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Shelter Afrique approves $24m loan to Lagos-based Landmark Africa

Pan-African housing development financier, Shelter Afrique, has approved a $24.03 million (₦10 billion) commercial loan to Lagos-based Tier 1 real estate and property development firm, Landmark Africa.

Kingsley Muwowo
Shelter Afrique Ag. Managing Director & Chief Finance Officer, Kingsley Muwowo

The seven-year line of credit with a moratorium of 36 months has been structured to partly finance the construction of a mixed-use housing project, Landmark Waterview Apartments, and refinance its existing debt.

“We are excited to record this significant milestone as the first project we are partnering with Landmark Africa. This is truly a high point for Shelter Afrique and we are happy that the deal is adding to the long and successful history the Company has had with Nigeria,” Shelter Afrique Ag. Managing Director, Kingsley Muwowo, said.

“We remain committed to financing real estate projects that promote innovation and affordability, and we look forward to a long-term relationship with Landmark Africa,” he added.

Mixed-use destinations

Commenting on the deal, Landmark Africa Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Paul Onwuanibe, said: “The Landmark Africa vision is to create one stop destinations which embody the business, leisure and lifestyle philosophy.”

“Such innovative undertakings in the real estate sector require a formidable financial partnership and we are pleased to have found such a partner in Shelter Afrique. We are equally pleased to receive this long-term funding, which will help accelerate the delivery of the Landmark Waterview Apartments project thus enhancing the residential play within our mixed-use ecosystem while having a multiplier effect on the existing business, leisure and lifestyle service offerings. It will also help align our capital structure to our long-term strategic goals,” Mr. Onwuanibe added.

Key market

Nigeria remains one of the key markets for Shelter Afrique. In addition to the Landmark Africa deal, the Company has so far extended lines of credit to another Lagos-based real estate firm Mixta Africa ($19.5 million) and Wema Bank ($10 million), in 2022 alone.

Landmark Africa owns and manages a portfolio of over 130,000sqm of largely oceanfront realty in Lagos, Nigeria from which it provides a diversified mix of service offerings with operations in six segments of the real estate sector: Mixed-Use Residences, High Street Retail, Conference & Event Centre, Family Leisure & Recreation, Hospitality & Tourism, Office and Co-Working Facilities.

Since opening its doors in 1997, Landmark Africa has evolved from a traditional property development, management and services company to a business, leisure and lifestyle destination provider creating an integrated one-stop mixed-use operational platform for over 84 businesses which run the gamut from Fortune 500 companies to startups in various fields of endeavour within Nigeria.

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