Britam shareholders approve Kshs. 5.7 billion investment by AfricInvest Equity Fund

Dr Benson Wairegi, (left) Britam Holdings Plc Group Managing Director and Mr Andrew Hollas, the Board Chairman, during the general meeting.

Britam Plc shareholders have approved the acquisition of a 14. 3 per cent stake in the company by private equity fund AfricInvest.
AfricInvest will now inject Kshs.  5.7 billion to buy 360, 888, 281 million new ordinary shares of Britam at a subscription price of Kshs.  15. 85 per share. Upon the completion of the subscription, AfricInvest will hold a14. 3 per cent stake of the issued ordinary shares of the company. The subscription is awaiting approval from the Capital Markets Authority and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.
AfricInvest is a Pan African private equity fund which manages about one billion dollars in 14 private equity funds. It is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed by a consortium of global investors from the Federal Republic of Germany, Netherlands, and France.
Since inception in 1994, AfricInvest   has invested in 135 companies across 24 African countries in high growth sectors including financial services, agribusiness, consumer/retail, education and healthcare. Its most recent investments in the insurance industry are UAP Holdings (East Africa), Mansard Holdings (Nigeria) GAT Assurance (Tunisia) and UAB Life (Burkina Faso)
Speaking during a General Meeting of the shareholders, Britam Group Managing Director Dr. Benson Wairegi said the investment by the private equity fund makes AfricInvest a strategic partner in Britam.  He added  that  the funds would go to support strategic projects in the group, including the consolidation of the group’s leadership position across its various businesses in insurance, asset management and property in line with its 2016-2020 strategy.
“We chose to partner with AfricInvest because of their deep financial sector knowledge as well as their extensive experience working with insurance firms across the continent both of which we hope to leverage. We also believe that this partnership will result in unlocking higher shareholder value. The coming on board of AfricInvest into Britam also gives us confidence that the company is on the right track,” Dr Wairegi emphasized.
The decision by AfricInvest to invest in Britam comes less than a month after the International Finance Corporation (IFC) released Ksh 3.6 billion to fund strategic projects in the company. Both the IFC and AfricInvest subscribe to high international standards of corporate governance and sustainability.



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