Helios Investors II

South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya Others, Financial services, Other consumer services, Infrastructure, Business services, Communications and IT Services

This is a mid and large-cap generalist fund.

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.

Key facts


Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.


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.

Business services, Communications and IT Services, Financial services, Infrastructure, Other consumer services, Others
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Intermediated investment
Fund manager:
Helios Investment Partners
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

November 2009

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

  • Active
  • Exited
Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Helios Towers PLC (formerly Helios Towers Africa)

Helios Towers Africa Limited is a holding company under which sit country-specific operating companies that buy, build and maintain telecommunications towers and lease space on those towers to wireless telecommunications services providers across Africa.

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Ghana Africa, West Africa Infrastructure February 2010 Active
Interswitch Limited

Interswitch specialises in an electronic switching and domestic debit card scheme.

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Nigeria Africa, West Africa Financial services January 2011 Active
Vivo Energy

Vivo Energy is one of Africa’s leading downstream businesses, supported by a sizeable and strategically located logistics infrastructure. The business specialises in fuels and lubricants, but provides other downstream services.

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Africa Business services March 2011 Active
Link Commerce (formerly Mall for Africa Ltd)

Mall for Africa is an online marketplace that has developed a patent-pending app enabling shoppers in Africa to shop e-commerce sites in the US and the UK wherever they may be.

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Nigeria Africa, West Africa Other consumer services July 2013 Active
Prime Oil & Gas B.V. (formerly Petrobras Oil & Gas B.V.)

Petrobras Oil & Gas B.V. is a holding company for a portfolio of African assets owned by Petrobras, the Brazilian oil major. POGBV s assets include 2 offshore producing fields in Nigeria, and a development asset with its first oil due in 2018.

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Africa Others July 2013 Active
Bayport Management

Bayport Management is a leading provider of unsecured credit and financial solutions to the formally employed large markets in Africa, including Zambia, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique and Latin America.

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Africa Financial services December 2013 Active
Africa Oil Corp (formerly Impact Oil & Gas)

Impact Oil & Gas is a pure-play Africa oil and gas exploration company working in deep-water locations in Africa. The exploration portfolio currently includes licenses in South Africa, Guinea Bissau, Namibia and Gabon.

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South Africa Africa, Southern Africa Others July 2014 Active
Wananchi Group Holdings

Wananchi Group is an East African telecommunications company that offers a combination of cable television and internet services to residential and corporate customers in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Kenya Africa, East Africa Communications and IT Services October 2014 Active

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