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AFIG Funds Acquires 29.9% Stake In NEM Insurance

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NEM Insurance Plc has disclosed that Advanced Finance and Investment Group (AFIG) Funds has acquired 29.9 per cent of the insurance firm’s shares.

AFIG Funds is an African private equity fund manager. NEM Insurance in the statement on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) said that the shares were acquired from existing shareholders of the company.

According to the statement, this transaction now makes AFIG Funds the largest shareholder in NEM, and marks the commencement of a strategic partnership between AFIG Funds and NEM, as the company embarks on its next growth phase as a top-tier player within the Nigerian Insurance Industry.

It added that NEM offers all classes of non-life insurance products to individuals and corporates in Nigeria, and has over the years become a household name. NEM has over the last decade built a solid record of service delivery excellence, superior financial performance including consistent profitability and healthy returns to its shareholders.

Group managing director of NEM Insurance, Mr. Tope Smart said, “We are delighted to welcome AFIG Funds as a significant shareholder in NEM at such an exciting time in the Company’s evolution.”

He said that this partnership with AFIG Funds is the outcome of several years of constructive engagement, as well as a thorough internal strategic process to identify and engage with the best long-term institutional partner for our Company.

“We look forward to continue to benefit from AFIG Funds’ extensive experience investing in strong African companies particularly in financial institutions. We believe this partnership will accelerate the realization of our growth ambitions within Nigeria and across the continent. We are confident this will be a fruitful and mutually rewarding partnership,” Smart stated.

Also, director of Investments at AFIG Funds, Mr. Kelechi Okoro said, “through our engagement with NEM over the last several years, we have had the opportunity to observe its solid trajectory, and to develop confidence in the management team’s ability to seize growth opportunities in the increasingly competitive landscape”.

CEO of AFIG Funds, Mr. Papa Madison Ndiaye further said, “We are excited about our partnership with NEM Insurance and the company’s strong growth prospects. NEM is one of the fastest-growing, best-capitalized and most consistently profitable underwriters in Nigeria.

“Our decision to invest in NEM during an election year in Nigeria, which is a time when foreign investors tend to shy away from emerging markets, is testament to our strong belief in the prospects of the Company and in the resilience of the broader economy. We are keen to begin working with management, the Board of Directors and other shareholders to execute on the many promising initiatives to further unlock the Company’s significant potential.”

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