Actis closes second African real estate fund on $278m


London-based emerging markets investor Actis has closed its second African real estate fund with commitments of $278m.

Actis Africa Real Estate 2 will focus on retail and office developments in East, West and Southern Africa, excluding South Africa.

The firm’s ten-person real estate team has already established a visible portfolio for the fund with developments in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia. These include Ghana’s first green office building One Airport Square in Accra, and East Africa’s largest retail centre, Garden City in Nairobi.

“The success of this fundraising against the backdrop of a highly competitive market demonstrates the confidence our investors rightly feel in both our real estate team, and the potential of Africa,” said Actis senior partner Paul Fletcher.

“This fund epitomises Actis’s broader investment thesis of building out domestic infrastructure in the emerging markets, and backing the rising discretionary wealth of the consumer classes.

“This feels like a pivotal moment for real estate as an asset class and we are delighted to have a product that is clearly so attractive to investors.”

Actis real estate head David Morley added, “Sub-Saharan Africa has a population of 800 million people and is the fastest urbanising region in the world but a lack of capital often constrains real estate development.

“Governments recognise the crucial role of FDI in this regard. Bringing together capital, and an experienced operator with a proven track record of investments and realisations, creates a compelling opportunity; it is this combination that has attracted such strong investor commitment.”

Actis has developed ten institutional quality assets in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa since 2006, including Ikeja City Mall and The Palms in Lagos, and Accra Mall in Accra.

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