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Namibian tycoon Quinton van Rooyen’s Trustco announces diversification plans

Trustco Group diversifies to strengthen portfolio and bolster financial stability.

by Timilehin Adejumobi
Quinton van Rooyen

Key Points:

  • Trustco Group announces plans to diversify operations and reduce debt, aiming to enhance value across its investment portfolio.
  • Trustco acquires an additional 11.35% stake in Legal Shield Holdings, solidifying its position in Namibian insurance and real estate.
  • Trustco’s strategic moves reflect strong confidence in its diversified investment portfolio and sustained growth potential across key sectors.

Trustco Group, a leading investment holding company majority owned by Namibian businessman Quinton van Rooyen and his family, has announced plans to diversify its operations to enhance value across its multi-sector investment portfolio.

The group’s recent diversification strategy aims to lay a robust foundation for sustained growth and expansion. This move follows a comprehensive recapitalization plan, with Trustco finalizing a landmark agreement to convert NAD4.4 billion ($238 million) of debt into equity.

Trustco converts debt to bolster balance sheet

The debt conversion initiative, designed to clear legacy debt and bolster the company’s balance sheet, includes a NAD1.48 billion ($79.49 million) related party loan and NAD2.95 billion ($158.54 million) outstanding purchase price for mining assets. 

The conversion is based on an audited Net Asset Value (NAV) as of August 31, 2023, with shares issued at a conversion price of NAD1.17 ($0.0637) per share.

This latest effort builds on Trustco’s earlier agreement with Riskowitz Value Fund, part of a broader $100 million capital raise in the U.S. markets. The capital influx from these initiatives underscores confidence in Trustco’s strategic direction and investment strategy.

Trustco: Family-backed financial giant in Namibia

Headquartered in Windhoek, Trustco Group operates across banking, insurance, property, and wealth management sectors. The company is renowned for its diversified investment portfolio and robust asset allocation strategy, with significant assets in both U.S. dollars and Namibian dollars.

Quinton van Rooyen and his family hold a substantial 63.94 percent ownership stake in Trustco Group, reinforcing their influential role in the company’s operations and strategic decisions. This ownership consolidates their status as key players in Namibia’s financial landscape.

Trustco boosts holdings in Namibian insurance, real estate

Trustco is intensifying its diversification strategy to bolster its revenue streams and strengthen its financial stability. The company is expanding its investments in Namibia’s insurance and real estate sectors, underscoring its commitment to enhancing its portfolio.

In a significant move, Trustco has acquired an additional 11.35 percent stake in Legal Shield Holdings through a NAD468 million ($25 million) equity transaction. This acquisition raises Trustco’s total stake in the company to 91.35 percent, solidifying its position as a dominant player in the Namibian market.

By increasing its holdings in Legal Shield, Trustco aims to capitalize on the robust growth prospects within the local insurance and real estate industries, further reinforcing its long-term growth and profitability objectives.

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