Ghana: Actis exits former Abraaj investment

Posted on: 21 May, 2020 at 8:17 AM

Actis, an investor of private capital into global emerging markets, has exited its majority stake in GHL Bank, a full-scale commercial bank in Ghana, to First National Bank Ghana, a 100% subsidiary of South Africa’s FirstRand Group. Actis took over the investment in 2019 when it took over the management of Abraaj Africa Fund III.

The transaction has received the required regulatory approvals from the Bank of Ghana and the South African Reserve Bank.

The fund invested in GHL Bank in 2016, and enabled the company to leverage its unique value proposition as the leading mortgage provider in Ghana to achieve the transition into a full-scale commercial bank focused on the retail sector. The original investment thesis was premised on GHL’s robust mortgage model, deep knowledge of the retail customer and the significant growth opportunities that exist within this segment of the Ghanaian banking industry.

This is the third exit from the Abraaj Africa funds since Actis assumed management rights and follows Actis’ sale of the fund’s stake in Custodian & Allied Insurance Plc, a Nigerian insurance company and Fan Milk International, a West Africa-focused food production company.

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