GCR Ratings Expands into Francophone Africa

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Global Credit Rating Company Limited (GCR Ratings) has announced its acquisition of a 65 per cent shareholding in West Africa Rating Agency S.A. (WARA), a Senegal domiciled and Francophone Africa focused Credit Rating Agency (CRA).

The acquisition supports GCR’s strategic objective to continue to develop its Pan-African reach as Africa’s leading CRA.

WARA is an independent CRA registered with the Financial Markets Authority of the West African Monetary

Union (AMF-UMOA). It has been in operation since 2012 and provides credit rating services across the Francophone Africa region, and across the full spectrum of sectors.

“The acquisition of WARA provides GCR with an opportunity to build on WARA’s success, leveraging their experienced management and analytical team to continue to grow GCR’s presence across Africa, in particular in the Francophone region,” a statement explained.

In announcing the acquisition, Chief Executive of GCR Ratings, Marc Joffe, said: “GCR is delighted to partner with WARA, an established CRA that brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Francophone Africa region.

“We believe the combination of GCR’s 24-year track record, strong pan-African knowledge and focus on analytical excellence, coupled with WARA’s dynamic management and operational team positions the company well for the next phase of growth and capital market development.

“We also wish to recognise the immense contribution of WARA’s co-founder, Mr Seydina Tandian, who sadly passed away in 2018, and whose vision aligns to GCR.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Chairman of GCR Ratings, Olivier Beroud said: “WARA is a highly regarded credit rating agency that is well-positioned to benefit from the strong secular growth in demand for credit ratings across Francophone Africa. “WARA has played a critical role in deepening capital markets and generating high quality credit research. We look forward to working with WARA management to continue to develop and broaden the company’s service offerings in French-speaking Africa.”