SME V-WAVF (IFC-599421)

  • Liberia
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jul 27, 2017
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West African Venture Fund (WAVF)
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  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 0.83 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Mar 5, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Mar 1, 2018

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Project Description

The SME Ventures WAVF advisory project ("SME V-WAVF") will deliver integrated technical assistance to the West Africa Venture Fund /Prj#28783 through the fund manager, Unique Venture Capital ("UVC"). WAVF is one of the first IFC SME Ventures funds vintage 2010. IFC and Cordaid are 74% and 25% investors in the $18.5 million fund respectively. (UVC 1%).

WAVF has invested $11.5 million in 25 SMEs across Sierra Leone and Liberia. The combined effects of Ebola and reduction in mineral mining revenues have severely depressed both economies. UVC has some experience managing a portfolio of SMEs in Nigeria; however, regarding PE and WAVF, it is a first time fund manager.

A significant impairment of 33% was recorded by the fund manager in December 2015, dropping the portfolio down to $7.7 million and IFC and Cordaid as investors are supportive of a post Ebola Business Plan to work out how the portfolio will recover from the down turn in the two economies.

The technical assistance for WAVF will therefore focus on the Post Ebola business plan and recommendations on viable exits and portfolio value creation for recovery. This includes bringing in benchmark industry expertise and seeking sale opportunities for exits.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Contact Information

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