Grit – Africa, substantially de-risked. by Richard Williams

Africa, substantially de-risked

Grit Real Estate Income Group (Grit) is flying the flag for African real estate investment. The significant growth potential of the continent’s emerging economies has always come with some degree of risk attached to it. However, Grit’s investment strategy enables it to retain exposure to that growth potential, while substantially de-risking it by leasing property to blue-chip multinational corporations, including government embassies, on US dollar and euro denominated leases.

Grit has built a reputation for being a trusted real estate partner for multinational companies operating across Africa and owns everything from offices to corporate accommodation. Strong tenant relationships have seen it expand its investment criteria to include development, which it hopes will turbo-boost returns. The group’s share price is yet to recover to pre-covid levels, putting it at a large discount to net asset value (NAV). With plans to de-list from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in July – making London its primary listing, Grit’s shares will grab the attention of a wider pool of investors. Some form of a capital raise is also on the cards, with a pipeline of accretive acquisitions already lined up.
Pan-African real estate

Grit is a pan-African real estate company that invests in and actively manages a diversified portfolio of assets in selected African countries (excluding South Africa). It aims to deliver strong and sustainable income for shareholders, with the potential for income and capital growth and is targeting a net total shareholder return inclusive of NAV growth of 12.0% per annum.

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