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12 January 2017

Nigeria’s digital future strengthened by successful US$800 million IHS bond issue supported by EAIF

Bond “Boosted Nigeria’s ability to raise money on international capital markets”, says EAIF chairman

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has invested US$50 million in an US$800m bond issued by the Nigerian telecommunications tower business, IHS. EAIF and the International Finance Corporation were named anchor investors in the bond issue. Launched in early October, the bond was successfully marketed and details of EAIF’s investment can now be made public. EAIF is a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).

With the bond, EAIF is directly contributing to the development of Nigeria’s telecommunications, IT and digital economy and supporting an issue that allows a leading Nigerian company to participate in an international capital market fundraising. The exercise has also helped grow the expertise and experience of the legal and financial professionals in Nigeria involved in the process and attract capital from across the world. While EAIF’s primary role is to finance private sector developers to create or expand infrastructure that can stimulate economic development and help fight poverty, it also has a remit to help build expertise and capacity in financial markets in sub-Saharan Africa, where that is possible and feasible.

EAIF chairman, David White, says:

“This was a large bond issue for the Nigerian market and one of significant strategic importance. Accelerating the development of the country’s telecommunications infrastructure is central to stimulating the entire Nigerian economy. Every Nigerian stands to benefit from investment in digital infrastructure. We are pleased to have been involved in helping to strengthen the telecommunications sector and in boosting Nigeria’s ability to raise money on international capital markets.”

IHS will invest at least US$50 million of the proceeds of the bond in developing its infrastructure across Nigeria, where urbanisation, population increases and rapidly growing use of smartphones is straining capacity and forcing up demand. IHS is one of the largest telecommunications tower owners and operators in Africa and has towers in all 36 of Nigeria’s states, with the majority in densely populated areas.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest telecommunications market, representing 15% of the continent’s telecommunications industry. The country is forecast to have 60 million additional mobile phone users by 2020 and by then the population is expected to be 205 million, an increase of 26 million. 48% of Nigeria’s people already live in urban areas.

Reducing congestion on the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure and creating new capacity is essential to facilitating a dynamic private sector economy and the efficiency of public services. The Nigerian authorities recognise the core role of telecommunications to economic development and are actively encouraging the country’s communications businesses to invest in expanding capacity.

IHS operates a tower sharing strategy. As it expands its network of towers into urban and rural areas, capacity can be opened up to new operators. That has the potential to stimulate competition between operators, helping foster the conditions to bring consumers keener pricing, wider coverage, more reliable service quality and access to new products and technologies.

In addition to business expansion, IHS will use some of the proceeds from the bond to refinance existing loans and general corporate purposes. The bond was launched in Nigeria on 12th October and has been successfully placed.

EAIF is part of the donor-backed Private Infrastructure Development Group. EAIF is funded by the governments of the UK (DFID), Switzerland (SECO), Sweden (Sida) and The Netherlands (DGIS) and by private sector banks and development finance organisations. The Fund’s primary purpose is to stimulate private sector infrastructure projects that help develop new sustainable economic activity and new jobs, thus helping to reduce poverty.

EAIF is managed by Investec Asset Management, one of the largest third party investors in private equity, credit, public equity and sovereign debt across the African continent. Investec Asset Management won the mandate to manage the US$670m EAIF in May 2016, following a competitive tender process.

Nazmeera Moola, head of EAIF at Investec Asset Management, says,

“As a business with its roots in Africa, we are particularly pleased to have been instrumental in the success of the bond issue. As joint anchor investor EAIF played a key role in stimulating awareness and confidence in the issue and demonstrating international appetite for investing in strong African businesses.” *

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The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund is funded by:

Notes to Editors

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund provides a variety of debt products to infrastructure projects promoted mainly by private sector businesses in sub-Saharan Africa. Established and substantially funded by the governments of The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the Fund works with private sector businesses, African and European banks and other development funds and agencies. It helps create the infrastructure framework that is essential to sustained economic stability, business confidence, job creation and poverty reduction. It has to date supported nearly 60 infrastructure projects across eight sectors in 20 sub-Saharan African countries.

www.eaif.com

The Private Infrastructure Development Group

The Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) encourages and mobilises private investment in infrastructure in the frontier markets of sub-Saharan Africa, south and south-east Asia, to help promote economic development and combat poverty. Since 2002, PIDG has supported 133 infrastructure projects to financial close and provided 265 million people with access to new or improved infrastructure. PIDG is funded by donors from seven countries (UK, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany) and the World Bank Group.

www.pidg.org

About Investec Asset Management

Investec Asset Management is an independently managed subsidiary of Investec Group.

Investec Asset Management is a specialist investment manager, providing a premier range of products to institutional and individual investors. Established in 1991, the firm has been built from start-up into an international business managing more than R1.6 trillion * on behalf of third party clients. The business has grown largely organically from domestic roots in Southern Africa to a position where we proudly serve a growing international client base from the Americas, the UK and Continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. The firm seeks to create a profitable partnership between clients, shareholders and employees, and to exceed expectations for both client service and performance.

*As at end September 2016

www.investecassetmanagement.com

For further information, please contact:

EAIF

Martin Roche +44(0)771 574 9621

wmartinroche@btinternet.com

Investec Asset Management

Kotie Basson +27 21 416 1812

kotie.basson@investecmail.com

PIDG

Rebecca Goding +44 (0)20 3058 3182

rebecca.goding@pidg.org

The information contained in this press release is intended primarily for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions. All of the views expressed about the markets, securities or companies in this press comment accurately reflect the personal views of the individual fund manager (or team) named. While opinions stated are honestly held, they are not guarantees and should not be relied on. Investec Asset Management in the normal course of its activities as an international investment manager may already hold or intend to purchase or sell the stocks mentioned on behalf of its clients. The information or opinions provided should not be taken as specific advice on the merits of any investment decision. Telephone calls may be recorded for training and quality assurance purposes. Investec Asset Management is an authorised financial services provider.

March 2017

Lake Kivu project success covered in Jeune Afrique film

Leading French language publication, Jeune Afrique, ran a film in late January about KivuWatt’s unique facility in Rwanda. It is a story of technical success, business progress and delivering electricity’s benefits to ordinary Rwandans. The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund helped to make the project possible.

Click here to go to video page on the Jeune Afrique site:

http://www.jeuneafrique.com/394510/economie/video-kivuwatt-produit-de-lelectricite-grace-lac-kivu/


KivuWatt, la centrale électrique du lac Kivu… by Jeuneafriquetv

February 2017

Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper carries letter from EAIF Executive Director

EAIF’s Executive Director, Emilio Cattaneo, wrote to The Guardian newspaper in Nigeria about the work of EAIF in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa. His letter was published on 3rd February. Click on the link to read the letter.

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January 2017

Out of the Dark

EAIF Sierra Leone power project features in top US publication coverage of World Economic Forum

At the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting that wraps up today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, more than 3,000 participants from nearly 100 countries have been addressing topics under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.” A session on the opening day of the conference earlier this week said responding to Africa’s at once dire and promising energy gap is one way elected officials and company officials can responsibly pursue greater economic growth on the continent.

December 2016

Uganda’s energy minister attends formal opening of his country’s largest solar farm

“Great benefits for this rural area” says EAIF’s Oscar Kang’oro

The Hon. D’Ujanga Simon, Uganda’s Minister of State for Energy, today (12th December) took part in a ceremony to mark the opening of his country’s largest solar farm, at Soroti in Eastern Uganda. The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) is one of the principal lenders to Access Soroti Ltd, the private sector company that built and is operating the plant. Electricity production began at the 10MW facility in late November.

November 2016

EAIF invests US$25 million in new power station development at Freetown, Sierra Leone

“Signal to the world that the country is moving forward and welcomes international investment,” says Fund’s Executive Director

• Project is country’s first independent power producer

• Increasing electricity capacity in Freetown by approx 130%

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