This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.
In 2013, British International Investment invested $50 million into CELF IV to provide much-needed loan finance to private sector projects and businesses in Africa and South Asia.
Lending done by local banks to businesses in developing countries is often too short-term to be effective. CELF IV is seeking to fill the gap left by the withdrawal of western banks in emerging markets and will provide scarce, long-term debt funding to firms in these areas.
It will focus on providing debt finance to projects, companies and banks across a wide range of sectors, usually in the form of senior, secured loans. This will help to stimulate wider business activity and economic growth.
Our commitment has also helped Cordiant Capital raise $250 million for CELF IV from Canadian, Danish, Dutch, Swiss and Central and Eastern European institutional investors.
Environmental and social aspects
Cordiant has a proven commitment to environmental and social (E&S) management and a limited risk profile.
Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.
- Rest of the World
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.
- Financial services, Manufacturing
- Investment type
We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).
- Intermediated investment
- Fund manager:
- 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
- April 2013
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|
LOMC is a NBFI involved in three distinct lines of business in Sri Lanka: micro leasing, microfinance, and gold backed lending
|Sri Lanka||South Asia||Financial services||September 2013||Exited|
SA Taxi II
SA Taxi II provides financing to South African minibus operators through asset-based loans. It is an enabler of affordable and safe transport to over 14 million South African commuters.
|South Africa||Africa, Southern Africa||Manufacturing||October 2014||Active|