Standard Chartered takes $57 million stake in Copperbelt Energy

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Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered’s (STAN.L) private equity arm has acquired a quarter of Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CECZ.LZ) for $57 million, its first investment in the growing African power industry.

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The bank will take 25.8 percent of the Lusaka-listed power supplier by acquiring a stake in parent company Zambian Energy Corporation, Standard Chartered and Copperbelt said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

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Copperbelt, which supplies power to mines in Africa’s largest copper producer, has recently acquired stakes in a power company and power plant in Nigeria.

A lack of power is a serious hurdle for many sub-Saharan economies, even as they benefit from rising incomes and investment from China.

London-based Standard Chartered has been ramping up its private equity investments in Africa.

In January Standard Chartered said it had bought 13 percent in Botswana-listed supermarket chain Choppies Enterprises (CHOPP.BT), a deal that was likely worth around $60 million, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Reuters

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