT services, Consumer - Health, Consumer - other services, Food & Agriculture, Infrastructure

    We provide capital in the following ways: directly – through direct equity, direct debt, guarantees and other non-intermediated financial instruments; and indirectly – principally through investment funds.

    For direct investments and fund investments, this is the date BII committed capital to the investments. This is typically the date on which legal agreements are signed by all parties.

    For the portfolio companies of our fund investments, this is the date (either the month or the quarter) on which the fund committed capital to the portfolio company.

    For direct equity investments, this is the date at which British International Investment exited the investment.

    For debt investments, this is the date at which the final debt repayment was made.

    For funds, this is the date at which the fund was terminated.

    For underlying fund investments, this is the date at which the fund manager exited the investment.

    The total amount committed, per financial instrument, per investment, on the date BII becomes subject to a binding legal obligation to provide funding or assume a contingent liability. This information is provided in US dollars.

    For direct investments, this is the amount that BII has committed to the business or project. For fund investments, this is the amount BII has committed to the fund.

    The currency in which the investment was made.

    Investment type :
    Start date :
    December 2018
    Amount :
    Currency of investment :
    Fund Manager:
    CardinalStone Capital Advisers Ltd

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.


Investments made by this fund into companies:

For further information about these companies, visit

Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
AfyA Care Nigeria Nigeria West Africa Consumer - Health December 2021 Active
Appzone Nigeria West Africa Communications & IT services December 2020 Active
Fittok Inc Nigeria West Africa Consumer - other services March 2024 Active
i-Fitness Centre Limited Nigeria West Africa Consumer - other services December 2019 Exited
Lynden Integrated Farms Ltd Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture April 2023 Active
QFA Holding Nigeria (Project Glze) Nigeria West Africa Consumer - other services November 2021 Active
Recyclan Global Services Limited Nigeria West Africa Infrastructure August 2023 Active

Subscribe to receive our latest news and updates