Proparco and IFC to finance Kasada's first acquisition to support the hospitality sector in sub-Saharan Africa

27 Jul 2021

Kasada has secured a strategic partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to create a large hotel portfolio in Sub-Saharan Africa through a US$160mn debt facility, of which a US$80mn senior loan was disbursed by IFC and Proparco to finance the first transaction of the fund.
Kasada Capital Management (Kasada), the investment platform within Kasada Group dedicated to hospitality investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, today announced that IFC will form a partnership with Kasada Hospitality Fund LP by providing senior loan financing to accelerate Kasada’s strategy of building a strong and resilient hotel portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa. IFC will extend up to US$160mn of debt funding to Kasada, backing its plan to support the hospitality sector and instil globally recognised ESG practices in its hotels.
The first loan granted by IFC, in collaboration with Proparco as a parallel lender is to finance, on a long term basis, Kasada’s acquisition of eight Accor-managed hotels, run under the Pullman, Novotel and Ibis brands, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (4 hotels); Dakar, Senegal (3 hotels); and Douala, Cameroon (1 hotel). Kasada completed this acquisition on December 31, 2020. 

This initial EUR67.5mn (US$80mn) senior loan package provides capital expenditure to refurbish and improve the properties while helping to achieve higher operating efficiencies and meeting ESG goals. 

The announcement follows Kasada’s recent signing of the 414-key Safari Hotels and Conference Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, bringing Kasada’s portfolio to a total of ten hotels and over 2,000 keys in four countries. 

David Damiba, Managing Partner and CIO, Kasada, said; “This innovative partnership with IFC is the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and comes at a time when many commercial banks are retreating from the market. The combination of Kasada’s expertise and IFC’s commitment has helped derive a creative solution to a major challenge in African hospitality: providing efficient, bespoke financing to a sector facing an unprecedented crisis.” 

Olivier Granet, Managing Partner and CEO, Kasada, said; “This transaction is a game-changer to accelerate Kasada’s development and reinforce our ability to support the hospitality sector in Sub-Saharan Africa at this critical time in our industry. I would like to thank Société Générale for initially providing the bridge financing for the transaction and both IFC and Proparco for their commitment to providing a customized long-term financing solution. We look forward to working closely with IFC and Proparco to achieve the highest guest satisfaction and ESG standards across our portfolio.” 

Olaf Schmidt, IFC’s Manager for Real Estate, Hotel & Retail, Health & Education and Manufacturing Investments in Africa, said: “Travel and tourism are vital to many economies across Africa and the hotel industry is a critical part of the sector supporting job creation. IFC has established this strategic partnership with Kasada to help build a large-scale tourism platform and support the hospitality sector as it navigates the short- and long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denis Sireyjol, Proparco’s Global Head for Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services, said: “It is an honour for Proparco to contribute with IFC to the launch of such an ambitious hospitality player as Kasada. The hotel sector is a major jobs provider and has been heavily affected by the health crisis, especially on the African continent. By supporting Kasada's first acquisition, Proparco demonstrates its counter-cyclical role, which is to remain active in difficult times in key countries such as Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.

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