Carlyle Enters Africa For Trading Group

Target: Export Trading Group

Price: $210 million

Sponsors: Carlyle Group LP, Standard Chartered Bank, Pembani Remgro

The Carlyle Group LP and two other investors will pay $210 million for a stake in pan-African agribusiness Export Trading Group, in the U.S. buyout firm’s debut deal on the fast-growing continent, sister news service Reuters reported. Carlyle, Standard Chartered Bank and South African buyout fund Pembani Remgro said in a statement they would take a minority stake in Tanzania-based ETG, which farms and distributes more than 25 different commodities.

Carlyle established a sub-Saharan African team in March, opening offices in South Africa and Nigeria in a sign of the growing interest in Africa from global private equity firms. Home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is also hampered by illiquid public capital markets, making traditional equity investments more difficult.

ETG, an agriculture supply chain manager, has a presence in 30 African countries and warehouses and facilities in Asia. It focuses on commodities such as maize, sugar, nuts and coffee. Through its private equity arm, Standard Chartered first invested $74 million in ETG earlier this year. It will be increasing its stake through the investment with Carlyle.

Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund is a buyout fund run by South African investment firm Remgro Ltd and Phuthuma Nhleko, the former head of African mobile giant MTN Group.

(David Dolan is a correspondent for Reuters in Johannesburg.)