Verdant Capital arranges USD 3.4 million equity capital raise for Planet42

Planet42 has successfully raised USD 3.4 million in equity funding from leading South African investor, Naspers. Naspers invested USD 3.4 million through its Naspers Foundry business. This funding round is a precursor to a Series A capital raise in 2022. Planet42 provides alternative vehicle finance through its Rent-To-Buy model in South Africa. The company’s target clients are the underbanked South Africans who are otherwise unfairly ignored by the local banks. The company uses its proprietary scoring algorithms to vet potential clients. These algorithms cover a wider set of data points as compared to traditional scoring systems used by banks thus […]

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Verdant Capital Sole Advisor to Kibo Capital Partners for its stake in General Cargo Group

Kibo Capital Partners (“Kibo“) has sold its stake in the Kenyan logistics company General Cargo Group (“GCG“) to Velogic, the logistics arm of the Mauritian-based Rogers Group. Verdant Capital is pleased to have advised Kibo on this transaction. Kibo, which is focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean countries, has around $100 million in assets under management. It has backed 17 companies across nine countries. Verdant Capital is active in East African advisory and was ranked 3rd by DealMakers Africa for East African M&A in 2020. 2021 is also a strong year with four […]


Verdant Capital Sole Financial Advisor for USD 80 M Equity Capital Raise for WIOOC

Verdant Capital has advised WIOCC Holding Company Limited (or “WIOCC”) on an USD 80 million equity capital raise. USD 75 million of equity was invested by CAPE IV, a fund managed by leading African private equity fund manager African Capital Alliance. The balance was invested by management and an existing shareholder. The equity raised has been supplemented by a debt capital raise. The total capital raise of USD 200 million will be used to expand its connectivity within Africa and internationally, and through Open Access Data Centres (or “OADC”) – a newly created WIOCC Group company – to launch a […]

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Verdant Capital Sole Advisor for the Sale of 100% of Nedan

Philafrica Foods (Pty) Ltd. (“Philafrica”), a subsidiary of AFGRI Group Holdings (“AFGRI”), has sold its soya oil crushing plant, which trades in the market under the names Nedan, Marathon, Soya Ya Ka, Promax (soya oil cake). Verdant Capital is pleased to have acted as financial advisor to Philafrica for this transaction. Philafrica, based in South Africa, is an investment company involved in food processing in South Africa, Mozambique, Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Its focus is on expanding food sourcing and production across the continent. AFGRI is owned by Helios Fairfax Partners, which is a leading pan-Africa-focused alternative investment manager, […]

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Verdant Capital Sole Advisor & Arranger for USD 20 M Debt Capital Raise for Bridge Taxi Finance

Verdant Capital has successfully raised USD 20 million in debt financing for Bridge Taxi Finance (“Bridge Taxi”) from a small group of leading international impact investors. The funding will be used to grow the institution’s lease portfolio. Bridge Taxi, based in South Africa, provides affordable credit facilities to South African drivers – each an entrepreneur running his own taxi business – in the minibus taxi industry. It has a vertically integrated business model that includes impact vehicle finance, day to day tracking, advice and management, and vehicle repairs and services. The company has financed over 3,200 entrepreneurs to date (1,100 […]

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Verdant Financial Advisor for Sale of Baxi

MFS Africa is acquiring Baxi to expand its network into Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and perhaps its most fintech dynamic market. Nigeria is also the largest remittance market in Africa representing one-third of intra-Africa remittance flows, and is home to the largest number of SMEs. Verdant Capital views the two businesses as highly complimentary: Baxi simplifies and integrates online and offline payments for SMEs and merchants in Nigeria through its omni-channel distribution network; MFS Africa simplifies cross-border payments, integrating payments via one hub. The transaction further extends Verdant Capital’s track-record of advising on transactions shaping the fintech sector in Africa. […]