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Nigeria pays additional $7.15m for more stake in Shelter Afrique

Pan-Africa housing development financier, Shelter Afrique has received USD7.15 million in additional capital subscription from the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Additional stake now takes Nigeria’s shareholding to 15.8%, one-percentage point behind top shareholder Kenya, which currently stands at 16.85%.  

The other top three shareholders of Shelter Afrique whose shareholdings now change include African Development Bank (AfDB), which now stands at 12.16% down from 12.71 %; Mali at 5.3% down from 5.54%; and Ghana at 5.05% down from 5.28%.

Nigeria’s Minister of Works and Housing Hon. Babatunde Fashola with Shelter Afrique Ag. MD & Chief Finance Officer Mr. Kingsley Muwowo with Nigerian and Shelter Afrique Team.

Lauding the government of Nigeria for its show of confidence in the institution, Shelter Afrique Ag. Managing Director & Chief Finance Officer Kingsley Muwowo said the move now places Nigeria in a good position to become the largest shareholder in Shelter-Afrique when the country fully meets its capital commitment.

“We are grateful to the government of Nigerian for their continued support and the importance they have placed on affordable housing. We are especially grateful to the Honourable Minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, Honorable Minister for State, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, and Honorable Minister for Finance Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, for their long term support and for honouring this significant payment. Additionally, we appreciate Nigeria’s active shareholder and board participation,” Mr. Muwowo said.  

The relationship between Nigeria and Shelter Afrique has been growing in recent years. In September 2020, the institution received US$9.4 million additional capital subscription from Nigeria.

Fund-raising efforts

Other countries that have so far ramped up capital subscription in the Pan-African housing development financier in 2022 are Swaziland and Burkina Faso which paid USD317,854.54 and USD34,610.00 respectively, for additional stakes.

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“So far, we have received $7,504,295.45 in additional capital from member States within the last six months of 2022.  We are grateful to our shareholders for this much needed capital injection which will go a long way in strengthening the capital structure of the Company to support the ongoing fund-raising efforts to raise additional debt capital required to support project pipeline which now stands at US$1 billion across 44 member countries,” Mr. Muwowo said. 

Shelter Afrique recently completed a debut ₦46 billion (US$110.7 million) Series 1 Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Bond Issuance in Nigeria’s capital market under its ₦200 billion (US$481.3 million) bond issuance programme for housing and urban development in Nigeria.

The Company plans similar bond issuance in East African markets including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Notes to Editor                             

Shelter-Afrique is a pan African housing finance and development institution established by African governments to address the need for a sustainable housing delivery system and related infrastructure projects in Africa. Shareholders include 44 African countries, the African Development Bank, the African Re-Insurance Corporation, and Fonds de Solidarité Africain (FSA).

The company’s mandate is to provide financing through debt, quasi-equity, and equity to both public and private institutions for housing and urban infrastructure projects in its member countries. Shelter Afrique builds strategic partnerships and offers a host of products and related services to support the efficient delivery of affordable housing and commercial real estate. These include project finance, institutional lending, equity investments & joint ventures, trade finance, and social housing.

We also offer practical advice and technical assistance to a wide range of industry stakeholders.

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