Carlyle Group agrees to be GCR’s biggest shareholder
THE CARLYLE Group has agreed to become the largest shareholder in Johannesburg-based Global Credit Ratings (GCR), the US buyout fund said yesterday, looking to broaden the pan-African ratings agency’s services.
The terms of the deal, which was first reported by the Financial Times, were not disclosed. Carlyle was set to buy about half of the equity in GCR from its management founders and German development finance business DEG, which would remain invested in the company, Carlyle said.
GCR serves 400 customers across 20 countries and is the only ratings agency to have a strong presence in multiple geographies across Africa.
“The business plays a critical role in deepening African capital markets and we look forward to working with management to continue to develop and broaden the company’s service offerings,” Steve Burn-Murdoch, a vice-president on the Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa team, said.
Carlyle raised $698 million (R9.48 billion) for its Africa buyout fund in 2014, exceeding its $500m target.
In November, Carlyle, which has $169bn of assets under management, agreed to buy a majority share of CMC Networks, a pan-African telecommunications business.
In September, it agreed to buy a majority share of Amrod, a supplier of promotional products and clothing in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Carlyle is already invested in the sector, having partnered with private equity fund Warburg Pincus and a consortium of Canadian-based individual investors to acquire the world’s fourth largest global credit ratings agency DBRS in 2015.
Founded more than two decades ago as the African arm of the New York Stock Exchange-listed Duff & Phelps, GCR expanded through acquisitions, alliances and organic growth. – Reuters
400 Number of GCR customers across 20 countries