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InsuResilience Investment Fund Acquires 39.25% Stake In Royal Exchange General Insurance

Mr. Benjamin Agili, Managing Director, Royal Exchange General Insurance Company Limited.

BY NKECHI NAECHE—InsuResilience Investment Fund (“IIF”) on Friday announced the acquisition of 39.25% stake in Royal Exchange General Insurance Company Limited (“REGIC”).

This is contained in a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, its shareholders and the investing public that the investment has been approved by the regulator of REGIC, the National Insurance Commission.

Through its activities, the IIF is expected to reach out to more than 1 million Nigerian farmers by 2025.

The IIF and REGIC have signed an agreement according to which the Fund will acquire a 39.25% equity stake. REGIC, a subsidiary of Royal Exchange Plc, is a leading player in agriculture insurance. The proceeds of the investment will help REGIC to spur growth by increasing its risk capital and supporting its underwriting capacity in agriculture, hereby extending its outreach to low income farmers.

The history, team and commitment of REGIC to agriculture insurance make it a great addition to our portfolio.  REGIC is uniquely positioned to capture the opportunity presented by 30 million under insured small scale farmers in Nigeria. We are thrilled to partner with and support REGIC with capital, technical assistance and our international network in the agriculture insurance space, with the objective to increase the resilience of small scale farmers to climate change“, says Ernesto Costa, Senior Vice-President Private Equity at BlueOrchard.

REGIC has entered into strategic alliances with various stakeholders in the agricultural space to drive insurance within that sector of the economy. Agriculture and retail insurance, we believe is the future of insurance and at Royal Exchange, we will continue to develop products and services to ensure that we remain relevant in this space.  REGIC is determined to take advantage of growth initiatives available in the industry, while leveraging on technology to expand its revenue base and stronger bottom-line“ says Kenny Ezenwani Odogwu, Chairman of Royal Exchange Plc.

Ernst & Young Nigeria acted as the exclusive financial due diligence advisors to both IIF and REGIC for this transaction. Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie acted as the exclusive legal advisor to IIF while Sefton Fross acted as legal advisor to REGIC.

Luxembourg-based IIF was set up by KfW, the German Development Bank, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The overall objective of the IIF is to contribute to the adaptation to climate change by improving access to and the use of insurance in developing countries. The specific objective of the fund is to reduce the vulnerability of low-income households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) to extreme weather events. The IIF has been set up as a public-private-partnership and combines private debt and equity investments in two separately investible sub-funds as well as technical assistance and premium support. The fund aims at both financial return and social impact. For further information, please visit: http://www.insuresilienceinvestment.fund/

REGIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Exchange Plc, licensed by the National Insurance Commission to offer the full range of general and special risks insurance products. With 100 years in the Nigerian market, REGIC has an enviable reputation for reliability, integrity, professionalism, technical competence and financial strength. For further information please visit: https://www.royalexchangeplc.com/General/Default.aspx

BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment management firm dedicated to fostering inclusive and sustainable growth while providing attractive returns for its investors. BlueOrchard offers premium multi-asset class solutions and is an expert in innovative blended finance and public-private-partnership mandates. With a major presence in emerging and frontier markets and offices on four continents, BlueOrchard helps its partners around the world make profound investment decisions and meet their objectives.

Founded in 2001 by the initiative of the United Nations, BlueOrchard was the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments. The firm has utilized its know-how and experience to steadily expand into asset classes including credit, private equity, and sustainable infrastructure. To date, BlueOrchard has invested more than USD 4bn across 70 emerging and frontier markets, enabling fundamental social impact. BlueOrchard Finance is a licensed Swiss asset manager authorized by the FINMA. Its Luxembourg entity is a licensed alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) authorized by the CSSF.

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