AFRICA – Helios Investment Partners, a leading Africa-focused private investment firm, has announced that it has secured an ESG-linked capital call facility for Helios Investors IV, L.P.
This facility, the first of its kind in Africa, demonstrates Helios’s commitment to building profitable, value-creating and socially responsible businesses in Africa.
“The imperative to meet high ESG standards is integrated into everything Helios does. This facility allows us to target and track continuous improvement in ESG ratings for our portfolio companies in a tangible way,” Paul Cunningham, Chief Financial Officer of Helios, said.
“We believe that companies with strong ESG standards and performance will generate superior financial returns and we are excited by the opportunity this facility will bring to drive growth with impact.”
The interest rate of the Helios IV capital call facility is pegged to ESG performance targets, set by lenders Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Individual ESG ratings of the Fund’s portfolio companies will be determined by an independent ratings agency.
“We are proud to partner with Helios, as a leading Africa focused private investment firm, who recognise the importance of ESG in accessing capital and growing economies,” Jerrod Moodley, of Sustainable Finance and ESG Advisory at Rand Merchant Bank said.
“The nature of this innovative facility enables effective access to ESG expertise and best practice for African enterprises the Fund invests in. This aligns to our objective of growing Sustainable Finance across the continent with appropriate and credible product development.”
Helios will continue its longstanding practice of working closely with its portfolio companies to improve their ESG performance and capabilities on an ongoing basis, both from a risk management as well as a value creation perspective.
“Africa faces significant challenges from climate change and huge opportunities to leapfrog to low carbon and sustainable business models,” Lina Osman, Head of Sustainable Finance Africa and the Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank, commented.
“We are proud to have partnered with Helios to embed ESG performance targets into its capital call facility reflecting Helios’s commitment to sustainable investment and Standard Chartered Bank’s sustainable finance product offering.”
Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Chartered Bank acted as Arrangers and Sustainability Coordinators.
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