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Stanbic Bank Ghana concludes $31.2m loan to finance Airport commercial office

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Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited and Standard Bank of South Africa have concluded the signing of a $31.2 million Medium Term Loan Facility to partially finance a new commercial office and retail development at the Airport City in Accra.

The two banks are members of the Standard Bank Group.

The project, One Airport Square, is being developed by sub-Saharan Africa’s most experienced private equity real estate investor, Actis.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Amanda Jean-Baptiste, Director in the Real Estate team at Actis, said: “We are delighted to have reached this stage of the project. By securing this financing we are able to take a huge step forward in improving Accra’s business and retail infrastructure. Standard Bank is an important partner for Actis and the granting of this facility strengthens our relationship”.

Kwamina Asomaning, Director of Stanbic Bank Ghana’s Corporate and Investment Banking unit, said Stanbic Bank remained committed to supporting infrastructural development in the country and improving the lives of Ghanaians.

“This landmark deal underscores these values while demonstrating our structuring and execution capabilities.  Our vast network across Africa enables us to pool multi-functional skills and resources across borders to provide solutions that enable our clients to move their businesses forward,” he said.

Niyi Adeleye, Regional Head, Property Finance West Africa, Stanbic IBTC Bank, said the closing of the OAS financing was the culmination of a significant team effort from the Standard Bank group, involving staff in various countries and divisions.

“It represents one of the first structured property transactions of its type in Ghana and is a measure of the commitment of the group to the real estate sector in this region.”

Actis is a leading private equity investor in emerging markets with a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America and $5 billion funds under management.

The Actis Real Estate team is the most experienced on the continent having created 10 institutional quality assets in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa including Ikeja City Mall and The Palms in Lagos, Accra Mall in Ghana and Nairobi Business Park.

One Airport Square is a 20,000sqm world-class office and retail development situated in Accra’s newest commercial and retail area, minutes from the most important venues in the city and Kotoka International Airport. The construction of One Airport Square is being led by dedicated real estate development management company, Laurus Development Partners, an Actis portfolio company.

Designed by award-winning Italian architect Mario Cucinella, One Airport Square is set to become one of Accra’s most prominent design landmarks. It is an ultra-modern, eco-friendly building and employs the latest building principles and state-of-the-art finishes. It will boast a landscaped public square featuring 1,400sqm of retail space with cafes and restaurants to service the office occupiers. The office section will provide 17,000sqm of space. The total project cost is $62.5 million; construction is running to plan with the opening planned for early 2014.

Source: GNA

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