Kenya - Equity Group Holdings Plc (AFDB-P-KE-HAB-030)

  • Kenya
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Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Nov 28, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Equity Group Holdings Plc
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 52.70 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 U.A 73,173,765
Converted using 2019-11-28 exchange rate.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Jun 14, 2020

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Project Description
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The proposed project relates to the provision of USD 100 million subordinated debt funding, tier II qualifying debt, to Equity Group Holdings Plc (EGH). It seeks to enhance the borrower's capacity to expand its lending activities to MSMEs and local corporates across various countries in Africa. The subdebt will have a tenor of eight years inclusive of a grace period of five years in order to align with tier II qualifications as guided by Central Bank of Kenya Prudential Guidelines. The subdebt will bolster EGH's interventions in key sectors including agriculture, manufacturing and trade across countries of operation through its prowess of delivering funding to otherwise financially excluded business segments/ groups such as MSMEs, women and youth. EGH was initially known for its lending to SMEs and its focus on this business segment at a time when hitherto mainstream lenders were downsizing and scaling down on SME lending. EGH has widened its coverage to include micro enterprises as evidenced by its service offering to the unbanked in camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

The purpose of the project is to facilitate the regional expansion of the Equity Group Holdings Plc ("EGH") with a view to expanding its support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) businesses across East, Central and Southern Africa, contributing to regional integration, industrialization, job creation and inclusive growth.

The direct beneficiary of the intervention is the EGH. Indeed, the facility will complement the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to EGH in the form of long-term project financing through the Kenyan subsidiary. The facility will also improve the provision of long-term financing to worthy market segments, including MSMEs, women and young people.

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