Growthpoint Properties Limited (IFC-42256)

  • South Africa
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Voting Date
Mar 23, 2020
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  • Construction
  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
Equity, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 80.00 million
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 60.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Apr 6, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Mar 31, 2020

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Project Description
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The proposed IFC investment is a ZAR1.2 billion (US$80 million) equity and convertible debt package to finance the development and acquisition of properties for Growthpoint Healthcare Property Holdings Ltd (“GHPH”), South Africa’s first healthcare Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Established in 2016, GHPH was founded by Growthpoint Properties Limited (the Sponsor), South Africa’s largest REIT. GHPH is an unlisted REIT specialized in building a portfolio of income producing healthcare property assets in South Africa and these include hospitals, clinics, diagnostics centers, laboratories and other healthcare related real estate.

GHPH will build its portfolio through: (a) acquiring existing properties; and (b) developing new properties (new developments will comprise up to 30% of GHPH’s target portfolio). GHPH already holds five assets with the aggregate value of ZAR2.5 billion (US$174 million), four of which are hospitals and one a medical chamber – small office suites for doctors. Growthpoint is developing a fifth hospital for GHPH called Pretoria Head and Neck hospital, a specialized hospital focused on the head and neck, spinal and vascular surgery. It is expected to be completed in 2020. Concurrently, GHPH is pursuing a pipeline of additional investment opportunities and expects to grow to ZAR5 billion worth of assets over the next three years. The proposed IFC financing package is to support GHPH’s growth plans.

Investment Description
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The proposed IFC financing package consists of: (i) a US$20 million equivalent equity investment in GHPH; and (ii) a US$60 million convertible C loan to Growthpoint. The C-loan investment shall be lent to Growthpoint for on-lending to GHPH. Upon the completion of the initial ramp-up phase of GHPH, which is expected to take 2-3 years, IFC will have the option to convert the C-loan or any portion of it into common equity in GHPH.

Private Actors Description
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GHPH is majority-owned by Growthpoint and the balance of equity stake is owned by South African institutional investors. Founded in 1987, Growthpoint is South Africa’s largest REIT, listed on the JSE with a market capitalization of ZAR33billion (US$2. billion) as at March 18th, 2020. Growthpoint owns and manages a diversified property portfolio valued at ZAR136.5 billion (US$8.2 billion) as at December 31, 2019. The portfolio of 502 properties is also diversified across geography and sub-sectors, that is retail, office and industrial properties. Growthpoint’s portfolio comprised of the following:

a)      South Africa: (i) 436 directly owned properties in South Africa; (ii) a 50 percent interest in the V&A Waterfront, an iconic mixed-use development in Cape Town, South Africa; and (iii) a majority stake interest in GHPH.

b)      Australia: 58 properties through Growthpoint’s 66 percent investment in Growthpoint Properties Australia Limited listed at the Australia Stock Exchange.

c)      Eastern Europe: a 29.8 percent interest in Globalworth Real Estate Investment Limited (GWI), which owns 60 properties in Poland and Romania valued at approximately EUR3 billion

d)      Sub-Saharan Africa (ex-South Africa): a 20.3% percent interest in Growthpoint Investec African Properties Fund (GIAP), which now owns 8 properties.

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Growthpoint Healthcare Property Holding Ltd.
Linda Sigaba
+27 11 944 6531
The Place, 1 Sandton Drive, Sandton, Gauteng, 2196


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