- Date written
- June, 2016
- Contact for guarantco
- Marjolein van Kampen
- Communications Director
- +44 (0)738 8857097
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.
Set up to help promote economic development and reduce poverty, GuarantCo has to date issued guarantees totalling USD 513m for 36 infrastructure projects in 14 lower-income countries, creating 275,000 jobs and giving 32.2m people improved access to infrastructure. It has an ambitious target to have outstanding guarantees of greater than USD 1 billion by 2020.
A member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, GuarantCo is funded by the governments of Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Commenting on the appointment of Cardano Development, GuarantCo Chair Andrew Bainbridge said: “The Board and I were highly impressed with Cardano Development’s tender. With both their strong reputation in managing risk as well as their wealth of experience working on local currency financing, Cardano Development is well positioned to help provide the support GuarantCo needs to expand. Their knowledge and expertise will not only help GuarantCo increase its impact on Africa, but will help the expansion and development of an even stronger presence in Asia. With the devaluations that have occurred over the last 18 months in parts of Africa, now more than ever is there a need for local currency funding. Over the next year our work will particularly focus on the power sector where infrastructure continues to be financed almost exclusively in hard currencies, even for smaller renewables projects that could be readily financed by the local markets in our target countries.”
Noting that the entire GuarantCo team will join Cardano Development Andrew Bainbridge added:
“Outgoing managers Frontier Markets Fund Managers Limited have done a superb job over the past decade and the Board and I would like to express our thanks to the team and their owner Harith General Partners for helping to make GuarantCo the organisation it is today. I am delighted the FMFML team in London and Nairobi that built the business, including Managing Director Chris Vermont, have elected to transfer across to Cardano.”
Chairman of Stichting Cardano Development Theo Kocken said:
“We are thrilled to be working with GuarantCo as it enters the next phase of its development. With its ambitious targets, reconfirmation of its leading international ratings and a thriving history of development, GuarantCo is at the forefront of local currency financing, ensuring the development of areas that would have struggled. These guarantees address the gap in the market for local currency financing and also develop local capital markets. Through our experience with The Currency Exchange, Cardano Development not only understands the threats and opportunities associated with local currency financing, but above all we understand the real difference that local currency financing makes to the lives of those living in lower-income countries – it helps to foster development and alleviate poverty.”
Cardano Development has created a specialised subsidiary based in London, UK, to manage GuarantCo’s work. It will seek out projects, evaluate loan applications, carry out due diligence and manage the administration of transactions. It will also market GuarantCo internationally and monitor the portfolio.