24 April 2023
Promoter – Financial Intermediary
HELIOS INVESTORS GENPAR CLEAR FUND SARL
Equity participation in a pan-African private equity fund that aims to deliver high climate impact, promoting both mitigation and adaptation, while achieving its long-term financial return objectives.
Additionality and Impact
The operation concerns an investment in the Helios Clear Fund, a USD 400m investment fund targeting companies that promote climate action and environmental sustainability in Africa, in line with the objectives of the EIB Climate Bank Roadmap. A commitment to the Fund will contribute to EU policy and priorities with regards Climate Action outside of Europe. It will support the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs), aiming to limit climate change. The Fund will contribute to the Bank's Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability targets outside the EU. Therefore, the operation is proposed under the Climate Action and Environment Facility (CAEF). The EIB commitment is expected to trigger the commitment from other investors and to have a strong catalytic effect. With EIB commitment, the Fund's terms are expected to be negotiated in line with best market practice standards.
The fund aims to provide equity and quasi-equity support to private companies active in Africa, which promote climate action and environmental sustainability. The fund will also contribute to several sustainable development goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), and SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure).
- Financial and insurance activities
Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)
USD 53 million (EUR 48 million)
Total cost (Approximate amount)
USD 400 million (EUR 363 million)
The fund's operational guidelines will provide for environmental and social due diligence of investee companies according to guidelines acceptable to the Bank.
The fund is expected to comply with EIB's procurement guidelines.
Signed - 22/12/2023