Landmark Africa Secures $20m Funding

Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, has said that it has provided $20 million (R294 million) of funding to Landmark Africa, one of Nigeria’s leading property developers.

Landmark has developed or managed over 130,000 m2 of prime real estate across the continent. The real estate company is headquartered in Lagos, with offices in several countries including South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Over its nineteen-year history, Landmark said it has built a high-quality property portfolio, including A-Grade offices for over 100 corporate clients including the Nigerian headquarters for Price Waterhouse Coopers and Procter & Gamble and provided development management services for one of the largest malls in Nigeria.

According to the company, Investment One Financial Services acted as Lead Corporate Advisor on the transaction.

Landmark said it is currently building Landmark Village, which will be an iconic “Live, Work, Play” mixed-use development with breath-taking sea views in the exclusive area of Victoria Island.

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Landmark said it has already completed a cutting-edge, spacious 2,500 person events centre, an unparalleled Japanese Shiro restaurant and a vibey Hard Rock Café just a stone’s throw from the beach, adding that it will soon enhance the development with a state of the art training centre and two extraordinary multi-tiered office buildings with over 20,000 m2 of dynamic office space.

The premises, it said, will also encompass a 4-star luxury hotel, fully serviced extended stay apartments and upscale residences for sale, each offering a unique residential experience, adding that Landmark Village will benefit from a vast parking tower providing an abundance of parking space for all residents and guests. The first of its kind, Landmark Village precinct will provide preeminent comfort for a demanding office, retail, leisure and residential clientele in Nigeria’s commercial capital, the company said.

Chief Operating Officer of Vantage Capital, Warren van der Merwe, said, “We look forward to partnering with Landmark as they develop a world class mixed-use precinct in Victoria Island. We were impressed by the quality of the office buildings, and restaurants they have completed to date in Nigeria.”

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Associate Partner at Vantage Capital, Johnny Jones, added, “I’m very impressed with Landmark’s long track-record of operating so successfully in a challenging environment like Nigeria. This type of transaction perfectly illustrates our firm’s investment strategy of supporting strong management teams of Pan-African businesses.”

CEO of Landmark, Paul Onwuanibe, said, “We are excited to have Vantage partner with us on our journey to achieving the $5 billion valuation mark over the next decade. Our 19 year global and African real estate experience has keenly sharpened our insight in forging strategic alignments; especially in Africa. We are convinced the advent of Vantage will portend a marked acceleration towards achieving our goals and rewriting the African story.”

The Landmark investment is Vantage Capital’s second transaction in Fund III, which is targeting a final closing of $260 million (R4 billion), and has a 60% allocation to countries outside South Africa. A Namibian and a South African transaction are expected to close during the first half of 2016 for a further aggregate investment of over $22m (R330m).

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Managing Partner, Luc Albinski, said, “Nigeria has received much negative press recently with a number of South African companies running into difficulties there and some announcing their exit. We hope that this mezzanine investment, the twentieth in our history, and one that takes us to the R3 billion invested mark, will help convince investors that the country has much to offer for those willing to take a longer-term, more balanced view of the current challenges facing the country.”

According to the Managing Director of Investment One Capital Management, Ademola Aofolaju, “Our involvement in this transaction is in line with our strategic drive to structure and arrange long term, flexible capital for Nigerian businesses focused on providing solutions to the country’s real estate and infrastructure deficits.”

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