EFG Hermes may pay $208 million for stake in EDPR…

Egypt’s EFG Hermes Holdings said its private equity arm bought a 49% stake in wind power firm EDPR France for $208mn, according to a statement last week, its first investment outside the Middle East and Africa.

The buyout consists of the equity in the firm as well as paying back loans made by previous shareholders. About half of the cost will be funded through an acquisition finance facility secured from European banks, the Egyptian investment bank said.

EFG will provide seed capital of about $5mn for the equity component of the transaction, with the remainder raised from the Gulf, it added without providing details.

Completion of the transaction, which EFG said marked the launch of its “direct investment strategy”, is subject to regulatory approval and other conditions.

EDPR France has a portfolio of 33 operational wind farms with a combined gross capacity of 334 MW and is a subsidiary of Portugal’s EDP Renewables, according to the statement.

It will retain operational control of the wind farms, while EFG will manage the investment vehicle.