Eris Student Accomdation Newco (IFC-43138)

  • South Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Nov 20, 2020
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  • Construction
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 9.02 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 150
Converted using 2020-10-07 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Oct 29, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Oct 7, 2020

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to bank provided information, the proposed IFC investment is a ZAR150million equity investment in Momentum Student Accommodation Impact Fund Proprietary Limited  (‘The Company” or “MSAIF”), an open-ended investment company developing and operating affordable, purpose-built student accommodation (“PBSA”) in South Africa (SA). MSAIF is registered as a private limited liability company and is managed by Eris Property Group, a leading property developer and real estate fund manager in SA.

MSAIF’s business model is to provide serviced safe, secure, affordable purpose-built student accommodation that is located close to Public- universities and/or Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET’s) (which will be marketed under the “Rise Living” brand). MSAIF has developed one asset named “Units on Park” in Hatfield Pretoria; a 998 bed development. Concurrently, MSAIF is pursuing a pipeline of additional development and investment opportunities and expects to grow to 10/12-asset portfolio over the next 5 years. The proposed IFC financing package is to support MSAIF’s growth plans.

Investment Description
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MSAIF has a total committed capital target size of ZAR2.0billion, of which IFC’s proposed investment is up to ZAR150million in equity, not to exceed 20% of total committed capital.

Private Actors Description
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Eris Property Group (“Eris”) is an integrated property and service operation in South Africa which provides commercial property development and management services in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa.  Eris is majority owned by MMI Holdings, SA’s third-largest long-term insurer (total assets of ZAR503b (US$33.3b); market cap of ZAR27.6b (US$1.8b)) as at July 2020. 

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Eris Property Group Client -

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Eris Property Group
Barend de Loor
Chief Executive Officer
+27 11 755 1000 
3 Gwen Lane, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa 


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