Group introduces new infrastructure fund with focus on Africa
A.P. Moller Holding has, alongside PKA, PensionDanmark and Lægernes Pension, launched a new infrastructure fund with a focus on Africa. The fund has received commitments of USD 550 million from anchor investors. As briefed, the new fund will focus on investments in infrastructure in Africa to support sustainable economic growth in the region while delivering an attractive return to its investors.
The fund will be managed by A.P. Moller Capital, which is an affiliate of A.P. Moller Holding, and consists of a team lead by four partners, Kim Fejfer, Lars Reno Jakobsen, Jens Thomassen and Joe Nicklaus Nielsen. The partners all have extensive industrial and investment experience combined with a substantial network in Africa.
According to Kim Fejfer, Managing Partner and CEO of A.P. Moller Capital, the need to develop and sustain Africa is the brain behind the operation.
“We are very pleased with the significant support from the Danish pension funds and A.P. Moller Holding. Together, we will build and operate infrastructure business in Africa to support sustainable development and improvements in living standards across the continent. We will combine the best from industry in terms of project management and operational capabilities with the best from private equity in terms of agility and focus.”
It has been however noted that, Africa with a working-age population likely to reach more than one billion people in the next decades has a pressing requirement for more investments in infrastructure. This is contained in the remarks of Robert Mærsk Uggla, CEO of A.P. Moller Holding, while responding on the project’s motive.
“A.P. Moller Holding was established to build value creating businesses that have a positive impact on society. In this respect, we are delighted to have established a new promising company in our portfolio with a strong team, who hold the right capabilities and experience to manage infrastructure investments in emerging markets.”
In addition, Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO at PKA said PKA has for many years invested in infrastructure both in Denmark and abroad.” Hammering that their experience dealing with a list of other communities is speaking for good.
“We have positive experiences investing in Africa and we have for a long time wanted to invest more on the continent. With this new fund we will be making infrastructure investments in Africa and get the opportunity to provide a good return to the pension savers and at the same time make a positive difference in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.
Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO PensionDanmark, in his remarks, expressed excitement, noting revealing that for them it is an opportunity to invest in a region of high economic growth.
“We are delighted to be among the seed investors in Africa Infrastructure Fund I. We see this as a unique opportunity to invest in a region with high economic growth and attractive investment opportunities alongside a partner, A. P. Moller Capital, that has extensive investment experience combined with a strong network and a promising pipeline of potential investment projects. The fund is a good example of how private capital can be mobilized on large scale to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
Summing it up, Chresten Dengsøe, CEO at Lægernes Pension declared thus: “Lægernes Pension are delighted to invest in the development of sustainable infrastructure in Africa together with similar-minded Danish pension funds. The team has many years of experience and a proven track record in the region and we expect them to provide attractive investment opportunities going forward.”
Reporter: Ridwan A Olayiwola