…based on an explicit developmental strategy to expand renewable power generation in Zambia and increase regional power trading…

 

CDC Group plc (“CDC”), the UK’s Development Finance Institution, has confirmed that it has made a bid to acquire a majority stake in the Zambian company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (“CEC”).

According to a press release, CDC has made a general offer to the Board of CEC who are now following the process required by the Zambian Takeover Code.

They have also confirmed that an offer document and circular will be circulated to shareholders in due course.

Indications are that once the offer is successful, it will be partly financed by A P Moller Capital’s Africa Infrastructure Fund, which is CDC’s co-investor.

CEC is a leading Zambian power transmission, distribution and generation company and a major developer of energy infrastructure in Zambia.

CEC owns, operates and maintains power transmission as well as generation assets and supplies electricity to customers in Zambia.

CDC’s offer for the company is based on an explicit developmental strategy to expand renewable power generation in Zambia and increase regional power trading.

While CEC has a strong track record in transmitting reliable power in Zambia, supplying over 700MW to industry and households in the Copperbelt region, CDC sees the company’s potential to increase its power generation capacity in order to support the growing demand for electricity in Zambia.

CDC’s Head of Infrastructure, Sameh Shenouda said: “Power infrastructure is vital for Africa’s economic growth and job creation.

CDC’s bid for Copperbelt Energy Corporation will increase both renewable power generation in Zambia and the growth of regional power trading.

Power outages cost African countries an estimated 1-2% of GDP annually and Zambia and its neighbours require an increase in the supply of reliable power.

“CEC is one of Zambia’s leading companies but we believe it has much more to offer.”

Under CDC and A P Moller’s ownership it is planned that CEC will bring an additional 150MW of renewable generation to the Zambian network and increase the amount of much-needed power available.

CDC also stated that their proposal has the support of the Zambian government who recognise the long-term, positive role that CDC has played in the economic development of the country.

A P Moller Capital’s Managing Partner and CEO, Kim Fejfer, added: “The power sector in Africa is significantly underdeveloped, whether we look at energy access, installed capacity, or overall consumption.
The sub-Saharan Africa’s residential and industrial sectors suffer electricity shortages which means that countries struggle to sustain GDP growth. A P Moller Capital and CDC together focus on making a lasting difference by helping businesses to become profitable and economically sound over the long term. With this investment, we believe we can support further development of Zambia’s power generation capacity and infrastructure.”

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