Nairobi, Kenya: GuarantCo and InfraCo Africa yesterday marked the official opening of their first Africa office, which will cover East and Southern Africa from Nairobi. Both companies are part of the London-based multilateral Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which has been active in the region for more than 15 years.
On Monday, GuarantCo (A1 stable) confirmed that it had received an AUD4 million capital investment from the Australian government’s (Aaa stable) Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Although the contribution is small relative to GuarantCo’s existing shareholder equity, the broadening of GuarantCo’s shareholder base is credit positive and supports its expansion into Asia. GuarantCo is a supranational organization that transfers risks by providing partial financial guarantees to lenders and investors in lowincome countries financing infrastructure projects in local currency.
London - Local currency guarantee provider GuarantCo Limited has appointed Cardano Development to be its new fund manager, as it looks to grow its portfolio. Cardano Development takes over the management of GuarantCo today. GuarantCo is a public/private partnership that helps finance privately-sponsored infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia’s emerging and frontier markets, providing local currency guarantees to local and regional banks so that they can raise medium and long-term debt. GuarantCo can also provide dollar-denominated guarantees in fragile and conflict affected countries.
The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited (PACRA) has assigned a long-term entity rating of 'AAA' (Triple A) and short-term rating of 'A1+' (A One Plus) to GuarantCo Limited (GuarantCo). These ratings denote the lowest expectation of credit risk emanating from an exceptionally strong capacity for timely payment of financial commitments.
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GuarantCo is to open new headquarters in East Africa, today, Monday 2nd November 2015, as its business in financing infrastructure development in east and southern Africa expands.
GuarantCo has provided a NPR 2,785m ($28.2m equivalent) guarantee for Essel Clean Solu Hydropower Private Limited, (‘ECS’), to support the financing of the Lower Solu project in the Solukhumbu district in Nepal.
Softlogic Finance PLC announced that it had signed an agreement with GuarantCo, who will provide a guarantee that will enhance the issuance of Softlogic Finance Debentures in an amount of Rupees 1.4 Billion. The Softlogic Finance Debenture issuance that will carry the strength of GuarantCo is expected to be rated AAA and will probably be the first Triple A Debt Issuance in Sri Lanka.
GuarantCo has provided a THB 425m ($13.5m equivalent) guarantee facility to support Thai Biogas Energy Company (TBEC)’s in building wastewater-to-biogas plants in rural Thailand.
West African rating agency Bloomfield Investment has awarded GuarantCo a AAA rating, the highest in its universe of ratings, which was announced at press conference at the Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan on 23rd July 2014. A number of officials were present for the press conference, including representatives from the Swiss and British embassies in Cote D’Ivoire, and representatives of various Ivorian ministries.