(Ecofin Agency) - Vantage Capital, a mezzanine fund manager, has made a new investment in the water and sanitation sector after its recent engagement in the healthcare industry in Morocco.
On Friday, July 21, Vantage Capital announced a $25 million investment in Aquasantec. The transaction involved mezzanine debt and ordinary shares, granting the fund manager a majority stake in the company. Aquasantec operates in six East African countries and focuses on providing water and sanitation solutions.
Vantage acquired the shares from a group of shareholders, including Kenya's Ramco Group, Mauritius-listed Terra Mauricia conglomerate, and the founding family, the Shahs, who have been associated with Aquasantec for over 30 years.
"Vantage is proud to support a thriving company with a strong social impact and a proven leadership team that has positioned Aquasantec as a leading regional player in its industry. We share the management's vision of leveraging Aquasantec's market-leading brands and new facilities to drive its next phase of growth," Warren van der Merwe, Managing Partner of Vantage Capital, said.
This marks Vantage Capital's second investment in 2023, following a €30 million investment in a Moroccan medical equipment and consumables producer in May.
Vantage's investment will contribute to improving access to water supply in the East African region. Aquasantec has recently established a new factory in Nairobi, Kenya, along with other facilities in Uganda, Rwanda, and Zambia.