AfDB approves $15m equity fund for SMEs

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The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $15 million equity investment in Verod Capital Growth Fund III, a private equity fund that will make investments in high growth middle market companies in Anglophone West Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Gambia.

The Fund’s investments will be in companies in consumer driven sectors including light industrials, fast moving consumer goods, education, financial services and agro processing. The ticket size for each investment will be between $ 5 million and $20 million.

“The Fund will help accelerate investments in small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in the West African region. This is key to job and wealth creation, knowledge transfer and scaling up of local businesses,” said Abdu Mukhtar, the African Development Bank’s Director of Industrial and Trade Development. He also added: “The Fund will provide an important vehicle to growing SMEs in Africa, which are a key pillar to the continent’s industrialization drive”.

The Fund Manager, Verod Capital Partners, is an experienced indigenous private equity firm with extensive knowledge of the Anglophone West Africa market. It also possesses a strong record of accomplishment in SME investments. Since 2008, Verod Capital Partners has invested in 16 SME companies in the region.

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