Ethos Mezzanine Partners 3 is a mezzanine fund focused on East and Southern Africa. The manager, Ethos Mezzanine Partners, came about through the integration in June 2016 of Mezzanine Partners, a specialized South African manager and a pioneer in mezzanine debt, into Ethos Private Equity Group, a leading African private equity firm.
EMP 3 has a target size of USD 150m and aims to provide mezzanine financing to 10 to 15 SMEs/midcaps in East and Southern Africa. The fund will partner with established companies, which are expanding and profitable, but suffer from the lack of depth of banking markets and therefore from limited access to long-term financing. The fund will be able to operate in all types of sectors, with a preference for sectors which drive the economy in Sub-Saharan Africa (consumer goods, agribusiness, health…)
Through this equity investment in one of the very first mezzanine funds in Sub-Saharan Africa, PROPARCO aims to support the growth and diversification of capital markets on the continent. EMP 3, through its innovative range of long-term financing and the attention it pays to the evaluation and monitoring of the environmental, social and governance performance of its investments, will contribute to the development of sustainable companies and will stimulate the creation of sustainable jobs in its regions of operation.
Furthermore, the fund has set up a Human Resources Department which encourages training for the teams (all local) and offers training to the companies invested in on CSR subjects, such as E&S management and the governance aspects. Some fifty employees from the underlying companies should be trained thanks to the fund’s support, meaning a total of 500 employees.