By Dipo Olowookere
The sale of the QGIAM $1.1 billion interest in Savannah Cement, a leading Kenyan cement producer, has finally been completed following the receipt of regulatory approvals.
QGIAM is the private equity arm of Africa focused investment firm Quantum Global.
Quantum Global’s investment was designed to support the cement producer on a number of value creation initiatives, including the development and launch of new products and the optimization of existing facilities.
Commenting on the development, founder and chief executive of Quantum Global, Mr Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, stated that, “We are delighted to have partnered with Savannah Cement in one of the critical industry sectors in East Africa, advancing together to aim to close the existing infrastructure gap in Africa.
“The exit from this investment is testament to the success of our approach of deploying capital in transformative sectors of key importance in Africa at the right time.”
Martin Bachmann, Group Head of Active Management of Quantum Global, stated that, “Our active partnership with Savannah Cement and its management team has created significant value and we are pleased to have been involved in such a critical growth phase for the company.
“Through its development of state-of-the-art products and technologies and its focus on the best use of green technology and on revolutionising environmental management in the cement industry, the company is well positioned to compete in an expanding marketplace, and we wish them continued success.”
Quantum Global Group held the asset since 2015 through its $1.1 billion Infrastructure Fund, which is one of the most significant private equity funds in Africa solely focused on infrastructure developments.
Having started operations in 2012, Savannah Cement operates in a buoyant market driven by rising demand for cement products in a growing region. Savannah Cement is a state of the art, eco-friendly cement grinding plant with a capacity of 1.5 million tons a year, located in Athi-River, ca. 30 km from Nairobi. Successful in capturing several regional infrastructure deals to grow its market share, Savannah Cement quickly became a major regional player.
As part of the Infrastructure Fund, the Group so far has committed a significant portion of the capital for the construction of a deep-sea port in the Angolan province of Cabinda and for the development of an agri-processing plant for juice, water and wine processing and packaging geared towards the SADC region.
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