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The Imperial empowerment partnership: Highlighting the potential of B-BBEE transactions

31 Jul 2021

South Africa
Business Unit
Investment Banking
Specific Role
Transaction Advisor, JSE sponsor, Settlement Agent, Equity Funder
A recent BEE deal that Standard Bank facilitated with JSE-listed Imperial Logistics (Imperial), an African focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solution,  illustrates the marked shift from corporates in striving to truly transform the economy and deliver value for broader society.

The strategic driver of the deal was that it must be linked to the Group’s broader strategy and the way in which it strengthens Imperial’s South African operations which allows for the enhancement of its business focus as a ‘Gateway to Africa’.

Using our vast network and local knowledge, we connected Imperial with two local companies rooted in Africa with a strong strategic alignment to Imperial’s objectives, Afropulse and Willowton Group. Acting as their transaction advisor, JSE Sponsor, and settlement agent for the transaction - while also being the equity funder to the partners - we helped deliver a B-BBEE deal that strengthened their South African operations, with a 51% black ownership and 30% black women ownership.

Successful BEE deals are about so much more than a regulatory box-ticking exercise. It’s about intimately understanding the ambitions and pain points of the parties involved. It’s about forging strategic relationships in backing the right people and integrating the complexities of the regulatory environment with the strategic imperatives of all parties, in creating true value. 

This doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years to cultivate. But it all pays off when you are able to unite people in an alliance that not only benefits the entities they represent, but the wider community, the country and the African continent, as is the case with the Imperial empowerment partnership.