EFG Hermes signs a $25m cargo vessel finance deal with Transmar

Acquisition expected to drive sizeable growth for Transmar, Egypt’s only container shipping company

Key strategic agreement reinforces Egypt’s strength and depth in regional logistics

EFG Hermes Corp-Solutions, a subsidiary of EFG Hermes Holding and one of Egypt’s leading leasing and factoring companies, has signed a USD 25 million deal with Transmar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IACC Holdings and Egypt’s only container shipping line, to finance the purchase of a cargo vessel. With a carrying capacity of 2100 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) and measuring 204 meters in length, the new vessel, ‘Transmar Legacy’, bolsters the company’s Red Sea Service, primarily connecting Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The leasing transaction worth a total of USD 33 million for the purchase of Transmar Legacy will enable Transmar’s growth, reinforcing the company’s position as the region’s leading container line and as a long-standing reliable partner, supporting the region’s top exporters and importers. Transmar has also made sizeable investments towards the acquisition of new shipping containers, promoting new market entries and boosting further growth.

Talal Elayat, CEO of EFG Hermes Corp-Solutions, commented: “We are proud to enter into this partnership with Transmar on the first of many vessel financing transactions to come in our pipeline. This flagship leasing transaction is in line with our strategy to diversify our portfolio and create value across multiple industries. As one of the leading leasing and factoring companies in Egypt, this transaction marks another milestone for EFG Hermes Corp-Solutions, as we enter the maritime industry and support in enhancing the supply chain industry at large. We have worked in collaboration with multiple international and global stakeholders including legal firms, insurance companies and banks, among others to finalize this transaction. With Transmar’s, experience, we are pleased to act as an enabler, gearing them towards sustainable growth.”

Eng. Mohamed El Ahwal, CEO of IACC Holdings said: “We take pride in being an agile organization that quickly responds to the swift changes defining the current global shipping and logistics industry. We are proud to resume our ship-owning business model (after a 10-year hiatus) and believe this investment marks a new chapter of growth, not only for Transmar but also for the regional shipping industry as a whole. Building on a track record spanning over four decades, our investments, underpinned by an expansionary vision, is a solid affirmation of our commitment to our partners.”

Global supply chain constraints, brought on largely by COVID-19, stifled the movement of cargo towards the end of 2021, as the effects of the pandemic spilled over to factories and workers, handicapping production worldwide. In the Middle East, a shortage of freight space and manpower, compounded by a rapid recovery in consumer demand, led to a shortage of carriers and continues to hamper a steady flow of delivery.

Ahmed El Ahwal, Managing Director of Transmar commented: “Working with EFG Hermes Corp-Solutions demonstrates the confidence and respect we share for each other’s expertise and experience. Such a strategic transaction reflects our joint commitment to expand in the shipping industry at a time when demand for the movement of cargo in the region is among the highest since pre-pandemic levels. As Egypt’s only container shipping line, it is only fitting that we should partner with Egypt’s universal bank and the leading investment banking franchise in FEM, EFG Hermes Holding, to acquire Transmar Legacy.”

“As a customer-centric organization, we are investing in growth to cater to our customers’ needs in today’s rapidly evolving supply chain industry. We believe this expansion will help support Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE’s ambitious export growth targets and secure the supply chain powering the region’s top businesses and industries.”

EFG Hermes Holding has launched its Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI) platform in 2015, offering clients a rapidly expanding and constantly evolving portfolio including microfinance, factoring, leasing, Buy-Now Pay-Later (BNPL), mortgage finance, insurance & online payments. The NBFI platform’s innovative solutions cater to the specific needs of a wide array of clients, including individuals, entrepreneurs, large institutions, and SMEs. EFG Hermes Corp-Solutions was established in 2020 to consolidate its leasing and factoring businesses, founded in 2015 and 2018 respectively. The company provides businesses of all sizes with the necessary leverage to grow and develop their business ventures.

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Cairo. Feb 21 2022