British International Investment

Actis Energy Cameroon Holdings (Eneo)

Central AfricaInfrastructure

Actis is a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Its three separate investment groups focus on energy and infrastructure; real estate; and general sectors, including consumer, education, financial services, healthcare, industrial, manufacturing, and retail.

Actis was formed in 2004 following a restructuring of CDC designed to bring more equity capital into developing countries and the two organisations have a shared history.

Eneo is Cameroon’s national integrated power utility, supplying electricity to over 1.8 million customer connections across the country. Eneo operates the country’s distribution network, supply business and c. 1GW of generating capacity, governed by concession agreements, which have been extended until 2031.

Based in Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala, the company employs over 3,700 people across the country.

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

Our investment

Description of the investment.

In 2014, CDC committed to investing up to $10.1 million ($7.5 million invested from 2014 to 2016 as equity and shareholder loans) in a HoldCo managed by Actis that acquired a 51% shareholding in Eneo.

Our investment supports the expansion of the country’s power supply and increasing electricity distribution.

Expected impact

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With a GDP per capita of $2,300, Cameroon ranks 186 out of 229 countries in the world and around 40 per cent of the population is below the poverty line. It has a total electrification rate of around 50 per cent, but this falls to less than 10 per cent in rural areas.

Reliable energy helps businesses to develop and grow, creates new and better jobs and improves the lives of millions of people. However, more than half of firms in Cameroon identify the lack of a reliable source of electricity as a major constraint to their business.

Our investment helps Eneo to improve its safety and operational efficiency, including upgrading its network.
It also helps to expand electrification rates across the country to support Cameroon’s future economic growth and drive job creation.

Actis and CDC also provide strategic and technical support to the business as it plans to add over 60,000 new customer connections each year.

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.

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    Central Africa

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Related investments made by BII into this company:

Investment name Commitment Region Sector Start date Status
Investment 01 $1m Central Africa Infrastructure June 2014 Active
Investment 03 $3.53m, $-3.53m Central AfricaCentral Africa Infrastructure June 2016 Active

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