AFRICABluePeak Private Capital has raised over US$100 million for the initial closing of its flagship private credit and mezzanine fund, BluePeak Private Capital Fund I as it targets a final close of US$200 miillion with a hard cap of US$250 million.

“I am particularly delighted and pleased to have reached this important milestone for BluePeak. It’s quite an achievement for a firm that was launched less than 2 years ago,” Walid Cherif, co-founder and Managing Director of BluePeak Private Capital, said.

“The quality of investors who supported us and led the first close of this flagship fund is a testament to the strong experience and operational setup of BluePeak and its team.”

The Fund’s initial closing is backed by Africa-focused investors including CDC Group, the European Investment Bank, the European Union’s bank, DFC, FMO and the “Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations” CDC Tunisia.

“Our landmark commitment to BluePeak provides a new opportunity to address the credit shortage for businesses across Africa, in the midst of the pandemic,” Stephen Priestley, Managing Director, Head of Financial Services, at CDC Group, said.

“CDC is pleased that our anchor role in BluePeak’s inaugural fund, combined with partnership with fellow DFIs, will provide necessary growth capital to mid-sized companies across key markets in Africa – offering critical support that will facilitate increased job growth, stimulate productivity and enhance economic rebuild on the continent.”

The Fund is expected to make investments of US$10 million to US$25 million each throughout its 10-year life.

The Fund will provide financing solutions to small and mid-market companies and private equity sponsors operating in Africa that generate revenues between US$10 million and US$80 million and operate in growth sectors that are non-cyclical in nature, have strong management teams and a good track record of financial performance. 

As well as a strong focus on the ESG in every investment, BluePeak will also proactively identify areas where positive impacts can be achieved.  

According to Adam Hadidi, co-founder and Managing Director of BluePeak Private Capital, SMEs in Africa are still facing financing challenges despite their critical role in the growth and stability of African economies.

“The Covid-19 crisis made the needs more substantial and the opportunity to support great businesses undeniable. Asset-light companies which operate in attractive sectors still find it difficult to obtain financing from the traditional credit markets, even when they have a good track record of financial performance and numerous opportunities for growth.”

“BluePeak was founded to fill this market gap and provide growth capital through a variety of bespoke debt instruments, including mezzanine finance, preferred equity, convertibles and senior debt for companies operating in Africa and the Levant region,” he added.