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Metier Capital Growth Fund III Hits First Close

Anna Lyudvig
Sept. 22, 2023, 11:10 a.m.
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Metier has announced the first close for Metier Capital Growth Fund III, raising just over $182m, with further commitments expected by final close positioning Metier to exceed its targeted fund size of $200m. 

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Metier has announced the first close for Metier Capital Growth Fund III, raising just over $182m, with further commitments expected by final close positioning Metier to exceed its targeted fund size of $200m. 

The Fund has attracted investment from both international and South African investors, including significant commitments from international development finance institutions.

“Our investors are optimistic about the investment opportunities on the continent and recognise that partnering with an experienced manager that can combine discerning investment selection with active value-adding management, can result in meaningful impact and strong returns,” commented Paul Botha, CEO and Co-founder of Metier.

The Fund is the successor fund to the Metier Capital Growth Fund II of 2015/2016, which invested in eight portfolio companies in the retail, out of home dining, healthcare, industrial services, FMCG, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors.

The Metier Capital Growth Fund III has a geographic focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to make eight to twelve equity and equity-related investments into mid-market companies with high growth features in sectors that benefit from regional economic and demographic trends such as population growth and increased urbanisation.

“Our active deal pipeline is characterised by growth capital investments that will have a positive impact on climate change, create decent jobs with a focus on gender-lens investing, support the connectivity of rural communities, and enhance the development of businesses across Africa,” said Botha.

“Beyond delivering top quartile returns, Metier’s core objective is to contribute towards positive and sustainable impact across Sub-Saharan Africa,” he added.

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