Centum Real Estate Limited on Tuesday said it has signed an agreement with private alternative asset group, GEM Global Yield LLC, to provide a common share subscription facility of up to KShs 17 billion for a 36-month term
According to Centum Real Estate, if the Ksh 17 billion will be utilised efficiently, it will equal the purchase of significant minority shares.
“The share subscription facility will allow Centum Re to draw down funds by issuing shares of common stock to GEM. Centum Re will control the timing and the maximum size of such drawdowns and has no minimum drawdown obligation.”
Mr James Mworia, Centum’s Managing Director indicated that the investment validates the market opportunity pursued by the firm in providing housing in Sub Saharan Africa whose demand is barely met.
“We are quite pleased with this development and look forward to attracting even more investors into Centum Real Estate,” Mworia said.
He added that the provision will enable the firm to achieve its mission of building African enterprises and provide a platform where investors can access them.
Commenting on this great achievement by our portfolio company, our CEO, @MworiaJ said “This commitment by GEM to invest in @CentumRE is in line with Centum's mission to build extraordinary African enterprises and to provide a channel through which investors can access them…" pic.twitter.com/LG6Lu6cnrp
— Centum Investment (@CentumPLC) January 11, 2022
The commitment by GEM, he said, is a major vote of confidence in the firm and its business model noting that the investment will go a great way in significantly scaling up the business of the firm.
“The move provides independent market validation of the attractiveness of the firm’s model, demonstrates the depth of investor interest, and helps in strengthening market confidence of the business model,” he added.
Under the agreement, Centum will control the timing and maximum size of the funds with no limited obligation.
GEM, the USD3.4 bn firm has previously provided equity investment in various projects, managing a diverse set of investment vehicles focused on emerging markets across the world.