Growthpoint Investec African Properties Limited (GIAP) has a new name and brand: Lango Real Estate Limited (Lango). Lango, meaning ‘entry point’ or ‘gateway’ in Swahili, reflects Lango’s strategy to become an entry point for sophisticated investor capital to flow into the real estate sector in Africa, and to invest in the key gateway cities on which Lango focuses.

Lango was originally jointly established by South Africa’s largest primary JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT), Growthpoint Properties Limited, and LSE- and JSE-listed global investment manager Ninety One (previously Investec Asset Management). Growthpoint also has a 16% shareholding in Lango alongside other notable South African and international institutional investors.

Thomas Reilly, Managing Director of Lango

Thomas Reilly, Managing Director of Lango, says the renaming and rebranding process marks an important point in Lango’s evolution, well ahead of a planned IPO (initial public offering) process which is targeted to take place in the next few years. This allows time to build and entrench the brand for the business in the interim.

“Lango has built a robust platform over the past few years, and whilst nothing changes in terms of the current operational and strategic support Lango receives from both Growthpoint and Ninety One, the rebranding does allow for the creation of a new and exciting identity for the business. We look forward to our future interaction with our peers and stakeholders as Lango,” says Thomas.

Lango owns and manages a quality portfolio of income-producing real estate assets, including several prime office and retail properties in Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia, with an aggregate value in excess of US$600 million.

A focused and considered strategy has ensured a robust performance for Lango throughout the pandemic, and it paid its maiden distribution to shareholders towards the latter part of 2020 for the interim period to 30 September 2020. Particular focus has also been placed on the efficiency of its capital structure, with several initiatives undertaken to enhance the operational efficiency and returns of the business.

Thomas adds, “We believe the growth and scale that Lango has achieved to date enhances its ability to further entrench and capitalise on its position as a dominant player in the African real estate market and furthermore facilitates the opportunity for considerable future growth.”

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Main image: Lango Real Estate – Accra Financial Centre in Accra Ghana

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