Project Nautilus (Commercial Cold Holdings) (FMO-61962)

  • Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • South Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jun 27, 2023
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Commercial Cold Holdings Limited
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Industry and Trade
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 14.97 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 277.5
Converted using 2023-06-27 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website

Updated in EWS Jul 31, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Jan 17, 2023

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Project Description
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As stated on the project disclosure page, Commercial Cold Holdings Limited (CCH) is established as a South-African cold storage platform with a pan-African expansion strategy. CCH is on a path of acquiring and consolidating existing and greenfield businesses within the Temperature Controlled Logistics market with a focus on storage. Its anchor investments are based in South-Africa and Namibia. CCH will pursue expansion beyond South Africa and Namibia into other countries across East, West and North Africa.

FMO is providing equity financing for a co-investment of up-to USD 20mln alongside the AIIF4 and IDEAS funds managed by AIIM to acquire a stake with significant influence. Initially CCH will acquire and integrate businesses in South-Africa, potentially followed by acquisitions in the rest of Africa. A key positive impact will be the reduction of the carbon footprint, to be achieved by increasing the amount of renewable energy used to power the facilities and in some instances the use of CO2 as a refrigerant.

Investment Description
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The FMO states two different data on the project disclosure page. First, it commits to an investment of up to USD 20 million, but the total FMO investment provided on the side of the page states the amount of ZAR 277.5 million, which is more close to USD 15 million.

Private Actors Description
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As stated on the company's website, "collectively offering over 94 823 tons of temperature controlled storage and handling capacity (with more on the way) our facilities can store product from ambient temperature to minus 60 degrees - perfect for all poultry, fish, meat, vegetables, dairy, margarine and fruit."


Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - CCS Logistics (Commercial Cold Holdings) Client Industry and Trade

Contact Information
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No project contacts available at the time of disclosure.

Client - Commercial Cold Holdings Limited:

Address: Vrystaat Road, Paarden Eiland, 7405 South Africa
Phone: +27 87 3507350


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